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National Bank of Oman limbers up for 2013.

In keeping with National Bank of Oman 's ( NBO ) commitment to youth development, the bank recently supported the Ministry of Sports Affairs in partnership with the Art of Living Foundation, for their pilot Youth Leadership Training Programme (YLTP)

The YLTP Oman chapter sponsored by NBO is the first of its kind in the Sultanate and has trained around 30 Omani sports coaches in the sport of Yoga. Yoga is a commonly known generic term for physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines which originated in ancient India. Said al Dhuli, a participant-turned coach from Nizwa stated: "Yoga is not merely a sport or a game. It is a lifestyle that is designed to improve the quality of our life. The knowledge we gain from this course will be of no use if we do not put it to practice. Before we start spreading what we learnt about Yoga, we should first believe in it ourselves, so others will believe it too. One of the most important things I learned from this course is simply how to breathe".The intensive programme was taught over a period of eight days in various locations throughout the Sultanate. It involved the use of basic yoga, stress-eliminating breathing techniques, and deep relaxation to help the young coaches realise their inner potential and ability to live a happy, fulfilling and meaningful life.YLTP Graduates are now qualified to pass on the skills and benefits the programme provided them with, as the course was taught in the format of 'Train the Trainers'. This ensures that skills taught to the coaches can be passed on to others.Ajay Khimji, Art of Living Faculty and Apex Body Member Gulf/Middle East said: "I would like to thank NBO for their support of this programme. This is the first time in the gulf that the YLTP has been conducted for Omani coaches from different parts of the country. This a pure nation building program from the Art of Living Foundation. It will help the coaches be more focused, dynamic, responsible and committed to the society in Oman. After learning the sport of yoga, they can now impart the Health and Well Being programmes of the foundation to their communities".The coaches gained leadership skills and confidence through the YLTP. The skills learnt will benefit their local communities greatly, as they assume leadership roles in the future. During the course, the participants also volunteered for community projects which impacted positively on their respective communities. Additionally, the YLTP graduates can also enable their communities strive towards a stress free and more productive life, through Yoga.Aisha Al Kharusi, NBO 's Head of Corporate Communications and CSR said: "As NBOis committed to youth development, supporting the YLTP programme is a unique way to impact local communities. NBO is proud to support the nation through the 'Train the Trainers' schemes of the YLTP whereupon the rewards will continue to be seen long after the programme's completion. Moreover, through managing the stress in one's life, a more productive, rewarding and fulfilling life can be achieved in our communities. This is truly a worthy investment".

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Date:Jan 2, 2013
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