Chandigarh seemed to be doused in Yoga colors with hundreds and thousands of people seen doing yogic 'mudras’ at the Sukhna Lake, at Sector 34 Exhibition Ground at different Community Centres and other places on the International Yoga day this morning.
When the Punjab and Haryana governor and administrator of UT Chandigarh Kaptan Singh Solanki reached the Garden of Silence at the Sukhna Lake far end to launch the Yoga day celebrations, the event kick-started simultaneously at 23 different venues earmarked by the Chandigarh Administration.
“Through Yoga one gets peace of mind, unity of thought and action as well as spiritual strength ,” said Solanki in his brief address. He said that the way people had turned up to perform Yoga in this 21st century, proves that the day will definitely make it to the Guinness Book of World Records. He said that he himself is a Yoga enthusiast and does Yoga every morning. According to him "Yoga can unite the world community and lead to international peace."
A quick round of the city by HT showed how very young children to people even in their eighties and nineties, men and women, boys and girls, top officials, professionals and other intellectuals were doing yogic ‘mudras’ from ‘Anulom vilom’ to ‘Kapalbhati’ to ‘Shirshasana’ , ‘Bhujang asana’ and so on.
Associate professor of Yoga at the Government College of Yoga Education and Health, sector 23 , Jasvir Chahal informed, “Chandigarh Administration has organized Yoga camps at 23 locations in the city today.” She said that Yoga has the power not only to give us the inner peace but to keep us free from all ailments. Students of the same institute, Anjalika Mathur and Anil Kumar, who were among the trainers observed, “The yoga camps are being held both in the morning and evening. The response has been overwhelming.”
The ten-year old Lakshman Singh, who specially came from Lawrence Public School to be part of the Yoga day, said, “I have learnt Yoga 'asanas' like 'Aalom Vilom', 'Pranayam', 'Mayurasana' and 'Shavasana'.” He said philosophically with a twinkle in his eyes that Yoga gives us serenity.
A manager at the State Bank of India, DK Gupta, a mechanic , Makhan Singh and a Haryana Electricity Board employee, Anil Sanghwan echoed similar sentiments when they said that Yoga can do wonders to the human body and mind. They said they had been practicing yoga for quite some time but were not sure about the correct postures which they learnt at the yoga camp today.
The overwhelming view of the Yoga day participants was summed up by the former principal of Home Science College, Damandeep Kaur (61) that “Yoga classes and yoga camps should be made a regular feature by the Chandigarh Administration and not confined only to a ceremonial event to mark the International Yoga day.” Well, HT is with this overwhelming view!