Indian school children perform yoga for world peace
Agencies Published October 20, 2014
Yoga is something India is proud to pass on to the West (now world), and they have embraced it with all the vigour. Yoga helps improve stamina, strength, flexibility and also mental well-being. Nearly 5000 students including teachers performed seven yogic postures at the Delhi Public School in Hyderabad, with religious prayers towards world harmony and peace.
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Oct 20, 2014 02:03pm
yoga is not a religious activity.
Oct 20, 2014 02:16pm
Good photos. Thanks dawn. Sad that not a single Indian English media seems to have covered this. All are busy in never ending election analysis for their TRPs.
Oct 20, 2014 02:24pm
This is for physical and mental fitness. Further yoga cures various diseases resulting out of modern day lifestyle .
Oct 20, 2014 02:35pm
OMG ! Just felt myself as part of these PICs, sitting among students. Only Love, Peace and Tranquility all around me - What an experience !
Oct 20, 2014 03:23pm
@humayun A branch of Yoga is spiritual though not religious.
Oct 20, 2014 03:37pm
Oct 20, 2014 03:43pm
Both Indian and pakistani soldiers should perform yoga on border rather than throwing bombs on each other
Oct 20, 2014 03:44pm
Both Indian and pakistani soldiers should perform yoga on border rather than throwing bombs on each other
Oct 20, 2014 04:24pm
How many Pakistanis perform yoga as an excercise, Dawn should have informed.I presume none.
Oct 20, 2014 04:49pm
@humayun Hinduism is about spirituality and yoga is a part of seeking spirituality. It is said using yoga sages earlier could separate soul from body!!!
Oct 20, 2014 04:54pm
Beautifully captured but sadly none of our newspapers covered it. That is why we always flock to "Dawn" for a refreshing change.
Oct 20, 2014 05:59pm
@Aurora You will be surprised by the answer. I believe that some of the steps in the reading of namaaz are somewhat similar to yoga postures
Oct 20, 2014 06:19pm
Yoga for world peace? I thought yoga removes delusions :) Please do not misguide the kids. Yoga has a purpose and it is not world peace. If you want them to make peace, teach them to fire guns.
Oct 20, 2014 06:29pm
Thanks dawn as we are not able to see these pic in our newspapers:)
Oct 20, 2014 06:48pm
Irony is that few know that Yoga originated from the place which is called Pakistan. But Pakistanis hate all their roots and label all things anti Islamic. Yoga is perfect for the upliftment of your physical and mental well being. It is humane and not related to particular religion. In Pakiastan I have seen many Yoga Gurus who are Muslims but spread the message of well being.
Oct 20, 2014 07:04pm
@yusufkhan My intention is not to counter your statement. But according to the yogic texts, the first Yogi who imparted the system of Yoga arrived from "Himalayas". However, this was at-least 4000 years or before (from several dating methodologies) and neither did India or Pakistan exist at that time. The worlds most ancient civilization stands from our region, unfortunately the offspring stands divided today.
Oct 20, 2014 07:06pm
Yoga is not a religious activity. Seeks to holistic approach to health of body mind and soul. Can be practiced by persons of any Faith seeking the Life force within the Body to the only Cosmic Force manifesting in the Universe.
Oct 20, 2014 07:12pm
One of the best exports of Indian culture. The local school in the Canadian town I live in teaches yoga and meditation!!!:):):):)
Oct 20, 2014 07:27pm
For fitness of mind and body yoga is a huge help. Nice pictures. Thanks.
Oct 20, 2014 08:44pm
Sorry I consider it prudent to reveal it to you that every Pakistani Muslims perform Best of Yoga form exercise by offering 5 times prayers. Indian has in recent past learnt about Yoga. Pakistani Know this thousand centuries back. Hope dont mind.Just look how we perform prayers
Oct 20, 2014 09:20pm
Thanks Dawn. This school is in my native city HYD india. One of the ultimate goals of YOGA is positive attitude and thinking. That would automatically leads to peace. I believe NAMAZ and YOGA are similar in some aspects .. In my view Namaz ( Namaj) -> Namah ( I have read in some places that 'Namah' means "I salute" ) - I salute to GOD - almighty . [ if you see in spanish 'J' prounces like 'h' ] . I always try to find similarities among all the cultures to prove myself that all are same. that gives me peace . TRUTH PREVAILS !!!
Oct 20, 2014 09:22pm
@yasirnisar Sure.. Please practice it more diligently so that some peace dawns on you folks.
