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St Clare School celebrated International yoga day on Friday 21st June 2024. Sir Krishna Panika the yoga teacher explained the importance of yoga in our life. He said, “Over the last few decades, there has been an upsurge in the prevalence of yoga. Medical professionals and celebrities are also adopting and recommending the regular practice of yoga due its various benefits. While some regard yoga as simply one more prevailing fashion and associate it with the new age mysticism, others vouch for how astonishing this form of exercise feels. What they don't understand is that what they see as simply just another form of exercise will profit them in ways they never envisioned.

Before we get into the benefits of Yoga, it is essential to understand what exactly Yoga really is. Yoga is not a religion, it’s a way of living that aims towards a healthy mind in a healthy body. Man is a physical, mental and spiritual being; Yoga helps in developing the balance between all the three as stated in Ayurveda in India. Other forms of exercise, like aerobics, only assure physical wellbeing. These exercises have very little to do with the improvement of spiritual or astral body.

Yoga is not just about bending or twisting the body and holding the breath. It is a technique to bring you into a state where you see and experience reality simply the way it is. If you enable your energies to become exuberant and ecstatic, your sensory body expands. This enables you to experience the whole universe as a part of yourself, making everything one, this is the union that yoga creates.”

According to him some of the advantages of Yoga are as follow:
It improves brain function, lowers stress levels, alters gene expression, increases flexibility, lowers blood pressure, improves lung capacity, relieves anxiety, relieves chronic back pain, lowers blood sugar in diabetics, improves sense of balance, Stronger bones, Healthy weight, Lowers risk of heart diseases and so on.
Thereafter he taught several yoga postures or Asanas to the students and asked them to lean from him the postures.

Report by Fr P. Stephen Dsouza
St Clare School, Akuluto – Zunheboto Dist

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