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R. BALAJI

COOL CAMP: Yoga postures PHOTO: SANDEEP SAXENA

COOL CAMP: Yoga postures PHOTO: SANDEEP SAXENA  

HYDERABAD

The Kaivalya Yoga Institute recently organised a special one-week personality development camp for children below 14 years. The camp was held near the famed Chilkur Balaji Temple village, about 20 kilometres from the city. The camp laid emphasis on the panchasheela (five principles) of human development such as the physical, mental, emotional, intellectual and spiritual dimensions. A special training curriculum was framed for strengthening all the five.

Under physical development the children were imparted training in breathing exercises, yoga asanas, surya namaskars, warm-up exercises and games. To make them mentally strong they were taught the recitation and assimilation of the meaning of slokas from the different scriptures; chants, prayers and stories with morals. The emotional strengthening was done through reciting mythological stories, bhajans, kirtans and patriotic songs. To hone intellectual skills there were enlightening lectures, group discussions, skits presentations and question-answer sessions. And to fortify the physical, mental, emotional and intellectual strength gained at the camp, one was taught to rely on spiritual power. The children also learnt exercises like self-introspection, observing silence and meditating on their chosen images of God. But children like adventure as well. So a daylong trek was organised to enable them enjoy nature's beauty.

The children were delighted to learn Jalaneti techniques, which help remove impurities from the body by cleansing the respiratory system.

According to Srinivas Pulluri, chief coordinator of the camp, though the children were away from their parents for a week, not once did they feel homesick. The children who came from Hyderabad and its adjoining districts - Ranga Reddy, Mahbubnagar, Nizamabad, Warangal and Medak apparently seemed to have enjoyed themselves.