Many school and college students across the city had a healthy start to their day with yoga but Urdu schools chose to skip the International Yoga Day celebrations as many students were fasting.
“Students are observing Roza so we decided not to involve them in physical activities,” said Husnara Khan, Principal of Nasheman Urdu School in Bhandup. Anjuman-I-Islam Boys’ School, Kurla, too decided to not hold sessions. “Students could face weakness or dehydration so we did not want to risk the children’s health,” said Principal Farhan Sheikh. “We will conduct yoga programme after the fasts are over,” he added.
Meanwhile, most other schools had elaborate plans for the day. Ryan International School, Kandivli, held yoga sessions early morning. “Students seemed at peace after the yoga sessions,” said Shailaja Mulye, a former principal who visited Stanislaus High School Bandra. Students meditated and practised yoga before attending classes.
Around 500 students gathered at the sports complex of the Kalina Campus of the University of Mumbai at 7 am for yoga. They were joined by Vice-Chancellor Sanjay Deshmukh and Governor C Vidyasagar Rao. Instructors from Kaivalyadhama from Lonavla held the sessions.
R D & S H National College, Bandra, held training sessions from June 16 to 18, and on Sunday, students had participated in a yogathon. On Tuesday, they participated in the programme held in Kalina.