Now, state wants col­leges, schools to hold yoga class once ev­ery month

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - HTMETRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MUM­BAI: School and col­leges in Ma­ha­rash­tra are likely to start yoga ses­sions once in ev­ery month. The state education min­is­ter Vinod Tawde has di­rected of­fi­cials to en­sure stu­dents per­form dif­fer­ent asanas on the 21st of ev­ery month. In­ter­na­tional Yoga Day is cel­e­brated on June 21 ev­ery year. He also said con­duct­ing yoga ses­sions once in a year will have lit­tle im­pact of stu­dents’ health .

He is­sued di­rec­tives while he was ad­dress­ing a prepara­tory meet­ing for In­ter­na­tional Yoga Day with se­nior of­fi­cials from state school education, and higher and tech­ni­cal education de­part­ments on Thursday.

In 2014, the United Na­tions de­clared June 21 as In­ter­na­tional Day of Yoga af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi called for the day to be adopted as a global cel­e­bra­tion of yoga, an an­cient prac­tice that be­gan in In­dia more than 5,000 years ago.

“We cel­e­brate In­ter­na­tional Yoga Day on June 21 ev­ery year. Now, we should start con­duct­ing yoga ses­sions in school and col­leges on the 21st of ev­ery month which should not be less than half an hour. In case of hol­i­days, the ses­sion can be con­ducted a day in ad­vance or the next day,” Tawde said.

“Yoga helps in over­all per­son­al­ity development of the stu­dents. It will also help stu­dents in de­vel­op­ing con­cen­tra­tion and agility nec­es­sary in to­day’s fast paced life. Cel­e­brat­ing Yoga Day only on June 21 in a year will serve no pur­pose. We also need to or­gan­ise Yoga Ma­hot­sav in ev­ery dis­trict and get par­tic­i­pate as many stu­dents as pos­si­ble,” he said. How­ever, the idea of cel­e­brat­ing Yoga Day on the 21st of ev­ery month was first mooted by the min­is­ter in 2016.

The education min­is­ter also di­rected the of­fi­cials to set up an in­de­pen­dent web­site and up­load in­for­ma­tion and pho­tos of cel­e­bra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Yoga Day on it.

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