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On the Eightfold Path: NITK Yoga Club promotes Mindful Living

On the Eight fold Path NITK Yoga Club Promotes Mindful Living
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Mangaluru: The Yoga Club of NITK Surathkal organised ‘Coastal Calming’ a yoga session at NITK beach on Feb 19, 2023, from 7 AM-8.30 AM at the backdrop of the Arabian sea.
NITK Director (additional charge), Prof. Prasad Krishna presided over the session. More than 200 participants including the staff and students of NITK participated in the yoga session. Venilla Manikandan, a Hatha Yoga Trainer, pursuing MTech at the Civil Engineering department, NITK Surathkal was the instructor for the session.
Prof. Prasad Krishna, the director and a yoga instructor himself, addressed the gathering and emphasised the importance of yoga practice. In addition, he complimented the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, for his contribution to yoga’s worldwide popularity. He said that PM Modi’s efforts had made yoga valued worldwide, despite cultural differences.
Prof. Prasad Krishna: “Yoga is an excellent way for students to improve their physical and mental well-being. Not only does it help to reduce stress and anxiety, but it also increases flexibility, strength, and balance. Practising yoga can also help an individual to become more mindful and focused, allowing him/her to better manage their time and energy. The beauty of yoga is that it is suitable for all ages. By following the Eightfold Path: Yama (ethical standards), Niyama (self-discipline and spiritual observances), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense withdrawal), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (enlightenment) one can cultivate a greater sense of self-awareness, inner peace, and spiritual connection. With dedication and practice, the Eightfold Path can lead to a life of greater joy, fulfilment, and purpose. Yoga and meditation must be practised in order to overcome the myriad lifestyle illnesses and rising suicide rates that plague today”.
The director expressed his sincere thanks to Venilla Manikandan, the yoga teacher, Dean of Student Welfare: Prof. Narendranath, Faculty Welfare: Prof. G. C. Mohan Kumar, Yoga Club faculty advisor: Dr V. Murugan, the organisers, and all the participants.
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