YOG UTSAV (From 7th June to 21st June, 2021)
Session 1 : Yoga Mantra
The New Era public school Dwarka, kicked off the Yog Utsav on 7th June 2021. This fifteen day long event will conclude on 21st June when celebrating the "International Yoga Day". The session was organized through a virtual platform by the school. The yoga instructor Ms.Anjani Yadav, took the session with great dedication. The session began by seeking the blessing of the almighty by chanting the Shloka starting with warming up and were followed by breathing exercises.
On Day One, the 1 hour long session was attended by over 100 participants enthusiastically which had school parents, teachers and students. The highlight of the session was Mantra meditation which typically involves continually repeating a chosen word, (silently or aloud) while passively disregarding any internal or external distractions. The sound or mantra in meditation is proposed to act as an effective vehicle for overriding mental speech (which is the predominant form of conscious thinking for most people), thus continually redirecting negative or intrusive automatic thoughts which perpetuate psychological distress.
Session 2 : Foundational Yoga
A few minutes of Yoga during the day can be a great way to get rid of stress that accumulates daily, in both, body and the mind. Yoga postures, Pranayama and meditation are effective techniques to release stress.
On day 2 of the "Yog Utsav" the session was conducted by in house yoga instructor Mr.Pawan Poddar.
The teachers participated with full interest, enthusiasm and eagerness. The session began by Asanas starting with warming up, stretching and were followed by a series of Padmasanas, Sukhasana, Tadasana, BhujangAsana and ending with Shavasana. Exercises for relieving stress, reducing joint pain and enhancing the flexibility of the back were also done for the benefit of the students, parents and teachers.
Our school principal Ms.Kanwal Kohli, motivated the students and staff and conveyed the importance of making yoga an integral part of our daily life by extending the practice of yoga beyond the mat.The session concluded with an interactive session between the instructor and the students, parents in which the queries were addressed satisfactorily.The session was very refreshing, reviving and relaxing.
Session 3 : Occupational Yoga
Yoga is a complete system of occupational regulation, based on complex theories that address occupational risk factors while relating occupation directly to health and wellbeing.
On Day 3 the session was conducted by Ms.Anjani Yadav and the entire faculty of NEPS dwarka, teachers students and parents participated in large numbers through virtual platform of zoom and You Tube live streaming links.
The session started with the chanting of shlokas followed by the breathing techniques to keep the body and mind alert. The benefits of yoga and asanas were explained throught the medium of pranayama, suryanamaskar, Bhastrika and kapalbhati. All the participants were elated after the completion of the session.
Session 4 : Corrective Yoga
When looking for ways to manage spinal deformities, many people turn to varoius physical activities,one form of movement that’s gained a lot of followers is Yoga.
On day 4 of the Yog Utsav at NEPS dwarka the session was based on corrective measures for spinal deformities and stiffness in the upper and lower back..The session started by enchanting of "Gaytri Mantra". Thereafter, the practice of asanas such as Half Forward Bend (Ardha Uttanasana), Downward-Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasna),Locust Pose (Salabhasana),Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha), Side Plank (Vasisthasana), Side-Reclining Leg Lift (Anantasana) and Mountain Pose (Tadasana) were practised by the students and teachers via a virtual platform. The session concluded successfully with sanskrit shlok.
Session 5 : Jungle Yoga
The "Jungle Yoga Adventure" with yoga poses helps kids become aware of their breath, body, and the benefit of working together. By having children change their position and poses in several ways, it can help them modify their mood, awareness and actions both inside and out.
On Day 5 of Yog Utsav celebration the session was all about various poses of animals for the kids to experience and learn about animal movements.
The session started with seeking God's blessings by enchanting 'OM' mantra followed by "Elephant breath" with deep inhaling and exhaling, The "lion pose" inhaling and roaring out loud, the cobra pose and making a hissing sound, The giraffe( posing as a tall tree) and finally the young children did the Svanasana the relaxation pose. The session gave children the required confidence and the session ended successfully.
Session 6 : Immunity Yoga
Yoga positions can help support, balance, nurture and improve overall health boosting the immune system. It can also help fight oxidative stress which poses a risk to the healthy cells. If done regularly, yoga reduces stress systemically in the body, which in turn, cuts down inflammation and degeneration.
