International Yoga Day and Muslims: AMU celebrates it in styleÂ
ALIGARH: In consonance with the International Yoga Day, the Department of Physical Education, Aligarh Muslim University organized a Symposium cum Workshop on â€œWell being through Yogaâ€.
Addressing on the occasion, the Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. Zameer Uddin Shah said that Yoga was an indispensable part of Indiaâ€™s cultural heritage and he was proud of this great ethos.
Gen. Shah said that instead of giving a religious colour, Yoga should be taken purely as a physical exercise. He said that he was performing Yoga for over forty years and he has found it soothing and mentally healing. He said that Yoga automatically brought discipline in the life of performers.
Vice Chancellor said that Yoga demanded complete abstinence from drinking wine, smoking and eating meat. However, he has abstained from â€˜drinkingâ€™ and smoking, said Gen. Shah.
Vice Chancellor said that it was generally seen that a taller person developed a problem of strained back ache, which could be cured with Yoga. He said that it was highly useful for patients of high blood pressure and diabetes.
Appreciating the role played by the Department of Physical Education in organizing this programme, Gen Shah said that Yoga had a deep presence in AMU culture.
Expressing his views on the occasion, the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S. Ahmad Ali highlighted the significance of Yoga in detail. He said that heavy physical workout was the core of military service and he has always performed Yoga throughout his life.
Prof. Akbar Husain of Department of Psychology delivered a lecture on â€œYoga and Stress Managementâ€. He said that Bhagvad Geeta has proposed four forms of Yoga suiting to the nature of the perso, for example, Gyan Yoga for knowledge oriented people, Karma Yoga for action oriented people, Dhyan Yoga for experience oriented people and Bhakti Yoga for emotion oriented people.
He said that Upnishads have also upheld the intrinsic relationship between Yoga and spirituality. He claimed that Yoga was a trusted source to attain spiritual bliss. He said that Yoga was a life force and a path for attaining spiritual energy and power which led to holistic health.
Dr. Brij Bhushan said that the AMU has been imparting lessons in Yoga through its B.PEd. and M.PEd. courses as an essential subject. He aid that several PhD. scholars have received their degrees on Yoga.
Dr. Rajinder Singh, Chairman, department of Physical Education said that Yoga was a good option to attain mental and physical well being. He, however, warned not to practice Yoga during fever and journey. He also advised menstruating women not to perform Yoga in this condition.
Dr. Singh urged Yoga lovers to practice it under the supervision of a trained person and should avoid going for it all alone. He also demonstrated several Yoga asanas and elaborated on its technical aspects.
Dean, Faculty of Social Science, Prof. Nazim Ali proposed a vote of thanks. Mrs. Sabiha Simi Shah, Mrs. Rizwana Ali, Dr. S. M. Javed Akhtar, Finance Officer and several other officials and teachers of the University were present on the occasion.