Oct 20, 2014 11:09pm
Look at the very first photo, the children look so serene. Well in a way, let me explain. The child in centre totally in tune with her soul. The one on her right and left very focussed to contact their soul. And the dark skinned child in second row with eyes wide open, that's me thinking, Ki panga paa ditta, yoga Shoga, wakht pe Gaya.
Oct 21, 2014 12:34am
First perform Yoga for peace between India and Pakistan and relax visa rules to allow peoples to people contacts which leads to peace.
Oct 21, 2014 03:19am
@Bhushan Brilliant well said
Oct 21, 2014 03:21am
Very gracious of Dawn to cover this. The pictures are awesome
Oct 21, 2014 04:58am
Yoga is the union of body,mind and spirit. Spiritual/Yoga guru and founder of 'Art of Living' foundation Sri Sri ravi Shankar says 'A desease free body, quiver free breath, confusion free mind, inhibition free intellect, trauma free memory, ego that encompasses all and sorrow free soul are the fundamental rights of every human being.'
Oct 21, 2014 05:25am
Original Mughals ie Mongolian Army recruit has to take compulsory Sudarshan Kriya & Padmasadhana course as a part of compulsory Happiness Program.
Oct 21, 2014 06:56am
@yusufkhan Problem is pakistan is looking for Arab roots and this is the problem with all converts who wish to obliterate their origins.As Naipaul says in his books..you have to erase your history and memories as a convert to believe in the new faith.
Oct 21, 2014 06:58am
@yasirnisar Simple .........borrowed from Hinduism as it ante dates most Semitic religions!
Oct 21, 2014 09:30am
@yasirnisar Ha Ha Ha. I can just laugh and feel pity about your state of mind. "Indian came to know about Yoga some years back"... Ha Ha Ha.
Oct 21, 2014 10:05am
For your information your pakistan is created in 1947 what 1000 years u r talking about.. Sounds funny
Oct 21, 2014 10:33am
@yasirnisar By The way , it was not a competition here between Hindus and Muslims , that who is doing Yoga since what time ! if you really want an Answer then the time of Origin of these 2 religions would give you an answer who were performing Yoga since when !! which one is the oldest ?
Oct 21, 2014 11:07am
Thanks dawn for reporting this news. Your contents reflects good things always. Request to start an office in India & Indian edition of dawn.
Oct 21, 2014 11:52am
@yasirnisar :: hee hee what a joke !!! you dont even know about yoga ...
Oct 21, 2014 12:02pm
@Jordar Thalia Yoga is as per the guidelines of Ancient Vedic Religion today known as Hinduism. It was restarted by Patanjali , Even Krishna Mentioned it in Gita. I agree though that it is for all to use but it originated in Vedic religion and no one can deny it.
Oct 21, 2014 12:22pm
@yasirnisar You cannot walk thru life wearing a blindfold.
Oct 21, 2014 01:17pm
@yasirnisar you mean red indians or mayan indians because Yoga was originated in un -divided India. you can change your custom, behavior , religion but not your DNA.
Oct 21, 2014 01:20pm
Dawn I am thankfull for the coverage. Indian newspapers mostly ignored the news. special thanks for such nice pics.
Oct 21, 2014 02:02pm
These superficial stunts should be replaced by demanding the indian govt to drop its hegemonic designs in the region and stop building an offensive rather than a defensive army. That would be real contribution to peace.
Oct 21, 2014 02:27pm
@humayun ... true... it is a form of work out...
Oct 21, 2014 02:27pm
@yusufkhan ... First time I heard...
Capri of Bangalore
Oct 21, 2014 02:43pm
@Neeraj .....why the surprise that this event was not covered in any Indian newspaper? It is so common in India, children perform yogasanas in mass numbers in schools quote pften anyway, so not a noventy that should get reported in Indian newspapers.
Truth wil win finally(wait and see)
Oct 21, 2014 03:10pm
@Bhushan ,or they can throw laddu...
Oct 21, 2014 04:01pm
Yoga helped to have not only the physical fitness but also mental. Indians are practicing it for thousands of year, since vedic era. The west practicing it for last few decades. I don't think it is a religious practice. Arabs coined the word Hindu for the people living on the other side of Sindhu river and Britishers coined the word religion for all their practices. However, neither Hindu was a religion nor all their practices were religious.
Oct 21, 2014 04:34pm
Yoga is taken from the hindu epic,that's why some muslims are against it because in some position in yoga "OM" sound have to produced like surya namaskar,anulom bilom etc.it is originated in india not in pakistan.
Oct 21, 2014 05:33pm
Yoga is great thing. But unfortunately it doesn't do anything with peace. Cheap indian marketing for nothing.