On day 6 of the Yog Utsav students learnt the benefits of yoga and how to keep themselves healthy during this pandemic. Asanas such as- , vajrasana, parshvakonasana, paschimottanasana, pavanamuktasana, bhujangasana and ardhamatsyendrasana were performed by children which was extremely beneficial for them. The session was conducted and concluded successfully.
Session 7 : Immunity Yoga
On Day 7 of the Yog Utsav....and in continuation of Immuntiy boosting the Yoga session was conducted keeping in mind the ongoing Pandemic, Covid -19 SARS.
One of the best ways to keep the mind and body strong is by practicing yoga and raising the immunity levels.Yoga helps lower our stress hormones and calms the nervous system, which compromises our immune system. Through relaxation, the nervous system can help the immune system to settle down and stop attacking the foreign bodies, which are naturally cleared out by sneezing once or twice a day. Asanas such as- , vajrasana, parshvakonasana, paschimottanasana, pavanamuktasana, bhujangasana and ardhamatsyendrasana were performed by children which was extremely beneficial for them. The session was conducted and concluded successfully.
Session 8 : Power Yoga
Power yoga is a general term used to describe a vigorous, fitness-based approach to vinyasa-style yoga.
Poweryoga incorporates the athleticism of Ashtanga, including lots of vinyasas. (series of poses done in sequence).
On day 8 of Yog Utsav the emphasis was to focus on strength and flexibility, power yoga had the children performing some rigorous asanas in the power yoga style Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose), Paripurna Navasana (Boat Pose), Ustrasana (Camel Pose), Salabhasana (Locust Pose), Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) and
Utkatasana (Chair Pose). The students and teachers throughly enjoyed the session which helped them burn some serious calories. The 40min long session concluded successfully.
Session 9 : Functional Yoga
Functional yoga is based on the scientifically-proven premise that our skeletons, tissues, physiology, temperament and motivation are made and organized in a way that is uniquely ours. This uniqueness comes with the whole package of talents and limitations that constitute who we are.
On the 9th day of Yog Utsav celebration the session was purely based on Functional aspects of the body.
The session commenced with praying to the almighty and thereafter led into several asanas which were performed by the NEPS school students, parents and teachers. The benefits of the asanas were explained along while performing, the emphasis was laid on inculcating yoga as a lifestyle.
Deep Squat( Fierce Chair Pose or Yogic Squat), Malasana(Hurdle Step) Marching-in-Place (Kundalini Yoga), In-Line Lunge,High Lunge dynamically lowering and raising the back knee, adding a shift forward to Warrior, Three and back to the dynamic High Lunge. Shoulder Mobility Cow-Faced Pose Arms (Gomukhasana) were performed religiously. The session concluded successfully by enchanting of mantra OM
Session 10 : Wellness Yoga
Exercise, healthy diet, rest, and relaxation are important components of healthy lifestyle. Yoga is the most perfect health and wellness module as it is comprehensive and holistic in nature. Yogic principles help to strengthen and develop positive health enabling us to withstand stress better.
The 10th session of the Yog Utsav was all about maintaining Wellness in our lives. The session commenced with a prayer followed by asanas such as;
Tadasana, (Mountain Pose) Vrksasana, (Tree Pose) Urdhva Hastasana, (Upward Salute Pose) Padangusthasana, (Big Toe Pose) Utkatasana, (Chair Pose) Utthita Trikonasana, (Extended Triangle Pose) Anjaneyasana, (Low Lunge Pose) Utthita Parsvakonasana, (Extended Side Angle lunge).
The students were overwhelmed and enjoyed the 40 min session.
Sessions 11 and 12: Relaxation Yoga
In yoga, relaxation refers to the loosening of bodily and mental tension. Keeping muscles in a constant alert state expends a great amount of your energy, which then is unavailable when your muscles are called upon to really function.
The NEPS fraternity celebrating the Yog Utsav from 7th to 21st June focused on Relaxation Yoga on 11& 12 th day of the Utsav.
The Yoga instructors Ms. Himanshi Verma yoga and Mr.Pawan Poddar( Specialist Yoga science) emphasized on breathing deeply in yoga which actually helps one avoid injuries and helps in Stress to De-stress Deep breathing can also allow us to experience our true essence. The flow that the steady in and out action of breathing creates stimulates a transformation in the body and mind, purifying and cleansing them so that our true essence shines forth. Asanas such as Pranayama,Shavasana,Balasana, Uttanasana,Baddha Konasana were the highlights of the session. The sessions were thoroughly enjoyed by students, parents and teachers.
Session 13 : Quiz Time