Yoga education vital to tackle drug menace: Guv

IMPHAL, 11th Oct: Stressing on the need to install requisite infrastructure and resources in the existing Yoga institutions in Manipur so as to provide voluntary work that could contribute significantly to the propagation of Yoga which a kind of exercise that aims at developing strength and flexibility, Governor Dr Najma Heptulla has asserted that Yoga education amongst the youth can be an effective tool to counter the menace of substance abuse and drug addiction which has become a matter of great concern for the state.
The Governor was speaking at the inaugural function of a two-day long 24th State Level Yoga Physique Championship, 2019 organised by Yoga Physique Institute & Studies Manipur (YPISM) on the theme “Yoga for Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Development” at Manipur Dramatic Union (MDU) hall, Yaiskul Police Lane on Friday.
Addressing the gathering as chief guest, Dr Najma Heptulla stated that the 24th state Level Yoga Physique Championship, 2019 will certainly help the young sportspersons to grow and maintain their physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being and in addition, the championship aimed at putting together in one event, the overwhelming complexity of the entire Yoga arts and traditions of various ethnic communities of the state. She observed that Manipur’s rich heritage of Yoga, which constitutes a significant component of the culture of the people, remains largely unexplored and Yoga also needs to be taken up for a closer study to understand and unravel the underlying historical and cultural meaning of such practices though the state is famous for its dances and sports.
Expressing her happiness on NCERT’s publication of Yoga text books for students of Class I up to Class VIII and its introduction in the CBSE-affiliated schools as a compulsory subject, she opined 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 which would empower the students to cope with stress and strain caused by 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. The Governor expressed hope that the department concerned will pay due attention to this aspect while pursuing the agenda for promotion of Yoga in the interest of the students.
She stated that Yoga is catching the attention of more and more people as well as the government and that is why Yoga councils were established in many states to regulate, streamline and maintain the standard of Yoga education and practice.
Dr Najma Heptulla also observed that establishment of a Yoga council in the state will prove beneficial in giving a proper direction to the development of Yoga and tap its potential.
As part of the programme, YPISM students and intellectual disability Group BB Paul Mental Development Home, Mongsangei presented Yoga demonstration. Certificates of honour were also distributed to donors and juries.
The programme was also attended by YPISM president Th Samungou and Manipur Thinker Forum general secretary M Asnikumar Singh as president and guest of honour respectively. More than 250 candidates are participating in this championship.

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