WYC 2013 – A Milestone in History of Yoga

World Yoga Convention 2013 held at Munger – The City of Yoga, Bihar, India between Oct 23 and 27 will remain a milestone in the History of Yoga.

Bihar School of Yoga has the history of hosting World Yoga Convention once every two decades. Each convention has ushered in a new era in taking Yoga closer to humanity. The current convention was aimed to bring forth a new level of understanding and application of yoga in people’s lives across the world.

General facts and figures about this convention:

  • 2,000 delegates from 56 countries; 12,000 delegates from 22 Indian states and 10,000 delegates from Munger – this convention hosted around 25,000 delegates for five days. Around 15,000 people from 60+ countries watched the proceedings live over the net. With close to 40,000 delegates across the world, participating in a convention held in a small town, that had limited publicity – one can imagine the impact Bihar School of Yoga (BSY) had made in the past 50 years
  • Request for registration was declined to 4,500 delegates for want of accommodation
  • It was Munger’s pride that it hosted all its guests in the most hospitable manner. Co-operation and support of local populace and administration was to the most. This was probably an opportunity well utilised by Munger citizens to express their deepest gratitude to Bihar School of Yoga and Swami Satyananda Saraswati for the contribution they have made in their lives over the past 50 years
  • The delegates were ably guided and supported at all the venues for food, accommodation as also the convention by the volunteers of Bala Yoga Mitra Mandal (BYMM – School Students) and Yuva Yoga Mitra Mandal (YYMM – College Students). Most of you must be aware that BYMM and YYMM members not only practice yoga in their daily life, but also teach yoga to other students spreading the message far and wide
  • The way even minutest details were meticulously planned, delegated and managed in a professional way – corporate world and management institutes have a lot to learn from Bihar School of Yoga, BYMM and YYMM in terms of event management
  • The way delegate’s welcome kit, prasad of books and CDs were distributed to the delegates, reminds one of generosity of Karna from Mahabharatha. It is to be noted that the fort area of Munger (where Bihar School of Yoga is established) is said to be Karna’s fort during Mahabharatha times.

Actual program of the convention:

Research papers based on empirical, scientific and scriptural studies were presented and workshops conducted by international experts on all the five days. Impact of various tools and techniques of Yoga on Health, Therapy, Lifestyle, Education, etc., were shared.

Several people who have for long, been associated with Bihar School of Yoga and its other establishments, shared their personal experiences and anecdotes on how Swami Satyananda and Satyananda Yoga influenced their lives.

Swami Niranjananda Saraswati in his own inimicable style, translated the presentations, into Hindi/English as required, so that each and every delegate gets the message that was shared.

Two Principal take-aways from the convention for Ankur:

  1. The depth of understanding and conviction people from outside India have on Yogic wisdom which emanated from India and the extent of systematic study and research conducted by these experts is exemplary and salutary. It is time we in India break the pseudo-secular walls, take to Yogic Life-style with complete Shradda (Faith is a poor translation to this sanskrit word) and give our children in schools, yogic culture.
  2. It is now established through research that Yoga is the most effective tool humanity has, to evolve from its current status. Hence development of Life-skills education based on yogic tools is the future.

Watch out this space closely for more details about the learnings, insights from the studies and Yogic tools for Life-skills education.


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  1. Sonu Raj

     /  November 18, 2013

    100% true

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