International Yoga Day: Yoga to be part of school curriculum

Siddaramaiah acknowledges Modi’s efforts in getting UN recognition for Yoga

Bengaluru: Yoga helps achieve mental and physical health and it is not associated with any religion and caste. In this background, the state government is contemplating on making Yoga an optional subject in school curriculum, said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday.

Participating at the first International Yoga Day in front of the Vidhana Soudha he said that there has been a growing demand to make teaching yoga a curriculum and department of Ayush has unofficially taught yoga for over 12,000 teachers.

Body and mind should be free from all kind of stress. Yoga is mantra for good health. Dedicating one hour to yoga keeps one lively so long as he or she is alive, he reiterated. He also suggested Ayush Department to make it a part of the academics.

Mysore University offers degree in Yogic education and the government is thinking seriously on upgrading it to post graduate level. Besides, the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Jigani will get complete support from the state government, he assured.

“I have visited Jindal Naturopathy and Naturopathy camp at Dharnasthala for treatment. But I used to discontinue after some time. In the last seven months I have been practicing it regularly and reaping its benefits too,” he said.

Yoga has a rich history. The contribution to the field of Yoga is immense. BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois and others have done their bit for the same. Acknowledging the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for International Yoga day in which 127 countries took part, the Chief Minister said that irrespective of age group everybody can practice Yoga.

U.T. Khader, Health and Family Welfare Ministe, and Union Fertilizer Minister H.N. Ananth Kumar, spoke.

‘Yoga enhances immunity’
Dedicate 15 minutes for every alternate day for better health, said noted actress and Yoga expert Shilpa Shetty on Sunday.

After participating in International Yoga Day she told reporters that practicing new asana enhances the immunity level and Yoga was the secret of her liveliness.

Yoga creates synergy between body, mind and soul. It increases concentration too, she said. Though all the asanas were important I love Suryanamaskara, she added.

The actress said that being recognised as a Kannadiga makes her feel proud and she expressed her desire to act in Kannada movies.

City comes out in force for Yoga Day

Premier defence bases in the city conducted mass yoga sessions on International Yoga Day on Sunday. At the National College Grounds, hundreds of people gathered to take part in the mass yoga event, organised by the Rashtrotthana Parishat.

Governor Vajubai Rudabhai Vala said, “Yoga helps one keep the mind and body healthy. It also helps one build a good character.”

RSS leader Mangesh Bhende said that yoga must not be associated with religion.

“There have been many religions that came into existence even before yoga. It should be practiced for the common good of mankind.”

Nimhans too came out in force to celebrate the day. “All of us enjoyed the programme,” said Kanappa Shetty, a social worker at Nimhans.

At the Greenwood High campus on Varthur-Sarjapur Road, not only students, even their fathers, rolled their mats out as the school also celebrated the Father’s Day. More than 100 parents joined their children.

Mr Srinivas Rao, an associate vice-president at Sasken, wanted to relax on the weekend, but his seven-year-old daughter, Nikita Sri Bethamamudi, persuaded him to join her at the school. “She came home on Friday and told me that I had to accompany her to school on Sunday. Eventually, she turned my yoga teacher and taught me a couple of exercises. I am glad I listened to her,” said the proud father.

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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