In an attempt to improve the psychosocial competence of students appearing for board examinations this year, the city of Ahmedabad organised a yoga camp.
Adarsh, a non-profit organization, sponsored the event.
During the psychotherapeutic camp, experts imparted various yoga techniques to release stress, such as deep breathing, visualization, progressive muscle relaxation and meditation.
Students said the camp had helped them to release physical and emotional stress.
"My tension has almost gone and my confidence has increased a lot. My fear has also gone and I can do anything what I want to do. I can also do what others can tell me and now I can challenge anybody in any field," noted Rutva Shah, a class 12 student.
Working professionals, housewives and others also participated in the camp.
"I feel really very relaxed after attending this camp. I feel like to attend the next session also so that I can reduce my stress and could concentrate more on my work besides studies. This could be very helpful in my profession and future also," Chaitali Shah, a tax consultant and final-year student of chartered accountancy.
Parents also applauded the organizsation's efforts and said the exercise would help their children prepare mentally for future challenges.
"We often hear about students committing suicide because of mental pressure and stress...we admitted our child in the camp in order to make him mentally prepared for the pressure " said Beena Khandhar, a mother.
India has witnessed a number of incidents involving 10th and 12th class students committing suicide because of examination failure, family pressure and competition. (ANI)