Oct 21, 2014 09:38pm
@yusufkhan Yoga has originated from Himalaya friend, and it's ancient form of practicing by Himalayan Sadhu to stay fit in those cold condition.
Oct 22, 2014 12:10am
@Bhushan Great suggestion
Oct 22, 2014 12:12am
@Bhushan Or if they want to throw bombs at each other replace the innocent civilians with members of PML N (party of Nawaz Sharif) and BJP (Party of Narinder Modi) reason everyday citizens want this madness to end.
Oct 22, 2014 06:34am
@yasirnisar : So as per your perception 1.5 billios perform namaz players everyday 5 times.But where is peace and metal upliftment among muslims.
Oct 22, 2014 09:34am
if we use nemaz as to discipline ourselves, also a good exercise and good meditation.
Oct 22, 2014 10:13am
@Fazal Karim I like to hear such positive news than ego based utterances of bureaucrats and leaders... It is simple human emotion- When I say I will finish the other person off, the other person would retaliate strongly. And over time an entire population gets caught in this ego... Tit for Tat.
Oct 22, 2014 03:41pm
@khan Yoga has different level, this is what you see is hat yoga means yoga at physical level. The other levels are related to mind , spirit and certainly deals with inner peace. Also you cannot market a bad product. The reason yoga is so popular globally is because it does pacify one's mind, makes it sharp.
Oct 22, 2014 05:15pm
Yoga comes from Indus Valley (now Pakistan) Civilization, way before Buddhist or Hindu religions. Why have we rejected it as part of our heritage?
Oct 22, 2014 07:09pm
@khan First of all yoga is not a mere physical exercise.It takes you inside, close to "yourself", close to your spirit.The more you are close to your spirit the more you are close to God Almighty.That way you become more and more peaceful from inside. Peace should come from inside.
Oct 22, 2014 10:18pm
If you don't believe in Karmic principle you don't believe in Yoga, its that simple.
Oct 23, 2014 05:40am
@A Pakistani Yoga came from the Himalayas. Please check your facts.
Oct 23, 2014 07:46am
@Avinash Neither pakistan nor India but Bharatavarsha has existed since time immemorial.
Oct 23, 2014 08:10am
@Peace Yoga came from our gods passed down from Adishesha as Patanjali. It is owned by Hinduism and hinduism is nothing but Yoga from Ashtanga yoga to Bhakti yoga, karma yoga, kriya yoga and nada yoga. Yoga and Tantra are esoteric sciences that are integral to Hinduism and later adopted by Buddhism and Jainism. True yoga comes from a qualified guru and is never accessible to Muslims or Christians since it was never meant for them.
Oct 23, 2014 09:59am
Grown up boys and girls sitting so close. That is not the culture of the East.
Luke Furtado -Panjim-Goa
Oct 23, 2014 11:10am
Amazing....Teaching Yoga in school minimizes a child's appetite for extremism ....Pakistan would do well by introducing Yoga in their schools as a compulsory subject and watch how the kids attain a perspective for tolerance ,peace and love for all....Btw Yoga isn't one bit religious as many would like you to believe but a kind of mental and physical exercise and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.......
Luke Furtado -Panjim-Goa
Oct 23, 2014 11:11am
@yusufkhan Voice of reason....I like that.......
Ali Nawaz Shaikh
Oct 24, 2014 03:31am
What a nonsense!! First India demonstrate to the world that she is a friendly and peace loving country with his neighbours. India has bad relations with China-Pakistan & Sri Lanka so why this phony drama.
Ajaya K Dutt
Oct 24, 2014 08:11am
I see future of India shining.
n s parameswaran
Oct 24, 2014 12:00pm
@Sandy The posture that Muslims adopt when sitting for prayer is called "Vajrasana" in Yoga. This posture is supposed to be very good for digestion and stomach related problems. Over & above this, this posture is supposed to be good (along with Padmasana) for meditation.
Oct 24, 2014 04:17pm
@Reddy Yes, one of my teachers who taught Karma Yoga (former IIT Madras Principal) first asked to make sure that we understand Karma theory. If not there is no point in going further.
Oct 24, 2014 05:49pm
@yusufkhan Yoga originated from Himalayas. All Yogis who wish to progress on this path go to Himalayas. It is a Hindu system to ensure healthy life style in tune with nature and finally attain Moksha (liberation) from cycle of birth and death. in last decade, Yoga has been popularised the world over(200 countries) by Baba Ramdev single handedly. Over crore of people have been cured of chronic and life threatening diseases like cancer, asthma, allergies,stomach ailments, thyroid, weight related problems and ...........
