Students of the Zaporizhzhia State Medical University celebrated the International Yoga Day, which has been celebrated since June 21, 2015. It is noteworthy that this is the longest day of the year — the day of the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, and it is of special significance for people in many parts of the world.
The students of the Republic of India, who study at ZSMU, have organized a vivid event on the site opposite the second academic building. Young people of other foreign countries and Ukrainian students joined them.
The First Pro-rector of ZSMU, Associate Professor Mykola Avramenko opened the holiday. He noted that it is our university, where the largest diaspora of Indian students are studying, and it’s not only in regards of Zaporizhzhya, but all over Ukraine. We are all pleased to celebrate this day with our friendly student family. Mykola Oleksandrovych greeted the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of India to Ukraine, Mr. Manoj Kumar Bharti, who was also present at the holiday, and also on the behalf of the university community greeted parents of Indian students who, thanks to information technology, were able to observe our holiday in distant India and to see their children online.
The representative of the Sahaja Yoga Association in Ukraine, Natalia Moroz, and the head of the NEO Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology Limited, Mr. Raj, also addressed the audience. It was all about the nature of the ancient doctrine, because yoga is not a sport or simple physical exercises, it is a wise philosophy of life. The Yoga Day gives an excellent opportunity to join this beautiful, centuries-old physical practice. That is why the Embassy of India, together with the Ukrainian Yoga Federation, addressed young people, volunteers, and others to take part in the International Yoga Day 2018 and make Ukrainian citizens familiar with this doctrine.
Everyone really liked the performances of Indian students. They inspirationally performed songs and dances of their native country and for a moment returned to where they grew up. What’s more important is that in our university they feel confident and happy, and it helped students to perform as explicitly as possible.
Everyone was looking forward to the main highlight of the holiday, the actual presentation of the yoga itself, and the waiting was worth it. To the sounds of charming Indian melodies, the youth demonstrated breathtaking exercises. This state of high spiritual elevation was passed on to spectators who attentively watch the performance and didn’t want to leave for quite a while.