World’s first yoga university has been launched outside India in Los Angeles, US as a part of 6th International Yoga Day commemorations. It will be offering programs that combine scientific principles and modern research approaches to the ancient Indian practice of yoga.
The Vivekanand Yoga University abbreviated as VaYU has been launched jointly by Minister of state and External Affairs V Muraleedharan and Chairperson of the Standing Committee on External Affairs P P Chaudhary on Tuesday in a virtual event which held at Consulate General of India in New York.
Dr. H R Nagendra, who is an Eminent Indian yoga guru and also Chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (SVYASA) is the first Chairman of VaYU.
Muraleedharan, in his virtual launch, said that Swami Vivekananda gave the message of universal brotherhood from the US. The message of yoga, through the first of its kind yoga university outside India, will be broadcasted from America to the world.
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He added that yoga gives mental balance, peace, and emotional stability. Yoga, As the symbol of India’s culture and heritage, has become the means for unity and brotherhood in the world.
The message of peace can be given to the world, through yoga, he added.
The Consulate General and Jaipur Foot USA Chairperson and founding director of VaYU Prem Bhandari jointly hosted this event.
well known consultant to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said in his message that Swami Vivekananda “heralded the grandeur” of Indian yoga to the world through his famous speech in Chicago in 1893.
He added that by getting inspired by his teachings and the solutions he gave to meet the challenges of the modern era, this entire process was taken up to bring yoga into the academic dimension.
He also highlighted that the university “combines best of the East and best of the West. Best of the East is yoga and its applications and best of West is modern scientific research.”
Referring to the practice of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy, he said that they want to bring the integrated dimension of healthcare to the world at large – allopathy and the AYUSH systems.
Sandeep Chakravorty, the consul general of India in New York said that New York has deep ties with Yoga as many years ago Swami Vivekananda spent time in the city and wrote books on yoga which popularised the Indian practice of Yoga all over the world.
He also mentioned that VaYU will rope in top-line research in Yoga and then popularise ie in America. Around 40 million people already practice Yoga regularly in America.
In the coming years, he added, the world’s best modern-day yoga practitioners will be produced who will not only spread peace but will also make the planet earth a better place to live in.
He called Modi instrumental to get the UN to declare June 21 as International Yoga Day as this popularised the practice of yoga across the world.
He referred tot eh university as a prime example of people to people connections between India and the US. And also informed that the university will help thousands of yoga teachers in the US whose yoga education was limited to 200 or 500 hours of certificate programs to progress further into university-based higher education.
Baba Ramdev, Yog guru, said that this is a matter of pride and added that VaYU will enhance India’s pride for years to come in the field of yoga research.
VaYU, which is founded on the principles of Swami Vivekanand and his perceptions for Universal welfare, will offer online graduate programs. These will be based on scientific principles and modern research approaches to yoga. Faculty in VaYU has been recruited from SVYASA. It is notable that SVYASA is the world’s first Yoga University in India.
Collaborative research, credit transfers, and joint programs will be facilitated with multiple premier universities across the world.
Online master’s programs will be offered and the applications for the fall of 2020 semester are open. The first day of classes are starting on August 24 in a virtual model.
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