International Yoga Day: 5 Benefits of Yoga for Students and Teachers

By Malavikka

The HRD ministry and the UGC have taken much efforts to incorporate yoga in schools and colleges respectively. Why is there so much hype and hoopla about this particular method of exercising when there could be other school activities? Here are benefits of yoga for students and teachers and why they should practice yoga in their day today lives:


You would have heard it time and again that yoga increases the concentration power. But do you know how? Yoga could also be called the art of balancing like its counterpart gymnastics. And what do you need for balancing? Concentration! How would you do yoga to improve concentration when actually yoga requires concentration?! Heres how! Like the popular adage that practice makes a man perfect, yoga is an exercise to train the mind and body to be flexible and bring it under your control. When you start practising concentration, it would become your habit and eventually you would be able to channelise that ability into academics too. Both for teach and students to focus on topics you want, here are the set of asanas that you must practise:

  • Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
  • Vrikshasana (Tree Pose)
  • Garudasana (Eagle Pose)
  • Natarajasana (Dancer Pose)
  • Bakasana (Crane Pose)
  • Ustrasana (Camel Pose)
  • Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)
5 Benefits of Yoga for Students and Teachers

Memory Power

When your mind is clear, your thinking capacity improves and so does the memory. When you let go off unwanted thoughts, you get sufficient space for relevant details and thereby memory increases. But how does yoga help in achieving this? With breathing techniques and postures that stimulates the brain, yoga helps in attaining good memory power. Good memory helps students in scoring in exams while for teachers, it aids while teaching. Here are the srt of asanas you must practise for good memory:

  • Bakasana (Crane Pose)
  • Padmasana (Lotus Pose)
  • Padahastasana (Standing Forward Bend)
  • Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand Pose)
  • Halasana (Plow Pose)
  • Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)
  • Tadasana (Tree Stand Pose)
  • Sukhasana
  • Vajrasana
  • Reclining Hero Pose

Stress Management

It is not true that children cannot be stressed. No, I am not blowing their state of mind out of proportion, but even their feelings must be respected and help be rendered when they want. Practising yoga could be a great way for them to groom their mind into good habits and keep them away from the possible stress that might daunt them. Stress in children could be due to childish fights with friends or a teacher's remark or due to anything that happens around that parents usually considered neglible and dont pay attention to. Instead of letting this problem grow, if yoga becomes a way of their life, children will be good at handling themselves. As for teachers, adult life by itself means a lot of responsibilities and they are not supposed to show their stress on the students. To control this too, they can practise yoga. Here are a set of asanas to manage stress:

  • Ustrasana
  • Setu Bandhasana
  • Baddha Konasana
  • Paschimottanasana
  • Dandasana
  • Utthita Trikonasana
  • Marjariasana
  • Balasana
  • Dhanurasana
  • Shavasana

Also Read: How to Uplift Underperforming Students? Tips for Parents and Teachers


A happy mind is the house for positive and creative thoughts. While your brain becomes clear and controllable, it also paves way for the next step of creativity. What is creativity in terms of mental health? It is the ability to create something that is worthy to be proud of. How does yoga help in creative thinking? It relaxes your mind and increases blood circulation to the brain which gears you up and sets a conducive mood for creativity. Creative teaching methods will definitely engross students to lessons and creative thinking capacity in students help them a great deal in achieving their ambitions and hone their skills. Here are the asanas to practice for creative thinking:

  • Padmasana (Lotus Pose)
  • Vajrasana (Diamond Pose)
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Spinal Twist Pose)
  • Paschtimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)
  • Halasana (Plow Pose)
  • Mayurasana (Peacock Pose)
  • Sirsasana (Headstand)

Physical Health

Student and teachers absenteeism is a big hindrance for both of them to harmoniously run their academic life at varsities. An ill health could affect your performance in a big way as it also tires the brain and makes you inefficient. When the body achieves flexibility and endures pain, it increases your immunity and resistance against diseases, contributing to good performance in schools and colleges. In order to maintain a good general health, here are the asanas that you must practise:

  • Tadasana
  • Adho Mukha Svanasana
  • Setu Bandhasana
  • Trikonasana
  • Vrikshasana

Also Read: 5 Techniques To Retain Memory and Remember What You Study

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