The word ‘Yoga’ has been derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yug’ which means the unity of the body, mind and soul. Powered by search to connect with the self, Yoga is the science of development of the individual consciousness. Yoga is thus an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition.
Effectuated by its global take, the UN instituted the International day for Yoga. The declaration came at the behest of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his address to the UN General Assembly on 27 September, 2014, where he declared: “ Yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of the oneness with yourself, the world and nature”. In suggesting 21 June ( also the Summer Solstice), the International Day of Yoga, Mr. Modi said: “ The date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has a special significance in many parts of the world”.
This year’s theme is “Yoga at Home, Yoga with Family”, to link with the current predicament of a global pandemic restricting mass gatherings. Digital platforms have been introduced as a medium for one and all to virtually participate in the observance of the occasion and the celebrations were broadcasted live on Youtube.
The event began at 7 am on 21 June with an introduction of Yoga, followed by the demonstration of the inportant asanas.
Students participated alongside their parents, attempting the asanas in unison.
In place of the customary annual Yoga Olympiad, the government formulated a Yoga quiz for classes 6 to 12 for which students registered on the DIKSHA Portal. The quiz will remain open for a month and the last date of submission is 20 July, 2020. A mass and enthusiasm filled participation of students is being pursued at every level.
Our School believes in the holistic development of the child and this includes mental health; the latter providing an anchor to strengthen students to navigate every phase of life.
Apart from the virtual activities, meditation was also undertaken for our students to teach them learn calm and focus.
Students recorded and shared their own videos of how they performed the asanas. Together with understanding the importance of a healthy lifestyle, students were prompted to make a habit of what was taught.
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