Yoga day – 21st June, 2020
The show must go on’……..
It takes a lot of courage to push through hard times and never give up on something we believe in. Though the entire Nation is suffering with the Pandemic Covid – 19, which is a catastrophic situation, we Indians have a ‘Never Give Up’ attitude. This was reflected when the entire Nation came together and united to celebrate ‘The International Yoga Day, 2020.
The theme for this year was ‘Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family’. We at Vikhe Patil Memorial School via our virtual platform brought the students and the parents together in order to celebrate this refreshing day, and it went on really fantabulous!
It is said, ‘The body benefits from movement and the mind benefits from stillness, and Yoga ensures stillness. The word Yoga is derived from Sanskrit, which means to join or to unite. We feel proud to say that we at VPMS, Lohegaon were able to witness this in our Yoga session.
‘International Yoga Day’ is celebrated to spread awareness about the importance and effects of Yoga on the health of the people. This initiative was taken by our Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi by giving an impactful speech related to Yoga on 27th September, 2014 in United National General Assembly.
The reason why 21st June was selected for its celebration is really interesting to know - This day is the day to pay homage to the Sadgurus. This is also the day of the summer solstice. During the June solstice, the north pole is tilted towards the sun that is when the sun begins to move from north to south. From Yoga’s perspective, this time is the transition period i.e. a better time for meditation. This date in the Northern hemisphere is also the longest day of the year and has special significance.
In light of this we scheduled our Yoga sessions from 7.30 am to 10.00 am, wherein the students of Classes I to X participated with full zeal along with their teachers and parents. Albeit the confines of their homes, it was fun to watch the younger ones as well as the teens doing the asanas so perfectly. An introduction was given by our Yoga Teacher Ms. Aritri Sarkar at the beginning of the session which was then followed by breathing exercises and yogasanas. The session concluded with our Prime Minister’s short video message on celebrating International Yoga Day.