“The only way to experience true well being is to turn inward. This is what yoga means – not up, not out, but in. The only way out is in.” – Sadhguru
In conjunction with the First World Yoga Day on June 21, the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) Southeast Asia organised its second 10,000 smile yoga event at Sekolah Rendah Jenis Kebangsaan Bercham, Ipoh. The association’s mission is to achieve world peace and development through individual commitment towards joyful living, selfless service and self-awareness.
The event was officiated by Minister of Transport Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai accompanied by Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, the Executive Councillor for Health, Transportation and Non-Islamic Affairs at the school’s playing field.
The exercise regime was a combination of physical movements and relaxation techniques designed to enhance the inner smile. The event stems from the need for a healthy and happy lifestyle while facing numerous challenges in the world today. The yoga extravaganza provides a platform for participants to rediscover their sense of oneness with themselves, with nature and with the world.
The objective of the morning event was to reach out to all to come together as one community and to promote a sense of belonging, of sharing and happiness.
The organisers had expected a thousand participants. However, only about 400 turned up consisting mainly of school children. Tried as they might that was the only number they could muster, as promotion was rather poor. But it will not deter them from trying again next year.
Other activities held concurrently with the main event were a charity bazaar, a blood donation drive and a drawing competition for children. These sideshows helped to enliven an otherwise mundane morning affair.