Thousands gathered at various locations across the city to perform different asanas, marking the second International Yoga Day on Tuesday.
The main event was conducted at Tau Devi Lal Stadium while a number of corporate and residential localities also organised workshops. June 21, which is also the summer solstice — the longest day of the year — is celebrated as International Yoga Day.
The celebrations at Tau Devi Lal Stadium started around 6am. The stadium was packed with government officials, students from 23 schools, corporate employees and yoga enthusiasts performing a one-hour-long yoga package designed for the occasion.
“It is a matter of great pride that people from around 177 countries are observing International Yoga Day. The government is working very hard to spread awareness about the benefits of yoga not just in India but across the world,” Haryana PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh said.
Over 500 people participated in the event at DLF CyberHub.
Corporate offices and colleges also organised various events on the occasion. Firms such as UrbanClap, Travel Triangle, Cairn India, M3M and Paras Buildtech conducted workshops for their employees. The sessions focused on stress-reducing breathing techniques, group meditation sessions and asanas.
“At Cairn, we believe that efforts to improve employees’ health can significantly raise productivity while improving the quality of life of every employee,” Sudhir Mathur, acting CEO of Cairn India Ltd, said.
Educational institutes such as Management Development Institute (MDI), NorthCap University and Apparel Training & Design Centre (ATDC) also celebrated the day with yoga sessions.
Various residential societies also organised special events on the day. Residents of sectors 14, 17, 82 and 86, parts of Sushant Lok and DLF zealously participated to promote yoga and its health benefits. A few condominiums organised two-hour-long yoga session from 6am to 8am.
“We celebrated International Yoga Day at New Town Heights 82, 86, 90 and 91, our residential complexes in DLF Gardencity. Yoga is a holistic and natural way of life that unites our body, mind and soul...It was very encouraging to see that residents turned up in large numbers,” col (rtd.) Tejbir Singh, general manager (Township), DLF, said.
Residents of sectors 56, 57 and 59 were also spotted in their sports attire, performing yoga in the parks of their societies.
Joginder Singh of Sushant Lok 2 said, “It (yoga) was practised by our ancestors for good health and well being but after majority of the people adopted corporate lifestyle, yoga has lost its importance.”
“Yoga is the key to fitness, youth and beauty. It is important that the youth of the country propagates its advantages and carries forward this legacy so that the coming generations can unlock the path to medicine-free life,” col (retd) Ram Singh of Nirvana Country, Sector 50, said.