International Yoga Day 2019 –  Bengaluru

International Yoga Day 2019 – Bengaluru

International Yoga Day 2019 is being celebrated today. June 21 marks the fifth International Yoga Day. 

Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self – The Bhagavad Gita, Hindu Scripture.  

The term yoga is derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, which means to “attach, join, harness, yoke.” While there are no specific history on its chronology or specific origin other than the fact that yoga developed in ancient India, one cannot deny that yoga as a form of practice as innumerable mental and physical health benefits. 

International Yoga Day history :

International yoga day celebrates yoga, an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice.  Today, yoga, which originated in India, is one of the world’s most popular pastime activities. 

In September of 2014, India’s Prime Minister proposed the establishment of an International Day of Yoga to promote international peace and cooperation.  His request was granted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2014 in an effort to highlight the benefits of yoga to physical well=being and to world peace and development. 

On June 21st 2015, the first International Day of Yoga was celebrated worldwide, leading to a new Guinness Record for the largest yoga lesson, consisting of nearly 36,000 participants in India’s capital New Delhi.   

Yoga Day celebrations at Bengaluru :

Many yogapreneurs and training clubs in Bengaluru are hosting various public sessions to mark the day. On this International Yoga Day, VR Bengaluru is turning to be a place to celebrate tranquillity and meditation.

Inorbit mall, whitefield – Yoga day :

Inorbit Mall Whitefield is hosting yoga sessions to enhance health and happiness. These sessions will be held in association with the Art of Living Foundation. Trained yoga experts and instructors will take through the different asanas and exercises to help to overcome distress and soothe  mind, body and soul.

Rossé Fem Social, a women leisure hub is collaborating with VR Bengaluru mall, Whitefield, to host a yoga session that will cover asanas, meditation and body alignment. 

International Yoga day– events at Bengaluru :

All-day free yoga:

Fitness centre chain Cult.Fit will be holding free yoga sessions at all its Cult and mind centres between 6 am and 10 pm.  Each session will be up to 50 minutes and will include a mix of meditation, introduction and basics of yoga.

Dancing Yoga :

At Kendriya Vidyalaya, MEG Auditorium, Ulsoor school students presented yoga demonstration in dance.  The event  was organized by the Tourism Ministry.

Yoga and Herbal Tea :

Arogya mandira in Rajajinagar is distributing free yoga booklets and herbal tea.  A lecture on meditation and practical session was held in the presence of Yoga master Brahmacharya.

Benefits of Yoga :

Maintaining a regular yoga practice can provide physical and mental health benefits.  The purpose of yoga is to build strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body

The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome. 

Other physical benefits of yoga include:

  • increased flexibility
  • increased muscle strength and tone
  • improved respiration, energy and vitality
  • maintaining a balanced metabolism
  • weight reduction
  • cardio and circulatory health
  • improved athletic performance
  • protection from injury

Mental benefits :

Aside from the physical benefits, one of the best benefits of yoga is how it helps a person manage stress, which is known to have devastating effects on the body and mind. Stress can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate. Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life.

Yoga’s incorporation of meditation and breathing can help improve a person’s mental well-being. Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration.  Body- and self-awareness are particularly beneficial,  because they can help with early detection of physical problems and allow for early preventive action.

Types of Yoga :

There are more than 100 different forms of yoga. Some are fast-paced and intense. Others are gentle and relaxing.

Examples of different yoga forms include:
  • Hatha – The form most often associated with yoga, it combines a series of basic movements with breathing.
  • Vinyasa  – A series of poses that flow smoothly into one another.
  • Power  – A faster, higher-intensity practice that builds muscle.
  • Ashtanga –  A series of poses, combined with a special breathing technique.
  • Bikram – Also known as “hot yoga,” it’s a series of 26 challenging poses performed in a room heated to a high temperature.
  • Iyengar-  A type of yoga that uses props like blocks, straps, and chairs to help you move your body into the proper alignment.
Intensity Level: Varies with Type :

The intensity of yoga workout depends on which form of yoga one choose. Techniques like hatha and iyengar yoga are gentle and slow. Bikram and power yoga are faster and more challenging.

Areas It Targets :

There are yoga poses to target just about every core muscle. Want to tighten those love handles? Then prop yourself up on one arm and do a side plank. To really burn out the middle of your abs, you can do boat pose, in which you balance on your “sit bones” (the bony prominences at the base of your pelvic bones) and hold your legs up in the air.

Yoga is a sport that can contribute to development and peace.  Yoga can even help people in emergency situations to find relief from stress – UN General Secreary, Bam Ki-moon.

Practice yoga. Stay healthy mentally and physically.

Omashram Trust – Old Age Care at Bengaluru

Omashram Trust – Old Age Care at Bengaluru

Omashram Trust-Old Age Care, is a charitable trust founded in the year 2001 with the objective of providing care and succor to the old.

Old age is the closing period in the life span. Age sixty is usually considered the dividing line between middle and old age.

