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Indian Institute of Geomagnetism Staff Welfare and Recreation Club, popularly called as “IIG Club”, provides recreational facilities to the Staff, maintain a recreational library, organize annual Staff picnic, conduct various sports tournaments and also organize various social and cultural events throughout the year. The Club runs a mini play room where facilities for playing indoor games like carom, table tennis and chess is provided. Also the equipments needed for outdoor games like cricket and badminton are maintained. The Club library consists of a tri-language magazine library and a good collection of Hindi and Marathi literatures.

IIG Club is headed by the Director who also is its patron. The President of the Club is nominated by the Director. The Secretary, the Internal Auditor and five other members are elected by the IIG staffs to form the Executive Committee which run the affairs of the Club and cater various needs of the Institute and its Staff. The membership of the Club is open to all members of the IIG Staff, Project Staff, Research Scholars, Visiting Professors and Visiting Scientists. The activities and the needs of the Club are funded by members’ monthly subscription, Institute’s matching grants and funds made available by the Institute from its other incomes.


President :
Dr. Gautam Gupta
Secretary :
Dr. Vinit C. Erram
Members :
Dr. S. Tulasiram
Dr. Arun Hanchinal
Mr. Nitish Dubey
Mrs. Sayali Nalawade
Ms. Megha Pandya
Mr. Santu Ghoshal
Mr. S.P. Sawant
Internal Auditor :
Mr. Tushar Gawas



Report on the activities during International Day of Yoga
June 21, 2016, Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, New Panvel, Navi Mumbai

International Day of Yoga was commemorated at IIG on June 21, 2016. To enlighten the staff members and research students, a lecture entitled “Yoga and its origin” by Ms. Dipti Pathre was arranged along with asana demonstrations by experts. She explained that the term "Yoga" is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, which means "to join". She emphasized that Yoga is an ancient art based on a balancing system of development for the body, mind, and soul. Regular practice of yoga therefore refers to the union of the mind, body and soul. Yoga focuses on establishing this perfect harmony through a series of postures, breathing techniques and meditation. It takes into consideration both a person’s emotional and physical health. In that context, it is truly the perfect fitness routine. Describing the origin of Yoga she said, while yogis practiced and developed yoga for centuries, passing it down the generations, the sage Patanjali is considered as the father of the formal Yoga philosophy. This was the emergence of classical yoga.

She explained that the main types of Yoga include Hatha Yoga (yoga of postures), Raja Yoga (yoga of self control), Karma Yoga (yoga of service), Bhakti Yoga (yoga of devotion), Jnana Yoga (yoga of the mind) and Tantra Yoga (yoga of rituals). Hatha Yoga is the most popular form and practiced all over the world. It incorporates a gentle and moderate set of postures with breathing techniques and meditation. Here she demonstrated a few postures and underlined the importance of each asana.

Finally she deliberated upon the benefits of yoga exercises. Yoga postures are designed to strengthen and align the body, strengthens and tones the muscles, strengthen the spine and increases flexibility. It also improves the body’s alignment which in turn improves bodily functions. Yoga postures also boost immunity and increase blood flow to the various organs, glands and tissues in the body. The breathing techniques and meditation on the other hand help maintain mental health and mental discipline.

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