DPGA commemorated International Day of Yoga on 20th and 21st June 2018, as show of our commitment towards this ancient Indian art of Health and Fitness.
On 20th June, we had our primary graders 4-5 practiced a few of the yoga postures under the expert guidance of Mrs. Rajalaxmi Rao, an experienced yoga instructor. The children very enthusiastically did standing and sitting asanas. After the asanas, the instructor, to relax their body and mind, made them chant a few ‘Omkars’ and then did an abridged form of shavasana. The next day, the checkpoint students (i.e. middle-graders 6-8) did the same sequence but the number of repetition of the asanas were more, since they could endure the stretching and pulling of the muscles for a longer duration.
When asked for a feedback of – ‘how they felt after the session’. Relaxed, fresh, calm, energetic – these were some of the words, both the groups responded with. The yoga instructor, too, mentioned that DPGAians did respond to the instructions quite well and she enjoyed the sessions, as much as the participants.
The morning assembly of Dr. Pillai Global Academy, New Panvel on Wednesday, 21st June, 2017 started with yoga in light of the 3rd International Yoga Day. The day started with warm up exercises followed by asanas, pranayama and meditation. All the students from grade 1 to 12, the principal, staff and sub staff; everyone was a part of the celebration of Yoga Day. It was a beautiful sight to see each and everyone synchronously moving from one yoga posture to other.
Later, on Friday, a special assembly was organized to commemorate this occasion. A presentation by students explained the basic yoga related terms and also enumerated the various benefits of yoga for school children.
We, at DPGA, New Panvel, completely understand that yogic exercises are extremely essential to keep ourselves physically fit and mentally healthy to say no to ailments. Hence there is already some time per week allotted for yoga for students.