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Thousands Celebrate Yoga Day in Delhi

Thousands of people performed asanas in the national capital on Tuesday to mark the second International Yoga Day.


Over 10,000 people gathered at Central Park in the heart of Connaught Place and the circular road around it, making it one of the largest yoga shows in the city.

School students, teachers, government employees, political leaders, police and paramilitary officials as well as volunteers from NGOs, all sporting white T-shirts and blue and white trousers, performed the yoga postures on red and blue mats rolled out on the lawns.

According to the organisers, those who took part included members of the Patanjali Yoga Peetha, Art of Living, Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vidyalaya and Moraji Desai National Institute of Yoga.

The UN General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

The Delhi event, organised by the AYUSH Ministry and the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), started at 6 a.m. with performances by students. A Common Protocol Yoga followed for 45 minutes till 7.45 a.m.

Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi performed yoga asanas along with thousands on the occasion.

“Yoga brings several kinds of benefits. It’s a great ancient powerful technique,” Naidu said.

“Yoga in essence is the integration of body, mind and intellect with the self, individual with the family, the family with the society, society with the nation and the nation with the whole creation,” he added.

The occasion started with a self defence demonstration by the Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) women commandos on “Pekiti Tirsia Kali” — a Filipino martial art technique.

A performance of “Yoga on Wheelchairs” by NGO Ability Unlimited also won applause.

Wrestler Sangram Singh and Femina Miss India 2014 Koyal Rana shared their experience of yoga and its benefits.

Many continued with their daily routine — walking, jogging, and playing badminton and Frisbee — even as about 600 people performed yoga postures at Talkatora Garden on Tuesday.

“We come here every day and walk, do a little exercise and then play badminton. We did not want to break our routine to do yoga for just one day,” said Amit Narula, a businessman, who was at the garden with friends.

Others, who regularly do yoga in groups at the garden, joined in for the Yoga Day celebrations. “I have been coming here with my wife every day for morning walk and yoga for the last 7-8 years,” said RC Dubey.

There were also those who joined the celebration, attracted by the success of the first yoga day event last year.

“I used to come to the park daily for morning walk, but after the yoga day celebration last year, a trainer started coming here for the next three months. I learned the different postures and joined in the event this year,” said Veena Sirpal.

Free T-shirts and yoga mats also drew people to the event. “There were two motivations for me. One, I have not woken up in the morning to exercise for a long time now and this seemed like a good occasion to start. Two, I was told that we would be getting T-shirts and yoga mats,” said Ravi Shourie, who was accompanied by 25 colleagues from Diamond Publications.

Employees of various organisations such as the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy and Syndicate Bank too attended the event organised jointly by the New Delhi Municipal Council and the AYUSH ministry.

Apart from Connaught Place, yoga was also performed at Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park and Talkatora Stadium.


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