UGent hosts lectures and practice on International Day of Yoga


Several events are planned across Brussels and Flanders for this Sunday’s International Day of Yoga, including a UGent day of both practice and theoretical discussions

“Collective experiment”

Ghent University (UGent) is organising an event on Sunday to celebrate the first International Day of Yoga, established by the United Nations late last year to take place every 21 June. Everywhere in the world, people will come together to practice yoga. The academic event of the at Sint-Baafs abbey also includes a yoga session.

The event is hosted by the university’s Department of Indian Languages and Cultures, in co-operation with the yoga studio Ahimsa Yoga. More than 250 people have registered so far. Apart from yoga aficionados and  researchers, Ghent’s sports alderman Resul Tapmaz and the Indian ambassador to Belgium will be present.

 The event is a “collective experiment to examine the possibilities and promise of yoga and to reflect on them with all participants,” said the department in a statement. It is meant for a broad public but will also offer academic expertise, combining practice and theory.

The programme begins with a yoga lesson of about an hour. This experience is meant to form the basis for lectures, discussions and a panel debate. The lectures will address questions on the relationship between yoga practice and philosophy and between yoga and Hinduism. One lecturer will present a scientific study of the consequences and applications of meditation.

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