Along with the rest of the country, Guwahati also celebrated the second International Day of Yoga today. Yoga enthusiasts, young and old alike, took part in various yoga sessions organised by different bodies.
In the city, the Vivekananda Kendra Institute of Culture (VKIC) and its branches conducted yoga sessions in more than 25 places, including government offices, educational institutions and media houses throughout the day.
Around 50 yoga trainers and volunteers were engaged by the Kendra to impart lessons and oversee the proceedings in different locations. Janardan Das of the VKIC said that the response has been overwhelming across the city and people from various sections of the society and different age groups took part in the yoga sessions.
Among the places where VKIC volunteers conducted yoga sessions since early morning include VKIC, Uzanbazar, VKIC, Panbazar, Ambikagiri Nagar, Barthakur Mill Road, Cotton College, Cotton College State University, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Office of the Archaeological Survey of India, Panchayat and Rural Development department, Office of the Accountant General, Gauhati University, Handique Girls’ College, IGNOU Regional Centre, Reserve Bank of India, Institute of Advanced Studies in Science and Technology, Regional Science Museum, Doordarshan Kendra, Guwahati, Gyan Educational Institution, Kahilipara Bengali High School, Bharat Seva Ashram, Food Corporation of India and Indian Institute of Information Technology.
Ajay Agarwal, who has been championing the cause of yoga in Guwahati under the VKIC banner, said that yoga must become a part of one’s daily routine and should be made a way of life. Garima Swami, a yoga enthusiast who participated in a live demonstration of yoga practice on Doordarshan this afternoon, said, “I have been taking part in yoga classes regularly at VKIC, Panbazar. It is one way of taking care of our mental, physical and spiritual well being.”