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New Delhi: Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani announced on Monday that yoga will be made compulsory in all central schools from Class 6 to 10.

The launch of the syllabus and course material for these classes by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and the training module for teacher education programme prepared by the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) comes a day after the world celebrated the International Day of Yoga.

“In all central government sponsored schools where the new yoga syllabus will be taught at the upper primary and secondary level, 80 percent marks will be for practicals and only 20 percent for theory,” she said, adding this won’t be an additional burden on the students.

Irani urged students to learn the ancient practice diligently.

“Through this, we intend to ensure that there is an increase in the physical and cultural activity in schools and our children willingly and happily go to school,” she said.

The minister said: “There will be diploma in yoga education along with masters and bachelors in yoga education. It is not enough to only ask students to learn yoga.”

She was speaking at the inauguration of the Rashtriya Yoga Shikshak Sammelan at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium here.

The two-day conference will discuss topics like yoga for holistic development, yoga for needs of special children, yoga and stress management, yoga in curriculum and best practices in yoga teaching.

Irani also announced the launch of a mobile application on July 17 which would enable students to download all NCERT books from Class 1 to 12 for free.

She said that in December, a national competition called “Kala Utsav” would be held to promote regional arts, crafts, music and dance.

Irani also announced a national-level competition on yoga for school children next year, adding students and teachers who perform well would be awarded an incremental prize of Rs.5 lakh. (IANS)

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Pranayamic breathing – an important part of yoga and meditation – has a unique ability to strengthen our focus and a new study by Trinity College Dublin has unlocked its secret. The researchers note that pranayamic breathing affects the levels of a natural chemical in the brain called noradrenaline. The latter is released when we are challenged, curious, focused, or emotionally excited. When present at the right levels, noradrenaline helps the brain grow new connections and helps us concentrate better on important tasks.

The old masters were on the right track

The researchers noted: “Practitioners of yoga have claimed for some 2,500 years, that respiration influences the mind. We looked for a neurophysiological link that could help explain these claims.” The researchers did so by measuring breathing, reaction time, and brain activity in a small area in the brainstem called the locus coeruleus, where noradrenaline is made. Noradrenaline is affected by stress; when we are worried or anxious we produce too much, and cannot concentrate. When we feel lazy, on the other hand, we produce too little and once again, focus is lost. One way to boost levels is through yoga; another method which can complement the latter is the consumption of medical grade focus supplements, which contain compounds such as octopamine (which has a similar effect to noradrenaline).

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In the above study, researchers noted that brain activity in the part of the brain where noradrenaline is produced raises slightly when we inhale and drops slightly as we exhale. Thus, balance is achieved and we can focus on what we have set out to do. Pranayama not only boosts concentration but also produces “changes in arousal, attention, and emotional control that can be of great benefit to the meditator.”

What is Pranayamic breathing?

Pranayamic breathing involves controlling and extending breath, with a view to manipulating your vital energy, battling stress, and improving your mood. It is often used in meditation and yoga and interestingly, many yoga experts rank pranayama as even more important than asanas (the postures performed in a yoga session). In yogic tradition, breath is said to carry a person’s life force. Interestingly, scientific studies back this assertion to the extent that pranayamic breathing is able to boost brain function and change the actual structure of the brain. In recent studies, pranayamic breathing has been found to lower or stabilize blood pressure, lower stress, and reduce anxiety and depression.

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In order to comprehend better the Indian seers constructed the special “BOAT” – named Yoga/Meditation.

Implications of the study for aging

The researchers are excited that their findings could signal a way to prevent brain aging. They stated that if brains typically lose mass as we age, practices such as pranayamic breathing greatly reduce the rate of brain shrinkage, thus potentially helping keep dementia and related diseases at bay. Because keeping noradrenaline levels at an optimal level can help the brain grow new connections, meditation is an ideal activity to pursue.

Pranayamic breathing is just one way to improve brain health. Supplementation, a healthy diet, and daily exercise are key, with recent studies showing that aerobic exercise also increases brain size. To make the most of the effect of breathing on focus, consider joining a yoga class or learning the essence of pranayamic breathing online or through an app like Prana Breath or Universal Breathing.