Old age homes are meant for senior citizens who are unable to stay with their families or are destitute. Some homes work on a payment basis depending on the type and quality of services offered. Apart from food, shelter and medical amenities, old age homes also provide yoga classes to senior citizens.

Founder of Omashram :

Smt. Geeta Shankarthe caretaker and Founder  Trustee of Omashram, is a Mother, Daughter, Daughter in law and Sister and a Friend to 60-odd neglected and abandoned senior citizens. 

She can hardly hide her contempt for the present generation who use-and-throw their parents. “If you have tears to shed, shed them for today’s senior citizens,” she says. “Typically today, parents sacrifice everything for their children who grow up, pursue their career, and dump their parents in an old-age home. We have become so cruelly selfish today that we don’t  respect or even care for our parents.”

Facilities at Omashram Trust :

Omashram provides residential care with full boarding & lodging facility to the old with medical care  & nursing care to the old, belonging mostly to poor & middle class individuals (above 60 years of age) of all denominations. At Omashram Old Age Homes there are 75 old, neglected souls being cared for.

The Trust has already traveled a long way and addressed the needs of infinite number of parents. The travel has been days of struggle and considerable odds to keep the fledgling institution afloat. The challenges remained the strength of the Trust to continue to do this good work through the benevolence.

Mission and Vision of Omashram Trust :

At Omashram Trust-Old Age Care- “ A Home Away From Home” is an attempt to provide a homely and respectable living for the Elders with utmost commitment, dedication, trust and care, to promote compassion and love.

The entire staff are committed to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being of the Elders, in order to provide them with comfortable living with dignity and fullness “In The Evening Of Their Lives.”

  • To have a permanent infrastructure.
  • To combine the causes – Old age care with shelter and education to Orphan children.
  • To expand our services for more and more elderly.
  • To look after the elderly people with utmost care and empathy in a pleasant atmosphere to lead a peaceful life till theirlast journey.
  • To extend the facilities of the home to more number of needy persons in the society.
  • To continue to survive by bringing together the hands of all like-minded people.

Goal of Omashram :

•  To have an infrastructure of our own.

•  To combine two cause old age care and orphanage and to provide education to the needy     


• To expand our services for more and more elderly.

• To look after the elderly people with utmost care and empathy in a pleasant atmosphere to lead a peaceful life till their last journey. 

• To extend the facilities of the home to more number of needy persons in the society. 
•  To continue to survive by bringing together the hands of all likeminded people.

Healthcare at ashram :

Omashram Trust has initiated to provide love filled care and succor to the neglected and sick elders of the society. The homes are adorned by all medical equipment’s and nursing care by nurses trained in Geriatrics, Doctor-Specialists on call, Physiotherapy.

Complete medical check up is carried out for every elderly at the time of admission and the records are maintained periodically. The program aims to support senior citizens and help with their emotional and physical challenges.

The Home and its staff give moral support and try to put a smile back on the faces of elderly clients with no one to look after them.

Facilities available at the Omashram :

The Omashram is housed in two rented premises.  Kitchen is run by hygienic and professional cooks.  Delicious vegetarian meals i.e., Nutritious meals supporting the medical state of the elders are being served.  The food includes beverages, fruit juices, three meals.

In between snacks with seasonal fruits and bed time-milk are provided. The facilities also includes personal laundry, library, round the clock security, Yoga cum meditation facilities along with Televisions and other recreational activities like musical and dance programs by volunteers young and old.

Education to poor children :

Omashram Trust also supports education of the Tribal Children in Coonoor and Ooty in , Tamilnadu. The trust is actively involved with the children. The Omashram trust gives away Academic Excellence Awards annually to encourage the literacy of the tribals.

The education of the children of the working staff at the homes are also supported by the Trust, owing to the fact that they are all destitute women from poor families in villages.

Problems of old age :

As one age, muscles and bones begin to weaken.  Old age people lose eyesight and hearing, and mobility often becomes limited. Seniors also suffer from dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, which affects about 10 percent of people over age 65, increasing to 32 percent of people 85 and older.

Personal care is an important daily need for a senior citizen. They may need assistance with bathing, dressing and personal grooming.

Donation to Omashram :

Anybody can donate to the Omashram as the ashram is in need of money to run the daily activities.

The initiatives of Establishments, Corporate’s  and Organisations from all sectors are welcome to get associated with the noble initiatives of Omashram Trust.

In a respectable scale, the same from multiple sectors are already being provided. Omashram Trust seeks support from corporate involvements in successfully accomplishing the cause for Elders.

The various opportunities for participation may be opted from- Providing Corpus Fund, Monthly, Quarterly, Half Yearly or Annual Grants to the Trust, which would assist in smooth handling of the recurring expenses towards health care for the Elders.

Health care camps including General Check Up, Orthopaedics, Eye Care, Skin Care can be organized at the Homes.

The other major opportunity would be to sponsor the rents of the premises while also assisting towards procuring a permanent structure for the Homes.