Isha Foundation has partnered with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) to offer Isha Upa-Yoga programs to 100,000 children below the age of 14, in 390 schools. 800 schoolteachers are undergoing a training conducted by 500 Isha Foundation volunteers, in order to conduct upa-yoga sessions for the children. The teachers will then go on to teach upa-yoga classes throughout the academic year.
MCGM’s virtual training infrastructure, with virtual classroom facilities, will be made use of to simulcast the upa-yoga video sessions from its four studios, to all 400 schools. Meanwhile, an Isha volunteer and MCGM teacher will assist live at each location. The result is thousands of children can simultaneously learn and practice yoga across India’s most populous city.
A unique opportunity awaits students at BMC’s NM Joshi Marg School in Lower Parel on 21 June, the International Day of Yoga. They will surely do their yoga practices to the best of their ability, as the Honorable Mayor of Mumbai Smt. Snehal Ambekar will be a part of their yoga session! They will also get the chance to interact with a special Guest of Honor, Prahlad Kakkar, leading Indian ad film maker.
Isha Upa-Yoga is a set of seven 5-minute practices. Designed by Sadhguru, founder of Isha Foundation, these practices can bring immense mental and physiological benefits to these children, of whom a large number are from lower socio-economic sections. Ranjit Dhakane, Deputy Commissioner of Education, MCGM shares: “I am happy with the MCGM and Isha Foundation tie-up for the International Yoga Day. Our students will benefit in health from practicing yoga.”