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Yoga rising: Jewish preschools in US incorporate yoga in curriculum

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Keeping in trend with the rising popularity of Yoga, throngs of Jewish schools are offering Yoga classes as  part of the curriculum in preschools in the United States.

As per available online information, Strauss ECE and Kindergarten of the Temple Emanu-El in Tucson (Arizona), Camp TBJ preschool of Congregation B’Nai Jeshurun in Short Hills (New Jersey), Tribeca Jewish Preschool in Manhattan (New York), Sarfan Early Childhood Center of the United Jewish Community of the Virginia Peninsula in Newport News (Virginia),  Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando Preschool in Maitland (Florida), Chai Jewish Reggio Emilia Preschool of the North Peninsula in Foster City (California), Mander Jewish Community Center Preschool in Beachwood (Ohio), Ganon Gil Preschool of Temple Adat Shalom in Poway (California), Mittleman Jewish Community Center Preschool in Portland (Oregon), B’nai Israel Community Day School in Gainesville (Florida) are just a few names in the long list of preschools offering some sort of yoga classes to the kids.

“Our yoga program designed for three and four year old’s is the gift that keeps on giving. Children will benefit from yoga practice in a variety of ways including maintaining flexibility, enhancing concentration, increasing self-esteem, and cultivating a relaxed state of body and mind. Utilizing storytelling, children will learn in a unique environment that will help to spark creativity”, says the website of Strauss ECE and Kindergarten.

Tribeca Jewish Preschool’s yoga class “encourages self-expression as well as building social skills”, children “build self-confidence and self-awareness” in Chai Jewish Reggio Emilia Preschool yoga classes while Ganon Gil Preschool classes “encourage children to practice yoga while they play, sing and imagine”.

Commending the Jewish preschools that have included yoga in their instruction, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada, urged all the preschools of USA to incorporate yoga in the lives of children.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that yoga, referred to as “a living fossil”, was a mental and physical discipline for everybody to share and benefit from.

“Its traces go back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization”, added Zen.

Rajan Zed further said that yoga, although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, was a world heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilized by all. According to Patanjali who codified it in Yoga Sutras, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.

According to US National Institute of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress. According to an estimate, about 21 million Americans, including many celebrities now practice yoga.

“Yoga is the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche”, Zed added.

 

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Deepika Padukone: If you want to have a svelte figure like Deepika Padukone, then the formula is a mix of cardio, gym, dance and yoga

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What ties Kareena Kapoor Khan, Deepika Padukone, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Jacqueline Fernandez and Alia Bhatt together? Their love for yoga.

The Bollywood divas credit their fitness level to their yoga routine. IANS takes a look at the stars who took to yoga and inspired many others to follow suit.

* Kareena Kapoor Khan: It is known that Kareena’s fitness journey is a result of yoga, exercise and a strict meal plan. She first stunned one and all with her ‘size-zero’ look in “Tashan”, and continues to set fitness goals with her workout regime. The actress might not be on social media, but images and videos giving a glimpse into how she adds yoga to her regime have surfaced on the social media making one thing clear — she is super-focused on getting fitter each day.

* Shilpa Shetty Kundra: For many, she is the poster girl for yoga. She has yoga DVDs, a YouTube channel of her yoga clips, and a fitness app, where she has a #MindItYogaProgram.

On her love for yoga, Shilpa had told IANS: “One of the very important things that yoga has taught me is to be emotionally secure and stay centered and connected to myself… Yoga helps to align our body’s chakras and strengthen our inner confidence. Once you are emotionally strong, how people perceive you, does not affect your personality. Yoga is the need of the hour.”

* Bipasha Basu: She is a yoga freak, and has several yoga DVDs and videos to prove it. In fact, Bipasha along with husband and actor Karan Singh Grover, gives couple goals by doing couple yoga. She says “he is a true Yogi. My inspiration everyday”.

* Alia Bhatt: She is another celebrity who practices yoga regularly. It is believed that she practices ‘Ashtanga yoga’ at least two times in a week, and also credits yoga for her glowing skin and toned physique.

* Malaika Arora: She has been inspiring everyone for long to add yoga into their lifestyle — and her social media is a testimony to it. “Yoga is a way of life that motivates you, grounds you, tones you mentally and physically, makes you mindful and invokes a feeling of happiness in you,” said Malaika, who co-founded Diva Yoga, and has invested in yoga and wellness startup SARVA.

* Jacqueline Fernandez: She likes to call herself ‘Yogini’, and says yoga is an integral part of her life. The actress holds yoga sessions and uses her social media to share images doing yoga, especially pole yoga.

Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut
Deepika Padukone and Kangana Ranaut. (IANS)

“In the past couple of years, yoga has slowly become an integral part of me, and I am so proud of how far I have come… It has been 10 years in Bollywood and million points to yoga, for being my ultimate stress-buster,” Jacqueline said.

* Kangana Ranaut: Yoga is the secret behind Kangana’s toned figure. The “Queen” star has been practicing yoga for a while now and expressed her love for the ancient Indian art in an interview to a magazine. She said: “Yoga is a gift and I actually think that I have survived due to it. Through meditation, pranayam and yoga postures, I could vent out a lot of restless energy.”

* Deepika Padukone: If you want to have a svelte figure like Deepika Padukone, then the formula is a mix of cardio, gym, dance and yoga.

* Sonam Kapoor: Her fitness mantras include yoga, work out and pilate. Opening up about her struggle to lose weight, Sonam had shared that yoga helped her achieve the goal.

“I pushed myself too hard at spin classes, did power yoga for hours at a stretch, and developed an unhealthy relationship with food. Some weeks, desperate to drop a couple of kilos, I would simply not eat,” she said.

* Mouni Roy: She became an Internet sensation — thanks to her yoga poses. Recently, she posted a series of yoga videos of her trying out various asanas of the fitness regime — setting fitness goals for many.

Other stars who practice yoga regularly include names like Lara Dutta and Bhagyashree.

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Deepika Mehta, who has trained Alia, Jacqueline, Katrina Kaif, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Deepika, and is associated with Tata Sky’s value added service – Tata Sky Fitness, says yoga makes one’s quality of life better.

Mehta said: “In today’s world finding a mindful practice is very important for people because we have so much distraction, technology and stress. The technique of yoga gives you distance from the stress of your life and helps to calm your body and mind. Yoga is extremely important for a healthy life as it gives you a great sense of health and fitness.” (IANS)