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Tuesday 21 June was international yoga day. In this week’s Thursday reflection, boys at The Pilgrims’ School learned about yoga.

According to the UN, ‘the essence of yoga is balance - not just balance within the body or that between the mind and the body, but also balance in the human relationship with the world. Yoga emphasises the values of mindfulness, moderation, discipline and perseverance. When applied to communities and societies, Yoga offers a path for sustainable living (cf. https://www.un.org/en/observances/yoga-day 2022).

Yoga originated in ancient India and was first codified by the sage Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras around 400 C.E. The word yoga comes from the Sanskrit root yuj, meaning “to yoke,” or “to unite”. The practice aims to create union between body, mind and spirit (cf. https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/4/yoga 2022).

Yoga has many physical and mental benefits, including:

· building muscle strength
· enhancing flexibility
· promoting better breathing
· supporting heart health
· helping with treatment for addiction
· reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and chronic pain
· improving sleep
· enhancing overall well-being and quality of life (cf. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/286745#benefits 2022)

Paul Bryant
Co-ordinator of SMSC

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