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The researchers found that yoga outperformed aerobic exercise at improving balance, flexibility, strength, pain levels among seniors, menopausal symptoms, daily energy level, and social and occupation functioning, among other health parameters. Yoga does more than calm you down and make you flexible.
The Yoga Institute, Santacruz (East), Mumbai, India was founded in 1918 by Shri Yogendraji, and is the oldest centre of yoga in the world. Shri Yogendraji believed that yoga was not meant exclusively for bearded men living in the mountains, and he wanted to bring it to householders—the men and women who have to work, toil, commute, earn a living, raise children, and fight the battle of life everyday. He wanted to bring it to people living in the town and the city, because he believed that the householder could benefit immensely from this knowledge. Little surprise then that Shri Yogendra is known as the Father of Modern Yoga Renaissance.
The Yoga Institute – Mumbai, received prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Outstanding Contribution for Promotion and Development of Yoga for the year 2018-19. The prestigious award was presented by Honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi to Dr. Hansaji Jayadeva Yogendra (Director- The Yoga Institute) in the category of “National Institute” at a special ceremony held at Vigyan Bhavan 30 August 2019.
Although most people wished to learn yoga only to address their physical problems, Shri Yogendra wanted the Yoga Institute to be more than a place that would help them cope with physical ailments. He wanted it to be a `Life School’ where one learnt to live. The Yoga Institute, with its simplicity, sincerity, and non-commercial outlook, reaches out to householders and attempts to help them lead happy, healthy, and balanced lives in a world that is constantly throwing up challenges.
Spearheading the “Yoga for the Householder” movement in the world, the Institute interacts with over a thousand people everyday for training, health benefits and consultations. It also offers Yoga teacher-training courses, and brings out books on yoga therapy, asanas, pranayam, couples counseling, traditional scriptures, ethics for everyday life, and a variety of other subjects on yoga education.
Shri Yogendraji’s son, Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra, who passed away recently, was a sincere and committed torch-bearer of the founder’s legacy. His spirit continues to guide us. Yog Guru, Smt. Hansaji Jayadeva Yogendra, well-known all over the world, is now the Director of The Yoga Institute and also serves as President of The International Board of Yoga.