The world celebrated the 3rd International Yoga Day, and like the previous years it was an unqualified success.
The ancient practice originated in India and the whole world was looking towards India to take the initiative to take make it popular across the world.
In keeping with the sentiment, our country presented a strong case to the United Nations to declare June 21 as International Yoga Day.
The declaration means the world at large has accepted that Yoga offers a variety of benefits —both physical and mental—to its practitioners.
Yoga transcends the barriers of caste, colour, religion and language and unites people of diverse backgrounds on a single platform—a crying need in the present times!
The singular feature of the celebrations was the participation of children in large numbers. In fact, the kids totally outnumbered the adults.
So, how is Yoga beneficial to children?
- Discipline: Yoga inculcates a sense of discipline in children and encourages them to start their day early. The old saying ‘early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’ is in fact sound advice and is more relevant today than ever before.
- Confidence: Regular practice of Yoga makes children understand their physical bodies better and makes them more confident. A strong body always leads to a strong mind which in turn equips them to deal effectively with various pressures of daily life.
- Focus: To attain success in any field, one needs to stay focussed. Yoga teaches children to better manage distractions like excessive dependence on gadgets and television, and channelize their energies in the right direction.
- Health: Child obesity is now a worldwide concern because it leads to type 2 diabetes and eventually to cardiovascular diseases even in young children. Yoga promotes better eating habits in children and encourages them to shun junk food and to eat healthy.
- Harmony: Discipline leads to fewer conflicts between children and parents which helps create a stress-free and harmonious environment in homes. Mental stress is dangerous and considered to be the root cause of disharmonious and disrupted social life.
We at MLZS encourage our students to pay as much attention to your health and physical fitness as to your studies. Apart from Yoga, you can also explore other ways to be physically activ