Knowledge and Fun-filled -Harmony Fest 2018
It feels immense pleasure in writing about Harmony Fest which I witnessed last week to be my first blog of #2019.
India’s Biggest Wellness Festival, celebrating 100 years of The Yoga Institute was held in Mumbai on 28-29 Dec, 12 noon-9 pm, at MMRDA Ground, BKC. Almost 50,000 people attended the event.
The opening ceremony started with President Ram Nath Kovind paying glowing tribute to the world’s oldest Yoga Institute. He said that “Yoga is the soft power of the world, which can unite people, communities and nations. Yoga is the most valuable gift that India has given to humanity and the world. ”
The event was attended by a galaxy of dignitaries like Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister of State for Ayush Shripad Y Naik came forward to grace the ceremony.
Governor released the book, ‘Yoga For All’, written by Smt. Hansajiji J Yogendra which has been 3 years in the writing, and is based on a hundred years of research by The Yoga Institute.
Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Devendra Fadnavis said, “Harmony is a big strength of Yoga, which cleanses the body, mind and soul, and brings an individual closer to nature. I congratulate The Yoga Institute on completing 100 years and celebrating it with the Harmony Fest.” He said his government would always support the laudable initiatives of The Yoga Institute.
Other luminaries who graced the occasion included Shri Vishwanath Mahadeshwar, Hon’ble Mayor of Mumbai; Padma Shri Swami Bharat Bhushan, Founder, Mokshayatan International Yogashram; Padma Shri Dr. D R Karthikeyan, Former CBI Director; Swami Chidanand Saraswati, President Parmarth Niketan, and Shri Gaur Gopal Das of ISKCON. Star actor and presenter, Kabir Bedi anchored the ceremony.
The ceremony was chaired by Dr. Smt. Hansaji J Yogendra, Director of The Yoga Institute. She said, “We are humbled and grateful that The Yoga Institute has completed 100 years of service to Householder Yoga, and has touched millions of lives in India and across the world. I am indeed grateful to the Hon’ble President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind and the First Lady and the other distinguished guests for having graced our big day with their august presence.”
The free and open-to-all Harmony Fest offered a banquet of health and wellness for thought, mind, body and soul. Two days were totally fun and filled with entertainment all around the place.
Let me give you the highlights of what all happened there-
I witnessed A Good Food Festival with celebrities like Chef Ranveer Brar, Chef Pankaj Bhadouria.
There were food trucks, stalls and a Marketplace selling offering many amazing things. I got some herbal skin care products too.
Next was the Expert guidance from Rujuta Diwekar who is India’s leading sports science and nutrition expert and amongst the world’s most followed Nutritionists. Her session was so good.
Talks and Panel discussions on Yoga with celebrated experts like Gaur Gopal Das, Chidanand ji Saraswati, Dr D R Kartikeyan, Dr Lokesh Muni, Dr Chinmaya Pandya, Sadhvi Bhagwati Saraswati, a YogTalk by Laxmi Narayan Tripathi, and others.
Ther were in total 4 Yoga workshops with the purpose to help spread the word about Yoga for Householders: Bhavas Workshop, Asana Workshop, Women’s Health Workshop, and Couples’ Workshop