Yoga sessions held across Pune marked International Day of Yoga
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Yoga sessions held across Pune marked International Day of Yoga

Yoga events were held across the city where thousands participated for good health. Team Hindustan Times takes a look at few

pune Updated: Jun 22, 2018 17:40 IST
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Hindustan Times, Pune
Students of Abhinav English Medium School, Ambegaon, perform a breathing exercise during the yoga session organised on the occasion of International Day of Yoga.(Pratham Gokhale/HT Photo)

With June 21 celebrated as International Day of Yoga, Puneites on Thursday were ready to be a part of the celebrations in the city. Yoga events were seen planned at various institutions and organisations, and thousands of Puneites practised yoga for good health on the occasion. Team Hindustan Times takes a look at various places where special events were planned on the occasion of International Day of Yoga.

Seniors rejuvenate with yoga session

On International Day of Yoga, the largest congregation of senior citizens from Pune came together to commemorate the spirit of the age-old practice of yoga. This assembly of senior citizens, aptly termed ‘rejuvenate by seniority’ witnessed more than 300 senior citizens and was the largest gathering, that also attempted to create a record in the Limca Book of Records. The grand event was organised at the Jogger’s Park, Kalyaninagar, from 7 am to 9 am and was graced by the presence of Jagdish Tukaram Mulik, MLA, Vadgaonsheri and Mohan Joshi, renowned Indian film, television and theatre actor.

Speaking on the occasion, Jagdish Mulik, said, “It gives me great pleasure to be a part of such an event that has taken the onus of remembering and caring for the senior members of our society. Senior citizens are our guardians and mentors and their health should be a concern for every progressive society.

“With so much focus on the ‘Fit India’ campaign, such events that promote healthy living though yoga for our elders is a stupendous gesture.” Actor Mohan Joshi said, “This initiative marks a special day as it reiterates the importance of yoga, as a discipline that is best suited for senior members of the society. Being a senior citizen myself, I can vouch for the benefits that emanate for the practitioner in giving a healthy mind, body, and soul.”

Railway employees urge daily yoga

A special yoga event was organised, on Thursday, by the Pune railway division at Samudaik Bhavan on Tadiwala road. Railway officials in large numbers were seen participating in the event. Family of railway officials were also part of the event. Milind Deoskar, divisional railway manager, said, “Yoga is very important for ensuring not just good physical health, but also good mental health. It would be beneficial for all to take up yoga as a part of their daily routine.”

Lecture, essay and poster competition

Students, nurses, faculty members and other staff at BJ Government Medical College, on Thursday, participated in yoga day celebrations held at their campus.

Dr Murlidhar Tame, acting dean, said a lecture on yoga: its real meaning was organised at the campus between 6:45 am and 8:45 am along with a yoga session.

An essay and poster competition on the theme yoga and fitness was conducted in the institute.

Passport Office staff strike a pose

Regional passport office, Pune, on Thursday celebrated International Day of Yoga by arranging a special yoga session at the various passport offices in the city. Yoga sessions were seen at the regional passport office at Senapati Bapat road and Mundhwa and at the passport seva kendra in Solapur, which is also under the jurisdiction of Pune. Over 100 officials practised yoga.

International Military Institute of Technology

The ‘International Military Institute of Technology, Pune, organised a yoga session on the banks of Khadakwasla lake. The session was led by Major General AK Sapra. All the staff members and student officers were seen participating in the event.

Understanding mind lecture at Iyengar

To spread awareness about the benefits of yoga, a special lecture on understanding the mind was organised at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute on Thursday. Geeta S Iyengar, the eldest daughter of Yogacharya late BKS Iyengar, will speak on the topic of how mind is an essential part while practising yoga.

First Published: Jun 22, 2018 17:38 IST