Dear Yogis, we are going to collate the most important news on Yoga every day and present it to you for easy reading. Here’s everything that we find newsworthy in yoga today; and also a little bit of inspirational content with an occasional Wacky story thrown in for good measure (there’s plenty of those in the modern yoga world!!)

Children enthrall audience at Pondicherry Yoga contest

Children participating in the Puducherry State Yoga Championship.

Children participating in the Puducherry State Yoga Championship.

Over 1,200 students from 20 institutions take part in the two-day long Pondicherry State Yoga Sport Championship conducted by the Pondicherry Yogasana Association. The competitions were held in 13 different categories — for kindergarten children, students of classes I to VII, VIII and IX, XI to XII, with a theory round followed by a practical presentation. The completion also included a separate category for special children, as well as a category for 17 to 35 year olds and above.

The young yogis were judged in various categories like Rishikesh Surya Namaskar and two asanas from each of the five different categories of forward bends, backward bends, twisting, hand balancing and non-hand balancing group of asanas . Read more here>>

 

Gatwick Airport introduces free pre-flight yoga classes

Teacher Shona Vertue takes a passenger through the motions of yoga at Gatwick Airpot's 'floga' lounge.

Teacher Shona Vertue takes a passenger through the motions of yoga at Gatwick Airport’s ‘floga’ lounge.

UK’s Gatwick Airport is now offering travelers the chance to “de-stress” and ward off aches and pains at pre-flight yoga sessions at their “Floga” (flying yoga) lounge. Launched by celebrity yoga teacher Shauna Vertue at the airport’s south terminal, the services can be availed free of cost by all passengers prior to long-haul flights. The specially designed video class will feature moves proven to help improve circulation and digestion, which are put under stress in the air because of the pressure differences, and cramped cabin spaces.

If you address that before the flight you will obviously feel so much better when you get off the plane” says Vertue who has also designed the programme. Read more here>>

 

Turlock High student helps peers limber up with yoga club

Turlock High School senior Lauren Clark leads the first ever Yoga Club meeting at the school.

Turlock High School senior Lauren Clark leads the first ever Yoga Club meeting at the school.

A high school senior from Turlock , California,  recently set an inspiring precedent at her school when she founded the school’s very first yoga club. Lauren Clark, who  is also working to obtain her yoga teacher certification, founded the club because she wanted to bring a free yoga class to students at the Turlock High School in a way that would not only be a great opportunity for fellow students  to exercise and try out yoga, but to also get in touch with their inner selves. The weekly club is expected to mirror the format of a yoga class at a studio.

“I want to bring an open space where students can come and de-stress and grow in a way that they can’t in a classroom,” says Clark, adding that the club connects the students together in the experience, with a sense of community without actually  having to talk . Read more about the inspiring efforts of this teenager here>>

 

We have more news tomorrow! :)

Yashodhara Pawar