Jammu, June 21: International Yoga Day 2020 was celebrated by Samagra Shiksha across the UT through online mode on 21 June, 2020. Live Yoga sessions were organized in association with Arogya Bharti and Radio Big FM at SRML Higher Secondary School Jammu. Maintaining social distancing; the experts from Arogya Bharti conducted half an hour session wherein he performed different Asaanas and illustrated their health benefits. The session was joined by Project Director, Samagra Shiksha Dr. Arun Manhas and senior staff of Radio 92.7 Big FM (Reliance Group). The live session which was streamed through Digital Educational Platform: J&K Knowledge Network and Facebook Pages of Samagra Shiksha as well as Big FM was attended by tremendously large number of students, teachers and parents all across the UT. The experts demonstrated different Asaanas starting from ‘Surya Namaskar’ to Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose). Experts told that this ancient form of fitness with roots in India focuses on developing balance, strength and flexibility. The session progressed with Padmasana, Bharadvaja's Twist and Kapaal Bharti techniques.
Apart, following the directions of Principal Secretary, Dr Asgar Samoon; an online competition was also organized by Samagra Shiksha wherein videos of 30 seconds showing different Yoga Asaanas were invited amongst students of classes 6th to 12th. More than 300 videos were received from all the districts including Kashmir division which were being evaluated to screen the best to declare the winners.
Meanwhile, Dr. Asgar Samoon congratulated Samagra Shiksha to organize such events and involving students in curricular activities especially in the period of Covid crisis when educational institutions are closed. He stated that practicing yoga is said to come with many benefits for both mental and physical health. He added that today almost all the youngsters and children have become patients of various diseases like stress, nervousness, stomach related issue, sleeping disorder and so on, because of different life conditions and studies pressure. Learning Yoga at an early age can have enormous advantages on the general well -being as well as the prosperity of the students. An everyday practice may, therefore, result in improved posture, improvement in lung capacity, boosting memory and help build up a state of mind while discovering the innermost potential. Dr. Samoon stressed that teachers must encourage their students to practice yoga and other physical workouts right from the early age.
Later, Dr. Arun Manhas expressed gratitude to Arogya Bharti and 92.7 Big FM for their associations and making this event a grand success. He revealed that Yoga plays a vital role especially among the youngsters to maintain a mental as well as physical stability. Yoga not only rejuvenates the body energy but also revitalize the mind to regulate the emotions and thought processes in a positive manner.