INTRODUCTION OF YOGA IN SCHOOLS
In pursuance of the decision of Cabinet Committee On Economic Affair
(CCEA) Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD)
has transferred four components of the Scheme on “Quality Improvement in
Schools” to National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT).
“Introduction of Yoga in Schools” is one of the components to be implemented by
Yoga has been an integral part of Health and Physical Education that has
been a compulsory subject up to the secondary school stage since 1988. The NCF
2005 adopted a holistic definition of health in which yoga is an integral part of it.
Both yoga and physical education contribute to not merely the physical
development of the child but have a positive impact on psychosocial and mental
development as well. Playing group games have a positive impact on individual self
esteem, promotes better interaction among children, imparts values of co-operation,
sharing and to deal with both victory and defeat. Similarly yoga practice contributes
to the overall development of the child and various studies have shown that it
contributes to flexibility and muscular fitness and also corrects postural defects
among school children.
There is also a growing realization that the health needs of adolescents,
particularly their reproductive and sexual health needs, require to be addressed.
Since these needs predominantly relate to sex and sexuality, which is culturally a
very sensitive area, they are deprived of opportunities to get appropriate information.
There is a need to provide children accurate and authentic information and help
them to construct knowledge and acquire life skills, so that they cope up with the
concerns related to the process of growing up, counter stress and strains and cope
up with examination stress.
Within this overall framework both yoga and physical education are seen as
routes for achieving overall development of children.
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