Across the globe, yoga has been evidently beneficial to physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. Youth in India are now waking up to the benefits of Yoga, an ancient form of exercise that is a holistic healer as well as an effective tool for students. Regular practice of Yoga, that is asanas and pranayama, helps students concentrate and learn better, stay active and fit, thereby improving their performance in academics and co-curricular activities.
International Yoga Day was celebrated by the students at London Krishnamoorthi Matriculation Higher Secondary School with much fervor and enthusiasm. As per the calendar, this date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the shortest in the Southern Hemisphere. Also, from the Yoga’s perspective, this summer solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. Dakshinayana is the six-month tenure for the sun to travel to the south on the celestial sphere in between the Summer and the Winter solstice. In today’s times, this is practiced in various forms across different parts of the world and is growing more and more popular.Warm up exercises were taken and all the students performed sitting and standing asana, the importance of these were explained simultaneously.
The main aim of celebrating International Day of Yoga is to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits of Yoga. However, Yoga is much more than just a mere physical activity. The celebration concluded with synchronized recitation of slogans and speech, encouraging students to practice regular yoga to remain fit and improve concentration. The program ended with a pledge taken by all the students to perform Yoga in day to day life.