Yoga training for Physical Education teachers underway
Kohima, March 14: In the backdrop of debate over the years that yoga is deeply rooted in the beliefs and practices of Hinduism, for the first time a five-day yoga orientation cum training for Physical Education teachers under Kohima district got underway at Ura Academy Hall, Kohima.
The programme organised by Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyhan (RMSA) under Directorate of School Education. The training programme for the first batch was attended by twenty-two physical education teachers, which will conclude on March 18.
Speaking at the inaugural programme, RMSA Mission Director, Limawapang Aier said though there has been political motivated argument that yoga is related to the practices and beliefs of Hinduism, he clarified that yoga is only a physical exercise which is beneficial for one’s health.He said yoga is beneficial for our health to keep our body fit as we grow old, and that it is nothing related to any religion though it is mostly practiced by the Hindus.
Aier advised the teachers to learn as best as they could and propagate the same to the students in their respective schools. Despite many trainings being conducted in the past for the teachers, he expressed doubt that those knowledge acquired by the teachers ever reached to the students especially the government schools.
He also informed that training for the second batch has been approved and would be held soon. He added that the department desires to continue with the training even in future.Deputy Director (PE) T Lipok Jamir also explained that yoga is not a Hinduism propaganda as believed by many but a physical exercise for fitness. Therefore, he urged the teachers to learn something and teach the students at their schools.
The teachers will be trained by yoga instructor, Kelhouzosei Lawrence who was trained from Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), Delhi.