Many first-timers — kids, youth and other residents — performed yoga and vowed to make it a part of their lifestyle at several events held in the city to mark the International Yoga Day celebrations on Tuesday.
Maharaj Nagar resident Rahul Khanna (23), who had come to Rakh Bagh to perform yoga, said, “I have been reading about the Yoga Day celebrations for past many days in newspapers and on internet and wanted to try it, so I came here.”
“Yoga instructors were invited to teach different exercises, all people enjoyed doing them,” he added.
“Benefits of yoga exercises were highlighted in different articles in the past one week, as well as during the programme. I have decided to practice yoga from today,” Khanna said.
Even the school-going children, along with their parents, were seen cheerfully following the instructor at the yoga sessions.
A resident, Virender Sood said, “My two sons were so curious about participating in the event that they had been asking me about the venue and timings since last week. Moreover, I also wanted them to learn yoga, which is linked to our culture, and will help them lead a healthy life if they practice it regularly.”
The first-time participants were full of enthusiasm and energy, and were seen trying to learn different steps from the instructors.
Anshul, a yoga instructor, who was training people at a local park in BRS Nagar, said, “Those who have come for the first time to learn yoga were very eager to learn new techniques.
Meanwhile, Vanika Goyal, a college student, who also performed yoga for the first time at SBS Nagar event, said she was not aware that yoga could provide relief from stress. “I will continue performing yoga from now onwards,” she said.