Bhubaneswar: International Yoga Day was observed at SAI Angan, SAI International School and SAI International Residential School over video conferencing on Tuesday.
Yoga is regarded as one of the most effective methods of establishing a connection between the body, mind and by the Indian sages since time immemorial. It is a type of exercise that is performed through diet, breathing and physical posture for the relaxation of the body and mind. Yoga is an integral part of the calendar of activities at the School throughout the year, as part of our efforts to inculcate in students the appreciation of and respect for India’s rich heritage and diversity, and also to reinforce in their national pride and respect. This ancient form of holistic healing got formal recognition by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014.
Students across grades participated in the International Yoga Day as the teachers began the session after the morning assembly. It was a delight to see the Primary students participating too. Senior students had prepared and presented PowerPoint presentations within their class, discussing the benefits of incorporating Yoga in everyday life. Few had made posters and shared their speeches with their classmates. During the virtual event, fitness and well-being conscious parents too had joined in the live sessions.
Yoga is a trend that has been flourishing for years, rather it is a prime trendsetter in maintaining both physical and mental well-being. Each yogic activity is a key to improve flexibility, strength, balance, and attaining harmony. It is the perfect getaway to search for inner peace, gives you the essence of leading a meaningful life. The present resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic has added stress and anxiety among people everywhere. The disease and isolation is not only affecting a patient`s physical health but also taking a toll on the psychological or emotional health and even that of family members.
Against this backdrop, the emphasis on pursuing Yoga has been higher for physical and psychological well-being. Highly recommended for all, especially students across all age groups its immense benefits are known to bring peace and emotional balance in individuals if practiced regularly. Also known for its far-reaching benefits to alleviate stress, apart from relaxing a tired mind and body and reinvigorate the thought towards being positive it is believed to help in enhancing memory. Increasing flexibility, strength, balance, and endurance are just a few of the innumerable benefits of yoga. SAI International has adopted it in its co-curricular process since its inception.
Speaking on the occasion, Vice-Chairperson Dr Silpi Sahoo said, “I am extremely thankful to one and all for the enthusiastic participation by the students and making this virtual event a grand success. I truly believe that Yoga will positively impact the minds of our students, strengthen their health, and minds. Yoga is really effective in teaching us how to be much more relaxed and let go of unwanted thoughts and stress.”