One of the lasting images of the Games opening ceremony was that of the Padma Asana — the lotus pose — under the aerostat. A big hit with the audience, the presentation was the result of the efforts of over 900 school students, trained under the aegis of yoga guru Baba Ramdev.
Performing in perfect harmony, the students created spirals to depict the kundalini —the pure energy in a human being — that lies in the Muladhara chakra (at the base of the spine).
This energy formed the basis of the gigantic, ephemeral installation of a human form in the ‘Padma Asana’.
From within this figure arose the seven chakras, the seven energy points of the human body, creating the imposing posture in the centre of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
“These boys and girls, chosen from 11 schools in Delhi, practised daily for last seven to eight weeks at the Parade Ground,” said S.K. Tijarawala, a Baba Ramdev disciple .
“We wanted to showcase to the world the ancient knowledge imparted to us by our learned teachers. This knowledge of yoga is not limited only to physical wellness but is important for the wellness of both the mind and the body," he said.
The students were supervised by 34 co-coordinators, mostly schoolteachers, six of whom were yoga instructors from Baba Ramdev's ashram in Haridwar. In the seven-and-a-half minute performance, the young troupe also packed in a session of pranayama - the yogic art of breathing control -- that works wonders in improving physical and psychological well-being.
The participating schools were DAV SS School, Brij Vihar, DAV SS School, Noida, Indus Valley, Noida, Sun Valley, Vaishali, Ghaziabad, Saraswati Vidya Mandir, Ghaziabad, among others.