Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India, which aims to transform both body and mind. On 11th December 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21st June as the International Day of Yoga. The declaration came after the call for the adoption of 21st June as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated: "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature." In suggesting June 21st, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Shri. Narendra Modi had said that, "the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world."
Amrita School of Ayurveda celebrated the International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2015, in association with CCRYN, New Delhi and Ministry of AYUSH. As a part of the celebrations, Department of Swasthavritta conducted one month free yoga campaign in the college from May 21 to June 21. We had four main instructors under them we had trained 30 student trainers (PG & UG) for taking field classes. Morning and evening yoga sessions coordinated by PG students and Internees went on daily basis in the college. The instructors strictly followed the COMMON YOGA PROTOCOL under the guidance of Dr.Cijith Sreedhar (BNYS), Dr. Delvin T Robin (BAMS, MD, PG diploma yoga) and faculties of Department of Swasthavritta.
Yoga sessions for the public conducted at various wards of Kulashekhara puram panchayat were coordinated by the internees. The students also organized one hour yoga training in a medical camp conducted by the hospital at Kadakkal, Kollam district on 23rd May, 2015.
Moreover classes were conducted at Cheriyazheekkal on June 11th-13th; Harippad on June 13th-15th; Alappuzha on June 16th and 21st; Cherthala on June 18th and at Trikkunnappuzha on June 17th-19th. More than 400 people participated in these classes conducted at various places of Kollam and Alappuzha.
International Day of Yoga was graced with the presence of Sr. Rishiraj Singh IPS, Chief Vigilance Officer, KSEB. The morning yoga session was instructed by Dr. Cijith, Yoga Consultant, Amrita School of Ayurveda and had a participation of more than 300 people in both districts. All participants were provided with yoga booklets. Medical Director, Br. Sankara Chaitanya took an awareness class on health aspects of Dinacharya (Daily Regimens). On the same day, a workshop on cyclic meditation was also conducted by Dr. Apar A. Soaji, Assistant professor, Svyasa (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana) University, Bangalore.