While private schools are debating whether or not to observe June 21, a Sunday, as Yoga Day, schools affiliated to various boards said a token day was a pointless exercise, as yoga is already a part of their school curriculum.
Maharashtra education minister Vinod Tawde and the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) expect schools to hold basic yoga exercises in the school campus on June 21, as the United Nations had declared it as the International Day of Yoga, following an India-led resolution.
Gundecha Education Academy, Kandivli, conducts yoga exercises for every class twice a month. Students learn at least eight to nine asanas every year. “We teach students Raj yoga, which involves slow movements,” said Seema Buch, principal. “We have been following this practice for many years. I don’t think there is any to point in calling the students on a Sunday to do yoga.”
Cathedral and John Connon School, Fort, has also included yoga in it curriculum up to Class 8. “Our children are aware of its importance as well as how to do it,” said Meera Isaacs, principal
Although against calling students on a Sunday, Rakesh Joshi, principal, Apeejay School, Nerul, said, “We will take a decision once we re-open for the new academic year. Yoga is already part of the students’ lessons.”
Many principals are worried that forcing students may do more harm. “If we wake up students early on a Sunday morning, they may end up disliking yoga,” said Father George Athaide, secretary of the Archdiocesan Board of Education, which runs 150-odd schools in the city.