Global launch of the 75 crore Suryanamaskar Initiative as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav
Heartfulness rang in the New Year with the inaugural Global launch of 75 crore Suryanamaskar Initiative as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav along with the launch ‘Authentic Yoga book’ and unveiling of foundation stone of Heartfulness International Yoga Academy
New Delhi, January 3, 2022: Heartfulness rang in the New Year with the inaugural Global launch of 75 crore Suryanamaskar Initiative as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav along with the launch ‘Authentic Yoga book’ and unveiling of foundation stone of Heartfulness International Yoga Academy. Pujya Yogrishi Swami Ramdev Maharaj – President, Patanjali Foundation, Daaji (Shri Kamlesh D. Patel) – President of Shri Ram Chandra Mission and Guide of Heartfulness Meditation, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal - Hon’ble Minister of Ayush & Ports, Shipping & Waterways, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya - Honourable Governor of Haryana, and Shri V Srinivas Goud - Hon’ble Minister of Prohibition & Excise, Sports & Youth Services, Tourism & Culture & Archeology (Govt. of Telangana) at Kanha Shanti Vanam - the world headquarters of Heartfulness.
This virtual event reflected Pujya Yogrishi Swami Ramdev ji and Pujya Daaji’s idea of Unity with the intention of preserving and propagating the ancient science of yoga. The 75-crore Suryanamaskar project is also a tribute to 75 years of India’s independence. For those who can participate in the project, the yogic practice of Surya Namaskar which literally means ‘sun salutation’ is slated for 21 days for 13 times a day. The project will last from 1 January – 20 February 2022. This program is being organized by these five international organizations Heartfulness Institute, Patanjali Yogpeeth and its associated organizations, NYSF-National Yogasana Sport Federation, Geeta Parivar, and Kreeda Bharati and supported by Ministry of Ayush, Ministry of Education and Ministry of External Affairs-ICCR and sponsored by FIT India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt of India. Other key collaborators are AIU – Association of Indian Universities, NSS, DAV managing committee, Allen Career Institute and Navyog Sansthan and Svyasa. The 75 crore Suryanamaskar challenge also aims at creating the largest congregational Surya Namaskar event with each participant also receiving a certificate upon completing the 21-day Suryanamaskar challenger.
President of Shri Ram Chandra Mission and Global Guide of Heartfulness Daaji said, “It has been our endeavour to bring people close to their inner nature. By establishing the Heartfulness International Yoga Academy, our goal is to make the practice of yoga be within the reach of just everybody and every section of the society. The launch of The Authentic Yoga Book also is an indicator of the positivity that yoga can have on one’s body, mind, and soul. It will also serve as a litmus paper to understand where one stands in the practice of yoga and what one needs to do to achieve a holistic growth.”
Yogrishi Swami Ramdev ji Maharaj had to say, “In the past two decades more and more people around the world have become aware of the benefits of yoga. But to make yoga a part of one’s daily life in practice has not been easy. With Daaji’s book on Yoga, he provides easy-to-adopt patterns for yoga. For Heartfulness to bring in such an incredible congregation with a huge number of participants from around the world joining us at this moment is commendable. Yoga is not merely a form of exercise but is to be in alignment with the universe that is beneficial at mental and spiritual levels as well. Surya Namaskar is one asana that covers twelve other major asanas rendering holistic wellness to the practitioners. I hope more and more people adopt Surya Namaskar as part of their daily regimen.”
Shri Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Daaji has very profoundly brought the tools to master yoga in his latest book. I am sure it is going to be a handy book for many yoga seekers. It is an exhilarating experience to participate in Surya Namaskar at such a grand scale as well. The people of the world are coming together today to celebrate the goodness of yoga. It is a message to the world that fitness should be at the heart of one’s life and yoga is form of fitness that elevates one spiritually as well. With inaugurating the International Yoga Academy, Heartfulness is making the effort in the right direction by making Yoga accessible to more and more people.”
Governor Haryana Dattatreya Bandaru said, "I am happy to see the overwhelming response to mission 75 crore Suryanamaskar project. Hariyana is land of Yoga from where Geeta, the science of Yogashastra originated. We are proud that Hariyana Yog Aayog is working in the direction to take yoga until last end of the society and it is actively involved in this mission too. The book by Daaji is enlightening in this direction as well and I believe the upcoming Heartfulness International Yoga Academy is going to propel the mission in the right direction.”
Shri Srinivas Goud said, “Yoga is a sacred science passed down to us from our ancient wise men for an overall wellbeing. The Authentic Yoga Book surely suffices the need to adopt yoga as an integral part of our lives. With Heartfulness International Yoga Academy soon to offer its gamut of services on yoga, Ayurveda and therapeutic treatments, Heartfulness is taking its mission one notch higher. It’s also wonderful to see more and more people signing up for the 75-crore Suryanmaskar challenge as it is a sure sign of growing awareness and willingness for a healthy lifestyle.”
On the Book released today, The Authentic Yoga of Patanjali by P Y Deshpande, Daaji spoke “ Today, I am very happy to launch a book which I have been personally awaiting for some time. This book is called - The Authentic Yoga. This book was originally written by Shri P Y Deshpande ji in the seventies. Shri Deshpandeji had been a major literary force of his time in Maharashtra and a thinker with a radical outlook and global vision. I have read many commentaries on Yoga Sutras of great sage Patanjali but had not found anything which is as insightful as this book. As I have mentioned earlier that contrary to the common understanding of Yoga as means of improving Health, Yoga is actually an evolving science, and this book takes us deeper into the significance of yoga, helping us understand the role it can play in uplifting our lives at a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual level.”