Yoga

Expert announces free yoga sessions at Indian Mission Wellington

Ankita Sood leads a yoga session at the community center of the new Indian High Commission building on June 23, 2022 (Facebook Photo)

Venkat Raman
Auckland, August 5, 2022

International yoga expert Ankita Sood has announced free weekly yoga sessions for August 2022 at the brand new Indian High Commission at 72 Pipitea Street Wellington.

Ms Sood, who joined the Indian Mission as a Culture and Yoga Associate in June 2022, will hold these sessions from Tuesday to Saturday this month.

Tuesday’s session will be on Energizing Yoga Morning Before Work from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. On Wednesdays, she will lead Yoga for Women from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Yoga with Props (special blocks and straps to support Yoga postures) will take place on Wednesdays from 5:15-6:15 p.m. and Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

The Friday morning session (10:30-11:30 a.m.) will be exclusively for women, while the evening session (5:15-6:15 p.m.) will focus on stress management.

Saturday mornings (10 a.m. to 11 a.m.) will be devoted to diplomats, while the evening session (4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.) will be reserved for children.

In addition, Ms. Sood will present a series of talks on yoga and its philosophy and lead workshops on Indian culture and yoga sessions and workshops for schools, universities and business leaders in other locations. Requests for these free sessions should be sent to him by e-mail: [email protected]

About yoga

Yoga is one of the most practiced disciplines in the world and according to the Yoga Journal, this industry was valued at US$88 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach US$215 billion in 2025.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the global yoga movement when he suggested to the United Nations during the Annual General Assembly held on September 27, 2014 to promote yoga. The world body designated June 21 as International Yoga Day in 2015.

Ban Ki-moon, then Secretary-General of the UN, described yoga as “an ancient discipline originating from a traditional framework that has grown in popularity to be enjoyed by practitioners in all regions. Yoga offers a simple, accessible and inclusive way to promote physical and spiritual health and well-being. It promotes respect for other human beings and for the planet we share. Yoga does not discriminate; to varying degrees, anyone can practice, regardless of relative strength, age or ability,” he said in a statement.

Mr Ban Ki-moon said he discovered the value of yoga when he did his first asana, a beginner-friendly tree pose.

“It took me a while to regain my balance, but once I did, I enjoyed the simple sense of satisfaction that yoga can bring. On this very first International Day of Yoga, let’s see the benefits of this practice in terms of individual well-being as well as our collective efforts to improve public health, promote peaceful relationships and usher in dignified lives for all,” he said.

Labor MP Dr Gaurav Sharma, then Indian High Commissioner Muktesh Pardeshi and others during International Yoga Day held in Parliament on June 21, 2022 (Photo Facebook)

Hindus believe yoga to be divine and attribute it to Dakshinamurthy, an aspect of Lord Shiva.

This aspect of the Lord is revered as the Guru of all types of knowledge. Hindu scriptures say that if a person has no guru, he can consider and worship Dakshinamurthy as his guru.

About Ankita Sood

Highly qualified in yoga, including a doctorate (PhD) from the University of Mumbai, Ankita Sood has an impressive professional background. She worked as a yoga consultant with Indian Oil Corporation Limited and Monsanto Company early in her career. She won the Professional Yoga Examination held by the Ministry of Ayush, Government of India and represented her country at the International Yoga Festival held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in June 2016. Subsequently, she was a yoga and Indian culture teacher at the Indian Embassy. in Budapest, Hungary, from November 2017 to 2012, then at the Indian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ankita Sood brings a new yogic experience (In the New Zealand Parliament Buildings on June 21, 2022 – Photo Facebook)

She started her own practice called Anita Sood Yoga, before arriving in Wellington and leading International Yoga Day on June 21, 2022, for the first time in Parliament.

Her other qualifications with Distinction (First Rank) are from the Institute of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences and Yoga Teacher Education and Certified Intensive Yoga Trainer.

His specializations are Weight Loss & Inch Loss, Stress Management, Hypertension/Heart, Acupressure & Healing Therapies, Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow, Intensive Hatha Yoga, Prop & Face Yoga, muscle strengthening, pre/post-natal pregnancy.

Apart from being a visiting professor at the University of Mumbai, Ms. Sood teaches students pursuing a Diploma and Masters in Yoga and lectures at major companies and organizations in India and other countries. She has also led online wellness programs and webinars for national and international organizations during the Covid-19 pandemic, a resource that continues to grow and benefit individuals and institutions.

​Ms Sood can be contacted on (04) 4740112 (Extension 927) or 022-0984464; E-mail: [email protected]