GIIS Japan students celebrated their 8th International Day of Yoga on June 21st.
International Yoga Day took place simultaneously on both Nishikasai and Higashikasai campuses.
This year, at NK Campus, the students of Grade1 and 2 participated in sessions conducted and prepared by the NK Yoga Teacher, and their class teachers. The sessions started with short speeches by children about the Day of Yoga, its history, and its value. The little yogis dressed up in costumes of famous Indian persons related to yoga such as Lord Shiva, Parvati, Vishnu, Krishna, Gayatri Devi, Buddha, Swami Vivekananda, and Sadhguru.
From Grade 3 to Grade 12, four special sessions were led by the guest teacher Mr Tim Hoffman. He is a famous intercultural performing artist and Director of the Indo-Japanese Music Exchange Association. He is a master and practitioner of Nada Yoga (union through sounds). Nada Yoga is described as the most immediate path for reconnecting the human being with his or her divine being. Nada Yoga is considered an essential component of all disciplines and one of the most powerful and fruitful meditation techniques to calm the mind.
This year, the NK Day of Yoga celebration was quite interesting. The children explored the large world of yoga through the powerful effect of sound vibration while enjoying the melody of Japanese Koto and Indian Tabla.
All six yoga sessions at NK were conducted in the school auditorium. It is a tradition for students and teachers to wear white T-shirts which represent purity, healing, and protection and it is followed from the first celebration of Yoga Day in GIIS.
The atmosphere of unity and well-being was traditionally emphasized by the beautiful decoration of the NK school auditorium. The children expressed their gratitude toward yoga by designing and colouring bookmarks, under the guidance of the NK Art Teacher. The Day of Yoga was successful in every way, as always. Children went home energized and relaxed, with an increased interest in yoga and a growing intention to continue including yoga in their daily routine.
GIIS Tokyo Communications