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International Day of Yoga


GOPIO Canberra Inc.
In association with
High Commission of India, Yoga Mandir and UN Information Centre
Day of Yoga (21 June 2016)
Venue: ANU University Common Room
Balmain Crescent, Acton, Canberra ACT 2601
YOGA: More than physical
5:15 pm 
Tea/Coffee and Networking
5:30 pm 
Yoga – Harmony with nature
A short introductory film
5:45 pm 
Dr Rakesh Malhotra, President, GOPIO Canberra Inc
5:50 pm 
H.E. Mr Navdeep Suri, High Commissioner of India.
6:00 pm
UN message
Mr Christopher Woodthorpe,  Director, UNIC
6:10 pm 
Keynote Address
Dr Greg Bailey, Associate Professor, La Trobe Univ
6:25 pm 
Panel Discussion
1.     Dr Shameem Black   Chairperson, ANU, Canberra
2.     Mr Alan Goode          Director, Yoga Mandir, Canberra
3.     Ms Leanne Davis       President, Yoga Australia,  VIC
4.     Dr Greg Bailey              La Trobe University. Melbourne
7:10 pm 
Closing Remarks
Dr Mohan Singh, Director, Health and Ageing
7:20 pm  
Vote of thanks


Panel Members
Mr Alan Goode
Director, Yoga Mandir
Alan Goode is the Director of Yoga Mandir in Canberra.  Alan is passionately involved with the practice of yoga and its application to daily life since 1975.
Alan is a direct student of BKS Iyengar- one of the most influential teachers of Yoga in the last century from Pune.  Alan contributes significantly to the strategic planning activities of the BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia. Yoga Mandir aims to provide the teachings of BKS Iyengar through its programs offered to a national audience.
Dr Greg Bailey
Associate Professor, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce
Dr Bailey has had a long standing interest in Sanskrit narrative literature, especially the two epics, the Puranas and Classical Sanskrit poetry. More recently he has become interested in Tamil literature and the socio-economic history associated with the rise of Buddhism. Greg is also a Member, Consultative Committee, International Association of Sanskrit Studies.
Ms Leanne Davis
President, Yoga Australia, Melbourne
Leanne has great enthusiasm for contributing to the profession of yoga teaching and helping to foster the practice and understanding of yoga in our community. She has a special interest in preserving the authenticity of yoga from its cultural and textual roots whilst embracing the evolution of yoga into contemporary Australia.
Dr Shameem Black
Fellow, Department of Gender, Media and Cultural Studies
Dr Black is a scholar of contemporary literary and cultural studies. Her current book project, tentatively titled India's Newest Pose, looks at the changing imaginative life of one of India’s foremost cultural exports: yoga. Her research examines how emerging representations of yoga in global popular culture present both opportunities and challenges for contemporary Indian efforts to harness yoga for soft power. 

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