Monday, 30 November 2015

The Yoga Programme (19-10 to 16-11 2015) Sponsored by Kumar kathiramalai

Through October & November The TEA Project engaged in helping to bring together 'the mind, body & soul' of students at a local government run school in Kandy with support from 30/30 Appeal sponsorship.
Venerable Sri Lankan Yogi Guru Janaka Tennakoon kindly volunteered his services to The TEA Project to teach a combination of Ashtang & Hatha yoga for the students . The Yoga Programme ran weekly for one month and sought to help empower young students with practical and transferable yoga techniques that would strengthen them physically, mentally & spiritually to tackle life's challenges.
The programme aimed to:
• Develop individual sensory perception
• Improve listening skills and personal well-being
• Improve behaviour
• Increase mindfulness and well being
• Improve physical and mental health
• Develop transferable Yoga skills
• Provide a therapeutic environment where children could relax and build confidence
Here is a brief overview of the programme and what the children achieved:
The word “hatha” can be translated two ways: as “willful” or “forceful,” or the yoga of activity, and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Guru Janeka combined therapeutic postures of Hatha with more physically exertive Ashtang positions to complement feelings of mental and physical well being for the students.
The lessons were greeted as a welcome change to the children's school day and the programme was expertly led by Guru Janaka who commands a natural and non threatening air of respect amongst pupils; teachers commented that he was 'very cool'. It was heart warming to see so many smiles and hear so much fun and laughter from the children during sessions. The students come from the poorest socio-economic backgrounds where abuse and neglect are common; often struggling to concentrate in class and displaying unruly behaviour towards peers and staff. The children noticeably took to the challenge and it was clear that the experience had effected them very positively. The children will be able to take what they have learned and continue to apply the practice outside as well as inside school.
Pictures speak a thousand words and we need to only look at photographs taken during classes with the students to feel the positive energy and wellness.
All this you made possible. Thank you so much Kumar.
Racheal & Carl

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