International Yoga Day Celebration
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 honorable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
The Bhagavad Gita, the core spiritual text for ISKCON, describes variety of yoga practices. Among them are karma-yoga (the practice of conscious action), jnana-yoga (philosophical study and contemplation), and hatha-yoga (the practice of yoga-asanas and breathing exercises) and Bhakti Yoga.
Yoga is more than just a physical exercise. Today, some yoga practitioners consider the physical benefits of yoga to be the end in them. But according to the traditional yoga systems, physical exercises are just one step on path of God realization. The Gita ultimately prescribes bhakti-yoga (the path of dedication and love) as the culmination of other yoga practices. The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit root Yug which means to link up with, or combine. Bhakti is derived from the Sanskrit word bhaj, which means – loving service. Bhakti-yoga means to connect to the Supreme by means of loving devotional service. Bhakti-yoga focuses on developing our dedication, service and love for the Divinity, Lord Krishna.
Practicing yoga is one of the ways to grow into a better human being with a sharp mind, a good heart and a relaxed soul.
Children derive enormous benefits from Yoga. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination and body awareness. In addition their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves. While performing yoga, children exercise, play, connect more deeply with inner self and develop an intimate relationship with the natural world that surrounds them.
The celebrations in our school today began with an inaugural talk by our esteemed Chief Guest and Yoga Expert Dr. Priti Sharma who enlightened the students about the practical utility of Yoga in their lives. This was followed by a melodious song presentation by the girls of classes 5 to 8 and a choreographed stage display of variety of asana formations by selected students. The celebrations of this divine day concluded with all the students from classes 1 to 10 performing Yoga collectively for an hour.