“The soul always knows how to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the brain.”

International Day of Yoga, celebrated on 21st June is one such day when numerous countries around the globe come together and celebrate the essence of the rich heritage of our country India. This day is practised in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity. The idea of adopting such an international day of yoga was first proposed by our current prime minister, Mr. Narendra Modi during his speech at the UN General Assembly on 27th September 2014. In his address PM Modi had expressed that “Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”.

Continuing with the culture and tradition, our school celebrated the International Day of Yoga with great enthusiasm. All the students from grades 7, 8, and 9 assembled in the school prayer hall eager to practice this ancient art. The celebration began with Ayushbhai Dhanani of Class 11 Commerce explaining the students about importance of yoga such as physical purity, prevention from disease, healthy body, flexibility, mental peace, etc. He also elaborated on the history of yoga and its elements.

After the introduction, the programme began with the students performing “Surya Namaskar”. All the positions were simultaneously displayed on a screen allowing the students a better learning experience. Then, under the supervision of Hemant Sir and Ritesh Sir, students performed various breathing exercises, “Pranayam” such as Anulom Vilom, Bhastrika and Kapaalbhaati. The sports teachers explained the importance of each pranayam to encourage the students to perform them regularly.

Next, with the help of Hemant Sir and team, students performed various asans such as Tadasan, Sarvangasan, Trikonasan, Naukasan. They explained that these asans can help us to improve our flexibility and systematise different activities of the body.

After the programme, all the students felt the flow of divine energy through their body which made them have a very effective and efficient day. Everyone participating in the event took to heart an important lesson of practising the gift of ancient Indian culture: Yoga. A hearty congratulations and thanks to our school’s Physical Education team for enthusiastically and successfully conducting this programme.

Reported by: Aayush Dhanani (11 Commerce)