On the occasion of International Yoga Day, The Akshaya Patra Foundation in partnership with Bangalore-based health and fitness startup, Yo2Yoga conducted yoga sessions for over 4,000 students in 21 Government schools across Bengaluru to educate them about the benefits of yoga and help them practice a yoga routine for a healthy life.
The event was held at GHPS Maralakunte on 21st June, 2019 in the presence of renowned dancer-turned actress, Ms. Nithyashri. It was organised as a part of Akshaya Patra’s School and Student Transformation initiative and supported by AIKYA, the Foundation’s youth volunteering wing.
Akshaya Patra intends to introduce yoga sessions based on the prescribed guidelines of Ministry of Ayush in schools for the academic year in partnership with Yo2Yoga. As a part of this endeavour, yoga will be made a key component of morning assembly and teachers will be trained and enabled to train the children. In the long run, the introduction of yoga in schools is expected to result in improvement in posture, concentration, and overall health of the students.
Highlighting the importance of the event, Akshaya Patra CEO, Shri Shridhar Venkat said: “It is excellent that these children are getting exposure to yoga. It will not just make them healthy but also prepare them to represent their schools on competitive yoga platforms. Hopefully, some of them will also look at it as a viable career option and pursue it.” Reiterating the Foundation’s commitment to work with the Government for the larger good of the society, he further added: “We will always be ready to offer our humble services and assistance in executing various plans and initiatives initiated and implemented by the Government.”
The guests present at the event appreciated the initiative by Akshaya Patra, acknowledging its scope to provide a healthy life and a favourable learning environment to children. They also expressed their willingness to extend their support to the initiative.
About YO2Yoga: Yo2Yoga is an online aggregator aiming to provide a one-stop solution to one’s learning, fitness and wellness needs by connecting one to an extensive network of world-class practitioners of yoga and health sciences, accomplished educationists and teachers, online and offline courses as well as a variety of studio spaces.
About The Akshaya Patra Foundation: Akshaya Patra is a not-for-profit organisation which strives to address the issue of classroom hunger and bring children to school by implementing the Mid-Day Meal (MDM) Scheme in Government and Government-aided schools. Since 2000, the Foundation has worked towards reaching more children with wholesome food every single school day. The Foundation is continuously leveraging technology to cater to millions of children. Its state-of-the-art kitchens have become a subject of study and attract curious visitors from around the world.
In partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments, and the inestimable support of many philanthropic donors and well-wishers, Akshaya Patra has grown from humble beginnings serving just 1,500 school children across five schools. Today, the Foundation’s Mid-Day Meal program is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) school lunch programme, serving wholesome food to over 1.76 million children from 15,024 schools across 12 states in India.
Additionally, in a bid to contribute towards the holistic development of children, Akshaya Patra has initiated programs such as the Model School project and the Giving Every Dream a Chance initiative. These programs seek to ensure that the environment at schools is conducive for children and their dreams and aspirations are supported.