Zeitschrift für Yoga und Physiotherapie

Zeitschrift für Yoga und Physiotherapie
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Well-Being and Yoga in the New Zealand Educational Context

Kumar Laxman*

This article summarizes the key points found in research literature on the relationship between well-being and yoga within schooling contexts. Well-being is a state in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and can make fruitful contributions to her or his community. Yoga places emphasis on the unification of the mind, body and spirit, through the vehicle of the breath to attain deeper states of transformative and empowering existence. Thus, yoga offers great potential in enhancing well-being and health in holistic ways. Schools need to play a vital role in effectively providing emotional well-being provisions for the young and yoga can play a vital role in effecting better mental health among children. Yet, scarce research exists on scientifically validated insights on the utility of yoga on well-being within schooling situations and thus more support needs to be provided for such research to be carried out.