Yoga, the ancient spiritual discipline, did not only attract residents from Chandigarh and other parts of India but also some foreign tourists who were visiting the city as it celebrated the International Day of Yoga, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The foreigners performed yoga in the block where the PM was performing asanas.
Michelle Dolan from New Zealand said, “Yoga is such a peaceful thing. When I performed some asanas, I felt at ease.” A tour operator by profession, Dolan said, “I have earlier also tried to do some yoga and I am also going for a yoga retreat to Rishikesh next.”
Echoing the same feelings, a woman from Australia who identified herself only as Jass, herself a yoga trainer, said, “I have been a yoga teacher for last five years, and I like it as yoga helps in connecting with people. I was just 14 when my mother introduced me to yoga, and took me to attend a class, and ever since I got a liking for it.”
Journalist Justin Manchester from England said yoga was good for both body and mind. “I have been trying to practise yoga but found it quite difficult.” He said the day’s experience had inspired him be more regular.
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To cover the event, a journalist from Italy too had come. Antonella Bassi from Yoga Journal Italia said it was indeed an enriching experience to watch “so many people” perform yoga at one spot.
Another journalist Denise Hoogland from Amsterdam sharing her experience too: “The atmosphere was quite charged and inspired everyone to perform yoga. I also tried to do some asanas.”