What are the Educational Implications of Yoga Philosophy?
In these programmes, sometimes a brief description about the utility and importance of Yoga is also given, in the form of questions and answers. In colleges of physical education in our country the topic of Yoga has also been given a place in the curriculum.
But the teaching and practice of the same is never taken up seriously. It is true that the purpose of teaching Yoga practices to our young boys and girls cannot be to make them experts in the art and science of the same.
But what is really needed is to emphasize the importance of the eight parts of the Yoga which include: Yama, Niyam, Asan, Pranayam, Pratyahar, Dharana, Dhyan and Samadhi. We have already explained the meanings of these terms in the foregoing pages.
Hence they do not need repetition here. It may be noted that Yoga practices are helpful not only for one’s health but for the general uplift of an individual. Needless to add that we may solve many of our mental and other problems with the help of principles of Yoga provided they are practiced in right earnest.
Just as teachers are trained for teaching various subjects in our schools, similarly some able persons should also be trained in Yogic exercise. And one such person should be appointed in each school for training our students in Yogic practices at least for their physical well- being.
There can be no denying of the fact that the ideal of Yoga is meant for persons who are free from worldly attachment and it will never be possible to encourage the students in general to fall in line with the same for obvious reasons. Nonetheless, the significance of Yoga will be evergreen for the good of the entire mankind. Thanks to the great seer Patanjali.