At least 1,95,000 people practised the breathing and stretching exercises for around 35 minutes alongside MLAs and Bharatiya Janata Party leaders across the Indore to mark International Yoga Day in Indore on Sunday.
Rain and water-logged streets failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the locals as they came out in large numbers to participate in the mega exercise on Sunday morning.
A few thousands took part in the yoga exercise organised on the road along the water-logged Dussehra Maidan for 33 minutes under the guidance of Hari Om Kendra, an organisation that propagates yoga.
"The session began at 7.23 am but many started to assemble from 6.15 am. The event concluded at 8 am," International Yoga Day organisation committee convener Sanjay Londhe said.
Yoga experts, including Swami Uttamdasji Maharaj, addressed the participants at the venue. The event also saw mayor Malini Gaud, MLAs Sudarshan Gupta, Ramesh Mendola, Usha Thakur, former MLA Jitu Jirati, city BJP president Kailash Sharma among other BJP office bearers.
A special programme was also organised at the APTC ground on the occasion, where urban development minister Kailash Vijaywargiya, divisional commissioner Sanjay Dubey, collector P Narahari, DIG Santosh Kumar Singh led the participants.
Apart from the two main events, yoga exercises were performed at 28 other areas under the initiative of Sahaj Yoga centre. Similar programmes were also held by Patanjali at six different centres and Kothari College at 26 places. The Brahmakumari Samaj also conducted yoga sessions at 25 places in Indore.
Special programmes were held by Yoga Parmanand Centre and Jain Samaaj too.
A number of schools and colleges also celebrated the day with a lot of excitement and fervor towards yoga.
DPS Indore students take to asanas
Around 100 students of DPS International School, performed scores of yoga asanas under the supervision of principal Sudarshan Sonar on Sunday. Drumming up support for the Union government's initiative, Sonar urged students to practise yoga regularly. "It has the power to improve their behavior, physical health and academic performance, as well as attitude…Yoga reduces feelings of helplessness and aggression and in the long term helps provide emotional balance, paving way to success," he said.
1,000 exercise at Mhow Infantry School
Around 1,000 students and faculty of Infantry School, Mhow participated in an hour long yoga programme on Sunday. Commandant Lt Gen Gurdeep Singh, AVSM told participants about the importance of yoga during the occasion.
Fitness centres, pvt groups join in
Several fitness centres took the yoga route on Sunday. At Mangosteen Eco Lifestyle, a private fitness centre, the day began with 'surya namaskar' and proceeded to different asanas. A significant number of people in age group 18-40 participated in the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Vikram Award winner and yoga instructor Pankaj Soni said: "Yoga is a way of life. It not only has physical benefits, but also leaves a calming effect on a person's mind…One should take out time from their busy schedule and invest some time towards yoga."
Members of 'Secret of Life' organisation visited the Synergy Hospital at Vijay Nagar to take part in a power meditation session led by RJ Abhijeet.