June 21st has a lot of significance. It is the longest day of the year for the countries in the Northern Hemisphere (Like India). Thus since its inception in the year 2015, June 21st is celebrated as The International Day of Yoga all over the world. This idea was proposed by our honourable Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi. He said, “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in our well-being.”
International Yoga Day was celebrated by the students and teachers at Hongirana School of Excellence with great enthusiasm. We had the students from Nursery to grade X assemble at the common assembly area where Harshitha of class X welcomed the Chief Guest Mrs. Jayalaxmi from Art of Living, Bangalore, and Mrs. Shobha K, Principal, Hongirana School of Excellence. Mrs. Jayalaxmi addressed the gathering and shared her insight about how and why Yoga is important in one’s life. She had made all to do Pranayama (this is the formal practice of controlling the breath, which is the source of our prana, or vital life force) and meditation which for about 15 minutes. While meditating one could feel the kiss of the cool breeze, rustling of leaves and of course birds chirping. That was a wonderful experience as it helped the students and the teachers relieve their stress and feel fresh and energetic. And the Sudarshana Kriya for the selected classes continued after the programme.
The programme ended with the Vote of Thanks from Harshitha and classes commenced as usual; however the students and the teachers were more energetic than usual, all thanks goes to the Meditation.
Regular practice of yoga will surely help our students achieve a better life, physically, mentally and spiritually as well. Let’s move towards making a “Yoga Day Every Day” rather than just on June 21st.