TORONTO: Ninety-six-year-old Hazel McCallion, who served as mayor of Mississauga for 36 long years till she retired in Nov 2015, participated in a special session of yoga organised by the International Yoga Day Canada (IYDC) on Monday to commemorate Seniors’ month celebrated in Ontario.
Dr. Madan Bali, 93-year-old yoga master from Montreal, was felicitated at this special session called ‘Stay Healthy. Do Yoga’.
Speaking about the unique outreach programme, Satish Thakkar, the Chair of Board of Directors of IYDC, said, “Hazel McCallion commenced the practice of yoga underlining the adage ‘It’s never too late to start yoga’.”
The seniors’ programme served as a precursor to the celebration of the International Day of Yoga being organised at the International Centre, Mississauga, on Sunday, June 25, by the IYDC.
Thakkar said the program held at the Sringeri Temple, Etobicoke, also felicitated Dr. Madan Bali for his lifelong dedication to yoga. President of the Indo-Canadian Seniors Foundation of Quebec, he has been a role model for the seniors because he has been practicing yoga for the last 50 years.
“I have a mission is to promote yoga to create optimal health, happiness, healing in everyday life,” stated Dr. Bali whose happiness programs and teachers training certification have created a new breed of yoga teachers, radically transforming lives. His goal is to bring yoga under health care to reduce the pressure on public expenditure on health and help the economy.
Dipika Damerla, Ontario’s Minister for Seniors Affairs, said, “The Ontario Minister of Seniors Affairs collaborated with the IYDC to raise awareness about yoga’s benefits.” This year marked the 33rd annual Seniors’ Month. This year the theme is ‘Living Your Best Life.’
Mr. Dinesh Bhatia, the Consul General of India in Toronto, Honorary Chief Patron and the Chair of the Advisory Board of IYDC, said the purpose of the seniors’ program was to create awareness among the seniors of the benefits of yoga. “Yoga is the best and most risk-free fitness option for seniors,” he said. (Press release by Imagebuilderz)