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.
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.
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.
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.