Thousands perform yoga in Chennai

Thousands perform yoga in Chennai

Chennai, June 21 (IANS) Thousands of people performed yoga across Chennai on Tuesday to mark the second International Yoga Day.

Some schools asked students to reach early on for the yoga exercises.

At the sprawling YMCA grounds, thousands performed yoga for two hours. The event was organised by Pyramid Spiritual Societies Movement.

Officers of the Indian Navy celebrated the International Yoga Day by performing yoga on INS Adyar.

According to a defence official, a large number of employees at the Ordnance Cloth Factory here also did yoga.

At the University of Madras, 34-year-old K.P. Ranjana, an advocate and a martial art student, is progressing steadily to set a world record of continuous yoga performance for 53 hours.

“She has completed 48 hours of yoga and will soon break the world record set by Uttam Muktan of Nepal who performed yoga for 50 hours and 15 minutes in December 2015,” Ramesh Rishi of the Mahamaharishi Foundation Charitable Trust Mahayogam told IANS.

He said Ranjana was expected to complete her feat at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

“She performs around 600 asanas with five minute rest after every hour of yoga exercise,” he said.

Thousands perform yoga in Rajasthan

Jaipur, June 21 (IANS) Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Union Minister Uma Bharti alongwith thousands took part in the second International Yoga Day celebrations here on Tuesday.

Since early morning, people gathered at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here where the state level function was organised.

“Enthusiasm this year was more than the previous year. We made arrangements for over 30,000 people for the yoga day celebrations at SMS Stadium,” a senior official told IANS.

Chief Minister Raje, Rajya Sabha member and BJP national vice president Om Mathur, State Health Minister Rajendra Rathore, and other ministers along with state government officials participated in the yoga event.

The programme, which lasted for over 40 minutes, was also attended by Union Minister Uma Bharti.

Besides Jaipur, yoga was performed in other districts of Rajasthan.

Children in state government-run schools performed yoga exercises in their respective schools.

Later, Raje and Uma Bharti inaugurated a yoga outpatient department (OPD) and research centre in the state’s largest government-run SMS Hospital here. “We plan to have these kind of OPDS in all government medical colleges in the state by next yoga day,” Raje said, talking to reporters here.

In her message, Chief Minister Raje said that yoga “is a priceless cure to live a healthy life”.

“Yoga has been an integral part of the Indian culture. Due to the efforts made by India the United Nations has declared June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. Now people around the world are practicing Yoga for healthy living,” she said in a statement.

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