International Day of Yoga

On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. The declaration came after the call for the adoption of June 21 as International Day of Yoga by Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister, Mr. 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."

Yoga is an ancient discipline intended to bring balance and wellbeing to the mental, emotional, physical & spiritual dimensions of self. When accepted as a way of life, yoga improves all the dimensions of the human body, mind and soul.


As many of us are getting ready to become future managers and join the corporate culture, we should be aware that it is a field that demands utmost dedication without any fixed hours of work, translating into a huge amount of workload and stress. Therefore, it becomes necessary to manage the stress and lead a balanced and healthy life and that is where the importance of YOGA as lies, numerous studies in the field have suggested that, yoga helps in managing and reducing stress, depression, and anxiety.

Stress can affect one’s performance, health, social life, relationships and is often referred to as a silent killer, statistics show that nearly 75% of work professionals experience stress once in a while if not often.


Yoga significantly decreases heart rate and blood pressure eventually calming you down, it also reverses the negative impact of stress on the immune system. Yoga has been found to have immediate psychological effects like:

  • Decreasing anxiety
  • Increasing feelings of spiritual, social, & emotional well-being.
  • Reducing stress over the time
  • Lowering the risk of cardio vascular diseases, diabetes, cancer etc.

Studies have also shown improvement in mental health of teenagers and adults both through yoga. Yoga includes various postures, breathing practices, meditation and relaxation techniques, which benefits us at every level.

Moreover, to inculcate this means of living in all the students, and faculty members, IIM Kashipur annually witnesses a celebration on this day.


Indian Institute of Management Kashipur celebrated the World Yoga Day by organizing a yoga event attended by the students, faculty and staff at the institute’s campus. Adopting the event along the lines of the declaration by the Hon’ble Prime Mister, the event saw the enthusiastic participation from students and staff alike. To aid the participants in experiencing the 5000 year old physical, mental and spiritual practice, which aims to transform both body and mind, IIM Kashipur invited Ms. Priyanjali Das and Mr. Abhimanyu Mann to conduct a yoga session.

Ms. Priyanjali Das is a masters in Behavioral Psychology, and is a trained psychologist, who started her journey with Kriya Kundalini yoga. She has been exposed to Satyananda yoga, Vinyasa flow and Sivananda yoga. She constantly asked the students to focus on their breathing, turning inwards and respecti ng the body, mind and soul.

Abhimanyu Mann did Post Graduate (Diploma course) in Yoga & Alternate Therapies. Yoga has been part of his life for over 7 years and he propagating the practice of Yoga though his NGO (Paramount Society). He is a lawyer by profession and participant of the EPGP, IIM, Kashipur. He has his expertise in Shatkriya, Asana and Pranayama.

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