Imphal, Oct. 11
Manipur Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla today said that Yoga education amongst the youth can be an effective tool to counter the menace of substance abuse and drug addiction prevalent widely in the State of Manipur. She was speaking at the inaugural function of the 24th State Level Yoga Physique Championship, 2019 organised by the Yoga Physique Institute & Studies Manipur (YPISM) at Manipur Dramatic Union hall Yaiskul Police lane, Imphal organised under the theme Yoga for health, wellbeing and sustainable development.
Dr, Heptulla said that the Championship will certainly help the young sportspersons to grow and maintain their physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. In addition, this championship is to put together in one event, the overwhelming complexity of the entire Yoga arts and traditions of various ethnic communities of the State, she added.
Expressing her happiness on NCERT’s publication of Yoga text books for Classes-I to VIII and introduction of it in the CBSE Schools as a compulsory subject, the Chief Guest told that value-based education through Yoga in schools and colleges will help in inculcating discipline, concentration, relaxation and self-achievement, from an early stage of life and thereby empower them to cope up with the stress and strains accompanied with the challenges of modern life. It will also help them in growing up with the values of cleanliness, non-violence, truthfulness, non-greediness, austerity, self-study, self-control and non-possessiveness, she added.
As part of today’s inaugural programme, the YPISM students and intellectual disability Group BB Paul Mental Development Home, Mongshangei presented Yoga Demonstration and Certificates of Honour were also distributed to donors and juries.
More than 250 candidates are participating in this Championship that will continue till tomorrow.