Office of the Games & Sports, Jamia Millia Islamia(JMI) today organised an Online Programme, which included a lecture on “Yoga for Mind-Body Balance in the Midst of Corona Crisis” by Yoga exponent Dr. Alka Tyagi, a brochure release on “International Day of Yoga-2020 Celebrations at JMI” and distribution of certificates to participants of a Ten Days Step Count Challenge- “Keep Calm and Keep Walking”.JMI Vice-Chancellor Prof. Najma Akhtar presided over the online program and Dr. Nazim Husain Al-Jafri, Registrar, JMI was the Guest of Honour.Keynote speaker Dr. Alka Tyagi, Associate Professor in English at University of Delhi, is currently a Fellow at Indian Institute of Advance Study, Shimla.
Besides being an academic, writer and poet, she is an ardent practitioner and exponent of Yoga. She is initiated into Satyananda Yoga Tradition, famous as Bihar School of Yoga, Munger. She has taught yoga and meditation and lectured on it at national and International platforms.Dr. Tyagi emphasised on various useful aspects of Yoga which can be of great help during the current pandemic situation to stay fit and healthy. She explained how a balance could be created between our body and mind during this tough period through regular Yoga exercises.
She emphasised on breathing, the vital energy aspect which nourishes the body in various ways. The lecture ended with participants performing on the instructions given by Dr Tyagi on breathing to control mind.During her address Vice Chancellor Prof. Najma Akhtar said that Corona doesn’t appear to vanish soon. It may take much longer time to be controlled over. Therefore, we have to not only prepare ourselves but also encourage and prepare others to fight with this pandemic and become strong both physically and mentally.“I would suggest all our faculty members and administrative staff as well as our students to make it a habit of practicing Yoga so that we form a healthy, energetic, physically and mentally strong community. Since we are now the No. 1 University in the country, we must take the lead and set an example for the Nation”, she said.
A Brochure on “International Day of Yoga-2020 Celebrations at JMI” was released together by Prof. Najma Akhtar, Dr. Nazim Hussain Al-Jafri and the Dr. Tyagi after the lecture.Terming the lecture given by Dr Tyagi as very useful and informative Dr Jafri said that JMI has been celebrating International Day of Yoga since its inception in 2015 with active participation of students and staff members but due to Covid-19 it was celebrated through online mode this year.
The Vice Chancellor launched a portal for distribution of certificates to participants of a Ten Days Step Count Challenge – “Keep Calm and Keep Walking” organised the Office of Office of the Games & Sports, JMI for staff and students of the university.The program ended with a presentation of vote of thanks by Prof. Khalid Moin, Director, Games & Sports, JMI.