A city-based 90-year-old yoga centre, has formulated an experience-based training programme for teachers from Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh with a view to educated them about the ancient system of exercises to control body and mind.

“A national project for introducing Yoga in schools has been initiated through training teachers in 690 districts across India in all the states,” Hansaben Jayadev Yogendra, Director, Yoga Institute in suburban Santacruz, said.

This Yoga educational programme for teachers has begun at the Institute, together with many leading institutes from the country including the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, under the Union ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Department of AYUSH, she said.

“This is a major project as teachers are the second most organised unit next to the army and they have deep potential to change the lives of children,” Hansaben said.

“Our comprehensive teachers’ training course empowers humans to discover their inner energies and potential, control wild emotions, concentrate thoughts and direct energies creatively,” Institute President, Dr Jayadeva Yogendra said.

Around 23 teachers from Gujarat, who successfully completed a month long training in Yoga, were awarded certificates by the institute yesterday.

“It helps people function more efficiently in personal and professional life, maintain cordial relations with fellow beings and express creativity in multiple ways,” Mr. Yogendra said.

It is vital to spread the message of Yoga to children as approximately one third of the world’s population comprises youngsters less than 25 years, he said.

Yoga has the potential of developing the integrated personality and can also rescue the younger generation from the problems faced by them due to growing modernization and westernisation of lifestyle, Mr. Yogendra added.