City celebrates second International Yoga Day

The heritage city of Mysuru, also regarded the yoga cap­ital of India, joined the rest of the country in the Second International Yoga Day Cel­ebrations with thousands of residents from all age groups performing yoga at many places across the city.

The celebrations in the country were led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Capitol Complex in Chandi­garh and he pitched for treat­ing diseases like diabetes through the ancient spiritual discipline.

In Mysuru, the main cele­brations began at the iconic Mysuru Palace where the cel­ebrations were led by Union Minister G M Siddeshwar, Mayor B L Bhyrappa, Depu­ty Mayor Vanitha Prasanna, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha, MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath and GSS Yogic Foundation chairman D Srihari.District Ayush Officer Dr Had Ganesh and Nehru Yuva Kendra youth coordinator MN Nataraj said that the event was initiated by central and state governments apart from the district Ayush Centre, Nehru Yuva Kendra and yogic associations and schools.


International Yoga Day celebrations at the Mysuru Palace were led by Union Minister G M Siddeshwar, Mayor B L Bhyrappa, Deputy Mayor Vanitha Prasanna, Mysuru-Kodagu MP Pratap Simha and MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath.

The programme was sup­ported by NCC, NSS and other organisations such as Let’s Do It! Mysore, Suraksha Swaraksha, Yuva Brigade, Mysuru Travel Mart, Mysuru Travel Agents Association, Builders Association of India, Mysuru Hoteliers Association among others.

The participants performed yoga based on the 33-minute ‘Common Yoga Protocol’ issued by the Min­istry of AYUSH, Government of India. According to the protocol, specially prepared for the International Yoga Day, the yoga session began with a prayer in any medita­tive posture with namaskara mudra and ended with yoga mudrasana.

Along with residents of Mysuru, foreigners too performed yoga in the city that is considered as Yoga Capital of India.

This was followed by a 3-min­ute presentation consisting of neck, shoulder and knee movements. Postures includ­ing taadaasana, vrikshaasa­na, pada-hastaasana, ardha chakrasana, trikonaasana, bhadrasana, ardha ushtraas­ana and makaraasana were performed.

Pranayama session for five minutes including asanas like nadi shodhana/anuloma vilo­ma pranayama and bhraamari pranayama were performed as music was played in the background.

“In the evening, yoga expert Anouk Prop from Netherlands will have an interactive session with participants,” said volun­teer Mudhaseer Hussain. Yoga demonstration were also held at Rotary School in Saras­wathipuram. Mysore Palace Varaha and Jaya Marthanda gates were thrown open to the participants.

CM Siddaramaiah, Union Ministers H N Ananthkumar and D V Sadananda, actress Bipasha Basu, Swamy Vachanananda perform yoga at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru.


The University of Mysore, which is on the threshold of its centenary, celebrated the day with its teaching faculty, non-teaching staff members, sportspersons, students and also yoga enthusiasts at the Sports Pavilion in Manasa­gangothri campus.

Special buses were ar­ranged to ferry yoga practi­tioners from extensions.

The National Institute of Engineering (NIE) has organ­ised a yoga programme at the Diamond Jubilee Indoor Sports Complex on Manan­davadi Road.

Other yoga programmes that were held included the one at Sri Jayachamarajen­dra College of Engineering (SJCE), Brahmakumari Vidya­laya at Gyan Prakash Bhavan in Yadavagiri and Patanjali Yoga Centre’s programme at Sharada Public School in Ra­jarajeshwarinagar.


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