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Published on : Wednesday, June 22, 2016
As the world observed the second International Yoga Day, Renaissance Lucknow Hotel took the opportunity to introduce its guests to the ancient Indian fitness-cum-spiritual practice that has revolutionized the lives of thousands of people across the globe.
Derived from Sanskrit, the word ‘yoga’ means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. While it originated in ancient India, yoga is today widely practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity.
A large number of outstation guests at the hotel joined a few local participants from the city at the serene Ren Garden at Renaissance Hotel this morning to practice a yoga session and reinvigorate their bodies and minds.
While some of the participants were Yoga connoisseurs already, others who were yet to convert to it had a pleasant introduction to the practice. For a select few, especially the foreign visitors this was their first interface with the practice that left them asking for more.
The session was presided over by Yoga expert/instructor Manoj from Transforming Ones who introduced the guests to some popular and easy to practice ‘asanas’ that can be adopted in everyday life.
“Yoga is a practice that combines elements of physical fitness, mental awareness and spiritual awakening all in one. It is a process to harmonize your body and mind with itself as well as to the universal consciousness, whatever you chose to call it. It might have originated in India but given its popularity worldwide it has become a global phenomenon today; it can well be called India’s most famous export to the world. International Yoga Day is an opportunity to further popularize the practice and take it to people who are yet to be introduced to its immense health benefits,” said Manoj Bishnoi, Yoga Instructor.
“At Renaissance Hotel, we aim at introducing our guests, especially the foreign visitors to everything that is quintessentially Indian so as to make their stay truly meaningful and memorable. 60 people including outstation guests as well as attendees from the city joined in the session this morning at the Ren Garden and had a rejuvenating start to their day. A number of guests who had their first brush with the practice told us they were truly inspired to take it forward in their lives,” said Mr. Anand Ganesan, Multi Property, General Manager, Marriott Group, Lucknow.
In 2014, The United Nations recognized the universal appeal of Yoga and declared 21 June as the International Yoga Day. The Day is aimed at raising awareness worldwide about the many benefits of practicing yoga.