On 1st January, the ashram tradition of ushering in the New Year with the chanting of Hanuman Chalisa 108 times was upheld. On rotation, 16 children attended the program and joined in and supported the residents with the chanting and playing instruments. Their cheer and joy was appreciated by all present.
The annual Bal Yoga Diwas, Children’s Yoga Day, coincided with the first day of the three-day Basant Panchami celebrations.
Twelve children were invited to attend the program as representatives of the whole group of BYMM children. In their speeches, both in Hindi and English, they told of their experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. In an honest and moving manner they described how yoga helped them to remain balanced and focused and how they were able to help others through online kirtan and small yoga classes.
To show Swamiji and the ashram residents that they had not forgotten their skills, they offered a presentation of dance, karate and yogasana. The confidence and strength of these young people was truly heart-warming.
Swami Samvidananda, of Bhaktidham, Nashik, Maharashtra, a guest to Ganga Darshan, congratulated the children and praised their goodwill and positivity which they upheld in all circumstances.
A group of BYMM children took part in the creation of audio books based on Satyam Tales. They were able to express the meaning and intent of the tale and express their joy in a playful manner.
They also participated in the recording of several kirtans which were presented in online programs throughout the year.
A group of BYMM children were involved in Swami Niranjan’s first Online Yoga Chakra, Shavasana. Their miming and acting talents helped to understand the many aspects of the practice shavasana. Their sincerity, humour and ability to express even abstract concepts gave colour and lightness to the online presentation.
A group of six children became active participants in the making of Surya Mandala, the story of Hanuman’s journey to the Sun and quest for the purpose of life. With colours, skill and an abundance of imagination the children illustrated the various adventures described in the book. Their thoughtful rendering has become an invaluable part of the story.