NCERT : Yoga Olympiad 2017
The aim of all education, undoubtedly, is the attainment of
human excellence and perfection, not just in any field of knowledge or activity,
but life in totality. This means nurturing of the qualities of head and heart in
a way congenial to the growth and development of oneself and others around him.
In practical life, this has to be translated as qualities of truthfulness,
righteous living, purity in personal life, self-confidence, integration of body,
mind and intellect, love and compassion towards all living beings. Practicing
Yoga in the true sense will support this.
Yoga is not only a process for leading towards astounding
hidden personality of human being by bringing mastery over the body, mind,
intellect and emotional faculties, but also a powerful tool to manifest those
hidden potential powers in self. Yoga is an art of living. It improves quality
of life, a healthy life with physical, mental, emotional and spiritual
well-being and leads to overall holistic development of body and mind. Swami
Vivekananda once said “Yoga has a complete message for humanity, Yoga is a
culture of the future, as it was in the past and in the present.” Intensive
intersectoral coordination and collaboration is indispensable for revival of
Yoga in the right spirit and the way that was expressed by our Honorable Prime
Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji “It is our responsibility to ensure that the
right spirit of yoga is conveyed to everyone.”
Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) through
National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) taking multi
dimensional initiative to promote Yoga in curriculum and transaction in Schools.
‘National Curriculum Framework 2005’ (NCF-2005) highlighted yoga as an essential
component which contribute to the physical, social, emotional and mental
development of a child. Yoga has been integrated as an essential component of
Health and Physical Education.
Theme of Yoga Olympiad:
The aim of yoga thus, is to encourage a positive and healthy
lifestyle for physical, mental and emotional health of children. Yoga helps in
the development of strength, stamina, endurance and high energy at physical
level. It also empowers oneself with increased concentration, calm, peace and
contentment at mental level leading to inner and outer 4 harmony, therefore Yoga
Olympiad has been planned. The theme for the Yoga Olympiad will be Yoga for
Health and Harmony.
Objectives Of Yoga Olympiad:
To develop an understanding of yogic practices and apply
this understanding accordingly in one’s life and living.
To develop a healthy habit and lifestyle in children.
To develop humane values in children.
To develop physical, emotional and mental health through
To develop harmony with the nature and universe.
Yogic Practices to be covered in Olympiad:
The Following dimensions of Yoga are embedded into ‘Yoga
1. Shatkarma/Kriya (Cleansing Process)
4. Dhyana (Meditation) (Not for evaluation)
5. Bandha and Mudra (Only for Secondary level)
NCERT has developed a syllabus for Class VI to VIII (Upper
Primary Stage) and Class IX & X (Secondary Stage). NCERT has also developed the
following materials on Yoga
Yoga: A Healthy Way of Living for Upper Primary
Yoga: A Healthy Way of Living for Secondary Stage.
These books are available in Hindi, English and Urdu.
Upper Primary Stage:
Upper Primary Stage comprise students’ form Class 6th to
Class 8th will participate
1A - 10 to 14 years Girls (Upper Primary Stage)
1B - 10 to 14 years Boys (Upper Primary Stage)
Secondary Stage comprise students’ form Class 9th to Class
2A - 14 to 16 years Girls (Secondary Stage)
2B - 14 to 16 years Boys (Secondary Stage)
Time Schedule of Organization of Yoga Olympiad
Block / School Level : to be Complete by 30 April,
District level : to be Complete by 10th May, 2017
State/UT level : to be Complete by 15th May, 2017
National level : 18-20 June, 2017 at New Delhi
(Entries at National Level be sent to NCERT by 20th May, 2017)