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Toronto, June 17 (Canadian-media): A special session of Yoga organised by International Yoga Day Canada (IYDC) on Monday was participated by Hazel McCallion, the former mayor of Mississauga, to commemorate Seniors’ month to be celebrated at the International Centre, Mississauga, on June 25.
This year celebrates 33rd annual Seniors’ Month and its theme is ‘Living Your Best Life.’
Dinesh Bhatia, the Consul General of India in Toronto, Honorary Chief Patron and the Chair of the Advisory Board of IYDC, said, “Yoga is the best and most risk-free fitness option for seniors.”
Hazel McCallion’s commencement of the practice of yoga underlining the adage ‘It’s never too late to start yoga’ followed immediately after introduction about the unique outreach program by Satish Thakkar, the Chair of Board of Directors of IYDC.
A 93-year-old Yoga Master, Dr. Madan Bali -- President of the Indo Canadian Seniors Foundation of Quebec – from Montreal was also present at this special session called ‘Stay Healthy. Do Yoga’ held at Sringeri Temple, Etobicoke and was honoured for his lifelong dedication to yoga.
Dr. Bali had been practicing yoga for the last 50 years had become a role model for the seniors, said Thakkar.
With a goal is to bring yoga under the umbrella of health care to reduce burden on the public expenditure on health and improve economy Dr. Bali said, “I have a mission is to promote yoga to create optimal health, happiness, healing in everyday life.”
Dipika Damrela, Ontario’s Minister for Seniors Affairs, said that her ministry collaborated with the IYDC to raise awareness about yoga’s benefits.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)