Sweat it out this sum­mer with mar­tial arts, kick-boxing, yoga

Chil­dren can choose from a host of sports and ath­letic ac­tiv­i­ties at sum­mer camps

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NAVI MUM­BAI: It’s that time of the year when chil­dren can in­dulge in sports and fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties with­out the bur­den of classes and home­work. Yes, sum­mer va­ca­tions are here.

For all the sport en­thu­si­asts, the city has a num­ber of sports camps on of­fer through­out the va­ca­tions.

Vashi- based Navi Mum­bai Sports As­so­ci­a­tion ( NMSA) is or­gan­is­ing its 20th an­nual sports camp from April 10 to May 15. Around 10 . sports and fit­ness ac­tiv­i­ties will be a part of the camp. Ac­tiv­i­ties such as ath­let­ics, basketball, cricket, ta­ble ten­nis and yoga are on the cards.

“We will also or­gan­ise health camps with spe­cial lec­tures on diet and nutrition, sport­ing in­juries, first- aid and mo­ti­va­tional train­ing to in­cul­cate sports­man­ship among chil­dren,” said a co­or­di­na­tor of the camp.

In Be­la­pur, Young Men’s Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion (YMCA) has some ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties to look for­ward to in their sum­mer camp cal­en­dar. Roller skat­ing, karate, Taek­wondo, bad­minton, and aer­o­bics are some of the ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer. “The camps, start­ing from April 11 to May 31, have been di­vided into dif­fer­ent batches on the ba­sis of age groups,” said Leo Sallins, se­nior sec­re­tary of YMCA, Be­la­pur.

Vazi­rani Na­tional Sports Academy in Nerul has planned five sports — ta­ble ten­nis, lawn ten­nis, ring foot­ball, basketball and karate — in its sum­mer camps. “There will be t wo camps from April 15 to May 14 and May 15 to June 14 and chil­dren above four years can join,” Jay­deep Vazi­rani, in­charge of Vazi­rani Na­tional Sports Academy.

How­ever, if your child is in­ter­ested in mar­tial arts or kick- boxing, a 15- day camp from April 15 at the Gu­juryu Ken­wakai Ja­pan Karate Do As­so­ci­a­tion is a must for you. The ses­sions will be held at Nerul, Sea­woods and Be­la­pur for chil­dren above five years.

“While t he f ocus of t he work­shop is on mar­tial arts, we will also teach kho-kho and kabaddi, so that chil­dren can par­tic­i­pate in school com­peti- tions and pur­sue them in the fu­ture. Those who per­form well will be ad­mit­ted in our academy,” said Shirish Talekar, in­struc­tor at the as­so­ci­a­tion.

If your child had a stress­ful aca­demic year and wants to re­lax, yoga is what you are look­ing for. Apart from calm­ing the nerves, yoga also pre­pares chil­dren to con­cen­trate bet­ter in the up­com­ing aca­demic year.

Yoga Vidya Nike­tan in Vashi is con­duct­ing two ses­sions in April and May. The first ses­sion is for chil­dren be­tween six to 12 years from April 13 to April 23. The sec­ond is a month-long course from May 1 to 31 for any­one who is 13 years and above.

“In the first work­shop, we will teach ba­sics like suryana­maskar, shloka recita­tions, read­ing and med­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­i­ties. The sec­ond work­shop will an ad­vanced one in which we will teach more asanas, mu­dras, pranayam and breath- ing ex­er­cises,” said Jayashree Chit­nis, yoga in­struc­tor and co- or­di­na­tor of Yoga Vidya Nike­tan, Vashi.

The camps, start­ing from April 11 to May 31, have been di­vided into dif­fer­ent batches on the ba­sis of age groups. LEO SALLINS, se­nior sec­re­tary of YMCA Be­la­pur

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