Rotary Club of Bombay West in association with Inner Wheel Club of Bombay West, Rotary Club of Bombay Airport, its sponsored Rotaract Clubs and The Yoga Institute celebrated International Women’s Day in a unique way with Chief Guest, Dr.Hansaji Yogendra.
Welcoming the gathering, Rtn.Anand Gupta, President of RC of Bombay West said that International Women’s day to him was the celebration of respect, appreciation, love and care towards women in our life and in the society. He urged everyone to join together as partners – women and girls, men and boys – to make gender equality a reality for all.
Dr.Hansaji Yogendra, Director of the Yoga Institute, in a conversation with Dr.Kavita Rege, President of Inner Wheel Club of Bombay West, offered insights of Yoga philosophy, importance of Yoga in today’s world, the need to control our mind for healthy being, food intake and diets, significance of proper rest and sleep, maintaining healthy family relationships, generation gap, etc. Her easy solutions to complex life problems delivered in easy to understand language impressed the gathering of over 200 people from the community, students and teachers of the Yoga Classes conducted at Rotary and members of the host organizations. Members from the audience too asked some pertinent questions to Dr.Hansaji which she replied with flair in plain and simple sentences.
Earlier, Dr.Hansaji Yogendra was introduced by her disciple and a Yoga Counselor, Rotary Ann Shahin Merchant. Dr.Hansaji, an honorary member of RC of Bombay West, is Chairperson of Yoga Certification Council of Quality Council of India and President of International Board of Yoga. Over the past five decades, Hansaji has made significant contributions in areas like yoga education, research, experiential learning and standardisation of yoga practices. She led the NCERT project of designing and formulating Yoga Education Syllabus for schools nationwide. Shahin also gave details of Dr.Hansaji’s contribution to research work on treating various ailments through Yoga as well as the social initiatives undertaken by The Yoga Institute under her leadership. To her students, Dr.Hansaji is not only a guru, but a true friend, a mentor and a guide.
Rtn.Suketu Jariwala proposed a well-structured vote of thanks which came straight from the heart. The event was followed by a sumptuous dinner for all invited guests.
- Report by Rtn.Aslam Merchant