The first zonal event of Children Yoga Festival 2016, was successfully conducted on 21st Jan 2017 at Smt. Narbada Devi J. Agarwal Vivekananda Vidyalaya Junior College, Vyasarpadi, where 132 children from 8 schools actively participated in the day long event comprising 12 Thematic Yoga Skill Demonstrations, Oratorical Skill Demonstrations, Quiz, Keerthan, Games, etc.,
The event was started off by key-note address by Sn Shiva Rishi who conceptualized the festival. Smt D Vijayalakshmi Sr AVP – Group Corporate Communications, Murugappa Group, inaugurated the festival. She shared how yoga had a very positive influence in building her career. Smt R Sethu Bai, Principal gave the welcome address. Sri Jegathalaprathapan, sports co-ordinator VES Group of schools graced the occasion.
The yoga demonstrations on varied themes like “Great Women Personalities, Dasavataram, Krishna leela, Body as a treasure, Quotes to live with, Yoga Bharatham, Girl in a forest, Yoga dance, Yoga Landscapes, Abhimanyu’s valour, Cow Slaughter, Daily Yoga Practice”, apart from making yoga interesting, introduced to them varied benefits of yoga as also important morals and values.
Oratorical Skill demonstrations on the themes Surya Namaskar, Nature and Yoga, Power of mantra, Yamas and Niyamas demonstrated the in-depth knowledge the children had gained about these yogic concepts.
This year Children Yoga Festival was conducted in around 30 schools across the city and its suburbs reaching the message to more than 40,000 children. Around 1500 children participated in the yoga demonstrations and oratorical events in these schools.
From these, around 380 children have qualified for the Zonal Level event being held in Jan-Feb 2017. 300 children from the zonal events would qualify for the city level event.
Children qualified for the city level event would get an opportunity to participate in a week-long, completely paid, JIVA VIGYAN (Life-SKILLS) camp this summer at Chennai. It is heartening to note that a significant number of participants in this year are first generation school goers.