Surya reports that in many schools worldwide, it’s common knowledge that when children practise yoga, parents, caregivers and teachers see a variety of positive results which include better self-esteem, improved focus and concentration, and reduced fear and anxiety.
With Friday being International Day of Yoga, officially declared by the UN for the first time in 2014, wellness-based programme Wise has encouraged the youth to get involved in the relaxing activity.
Wise uses meditation tools such as dance, games and yoga with vulnerable children in underprivileged schools across the Western Cape. The Wise programme is active in Mitchells Plain, Hout Bay and Bonteheuwel.
“With our programme, we have seen a reduction in aggression and bullying among the children who are practising regular yoga and meditation,” Surya said.