2014-05-22 / Schools
Hindu foundation recognizes teachers
May event was in Simi Valley
The Hindu Education Foundation’s Los Angeles chapter presented a Teachers Appreciation Day on May 10 in Simi Valley.
Teachers from the Simi Valley, Moorpark, Conejo Valley and Oak Park school districts were recognized during the event. Around 100 participants attended.
Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated in the U.S. during the first full week of May.
This year, the HEF LA chapter joined with the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh to honor teachers.
The event began with the traditional lighting of the lamp by Dr. Amrit Ram, an assistant professor in the life sciences division at the SVYASA Yoga University. He has published scientific articles on the beneficial effects of yoga on different phases of breast cancer treatment.
Ram presented a demonstration of yogic posture and breathing pattern for replacing anger and fatigue. He also showed how the different hand and body postures of yoga are translated into Hindu classical dancing.
Chetan Gandhi, a Hindu minister and councilor, discussed the significance of a teacher and yoga in enhancing the quality of life for individuals. Gandhi is a counselor for programs to rehabilitate prison inmates and veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Students presented a mosaic of cultural programs with elements from Indian classical dance, martial arts, folk dances and yoga. Students also offered thanks to their teachers and presented flowers and a book on yoga.
The Hindu Educational Foundation, an educational project by Hindus in the USA, strives to replace various misconceptions with correct representation of India and Hindu Dharma. HEF believes that right understanding of any faith, including that of Hindu Dharma, would lead to peace and harmony as well as preservation and nurturing of religious diversity.
Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA is a voluntary, nonprofit, social and cultural organization. Sangh, as the organization is known, aims to organize the Hindu community in order to preserve, practice and promote Hindu ideals and values.