Madurai

Minister’s announcement on yoga session in schools hailed

Walker’s Club, along with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, conducted a yoga demonstration in Madurai on Friday. Madurai district police personnel doing yogasanas.

Walker’s Club, along with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, conducted a yoga demonstration in Madurai on Friday. Madurai district police personnel doing yogasanas.   | Photo Credit: S. James

‘The move will improve the attention span of students’

As the city celebrated International Yoga Day on Friday, hundreds stretched their limbs and twisted their bodies, practised pranayama and meditated for the greater good. The day was packed with events as several educational institutions and service organisations conducted yoga demonstrations and meditation sessions across the city.

The Deena Dayal Sewa Samiti organised a yoga session at Madura College where over 500 enthusiasts practised yogasanas.

Speaking at the event, BJP State spokesperson K.T. Raghavan said, “Education Minister K.A. Sengottaiyan's announcement on providing yoga training classes for students once a week has to be hailed. This move will improve the attention span of the students.”

In the small hours of the morning, over 500 school students and 700 rajayoga practitioners performed a joint yoga and meditation at a session organised by Brahmakumaris Ishwara Viswa Vidyalaya.

In her address Brahmakumaris coordinator B.K. Uma said that rajayoga gave immense mental peace to the practitioners.

Over 1,100 students enthusiastically took part in a yoga camp at Vivekananda College. The students performed 27 yogasanas along with Yogiraj N. Ramalingam, founder, Swami Sivananda Yoga Research Centre.

In his address to the students, Mr. Ramalingam said that practising yoga will help in understanding the inner self which is important to lead a positive life.

K. Alagumalai, final year B.Sc. Chemistry student, was given the ‘Patanjali Best Yoga Student’ award for excelling in yoga.

The NSS of Madurai Kamaraj University organised an hour-long yoga session where 50 girl students practised 14 yogasanas.

“This year the yoga sessions will mainly focus on empowering girl students,” said A. Mahendran, Director of Physical Education, MKU.

Around 300 students from six schools across Madurai performed yogasanas at Sethupati Higher Secondary School on the occasion of International Day of Yoga. Students from Sethupati HSS, Madura College HSS, Thiagarajar Model HSS, Al Ameen HSS, American College HSS and Mangayarkarasi HSS participated in the event.

“Performing Vajranga Asana every day will make the human body shine like a diamond,” said Colonel Sharad Srivastava, the chief guest of the event.

Corporation schools here organised yoga sessions, essay writing and drawing competitions to create awareness of the benefits of practising yoga.

At Avvai Girls Higher Secondary School, over 300 students took part in an hour-long yoga session. Elocution and debate on the difference between yoga and physical exercise was also conducted.

The Madurai district police personnel also underwent a yoga practice at the Armed Reserve Ground. Yoga awareness and practice were given to the policemen and the event was inaugurated by Superintendent of Police N. Manivannan.

Madurai district police personnel doing yogasanas.

Madurai district police personnel doing yogasanas.   | Photo Credit: S. James

Walker’s Club, along with the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, conducted a yoga demonstration where 200 participants practised yogasanas at the Walkers' Park in K. K. Nagar.

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