Third AYUSH Camp on 19th April 2015
Embassy of India, Budapest, organized the third Open AYUSH Day [Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy] on 19 April 2015, following up on the success of the previous AYUSH Days organized in May and September 2014. The event went towards raising further awareness about Ayurveda, Yoga and traditional / holistic systems of medicine of India in Hungary.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador of India, Shri Malay Mishra, stressed on the importance of adopting a holistic approach to life to overcome modern day stressful living which created disharmony in bodies and minds leading to several ailments. Ambassador informed the audience that the United Nations has recognized the importance of Yoga and decided to celebrate June 21 as International Yoga Day each year. The Resolution was introduced by India and co-sponsored by 177, the highest number ever for any resolution in the 193-member UN General Assembly. The Resolution was adopted by an acclamation, without having to take a vote in a testimony to the enthusiastic cross-cultural and universal appeal that Yoga enjoys amongst members of the United Nations.
Ambassador mentioned that the Embassy intended to celebrate the First International Yoga Day on 21 June, 2015, in a befitting manner. Ambassador also announced that an Ayurveda Chair had already been set up since December 2014 at the University of Debrecen and that there were plans to further institutionalize cooperation and promote Ayurveda in Hungary through the establishment of an European Institute of Ayurveda.
Prof. Zoltan Szilvassy, Rector, University of Debrecen, spoke on the steps being taken by the University in conducting research in the field of Ayurveda as well as setting up of the European Institute of Ayurveda in Debrecen, the premier institute to be so established in Europe with possible EU funding and in partnership between the Governments of Hungary and India. Prof. M.S. Baghel, the Chair of Ayurveda, spoke on the theme ’’Role of Ayurveda in prevention and cure of lifestyle disorders”. He gave a detailed presentation on the merits of adopting a way of life in harmony with nature and the virtues of such living for the human being. He stressed that Ayurveda offered an accessible and reliable alternative, for all kinds of ailments, especially in the preventive, chronic and psycho-somatic areas.
Thereafter, consultations were held with various Yoga Institutions based in Hungary on organizing the International Yoga Day on June 21, and a number of enthusiastic suggestions were received. A road map was drawn up to make IYD in Hungary and Bosnia & Herzegovina (concurrent territory of this Mission), a grand success.
The AYUSH Camp saw sessions on ’’Cleansing Yoga Techniques” by Mrs. Melinda Irtl, ’’Homeopathy” by Ms. Andrea Szekely, ’’Sahaja Yoga” by Ms. Katarina Korhec, and ’’Importance of Ayurveda in the Spiritual Path and Vyayam Yoga” by Ms. Bhagirathi Upasika and Ms. Rurdrani Chaitanya. There were also practical sessions on Pranayama, Asana and Yoga Nidra by Mr. Karoly Kovacs Krishnanand.
Over 200 people participated in the Camp, including representatives of 30 Yoga Institutions based in Hungary.
More pictures may be viewed in the Gallery section. There is also a video on Youtube.