Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” - Bhagvad Gita.
Yoga is a tool or a practice that is used to sharpen the mind. It lays emphasis on the importance of basic human values such as truth, love, humility, compassion, forbearance, honesty and justice. It makes one conscious and aware of one’s rights and responsibilities.
When children perform yoga, it helps them in the following ways: -
Living Together (Yama): Yama promotes living in peace, observing moral rules and learning to live as part of a group.
Cleaning Body and Mind (Niyama): This asana aims to eliminate toxins and negativity by maintaining the health of the body and the mind.
Straightening the Spine (Asana): It emphasizes the importance of correct posture to prevent back pain, to discover our bodies and control movements effectively.
Breathing (Pranayama): This asana helps in controlling the breath that can lead to purification, inner confidence, and an enhanced ability to resolve conflicts and monitor aggression.
Relaxation (Pratyahara): Pratyahara focuses on learning to relax. Periods of silence and structured rest are deemed essential in order to revitalize a person and plant the seeds of calmness and confidence.
Concentration (Dharana): Dharana helps in intensifying concentration and learning abilities. Dharana helps develop visual memory and other senses, which enhance the mental capacity to enrich thinking, understanding and imagining.
In this age of immense competition, yoga certainly holds the power to calm a racing mind. With the help of yoga, students can understand their capabilities and can widen their mental horizon.
Ms. Sangeetha Jairam