Hyderabad: From Gachibowli stadium to Raj Bhavan, from schools to public parks and gyms, thousands of fitness enthusiasts in the city joined the International Yoga Day celebrations, which were led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself from Lucknow.
Between 6 am and 7 am, almost all the public parks, open spaces, grounds, gymnasiums, community halls, schools and government offices in Hyderabad were packed with people keen to learn from Yoga teachers on the intricacies of Anulom-Vilom in Pranayama and the many benefits of Sheershasana (Head stand) Yoga pose.
Participating in the Yoga Day celebrations at Raj Bhavan, Governor ESL Narasimhan said Yoga is a great wealth of knowledge passed on by ancestors. He pointed out that it was the responsibility and bounden duty to treasure the ancient system of Yoga for posterity.
Over 5,000 people tuned up to take part in the celebrations at Gachibowli stadium, which was organised by the State Health Department. Deputy Chief Minister Md Mahmood Ali, Health Minister C Laxma Reddy, Minister for Transport Mahender Reddy and several other political representatives participated in the event. Personnel from CRPF and Telangana State Special Police (TSSP) and Yoga teachers took the lead in conducting Yoga exercises.
A mega yoga training camp was conducted at Central Prison, Hyderabad in which over 100 inmates participated in the special Yoga session, which was led by the members of Art of Living.
Inspector General of Prisons (I/C), Telangana, A Narasimha and Superintendent of Prisons B Saidaiah appreciated the inmates for turning up in large numbers. Over 1,000 police trainees from Chellapur, Goshamahal and Petlaburj training institutes participated in the celebrations at Goshamahal police stadium in which Additional Commissioner of Police (Headquarters) M Shiva Prasad also participated.
Actor Nandamuri Balakrishna participated in the Yoga Day celebrations, organised by Addlife, the alternative medicine wing of Basavatarakam Indo-American Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, at KBR Park.
The staff and senior officers of Salar Jung Museum (SJM) participated in Yoga Day drills, which
were taught by teachers from Art of Living, Hyderabad, Leela Rathi, along with two volunteers.
A healthy Indian is an asset to the society and good health can be achieved by following Yoga regimen on a daily basis, said Dr Ramakant Sahu, Yogacharya, Patanjali Yogpeeth, while taking part in Yoga Day celebrations at Maulana Azad National Urdu University campus at Gachibowli. In charge Vice-Chancellor Dr Shakeel Ahmad and several others were present.