Yoga championship underway

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, October, 11, 2019: The 24th State Level Yoga Physique Championship, 2019, organised by the Yoga Physique Institute and Studies Manipur (YPISM), was opened on Friday at Manipur Dramatic Union hall here.

The theme of the championship is Yoga for health, wellbeing and sustainable development.

Manipur governor Dr. Najma Heptulla said Yoga education amongst the youth can be an effective tool to counter the menace of substance abuse and drug addiction prevalent widely in the State of Manipur.  This championship will certainly help the young sportspersons to grow and maintain their physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being.  In addition, this championship is to put together in one event, the overwhelming complexity of the entire Yoga arts and traditions of various ethnic communities of the state.  Manipur’s rich heritage of Yoga, which constitutes a significant component of the culture of the people, remains largely unexplored.  Though Manipur is famous for its dances and sports, Yoga also needs to be taken up for a closer study to understand and unravel the underlying historical and cultural meaning of such practices, she added.

Expressing her happiness on NCERT’s publication of Yoga text books for Classes-I to VIII and introduction of it in the CBSE Schools as a compulsory subject, the governor told that value-based education through Yoga in schools and colleges will help in inculcating discipline, concentration, relaxation and self-achievement, from an early stage of life and thereby empower them to cope up with the stress and strains accompanied with the challenges of modern life. It will also help them in growing up with the values of cleanliness, non-violence, truthfulness, non-greediness, austerity, self-study, self-control and non-possessiveness, she added.

As part of today’s inaugural programme, the YPISM students and intellectual disability Group BB Paul Mental Development Home, Mongshangei presented Yoga demonstration and certificates of honour were also distributed to donors and juries.

More than 250 candidates are participating in this championship and it will continue till tomorrow.

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