28th December, 2014 : Workshop on “Yoga & Ayurveda for Stress Management” by Dr Gopesh Mangal from National Institute of Ayurveda, India and Mr Ajaya Kumar Sahoo from NSCBICC, Kuala Lumpur at Kanagasabhai Hall, Temple of Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur

A one dayfree workshop on Stress Management through Yoga and Ayurveda had been organized by the Indian Cultural Centre (NSCBICC), High Commission of India, Kuala Lumpur in collaboration with Temple of Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur on 28th December 2014 (Sunday). The total numbers of participants joined in the workshop were 80 (eighty).

Two experts,Dr.Gopesh Mangal, Ayurveda Expert, National Institute of Ayurveda, India and Mr Ajaya Kumar Sahoo, Yoga teacher,Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indian Cultural Centre, Kuala Lumpur jointly conducted the workshop from 9 am to 11 am.

“Yoga and Ayurveda are two interrelated branches of healing disciplines of India. Each has its unique place and function” said Dr Param, from Temple of Fine Arts, in the welcoming address of the Workshop.

Today in our competitive and fast-flowing life, stress is ingrained in our lives. We are surrounded by potential sources of stress. Our job, family, friends, schedule, traffic, and finances are among the many possible origins of stress we encounter on a daily basis. The unending pressures at work, home and elsewhere causes much disturbance in our lives, tending to lower our potential, bringing negative results, reduced efficiency, irritability, health problems, and even change in our personal attitudes towards life. Medical conditions, dietary deficiencies and environmental factors such as noise or air pollution add to stress as well said by the two expert in this workshop.

It was mentioned that stress can disrupt both our professional as well as our personal lives. Research reveals that 80% of all modern diseases have their origins in stress and 75% to 90% of all visits to primary care practitioners are now known to be stress-related. The World Health Organization (WHO) calls stress "the health epidemic of the 21st century."

They explained what stress is, how to recognize it and most importantly, learn effective stress management techniques to make stress work for us rather than against us in today's fast-paced world.

Dr. Gopesh Mangal said Ayurveda, the science of life, provides understanding and guidelines for balance in body, mind and spirit. According to Dr.Gopesh, Management of Stress with Ayurveda areDincharaya, Food, Panchakarama, Herbal medicine etc.

Mr.Ajaya Kumar Sahoo explained and demonstrated how proper postures, proper breathing, deep-relaxation, concentration, self analysis, meditation etc. It can actually bring balance to our autonomic nervous system and helpful in manage and prevent stress.

This is the first time that NSCBICC has organized a simultaneous joint workshop on stress management through Ayurveda and Yoga practices.