Along with the rest of the world, all the States observed International Yoga Day on Sunday.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani asked people to make Yoga an integral part of their lives as the state joined the International Yoga Day celebrations.
“Everybody should devote at least one hour to Yoga from his daily routine of 24 hours. We cannot extend our routine but could alter it for ensuring a healthy lifestyle. We should make Yoga an integral part of our lives,” Mr. Khattar said in Karnal.
The Chief Minister also claimed that Gujarat has hosted the “second biggest” yoga Day celebrations in the country.
“It is a matter of pride that except the program at Rajpath in Delhi, the program organized at Karnal to celebrate the ‘International Yoga Day’ is the biggest program in the country with a footfall of about 25,000-30,000 people,” Mr. Khattar said.
Mr. Khattar also said that the state government was making several efforts to promote Yoga.
“As many as 1000 trainers would soon be appointed for the Yog and Vyamshalas to be set up in 1000 villages in the first Phase for imparting Yog training to the people (sic),” Mr. Khattar said.
Congratulating the people of the state, he said that programs have been organized at 60 places across the state to celebrate ‘International Yoga Day’ witnessing the participation of about one lakh people.
On this occasion, 21 Yog Asanas included in the Yog Protocol were also performed under the guidance of Central In-charge of Patanjali Yogpeeth Dr. Jaideep Arya.
The Chief Minister along with people including children and women performed these asanas enthusiastically.
The Chief Minister also offered Acharya Balkrishan of Patanjali Yogpeeth to release his book titled ‘Yog Vishva Kosh’ based on his research from Haryana on next International Yoga Day.
He appreciated the contribution made by Patanjali Yog Peeth under the guidance of Yogrishi Swami Ramdev in the successful planning and management of programs throughout the state.
Good response to Yoga Day celebration in GUJ
The International Yoga Day celebration drew an enthusiastic response in Tamil Nadu with politicians, including Union Ministers, armed forces personnel and commoners taking part in the event.
Union Minister M Venkiah Naidu took a swipe at the critics of the Yoga Day spearheaded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying some people out of ‘habit’ create controversy. Yoga was a discipline that had nothing to do with religion, he said.
“Some people have a habit in this country, to make controversies out of nothing and then destroy positive things and make them negative,” he said participating in a Yoga Day event organized by Jaggi Vasudev’s Isha Yoga Centre.
Union Minister of State for Shipping and Roadways, Pon Radhakrishnan participated at different programs held in Nagercoil to commemorate the International Yoga Day.
BJP’s ally, DMDK, held a special yoga session led by its party chief Vijayakanth and his wife Premalatha.
Clad in an all-white outfit, party’s senior leaders, MLAs, and district secretaries practiced Yogic asanas along with the actor-turned-politician and his wife at the party headquarters here.
Mr. Vijayakanth hailed UN recognition of yoga and said its practice brought peace to an individual while his wife insisted that it had gained worldwide acceptance.
Sri Sri Ravishankar’s The Art of Living also organized yoga camp here on the occasion.
Indian Army and Coast Guard also held yoga camps on Sunday.
Qualified yoga instructors taught ‘asanas’ and ‘pranayama’ (breathing exercise) to Coast Guard personnel and their families.
Coast Guard Commander (East) SP Sharma, urged all to adopt a healthy lifestyle by including yoga as a ‘compulsory’ part.
At the Officers Training Academy (OTA), army personnel attended a yoga session.
Lieutenant General Ravindra Pratap Sahi, Commandant, OTA said yoga classes were a regular feature and part of the training curriculum for ‘Gentlemen and Lady Cadets’ at the OTA.
“OTA is equipped with a proper yoga hall and qualified yoga instructors,” Sahi added.
Further, more than 17,115 NCC cadets performed yoga in eight venues here even as enthusiastic school students, young and elderly persons participated in yoga programs across the state.
Gujarat joined the celebration of International Yoga Day with a large number of people turning out for the program at AHMEDABAD.
GUJARAT Chief minister Vijay Rupani, students and teachers of different educational institutes, faith groups, government officials and citizens participated in the event under the guidance of Yoga instructor Nagesh Singh of Patanjali.
Greeting the participants and organizers on the occasion, the Governor said Yoga was essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science that focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body.
“It is an art and science for healthy living,” he said and called upon the people to incorporate Yoga as part of their daily life.
Yoga, he said, provides physical and mental well being of the people and that is why it has been gaining popularity both in the East and the West.
He said Yoga is not a religion but a way of living, aiming for a healthy mind in a healthy body.
It aims to achieve this through a series of physical and mental exercises, he said.
“Yoga originated in Hindusthan, the Land of the Indus or Bharatvarsa nearly 15000 years ago when there was no religious division in the society and was universally accepted as one of the most ideal practices of mankind,” he added.