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Dance and Mental Health highlighted by Sanskruti at British Parliament

Coinciding with Mental Health Week, Sanskruti Centre for Cultural Excellence together with APPG for Dance recently organised a fascinating event titled “The Role of Dance in Health, Wellbeing, and Community Cohesion”.

Hosted by Baroness Fraser in the presence of Co-Chair Baroness Hooper, Baroness Mobarik, and Baroness Sater at the House of Lords, the event had thought-provoking presentations and dance & movement demonstrations that captivated the full house of attendees.

Baroness Fraser speaking about the role of Dance and engagement

Captain Munish Chauhan, Surgical Registrar in the British Army spoke on combat stress and stress management, Gulnaz Brennan, Founder of SheInspires Network spoke on how dance empowers survivors of domestic violence and supports mental well-being, Chanukya Rajagopala spoke on how the concept of Bollyfit was amalgamating different genres of dance, and Singer-Songwriter Renu Gidoomal spoke on the impact of music on Dementia that engaged the attendees very well.

Renu Gidoomal’s presentation at Sanskruti’s event

Sarah Quraishi, Press Advisor at the High Commission of India spoke on strengthening the Living Bridge through dance and performing arts.

Lakshmi Pillai through Bharatanatyam, Hrishikesh Kizhikkiyil through centuries-old martial art form Kalaripayattu, and Dr. Adriana through Odissi demonstrated movements that help in muscle strength, coordination, blood circulation, and posture. Ragasudha Vinjamuri, Founder of Sanskruti Centre, spotlighted the benefits of dance therapy in Down’s and autistic children and has also performed a calming genre of dance presentation.

Attendees at the Role of Dance event

Sushil Rapatwar and Manju Sunil coordinated the flow of the event which concluded with acknowledgements to all presenters, who have come from all over England. Audiences shared excellent feedback about how rich and meaningful the content was.

Sarah Quraishi of High Commission of India at Sanskruti Centre’s Role of Dance event
Performances at Sanskruti’s event
Performances at Sanskruti’s event
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Yoga Day celebrations at the British Parliament

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Indian Traditional Sciences and Secretariat Amarjeet Singh Bhamra celebrated International Yoga Day at the House of Commons recently. Several key dignitaries have spoken at the event, both in person and virtually. Virendra Sharma MP rendered opening words and stressed the importance of Yoga as a continuous activity. Lord Ranger highlighted how Yoga transcends politics and religion and is a tool to control the body and mind.

Baroness Verma speaking at the Yoga Day celebrations

Ms. Ovessa Iqbal, First Secretary- Political representing the High Commission of India reiterated Yoga as a mental, physical & spiritual practice, and highlighted the initiatives surrounding Yoga. Neuroscientist and leader of the Transcendental Meditation movement Dr. Tony Nader joined via video and shared his thoughts on the aspects of Yoga for happiness, prosperity & wellness, and bringing nourishment to life. He further elucidated the stress indicators for which Yoga is a solution.

Mata Amrutanandamayi’s video message

Humanitarian Guru Mata Amritanandamayi Devi’s video message was played which highlighted how Yoga was a priceless boon given by sages of India to the world, which channels praana shakti in the right direction and increases mental strength & focus. Baroness Verma, one of the founding members of APPG Indian Traditional Sciences underscored how it took one effective leadership to bring centuries-old Yoga to come to the fore, and added that instead of depending on a small group of people to deliver massive projects, each must try and make all 365 days the Yoga days.

Dr Tony Nader joins the Yoga Day celebrations via video

A beautiful classical dance presentation by Ragasudha Vinjamuri covered the yogic aspects of Lord Shiva on a research composition from the time of the Tanjavur Maratha Kingdom.

Nitya Jagannadhan joined from India, and spoke on Yoga-based interventions, holistic context in healing and its strength of integrated approach with other systems such as Ayurveda. Dr. Sanjay Jadhav from Dubai related Yoga as expansion of one’s own consciousness, and reiterated that Yoga is not working out, but is working in. Kamu Palan demonstrated important mudras that would help in Blood Pressure control, hearing, memory and cell rejuvenation. Ayurveda Ratan Dr Polishetty Ravi shared some key inputs and emphasised on generating data for further scientific research.

Amarjeet Singh Bhamra speaking at the Yoga Day celebrations

The event concluded with Swami Anubhavananda’s message, who through his hilarious anecdotes explained how Yoga is happiness and how people should learn from every experience in life. On the occasion, some of the Ayurvedic practitioners were conferred recognition for their fervent services to the field.

Swami Anubhavananda speaking at the Yoga Day celebrations
Kamu Palan demonstrating useful mudras
Lord Ranger speaking at the Yoga Day celebrations

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