Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal (BYMM)

The innocence, the simplicity, freedom from inhibition, the sweetest and purest smile, love and tenderness, these are the things which you have to relearn from children.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati

Bal Yoga Diwas – Children’s Day

On 14th February, the children of BYMM celebrated their annual children’s day at Satyam Vatika, Ganga Darshan. Through the performances of dance, song, yogasana and karate, they narrated various episodes from the life of Swami Niranjan and the teachings contained therein. In a mix of Hindi and English, the children explored their creativity and delighted all with many ideas to convey the message in a simple, clear and often funny and unexpected manner.

Swamiji thanked the children and spoke on the different roles yoga plays in the life of an adult and in the life of a child. The purpose of yoga for adults was to reduce imbalances and pain, whereas yoga helps children to develop and express their creative potential.

Recruiting new members

On 9th and 10th May, BYMM children visited approximately 10 schools in the Munger area to invite children to become members of the BYMM. From 17th to 29th May, the process of new admissions took place. It consisted of a three-day yoga camp with oral and written tests. Admission was open for 7 to 12 year old children. Six members of the BYMM administration team organized and conducted the admission process. From about 450 children approximately 200 children were selected.

Throughout the year 2016 residents, students and guests appreciated the constant and joyful presence of the BYMM children. At all major functions, such as the Basant Panchami, the Guru Poornima celebrations and the Lakshmi-Narayana Mahayajna, the children performed their duties with a great sense of responsibility and ease.

The children were part of the two months Chaturmas sadhana, chanting stotras, singing kirtan and delighting everyone with their dances and smiles. During the programs of Swami Muktananda Puri and Swami Girishananda Saraswati, they transformed themselves into fabulous forms of Sri Krishna and Radha, Druv and Narayana, and many others.

On the International Day of Yoga, the town of Munger became the stage for the children to demonstrate their skills as yoga instructors, demonstrators and flawless organizers.

The contribution of BYMM has been a valuable and integrated part to the activities at Ganga Darshan and Paduka Darshan.