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  • Writer's pictureJayanta Mohapatra

From ancient wisdom to modern well-being, celebrate Yoga Day! Puspa Madam addresses students

Fellow students, teachers, and staff,

Happy International Yoga Day! Today, we celebrate a practice that has thrived for millennia, originating right here in India. Yoga, meaning "union" in Sanskrit, goes far beyond just physical postures, or asanas. It's a holistic approach to well-being, a philosophy that has endured for over 5,000 years.

Think about that for a moment. Over 5,000 years of people using yoga to improve their lives! From ancient texts like the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali to the vibrant yoga scene we see today, this practice has adapted and evolved.

But why is yoga still relevant for you, students, in the 21st century?  Because the benefits it offers are timeless. Yoga can:

  • Sharpen your mind: Regular yoga practice can improve your focus, concentration, and memory. Those early morning exams will feel a lot less stressful when you have a calm and clear head.

  • Boost your body: Yoga builds strength, flexibility, and improves your posture. It can also help you manage your weight and keep your body healthy.

  • Reduce stress:  School can be demanding, and stress can creep in easily. Yoga teaches you breathing techniques and mindfulness practices that can help you manage anxiety and find inner peace.

  • Increase self-confidence: Yoga is a journey of self-discovery. As you master different poses and techniques, you'll gain a sense of accomplishment and a newfound confidence in your own abilities.

Yoga isn't about achieving perfection in a pose. It's about listening to your body, setting goals, and celebrating your progress. It's about finding a sense of balance – between your mind and body, between your studies and your well-being.

So, I encourage each of you to take a step onto your own yoga mat. It doesn't require fancy equipment or a lot of space. Even a few minutes of yoga each day can make a big difference. There are many online resources and classes available to help you get started.

Remember, yoga is a gift – a gift of well-being, a gift of self-discovery, a gift that can empower you to reach your full potential. Let's all embrace this ancient practice and celebrate the journey towards a healthier, happier you.

Thank you.

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