The government of Nepal is making sure its children get their daily dose of mindfulness by requiring schools to teach yoga. Yoga practice will be incorporated into the school curriculum, with thousands of schoolchildren from grade four to eight now enrolling in the new weekly course that previously had only been an elective.
The new curriculum will train students not only in yoga practices, but also in the history of yogic thought and classes on the self-healing principles of Ayurveda and naturopathy.
Giriraj Mani Pokhrel, Nepal’s education minister, said, “Yoga is our ancient science. We want students to learn it, and we think this is the right time.”