Publised. 11/08/2021

Integration of Yoga in School Curriculum


Aniruddha Ganguly

In this pandemic, students have been stuck inside their homes for a year and a half now. In Indian society, it is considered to be taboo if you are suffering from mental health issues. Kids are, since generations, trusted to function well and thus them dealing with depression, frustration or maybe even isolation is considered to be normal. "Why," you ask? Well, that is because, in India, kids are perceived to cope up much faster with their environment. I know how it is ironic given that more than 50% of the adult population suffer from mental depression. In this pandemic, reports say that children have stopped practicing sports and, are also gaining huge amounts of weight.

Yoga can really be beneficial when it comes to maintaining a healthy mentality, be it for adults or for kids. Yoga can help kids control their emotions and help them develop self-regulation skills. It increases their span of concentration and also pushes them to look for the positive aspects of their surrounding environment. It helps them develop focus. Plus, yoga is not like following a hardcore gym routine or hardcore exercise which the kids would hate doing. The coordination between their body parts increases. With regular practice of yoga, academic performances are surely going to get better for kids as previously mentioned, it increases attention span. Yoga can also help tone down anxiety levels in kids. This should be started from schools first. Schools should give more importance to making students learn yoga. Schools are after all their second home, right? I mean, the growth of a child starts from there.

With regular practice and thorough dedication, yoga is only going to improve your child's health and academic performance. Yoga should be made compulsory in school curriculums as it calls for the holistic development of a child.