Ayushman Bharat (YAKKPS)

Yoga & Sports

The concepts and practices of Yoga originated in India about several thousand years ago. Its founders were great Saints and Sages. The great Yogis presented rational interpretation of their experiences of Yoga and brought about a practical and scientifically sound method within every one’s reach. Yoga today, is no longer restricted to hermits, saints, and sages; it has entered into our everyday lives and has aroused a worldwide awakening and acceptance in the last few decades. The science of Yoga and its techniques have now been reoriented to suit modern sociological needs and lifestyles. Experts of various branches of medicine including modern medical sciences are realizing the role of these techniques in the prevention and mitigation of diseases and promotion of health.

The benefits exercise has on children and teenagers are numerous. Incidences of lifestyle diseases such as obesity and diabetes are rising at an alarming rate, due to lack of regular exercise and wrong eating habits. In my opinion, one of the key ways to improve health and overall fitness is to make physical education and sport mandatory in schools. Health benefits are the number one reason to make sports mandatory. Children who do not exercise are often found to be obese. Obesity brings with it a host of other diseases. Most of the obese children lack self esteem and are insecure about their fitness and looks. This may be one of the causes of depression among young people. By making physical education and sports compulsory in schools, the government can encourage students to engage in physical activity which will benefit them in the long run. By participating in sports, teenagers not only get the much needed exercise but also learn skills for life. For example, most of the sports require the team members to co-ordinate and encourage fellow mates to achieve the common goal of winning the game). Interacting with team members and conveying their opinions and ideas will allow them to think and express freely. These skills will eventually make the person an extrovert and help in developing leadership qualities

It Enhances Physical Flexibility: Yoga promotes physical strength because children learn to use all of their muscles in new ways. Whether a pose is done standing, sitting, or lying down, each one can challenge various muscle groups, while helping a child become aware of his body and how it efficiently functions.

It Boosts Self-Esteem and Confidence: Yoga helps to instill confidence and to bring learning to children on an experiential level. Yoga teaches them to persevere, be patient, and work towards their goals. Yoga also provides tools for practicing compassion, mindfulness, generosity, focus, strength, and flexibility.