Isha Foundation in association with Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) will offer Upa Yoga programme for children across the city’s 390 MCGM schools. The initiative will touch about one lakh children who are below 14 years of age. About 800 teachers of MCGM schools are trained for Upa Yoga. These teachers will teach the same to children through the academic year.
Upa Yoga is a set of seven 5-minute practices. Designed by Sadhguru, Founder of Isha Foundation, these practices are based on the science of Upa-Yoga, which is oriented towards physical and psychological benefits.
Upa Yoga provides children physical, mental and physiological benefits, a large number of who are from the lowest socio-economic strata of the society. The virtual training infrastructure of MCGM will be put to use so that a large number of students can learn and practice yoga simultaneously across Mumbai. MCGM has virtual classroom facilities in 400 schools in which the Upa Yoga training program would be simulcast via its four studios. A MCGM teacher and Isha volunteer trained in Upa Yoga will assist the students during the training sessions.
The foundation claims to be reaching out to 35,000 schools across India, and touching over 15 million students throughout the year. To execute this plan, around 45,600 school teachers will undergo training to teach technologies for inner well being from the yogic sciences.
“The only way to experience true well being is to turn inward. This is what Yoga means – not up, not out, but in. The only way out is in,” is the International Day of Yoga Message from Sadhguru, Founder of Isha Foundation who will lead the session at the United Nations – Permanent Mission in New York this year to commemorate the 2nd International Day of Yoga along with other UN diplomats and officials on June 20 and 21.
“I am happy with the MCGM and Isha Foundation tie-up for the International yoga day. Our students will benefit in health from practicing yoga,” said Ranjit Dhakane, Deputy Commissioner of Education, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai.
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