Mysuru stretches its limits for Yoga Day

MLA L Nagendra, MP Pratap Simha, scion of Mysuru's erstwhile royal family, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, MLA S A Ramdas, Minister Sa Ra Mahesh and others perform Yoga, on the occasion of International Yoga Day, at Mysore Race Course grounds on

The Yoga capital of the country, Mysuru, celebrated the fourth International Day of Yoga, with the theme - Yoga for Peace - with great enthusiasm, on Thursday.

Minister for Tourism and Sericulture Sa Ra Mahesh, MP Pratap Simha, MLAs S A Ramdas, L Nagendra, Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar, former DC D Randeep, Suttur Mutt Junior Pontiff Jayarajendra Swami and the scion of Mysuru’s erstwhile royal family, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, joined thousands of yoga enthusiasts for the Y-Day event, organised by the district administration, in association with Tourism and Ayush departments, Nehru Yuva Kendra and Yoga Federation, at Mysore Race Course (MRC) grounds, here.

According to the organisers, approximately around 60,000 people, including school and college students, foreigners, members of various associations, might have participated in the mega event that held between 7 am and 8.15 am.

Mysuru had entered the Guinness Book of World Records in the largest yoga lesson category last year with 55,000 people demonstrating yoga. The authorities had targeted for 70,000 to 80,000 participants this year.

The participants performed 19 various asanas and also took oath on maintaining cleanliness and hygiene and segregation of waste.

The organisers had made elaborate arrangements for the Y-Day and the KSRTC had arranged special bus service from various points to the event venue from 5 am.

Visually impaired participate

Twenty-five visually-impaired students of Ranga Rao Memorial School for Differently abled (RRMSD), were the cynosure of all the eyes. The students were imparted week-long training by a yoga instructor appointed by the District administration.

Speaking to DH, one of the students said, practising yoga help them to keep their mind calm and composed. Padma, a student, who is participating for the second time, said, “I am glad to be a part of it. The vibe and excitement among the people here are infectious,” she said.

Another student Gayathri, Class X student, who has been attending since its first edition said, “Yoga is a way of life for me. Practising yoga refreshes my mind. Performing with a large number of people is amazing.”

Yoga at Music varsity

Karnataka State Dr Gangubhai Hangal Music and Performing Arts University celebrated the Day, with students and faculty members performing yoga.

Varsity Registrar Nagesh V Bettakote, Registrar (Evaluation) R Rajesh, Finance Officer H N Gayathri and others were present on the occasion.

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