Ankur Children Yoga Festival 2013 – An Overview

Inaugurated on 14th Feb 2013, Ankur Children Yoga Festival 2013 witnessed participation from 25 schools in Chennai and Cuddalore, directly reaching out to around one lakh children and their families.

Satyananda Yoga Education Charitable Trust was conducting Children Yoga Festival for the past few years on a smaller scale. This year being Golden Jubilee year of Bihar School of Yoga it was conducted on a larger scale. Ankur Learning Solutions Pvt Ltd, joined hands with SYECT to make this initiative a success.

The Festival reached out the message of Satyananda Yoga – “Yoga is Fun”. Encouraging children to take part with a co-operative spirit in a festive mood, this festival acted as an effective antidote to the prevailing competitive atmosphere where children are made to perform under high levels of stress.

Click to watch the children share their experience.

The festival is conducted in three – School, Zonal and City levels to introduce all elements of Yoga – Holistic perspective of Satyananda Yoga in a fun-loving enjoyable manner.

Unique features of the festival:

  • It is conducted as a festival and not a competition.
  • All the children of the school among the audience are given a brief on Satyananda Yoga, Bala Yoga Mitra Mandal, Bihar School of Yoga and World Yoga Convention to introduce to them this great tradition. They are also given an experience of Yoga games, Keerthan (BSY style) and some simple practices that can be done in larger groups.
  • All the participating children at all levels are given participation gifts – Satyam’s Yoga Prasad (SYP) – Mugs, Books, Stationary, etc., to encourage the effort taken.
  • All the children in the participating school are given a SYP. With an average of 2000 children per school, we reached out gifts to around 1,00,000 children this year.
  • All the teaching and non teaching staff of the participating school is given a copy of “Satyavakku”, Yoga magazine as SYP.
  • Each school convening a school level CYF is presented with a memento.
  • Every team invited to city level is offered a completely sponsored tour to Bihar School of Yoga, Munger and Rikhiapeeth ashrams. This is the prize for them.

The schools which participated during 2013 festival include:

  1. DAV Girls Sr Sec School, Gopalapuram
  2. Mahindra World School, Chengelpet
  3. A.V.Meiyappan Matric. Hr.Sec School, Virugambakkam
  4. Smt.Narbada Devi Agarwal Vivekananda Vidyalaya, Vyasarpadi
  5. DAV Girls Sr. Sec. School, Mogappair
  6. Bharath Sr. Sec. School, Adyar
  7. DAV Matric. Hr.Sec. School, Mogappair
  8. Sushil Hari School, Kelambakkam
  9. Kumararani Meena Muthiah Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Adyar
  10. Sri Venkateswarar Mat. Higher Sec. School, Royapettah
  11. Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Virugambakkam
  12. Bhuvana Krishnan Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Kelambakkam
  13. Bhuvana Krishnan Mat. Hr. Sec. School, Tiruporur
  14. Bhavans Rajaji Vidyashram, Kilpauk
  15. Vels Vidyashram, Pallavaram
  16. WPA Soundarapandian Mat.Hr.Sec. School, Ayanavaram
  17. KCT Vivekananda Vidyalaya, Mathur
  18. SRM Nightingale Mat Higher Sec School, West Mambalam
  19. Jaigopal Garodia Mat Higher Sec School, Perambur
  20. ARLM Mat Higher Sec School, Cuddalore
  21. Lakshmi Chordia Mat Higher Sec School, Cuddalore
  22. St Joseph Mat Higher Sec School, Cuddalore
  23. Saraswathi Vidyalaya, Cuddalore
  24. St Anns Mat Higher Sec School, Cuddalore
  25. St Joseph’s School, Cuddalore

A team of around 100 members comprising students, yoga teachers and sevaks from Satyananda Yoga Centre, Triplicane and Ankur, are all set for a 10 day trip to Bihar School of Yoga, Munger and Rikhiapeeth in Jharkhand during Feb 2014. Watch out for Feb edition of uvAcha for updates and photos from the trip.

To watch videos of Children Yoga Festival 2013

The festival was inaugurated by Shri Jaidev ji, Secretary DAV Group of Schools, Chennai in the presence of Shri G P N Gupta ji, Chairman – Bliss Group of Companies and Smt Pramila Gauhar ji on 14th Feb 2013.

The Zonal festival was inaugurated by Shri Somanathan ji, Treasurer – Vivekananda Education Society. Shri Ramamurthy ji Jegathala Prathapan ji and Sri Srinivasan ji members Vivekananda Education Society graced the occasion.

The Grand Finale of the festival scheduled for 19th April 2014 will also mark the Inauguration of Children Yoga Festival 2014.

We acknowledge the support of ITC Classmate who sponsored gifts for zonal level festival participants, DAV Group of schools who supported the initiative by sponsoring space and support for the inaugural and one of the zonal level events.

Thanks also to all the Yoga teachers, Principals, Vice-principals, school co-ordinators and management for their support and participation in the festival.

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