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International students also bend for Yoga Day in Pune

120 youths from 29 nationalities studying at the city’s Symbiosis Institutes take part at the event organised on International Yoga Day.

pune Updated: Jun 21, 2017 17:25 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Foreign students from Symbiosis International University perform yoga on the occasion of International Yoga Day in Pune.
Foreign students from Symbiosis International University perform yoga on the occasion of International Yoga Day in Pune.(HT PHOTO)

The international students of Symbiosis Institutes in Pune celebrated the third International Yoga Day (June 21) by assembling at the Senapati Bapat Road campus on Wednesday. Close to 120 students from 29 nationalities gathered at the basement of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Library, said Shweta Sharma, the fitness expert for the institute’s 12 campuses across the country.

Along with the students, 15 faculty members and a team of yoga teachers were present at the event. While a yoga expert conducted the session, the teachers helped students understand the postures and words like ‘aasan’.

Last year, over 6,000 students had celebrated the Yoga Day on Symbiosis campuses across the country, including the Pune centre which is home to over 29 institutes, according to Sharma.

Three students from Ethiopia, Tegegn Taweke (26), Minichen Abiye (5) and Getahun Mekuria (25), who are pursuing Masters in Technology from Symbiosis Institute of Technology (SIT) thought yoga was a sport until they took part in the event. They did asanas for the first time.

The other students who took part included Angel Francis and her final year Bachelor in Business Application (BBA) batchmates Lily Louis and Huriah Melhi. Francis and Louis are from Tanzania, and Melhi is a Yemenite.

Students from Israel, Iraq, China, Spain, Mexico, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Afghanistan also attended the event.

The students were invited to participate in a yoga challenge wherein the participants will have to perform a number of pranayams and suryanamaskars for 15 minutes and six days a week. The challenge, which will be held in August, will be for 108 days, according to Sharma. The competition will be voluntary giving students an opportunity to make yoga a part of their daily lives.   

The UN declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga in 2014 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the day to be declared as a global celebration of yoga.