The heavy rains that continued to lash Mumbai over the past few days did not manage to prove a dampener for the celebrations, as many schools across the city organised activities to mark the first International Yoga Day. While most schools managed to organise Yoga Day events on Sunday, some will celebrate it on Monday. A few others, however, decided to give it a miss altogether, saying it was not compulsory and that they regularly conduct yoga in their schools.
“This entire week was celebrated as Yoga Week in our school,” said Norina Fernandes, Principal of Lilavatibai Podar School, Santacruz. She added, “Today (Sunday), the students watched a video of the Prime Minister declaring the first International Yoga Day open and also some videos on various aasanas. Teachers and parents also participated. There was a talk by the Bhramakumaris for those who could not perform asanas, for health or other reasons.”
Some schools have, however, decided to conduct the event on Monday. “The heritage club of our school has organised the event, but it was pushed to Monday because of the rain and hardly any students would have turned up on Sunday,” said Avnita Bir, Principal of R N Podar School, Santacruz.
Perin Bagli, principal of Activity High School, Peddar Road, too said the school would conduct the event on Monday and also hold week-long activities. “The students will be shown audio-visuals and guests have been invited to conduct different classes,” she added.
There were others who claimed that they did not hold any special event as yoga was not an annual affair but a regular practice for them. “Yoga is practised everyday in our school, with one asana taught every week. We did not do it especially for today (June 21),” said Seema Buch Principal, Gundecha Education Academy, Kandivali. “We, however, encouraged students to practise at their homes or in groups at a decided time, 8 am, and also asked them to upload videos,” she added.
Deputy Director of School Education S Phadtare said, “We have 15,532 schools across Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai regions. A majority of the schools celebrated Yoga Day. We will get the actual numbers by Sunday evening.”