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Expert announces free yoga sessions at Indian Mission Wellington

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Ankita Sood leads a yoga session at the community center of the new Indian High Commission building on June 23, 2022 (Facebook Photo)

Venkat Raman
Auckland, 5 August 2022

International yoga expert Ankita Sood has announced weekly free yoga sessions for August 2022 at the newly opened Indian High Commission at 72 Pepitia Street Wellington.

Ms. Sood, who joined the Indian mission as a cultural and yoga assistant in June 2022, will hold these sessions from Tuesday to Saturday this month.

The session will be on Tuesdays on the morning yoga refresher before work from 7.30 am to 8.30 am. On Wednesdays, she will do women’s yoga from 10:30 am to 11:30 am. Braces (special blocks and straps to support yoga poses) are held on Wednesdays from 5.15 pm to 6.15 pm and on Thursdays from 7.30 am to 8.30 am.

The Friday morning session (from 10:30 am to 11:30 am) will be exclusively for women, while the evening session (5.15 pm to 6.15 pm) will be for stress management.

Saturday morning (from 10 am to 11 am) will be for diplomats, while the evening session (4.30 pm to 5:30 pm) will be for children.

In addition, Ms. Sood will present a panel discussion on yoga and its philosophy, and will also hold Indian cultural workshops, yoga sessions and workshops at schools, universities and corporate officials elsewhere. Applications for these supplementary sessions should be submitted to her via email:

about yoga

Yoga is one of the most widely practiced disciplines worldwide and according to the Yoga Journal, the industry was valued at US$88 billion in 2021 and is expected to reach US$215 billion in 2025.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the global yoga movement when he proposed to the United Nations at the annual General Assembly held on September 27, 2014, the promotion of yoga. The world body designated June 21 as International Yoga Day in 2015.

Ban Ki-moon, then Secretary-General of the United Nations, described yoga as “an ancient system from a traditional setting that has grown in popularity to be enjoyed by practitioners in every region. Yoga offers a simple, accessible and holistic way to promote physical and spiritual health and well-being. It promotes respect for our fellow human beings and for the planet.” that we share. Yoga does not discriminate. To varying degrees, all people can exercise, regardless of their relative strength, age or ability.

Mr. Ban Ki-moon said he discovered the value of yoga while doing his first asana, a tree that is suitable for beginners.

“It took me a while to gain my balance but once I did, I appreciate the simple sense of satisfaction that yoga can bring. On this first International Day of Yoga, let us see the benefits of this practice in terms of individual well-being as well as our collective efforts to improve overall health and promote peaceful relationships and enter into a dignified life for all,” he said.

Labor MP Dr. Gaurav Sharma, then Indian High Commissioner Muktesh Pradeshi and others on the International Day of Yoga held at Parliament Buildings on June 21, 2022 (Facebook Photo)

Hindus believe that yoga is a divine attribute because it is Dakshinamurthy, an aspect of Lord Shiva.

This aspect of the Lord is revered as a teacher of all kinds of knowledge. Hindu scriptures say that if a person does not have a mentor, he can consider and worship Dakshinamurthy as the guru.

About Ankita Soud

Ankita Sood has an impressive career track record and is highly qualified in Yoga, including Ph.D. (PhD) from University of Mumbai. She worked as a yoga consultant at Indian Oil Corporation Limited and Monsanto early in her career. She topped the Professional Yoga Exam conducted by the Ayush Ministry of the Indian Government and represented her country at the International Yoga Festival held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in June 2016. After that, she worked as an Indian Yoga and Culture Teacher at the Indian Embassy in Budapest, Hungary from November 2017 to 2012 and later in Indian Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ankita Sood presents a new yoga experience (at the New Zealand Parliament Buildings June 21, 2022- Facebook Photo)

She started her private practice called Anita Sood Yoga, before arriving in Wellington and conducting International Yoga Day on June 21, 2022, for the first time in Parliament House.

Her other qualifications with distinction (first place) are Institute of Physiotherapy & Yoga Science, Yoga Teacher Training and Certified Intensive Yoga Instructor.

Her specialties are Weight Loss & Inch Loss, Stress Management, Hypertension/Cardio, Acupressure & Healing, Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow, Intense Hatha Yoga, Brace & Facial Yoga, Core Muscle Strengthening, and Pre/Post Pregnancy.

In addition to the visiting faculty to the University of Mumbai, Ms. Sood teaches diploma and master’s degree students in Yoga and lectures at major companies and organizations in India and other countries. She has also conducted online wellness programs and webinars for national and international organizations during the Covid-19 pandemic, a resource that continues to grow and benefits individuals and organizations.

Ms. Sood can be contacted at (04) 4740112 (ext. 927) or 022-04464; E-mail: