The Yoga Committee of Vidyasagar College for Women was formed in the academic session 2015-16during the month of July with an aim of promoting yoga as a measure for good health among students. On the day of the inauguration the World Yoga Day was commemorated. More than fifty students, fifteen teaching and five non-teaching staff members of the College attended the inauguration programme. The chief guest in the programme had been Mr. Debasish Mullick, President, VCFW Governing Body and the invited speaker was Ms. Rashmi Pal, an experienced yoga instructor. Ms. Rashmi Pal delivered a lecture on role of yoga in our life along with some demonstrations involving students of VCFW.

A month after the inauguration programme, a health check-up camp was conducted by the Yoga Committee in collaboration with the NCC unit, VCFW. Dr. Satya Prakash Upadhayay, M.B.B.S., was invited for this camp. Around seventy students turned up for the check-up.

The yoga committee decided to arrange regular yoga classes for students, which initially was decided to be a self-financed course with a monthly charge of Rs. 100/- per student and therefore conducted a walk-in interview for selection of instructors. Ms. Rashmi Pal was selected in the process. The course was designed to be a blending of theoretical aspects of yoga along with physical exercises. Three sessions were conducted successfully. But as the terminal months of the academic session approached, students stopped coming to college as their regular classes got suspended and hence there was no student turnout for yoga classes. Hence the Yoga Committee decided to discontinue the classes for academic session 2015-16 and resume them during academic session 2016-17.

In the academic session 2016-17 the College decided to make the Yoga course free for students. The Yoga Committee tried to contact Ms. Rashmi Pal, who had been formally selected as the yoga instructor in the previous academic session, during August, 2016, but she could not be contacted. Around this time, an important senior member of the Yoga Committee who was in charge of overall supervision of the Yoga Committee, left as she joined another college as Principal. Hence till the fresh formation of the Yoga Committee, no interview could be conducted for selection of another yoga instructor. The following months were months of vacation or various examinations. Thus during months of October, November, December, 2016 and January, 2017 no yoga session could be conducted.

On February 11, 2017, the Yoga Committee conducted a workshop on “Yoga for Good Health” where the invited speaker was Ms. Ujjawala Banerjee, National Level Judge of Yoga. Fifty eight students and twelve teaching and non-teaching staff members attended the workshop.

Ms. Ujjwala Banerjee addressing the students
at the Workshop on “Yoga for Good Health”

Ms. Ujjwala Banerjee talking about Yoga postures
at the Workshop on “Yoga for Good Health”

Students of VCFW demonstrating Yoga postures
following instructions from Ms. Ujjwala Banerjee
at the Workshop on “Yoga for Good Health”

Students and Teachers at the Workshop on
“Yoga for Good Health”
The Yoga Committee, VCFW observed the International Day of Yoga Dayon June 21, 2017 involving students and staff members of VCFW. Ms. Ujjwala Banerjee was the Chief Guest in the ceremony. Principal of VCFW first addressed the students on the International Day of Yoga Day. Then Ms. Ujjwala Banerje talked about the significance of the World Yoga Day and the importance of performing Yoga in everyday life with some demonstration of essential yoga postures by students.

Principal’s Address on the International Day
of Yoga Day

Ms. Ujjwala Banerjee talking about the
significance of the International Day of Yoga

Students demonstrating Yoga postures following
instructions from Ms. Ujjwala Banerjee on
the International Day of Yoga

Students and Staff Members of VCFW at the
Ceremony on the International Day of Yoga
The Yoga Committee is making arrangements for starting yoga classes on a regular basis in the academic session 2017-18 and also for conducting at least one workshop at the beginning of the new academic session.
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