Sunday, June 28, 2015

Words of appreciation to Fr. Joe from Hong Kong.

Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ Celebrates Yoga for Addiction Recovery - by Fr. Joe

  Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ of Kripa Foundation™  organised an evening of Celebrating Yoga for Addiction at St. Andrew's auditorium, Bandra Mumbai.on the 23rd of June 2015.

This was one of the continuous programs held by Fr. Joe to celebrate International Yoga Day. The program commenced with a prayer dance by Chaya Khanwate and troupe The Indian ballet mesmerized the audience with their graceful movements explaining Yoga in our country. This was followed by a curtain raiser film of Fr. Joe explaining the true meaning of Yoga, A film directed by Joe Cordo. It was  touching moments to listen to the voice of Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar speaking on Fr. Joe's practice of Iyengar yoga and how Fr. Joe has grown, spreading the practice of yoga and incorporating the same in his treatment of addiction recovery, this was followed by a brief address by Fr. Joe and later the keynote address by Chief guest Auxiliary Bishop Agnelo Gracias. 

Bishop Agnelo Gracias also released the book on yoga by Mariam ( Mimi) ) Batlivala tilted "The Grace & Compassion of Yogacharya B.K.S. Iyengar".  Merlin and Rhys Sebastin D'Souza got the audience tapping their toes to the tune of Golden Hindi movie tunes of yesteryear. Yoga delegates Jim Pope from Canada, Karen Wilde from Australia accompanied by Viviene, Bryant Mascarenhas from United States of America and George Dovas from Hong kong shared their experience with the practice of yoga and their association with Fr. Joe. 
 A video clip by Gurumai Getaji Iyengar who could not attend the program due to heavy rains in Pune settled the crowd as they were all awaiting her arrival. The light of Yoga Trust gave a brief demonstration of Iyengar yoga using various props.
 The highlight of the evening was a yoga ballet of WECAN group of Mimi Batlivala with the ending being Mimi herself joining the troupe in a Namaste to all. Touching moments as the girls were given a standing ovation for their well performed ballet on Yoga.  The program ending with the singing of Vande Mataram. 

This program was sponsored by MLA Ashish Shelar's SPANDAN -A Dereyk Talker production.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

The Ulimate Spirit of Yoga- An article in Mi Marathi Newspaper on International Yoga Day Celebration by Fr. Joe and Kripa Foundation.

Fr. Joe commences International Yoga Day by an early morning program at Bandra bandstand promenade.with Ms. karen D;Mello Corporator H Ward.Mumbai

Fr. Joe commenced international Yoga day by attended a function with Ms. karen D'Mello Municipal Corporator of from Bandra H- Ward at Bandstand promenade in Bandra

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Mayor of Vasai - Virar Shri Narayan Mankar felicitated at a massive program held By Fr. Joe & Kripa Foundation on International Yoga Day.

Immediately after the early morning function on International Yoga Day held at Bandra Bandstand promenade, Fr. Joe, rushed to Kripa Foundation Vasai attended the Vasai Region AIDS Control Society Advisory Board meeting after which he dovetailed into a special program organised to commemorate International Yoga Day
At a house full B.K.S. Iyengar Auditorium, Fr, Joe along with the Mayor of Vasai Virar Shri Narayan Mankar and Mr. Sandesh Jadhav inaugurated the  function by lighting the traditional lamp. In his brief speech the Mayor acknowledge the yoga practice that is carried out by Fr. Joe all over the world and was proud to be associated with the work of Kripa,  he further added that the Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation will always be there to support the good cause of Kripa Foundation. Later Shri Narayan Mankar, Shri Sandesh Jadhav and Dr. Patil were felicitated by Kripa for their outstanding contribution to Kripa  and VRACS.
After a short clip of Guruji and Fr Joe,on Yoga, the crowd was spell bound to see and listen to the live demonstration of Iyengar Yoga by Fr. Joe, many a times paused by applauds from the crowd.
Fr, Joe received a standing ovation from one and all. The vote of thanks was done by Amit Patel and the anchor by Dr. Hemant D. Patil, after which they were served a sumptuous lunch catered by the in-house Chefs.
 The program was also attended by many newly elected corporators  to the Municipal Corporation, medical practitioners and press reporters and Fr. Joe's yoga practitioners from Australia.
A salute to the kripa Family of Vasai led by Mrs.Jean Pereira and Fr. Seraphinus.

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