The 8th International Day of Yoga was celebrated at Amrita Vidyalayam, Bhubaneswar in complete unison with the country and the globe. The students and the teachers of the school participated in the yoga practice with enthusiasm and joy.
The celebration started with taking blessings from Amma for the occasion, and a brief introduction to Yoga, one of the greatest gifts of India to the world. The theme of this year’s Yoga Day was ‘Yoga for Humanity’.
The Yoga teacher of the school, Mr. Ajit Rana spoke about the relevance of yoga in everyday life in his brief introduction. Bri Namratamrita Chaitanyaji elaborated on the vital role of yoga in bringing unity between body and mind in her address to students. The students, under the guidance of the yoga instructor of the school, performed Suryanamaskar and various other postures such as vrikshasana, ustrasana, bhujangasana, trikonasana and savasana.
After the practice of postures, the students also practiced pranayama breathing techniques. To experience the meditative and healing power of yoga, there was a brief chanting of the sacred omkar for a few minutes followed by deep silence. “It’s a joyful and relaxing experience to practise yoga with my friends. The asanas that I have learnt today are easy and beneficial and I will practice it every day at home,” said Dipsa Devanshi, a student of Class X after the yoga session.
The day ended with shanti mantra, the prayer to bring peace and prosperity to the universe.