A major yoga day event was also held at Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Gurgaon
A large number of people, including residents, children, senior officials and politicians, gathered at various locations in the city to participate in the third International Yoga Day celebrations on Wednesday.
The main event in the city was held at Tau Devi Lal Stadium where a number of corporate bodies and residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) organised workshops.
The programme at the Tau Devi Lal Stadium started around 6.30am. Government officials, students from 23 schools, corporate employees and yoga enthusiasts participated in an hour-long yoga session designed for the occasion.
“The culture of yoga is spreading across the world and the Haryana government is working across the state to make yoga popular and accessible. It is a matter of great pride that the youth are taking it up enthusiastically,” said Haryana PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh.
Gurgaon deputy commissioner Hardeep Singh, police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar and other senior officials also participated in the event.
“I congratulate everyone on International Yoga Day. Yoga is a great way to remain healthy and active both physically and mentally,” said Khirwar.
In another event, held at DLF CyberHub, over 500 people, including children, participated.
“I am a fitness enthusiast and start my day with a workout. It is important for corporate employees like us to adopt a healthy lifestyle and yoga is definitely the way to go. It is amazing to see hundreds of corporates gather for a yoga marathon early morning. This is a great initiative,” said Abhay Bhanot, an MNC employee.
The sessions focused on stress-reducing breathing techniques, group meditation sessions and asanas.
A number of educational institutions also observed yoga day with students performing asanas in the morning. The event held at the Haryana Vishawkarma Skills University (HVSU) had Gurgaon MP and Union minister of state Rao Inderjit Singh as the chief guest. “Yoga is part of our culture and helps strengthen the connection between the body and the soul,” said Raj Nehru, vice-chancellor, HVSU.
The DLF Foundation too held a special camp for its employees with trained yoga instructors. A mass yoga session was organised at building number 9 in CyberHub while another was conducted at DLF Wellness Centre in DLF Phase 1 for residents.
Various residential societies also organised special events. Residents of Fresco Apartments, Uniworld Gardens, sectors 14, 17, 56, 57, 59, 82 and 86, parts of Sushant Lok and DLF participated in events to promote yoga. Some condominiums organised yoga sessions from 6am to 8am.
“Most of us have hectic schedules these days with hardly any time for ourselves. I believe that one of the best ways to avoid stress-related ailments is practising yoga on a regular basis. In addition to increasing flexibility and strengthening muscles, yoga aids in developing a calm mind and a positive outlook towards life,” said Mamta Sharma Sahi of DLF Garden City.