The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all. For the younger generation, adjusting to online school and work and trying to find new ways to socialize and network has been challenging. BAPS Charities has continued to support youth by hosting a series of virtual events and webinars during these challenging times.
To help youth feel more socially engaged and to promote health and wellness, BAPS Charities has been organizing video conference calls in which participants can interact and engage with other members of the community.
On December 18, 2021, BAPS Charities hosted a virtual yoga session for youth. The seniors’ forum organized the interactive session. Raj Sagar, an experienced yoga and pranayam practitioner led the participants through the theory and practice of basic breathing techniques and yoga postures. As a result, the attendees gained a better appreciation of yoga and left the session with a deeper understanding of pranayama and asana along with inspiration to continue yoga for additional health benefits.
Yoga aims to unify the mind with the body and soul while also providing practitioners with a series of health benefits. Yoga’s scientific asanas aim to help optimize the body’s functions while also strengthening core muscles. In addition to the health benefits, yoga enables one to achieve harmony with the surrounding world and universe. The practice transcends age, culture, religion, and gender. In 2016, yoga was recognized by the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
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