Here are the latest updates from the 8th International Yoga Day, which was held on June 21:
On June 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led thousands of people in a mass march in front of the landmark Mysuru Palace, saying that the physical fitness regime was establishing a foundation for international collaboration and that it could be used to tackle problems. Meanwhile, Abdulla Shahid, President of the United Nations General Assembly’s 76th Session, said that the 8th International Yoga Day, with the theme “Yoga for Humanity,” could not have come at a better time, as the COVID-19 pandemic has upended lives and livelihoods, causing a flood of anxiety and depression.
In Visakhapatnam, the Eastern Naval Command commemorates International Yoga Day
On Tuesday, Eastern Naval Command held yoga classes across its various land and sea assets to commemorate International Yoga Day. To commemorate the occasion, approximately 22,000 ENC troops, defence civilians, and their families gathered. During the workshop, participants practised yoga postures, meditation, pranayam, and breathing methods. All ENC units, from ships in the Pacific Ocean, the South China Sea, and the Andaman Sea to submarines and naval bases in the states of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, took part in various yoga-related events. Aqua Yoga in the pool, Airfield Yoga at Naval Air Station INS Dega, Hilltop Yoga at Dolphin Hill in Visakhapatnam, Yoga in the Hospital at INHS Kalyani, and Yoga in residential-cum-community centres were among the special yoga sessions held.
International Yoga Day is observed at NIT-C
On Tuesday, the National Institute of Technology – Calicut (NIT-C) celebrated the 8th International Day of Yoga on campus, with the theme ‘Yoga For Humanity.’ Prof. Prasad Krishna, Director of NIT-C, held a meditation session for all attendees.
In Madurai, 700 athletes celebrate International Yoga Day
Around 700 athletes took part in a yoga training session at the M.G.R. Stadium on Racecourse Road on Tuesday to commemorate the 8th International Yoga Day. The event was opened by District Sports Officer N. Lenin and Beulah Jen Susheela, Madurai Division Regional Senior Manager, Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu. They spoke to the audience about the advantages of doing yoga on a daily basis. N. Karunakaran, a yoga instructor of the Sports Authority of India, demonstrated basic asanas such as surya namaskar, mahamudra, and pranayama breathing techniques, among other things. Students, trainers, and instructors from various sports, including badminton, swimming, gymnastics, and athletics, took part in the session, which ran from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. “Yoga relaxes both the mind and the body.” Mr Karunakaran explained that it “helps to keep diseases at bay and allows one to overcome challenges in life in a peaceful manner.”
Teachers and students from Madurai Railway School organised a bicycle rally to raise awareness about yoga before practising various asanas. The yoga session at American College drew over 400 cadets from the 7 TN Battalion National Cadet Corps (NCC), Madurai, from schools and institutions around the district. The programme was co-organized by Subedar. M. Ramajeyam, associate NCC officers (ANOs), and Permanent Instructor Staff. At Rajan Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Villapuram, more than 250 students from classes 9 to 12 did asanas on the school grounds. Ramya Subramanian, a 15-year yoga instructor, led an hour-long yoga class in which youngsters did basic asanas such as sirsasana, padmasana, paruvangasana, yoga mudra, and vajrasana.
Salem celebrates International Yoga Day
On Tuesday, International Yoga Day was observed in several locations throughout the Salem district. Over 200 students from various colleges and departments participated in a yoga session organised by the National Service Scheme (NSS) and the Department of Physical Education at Periyar University. A yoga session was held at the Mahatma Gandhi stadium by the Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT). The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioner M. Madasamy. More than 100 students took part in the event. Judges, magistrates, and lawyers attended an event held on the grounds of the Salem District Court.
Tiruchi Group’s NCC units commemorate International Yoga Day
On Tuesday, institutions and students from several districts joined nine National Cadet Corps units under the NCC Group in Tiruchi to celebrate the International Day of Yoga. The International Day of Yoga brought together 10,055 NCC cadets from various schools and institutions from 13 districts, including Tiruchi, Karur, Perambalur, Thanjavur, Dindigul, Pudukottai, Tiruvarur, Nagapattinam, Mayiladuthurai, Ramanathapuram, Ariyalur, and Theni.
Kashmiri Pandits practise a unique style of yoga
In the aftermath of recent attacks on minorities in Kashmir, Kashmiri Pandit employees used an innovative method of employing yoga to highlight their need for migration out of the valley. At their camp site in Sheikhpora Migrant Colony in Budgam, the Kashmiri Pandit (KP) employees, who have been protesting since the shooting of Rahul Bhat on May 12, honoured the International Day of Yoga. Instead of the vedic chanting connected with the practise, the protesting staff performed various asanas and raised slogans such as “we want justice.” Several of these employees wore T-shirts with images of Bhat, while others placed signs in support of their demands on their torsos.
In 45 sites around Arunachal Pradesh, the International Day of Yoga is commemorated
In 45 different sites around the state, Arunachal Pradesh joined the rest of the globe in celebrating the International Day of Yoga. Kiren Rijiju, Union Law Minister, presided over the event in Dong, Anjaw district, on the Chinese border. It is India’s easternmost village, located near the intersection of India’s, China’s, and Myanmar’s borders. Dong is the first place in India to see the sunrise, earning it the moniker ‘India’s Land of the Rising Sun.’ – Press Trust of India.
Gautam Gambhir attends a yoga day celebration at the Ganga Ram hospital in Delhi
Gautam Gambhir, a Lok Sabha member, attended an event commemorating the International Day of Yoga on June 21 at a prestigious private institution. Officials said the cricketer-turned-politician performed numerous ‘asanas’ at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital with many doctors, employees, and students. – Press Trust of India.
International Yoga Day is observed in Nagaland
The International Day of Yoga was observed in Nagaland on June 21 with the theme ‘Yoga for humanity.’ The major event was place in Kisama’s Naga Heritage Village. The event was attended by many bureaucrats, security personnel, and school and college students, including Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Kaushal Kishore, Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister S. Pangnyu Phom, and many bureaucrats, security personnel, and school and college students.
Yoga has no age, caste, or religious limitations, according to Vice President Naidu
Yoga knows no age, caste, location, or religion, and Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu remarked on June 21 that everyone should make the ancient physical training regime a part of their daily routine to reap its many advantages. “Yoga is time-tested,” he remarked, speaking at the International Day of Yoga (IDY) ceremonies organised by the Ministries of Culture and Ayush. Yoga has no age, caste, geography, or religion barriers. It’s for this reason that it’s universal.” He praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing Yoga to the United Nations and making it famous around the world. – Press Trust of India.