Why Yoga should be made compulsory in schools
The Sanskrit word “Yuj”, which means “union or connect”, is the source of the word “Yoga. Yoga originated from ancient Indian practice that aims to conjugate body, mind, and spirit. Yoga is practiced across the world for overall wellness. The United Nations (UN) recognized the Yoga as a traditional health and wellness practice and declared June 21st as International Yoga day. According to the International Yoga Federation, there are 300 million people practicing yoga across the world. 2019 to 2020 is considered as the Yoga revolution years as it is transforming the education, healthcare and wellness practice.
Importance and Benefits
The competitive world is increasing stress and behavioral changes in school children. Adulthood behavior and emotional well-being are highly influenced by the childhood environment. A growing child requires a unified state of self-realization to improve overall health and well-being. Yoga provides physical and mental benefits to improve balance strength, endurance, aerobic capacity, and psychological well-being. Yoga primarily focuses on self-acceptance and self-awareness through a non-competitive learning method. Yoga enhances the flexibility of body parts, improves balance & coordination, increases concentration, boosts self-confidence, and strengthens the mind-body connection. Yoga can be practiced at any age, and there is no restriction. Yoga provides a unique “asanas” that blend breathing exercises and poses to motivate children for participation and learning. Children trained in yoga develop mind and body relationship to minimize emotional stress. Children can improve self-regulation with an ability to control behavioral changes with relaxation through yoga. The parents and teachers have observed that child performance, health, and well-being have improved with regular yoga practice.
Need for Compulsory Yoga Programs in Schools
According to the UN, children and adolescents around the world spend 10 to 15 years in schools. So, schools are an ideal place for children to develop good habits, healthy practices, and a lifestyle of well-being. The present-day children are loaded with a hectic schedule that develops poor body postures and stressful lifestyle.
The onset of mental disorders originates from the experiences in childhood. Children need to deal with socio-psychological behavioral changes including stress, anxiety & learning disabilities. The scientific studies have proven that school-based yoga training programs help children to carve psychosocial well-being by regulating mood disturbances, anger management, and managing social problems.
Yoga helps children build self-esteem, restore mental health, improve concentration, and reduce anxiety. A child’s body is building every day and the yoga-asanas help to improve the physical fitness that increases flexibility, strength, and balance. Regulated breathing or pranayama techniques increases a child’s respiratory and cardiovascular endurance. The relaxation techniques help children in building a calm mind and higher concentration.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) of India recommended the National Curriculum Framework with Yoga as an integral part of Health and Physical Education. The Yoga education has been made compulsory part of the National Council for Teacher Education from Pre-Schools to Senior Secondary education. The compulsory yoga training in schools provides an opportunity to encourage health and wellness among students and teachers.
The Carengrow team understands the importance of yoga for children and encourages its practice through the app designed to promote preventive care for children.
“Yogas chitta vritti nirodha” meaning “Yoga is the neutralization of the vortices of feeling”.- Patanjali.