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A spirit of camaraderie and good-will enveloped the hearts of the young learners at HFSI when they sat together and performed asanas of Yoga on the 5 th International Yoga day on Friday, 21 st June. Our Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi, in his address at Ranchi had rightly termed yoga as “the most powerful unifying force in the world”. At HFSI, students from the junior classes to the most senior ones have compulsory physical education classes where yoga is taught by efficient teachers.

Yoga, an amalgamation of the ancient and the modern, continues to present the perfect solution to the diverse problems that beset today’s world. Students sitting cross-legged, deeply inhaling and exhaling, reminded us once again what the Prime minister had said earlier on the day, ‘yoga is a ray of hope for our future’. The enthusiastic participation of students to adopt yoga as their way of life is gaining momentum and the school is hopeful that students of HFS International would evolve as internationally-minded denizens of the world in future.

The very young students of primary sections were taught the importance of controlling the breath and were shown different postures which they emulated enthusiastically. Students were guided through various ‘Yogasanas’, like Tree-pose, Cat pose, Eagle pose, Mountain pose etc. Throughout the session, students were focused, engaged and enthusiastic about the activities. The session concluded with a few Pranayama exercises, with focus on breath-watching and concentration. The complete session lasted for 30 minutes.

The entire session was conducted by: Ms. Sucharita Shome, a Certified teacher from The Yoga Institute, Santacruz, Mumbai. Ms. Shome is an alumnus of the prestigious Xavier Institute of Social Service and former faculty at the renowned S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai.

The secondary section of HFSI also participated with gusto under the guidance of Ms. Karuna Kandra, science teacher of HFSI who is associated with Isha Foundation Yoga Centre. She initiated the students to the breathing techniques of “Nadi Suddhi” and asanas that would increase their memory and power of concentration. The power-packed thirty minutes session empowered them with the knowledge of shaping their bodies to harbour healthy minds and is aligned to the motto of HFSI, “mens sana in corpore sano”. We hope that the exhilarating experience of Yoga practices will transform young lives and make them radiate with positive energy. A fit body gives rise to a fitter mind and that results in wellness of all beings.

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