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Children doing breathing exercises at the Yoga Day event

The third International Yoga Day was celebrated in the House of Commons, Palace of Westminster, hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Indian Traditional Sciences, its Secretariat Amarjeet S Bhamra  and the High Commission of India….reports Asian Lite News

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Children doing breathing exercises at the Yoga Day event

The event was designed to explore the value of introducing Yoga in the NHS and other areas and was attended by a large yoga fraternity.

Chief Guest of the event, H.E.High Commissioner Y K Sinha paid tribute to the work of the APPG on Indian Traditional Sciences in introducing Yoga, Ayurveda and other disciplines into the mainstream of public life. Speaking on the recent International Yoga Day celebrations at different venues throughout the country, the High Commissioner highlighted Yoga being practised widely in the UK and other western countries.

Virendra Sharma MP, Chair of APPG and Tom Brake MP- Vice Chair, Vice Presidents Lord Hussain, Tanmanjit Singh Dhinsa MP gave valuable inputs on the occasion. Virendra Sharma highlighted on the Early Day Motion 27 – International Yoga Day, tabled on 21 June 2017 and asked all participants to request their local MPs to support his motion.

Prof Tony Nader, leader of the worldwide Transcendental Meditation was honoured on the occasion. Explaining the title of the award Kala Yugandhara to Prof Nader, Amarjeet said that it meant Universal Enlightened Master of All Arts and Sciences.  Responding to it, Prof Nader remarked: ‘This is entirely unexpected, and the credit should go to His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, from who the profound knowledge of the full value of Yoga comes’.

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Kala Yugandhara Award given to Prof Nader by Tanmanjeet Singh MP and H.E. High Commissioner YK Sinha and Amarjeet Singh Bhamra, Secretariat

During his keynote address Prof Nader proposed that in a scientific age it was important to bring out the scientific basis of Yoga and show the rationale behind its benefits. He presented five volumes of Scientific Research on the Transcendental Meditation Programme to Virendra Sharma MP and Tom Brake MP,

‘The four chapters of Yoga,’ Prof Nader said, ‘correspond in both structure and function to the four lobes of the human brain. The same is true at the next level of consideration, where the number of sutras in each chapter corresponds in both structure and function to the number of cortical folds in each of the lobes of the brain. Every one of us has within us, built in to our very physiology, the essential quality of Yoga, which is unifying.’

Vidhi Sodhi, a Yoga therapist by profession, has presented Odissi dance and world record holder and academic Ragasudha Vinjamuri has presented a powerful dance on Lord Shiva in his yogic attributes and asanas.

A demonstration of yogic breathing by 25 children with the Sudarshan Kriya technique by Carolina Naess impressed the attendees. Paul Fox, chairman of British Wheel of Yoga highlighted BWY’s Yoga teaching and research at Northumbria University on the effects of Yoga on lower back pain. Kalwant Sahota from the WL Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) exemplified her group’s engagement with British Wheel of Yoga.

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Virendra Sharma MP speaking about Early Day Motion- International Yoga Day

Suki Kalirai, Chairman of Skills Active has expressed that Yoga groups could come together and speak with one voice.

Dr Bernard Colaço, honorary Advisor on Yoga to the APPG on Indian Traditional Sciences, welcomed his honorary role in the furtherance of yoga and elaborated on his initial studies in Anti-Phospholipid antibodies at Hammersmith Hospital and Middlesex Hospital.

Prof Madan Thangavelu elaborated on the Cost and Health Benefits of Indian Traditional Sciences and offered vote of thanks.

The APPG on Indian Traditional Sciences is a group of over 30 MPs and Lords whose interest is to make the benefits of Yoga, Ayurveda etc incorporated in the National Health Services.