Oct 24, 2014 06:07pm
@yasirnisar You are ignorant about origin of Yoga. It is a 5000 year old science of body, mind and soul. Rishis have perfected it in cold caves of Himalayas. It has the power to rid humanity of physical and mental diseases without spending a paisa.
Oct 24, 2014 06:14pm
Yoga if done in the right spirit and form is by far one of the best physical exercises, need not get religion involved / confuse it with the namaz.
Oct 24, 2014 06:38pm
@humayun NO,Yoga is deeply related to Hindu culture
Oct 24, 2014 06:43pm
India's Future will be wise and healthy.Thank you Dawn.
Oct 24, 2014 07:03pm
@yasirnisar dude, do you know how many years are there in thousand centuries? existence of human on the earth is few hundred centuries. and Islam is youngest of the Abrahamic religion.
Oct 25, 2014 01:42am
I sincerely appreciate your news paper giving beautiful pictures of yoga being performed by school children in Delhi for world peace. Kudos. In fact I did not see these pictures in news papers here. That Dawn has reported, shows, its fine intentions. God bless you sir.
Oct 25, 2014 08:42am
First of all I would like to thanks The Dawn to bring this news and giving a space in their news paper. In my opinion if the media houses come together and sharing these kind of news it will help to promote harmony and peace among both the nations. Secondly as a teacher in my opinion if the media houses of both the countries come together and organize schools students educational tour among India and Pakistani students.
Oct 25, 2014 06:04pm
@Alladitta: I must say you're very keen observant and your sense of humour is top notch....made me laugh....keep coming Bro...
Oct 25, 2014 06:36pm
@Avinash: : Yusuf's statement must be understood in the context of India and Pakistan being one country earlier. Thousands of years back when Yoga came into our lives, the people who originally practiced it came from the present Pakistan. It is just like Ayurveda which again was was first practiced in the present-day Pakistan. This does not in any way show the rest of India in a different way because it was all one country.
Oct 25, 2014 07:36pm
@yasirnisar Sir, with due respect to you I would like to inform you that Yoga originated more than 3000 years ago when even Islam was not in existence. Islam cam into existence only in the 7th Century AD, if I am not wrong.
Oct 25, 2014 11:45pm
@yasirnisar "Pakistani know this thousands year back"? Pakistan is around 65 years old
Oct 25, 2014 11:51pm
@A Pakistani because you converted and now you are an arab
Oct 26, 2014 02:49am
nice gesture but doesn't seem to be working on India's warmongering prime minster who is not only making inflammatory speeches but has also initiated border clashes from LoC to the international working boundary and is visiting Indian troops recently on Dewali. but I must say that this Yoga has worked on Pakistani prime minister who not only sent Mangoes and Saris before but sent Methai to Indian PM on Dewali .. how sweet.
Oct 26, 2014 07:39am
@yasirnisar That's only one 'Asna' !! "Thousands of centuries"? Are you sure what you are posting?
Oct 26, 2014 02:27pm
What is being performed here are 'asanas', which are one of the principles of Yog, or 'Yoga'. Yoga was propounded by a sage called Patanjali. Asanas do not involve prayers- theyre simply aimed at physical exercises aimed at physical and mental wellbeing.
Oct 26, 2014 04:14pm
@Bhushan And you think that the soldiers like playing catch catch with the bombs...
Oct 26, 2014 09:51pm
@yasirnisar Give your head a shake, buddy. A 'thousand centuries' ago Islam did not even exist.
Oct 26, 2014 09:56pm
@PR That would be AWESOME!
Oct 26, 2014 09:59pm
@vinod For your kind information, the word Veda means Vid (to know) or Vidya (knowledge). It has nothing to do with any religion. It is a philosophy of life. There's only God mentioned in Vedas, not any lesser gods or deities.
Oct 26, 2014 10:09pm
@Ramakrishnan That's nonsense. Some of the greatest exponents of Kriya yoga have been muslims. Yoga is performed by HUMAN BEINGS, not by a BELIEF. Does an anti-biotic only cure Christians or Jews? Lets not create divisions where none exist.
Oct 27, 2014 12:15pm
Yoga consists of simple exercises that everybody can do inhouse. Lot of non Hindus are undergoing Yoga Worldwide. Any how it is upto the person concerned which type of exercise he wants to perform. Thanks for Dawn to highlighting such a wonderful photographs, which created this much of discussion and awareness to people.
Oct 27, 2014 05:37pm
Looks like government school. Private schools are usually posh in India.