Many continued with their daily routine — walking, jogging, and playing badminton and Frisbee — even as about 600 people performed yoga postures at Talkatora Garden on Tuesday.
“We come here every day and walk, do a little exercise and then play badminton. We did not want to break our routine to do yoga for just one day,” said Amit Narula, a businessman, who was at the garden with friends.
Others, who regularly do yoga in groups at the garden, joined in for the Yoga Day celebrations. “I have been coming here with my wife every day for morning walk and yoga for the last 7-8 years,” said RC Dubey.
There were also those who joined the celebration, attracted by the success of the first yoga day event last year.
“I used to come to the park daily for morning walk, but after the yoga day celebration last year, a trainer started coming here for the next three months. I learned the different postures and joined in the event this year,” said Veena Sirpal.
Free T-shirts and yoga mats also drew people to the event. “There were two motivations for me. One, I have not woken up in the morning to exercise for a long time now and this seemed like a good occasion to start. Two, I was told that we would be getting T-shirts and yoga mats,” said Ravi Shourie, who was accompanied by 25 colleagues from Diamond Publications.
Employees of various organisations such as the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy and Syndicate Bank too attended the event organised jointly by the New Delhi Municipal Council and the AYUSH ministry.