TEZPUR, June 22 - On the occasion of the third International Day of Yoga, the Blazing Sword Division stationed here at the nation�s second largest Army cantonment in Sonitpur district and at Mil Station here, organised special yoga programmes at various stations under its jurisdiction in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
Participated by over 1000 Army jawans, including GOC, 4 Corp, Tezpur, Lt General AS Bedi and other officials, jawans and their family members, the yoga session started at 6:30 am. It was conducted by Hemanta Gogoi from the Art of Living Foundation, Dibrugarh.
The men behind the entire arrangement of the special yoga session, Colonel HP Singh and Subedar Someswar Kalita, talking to this Correspondent, said that members of the civil society were also invited to join the celebration and practice yoga. �The programme was organised to encourage the Army jawans and their families to translate the practice of yoga into a way of life with an overall intent of enabling them to achieve harmony of mind and body which would lead to a healthy and happy life,� the duo said, adding that Army has inculcated yoga practices in its physical training programme and is regularly being practised by troops as it harmonises the mind and the body.
Meanwhile, briefing mediapersons on the sideline of the programme, GOC, 4 Corp, Tezpur, Lt General AS Bedi said that yoga is an invaluable gift of India�s ancient tradition that embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfilment of harmony between man and nature.
�It is a holistic approach to health and well-being, which is not about exercise alone but to discover the sense of oneness within your self, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in our well-being,� the Army official said.
It is beneficial for the Army jawans as they have to face many challenges while they are in high altitude in border areas. Besides physical development, it also helps in developing mind and soul, he added.
At Meghna Stadium near here, another yoga event was organised in a befitting manner where all officials, Army jawans and family members of civilians took part and practised yoga.
At Church Field here, the district administration centrally organised a yoga programme with the participation of a good number of people from every walk of life.
NORTH LAKHIMPUR: The International Day of Yoga was celebrated in North Lakhimpur along with the rest of the world with mass yoga sessions and deliberations on the benefits of this physical activity for development of body and mind.
The Lakhimpur district administration organised a yoga event at Vasudev Kalyan Trust�s hall in North Lakhimpur in association with Lakhimpur Yoga Samaj, District Yoga-Patanjali and Krida Bharati. The yoga session was inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner, Barun Bhuyan.
President of Lakhimpur Yoga Samaj, Azad Hazarika led the yoga session followed by Rajesh Malpnai, president of district Yoga-Patanjali. A symposium on yoga was also organised on that occasion which was attended by Ayurveda expert, Dr Mridul Borah and naturalist, Dr Sanjeev Borah.
Similar yoga programmes were also organised in various schools and colleges and public organisations across the district.
BARPETA: The International Day of Yoga was observed in every nook and corner of Barpeta district. The district-level programme was held in the makeshift auditorium at Barpeta Municipality playground. Vice-chairman of Assam Financial Corporation, Anil Das inaugurated the programme where Burha Satriya of Barpeta Satra, Bashishtha Dev Sarma attended as distinguished guest. A large number of government employees, students and locals participated in the programme.
In Barpetaroad, the programme was organised in Durgabari Kalibari Mandir which was organised by Barpeta district unit of Patanjali Yoga Samiti and Bharat Swaviman. It was conducted by Baby Sarkar.
10th Battallion of CRPF organised this day in their Howli station where the officers and cadets participated overwhelmingly.
Da Vinci Academy, Belbari, organised a yoga event in the school campus which was participated by the students of their school, students from nearby schools, teachers, parents and local people. Yoga Acharya from Nalbari, Rekha Das conducted the event.
The yoga day was observed in all the schools, colleges, and public institutions where people participated in large number making the day a successful one.
JONAI: With rest of the nation, Jonai subdivisional administration observed the International Day of Yoga with massive public participation.
Opening the yoga camp at Town Club here on Wednesday morning, Jonai SDO(C) Jadav Pegu asked the people to adopt the habit of �yogasan� for keeping their body and mind, sound and strong. He said that �yogasan� habit is not only beneficial for the physique but it can prevent many disorders.
Representative of Patanjali Yoga Samiti, Narayan Pao and retired teacher Dharma Gogoi attended the programme as instructors, wherein around 800 participants learned about �yogasan�.
HAILAKANDI: In order to get rid of prolonged illness and mental unrest, regular practice of yoga is the only answer. This was the message spread on the occasion of International Day of Yoga in Hailakandi on Wednesday, organised by the district administration.
The main function was organised at the office premises of Deputy Commissioner, which was attended by Deputy Commissioner Krishna Govinda Bhuya, Hailakandi MLA Anwar Hussain Laskar, Additional Deputy Commissioner Arunava Dey, Additional Police Super Jagadish Das and other officials of the district, leading citizens, teachers and students.
Inaugurating the day-long programme, the DC in his address urged the people of all age groups to practise yoga for keeping the body and mind healthy.
Another event on the yoga day was organised at Ramakrishna Nimbark Sanskrit Vidyapeeth in Hailakandi town under the auspices of Nehru Yuva Kendra. It was inaugurated by the principal of the school, Ranjan Bhattacharjee and purpose was explained by the district youth coordinator of Hailakandi Nehru Yuva Kendra, Sekhar Ranjan Deb.
He explained the benefits of practising yoga on a regular basis. Three yogagurus � Apu Paul, Samiran Paul and Abhijit Nath � were felicitated in the programme.
A competition on yoga was also held on the occasion among the students. Hitesh Paul and Ripon Paul were declared first jointly, while Bidyushi Nath Mazumdar and Anwesha Dey were adjudged second and third, respectively. Altogether 22 boys and girls participated in the yoga competition.
The NSS unit of SS College here also organised various programmes to mark the day. The district committee of BJP, Radhanath Trust, RSS, Brahman Samaj, Hindu Jagaran Mancha and Women�s Patanjali Yoga Kendra also observed the day with the performance of yoga.
All the organisations also demanded the setting up of a permanent yoga centre in Hailakandi district. Several schools and other organisations of the district, including Lala, Katlicherra, Algapur, Matijuri, also observed the day with yoga events.
MIRZA: Kamrup district administration organised a camp to celebrate the International Day of Yoga at Numalijalah Parade Ground in association with IYNS, Sadhana and Sewa Bharati.
Several students from eight schools, besides senior officials from different departments and general public, took part in the camp.
Kamrup (Rural) Deputy Commissioner Vinod Seshan delivered the welcome address in the event. �Prime Minister Narendra Modi has become successful in placating the United Nations Organisation to adopt a resolution on June 21, 2015, declaring June 21 as the International Day of Yoga and since then yoga camps are being organised all over the world,� he said.
A seminar on �Yoga Therapy� was also held on the occasion at Amingaon which was participated by yoga therapy experts like Rashmi Sinha, GG Bonik and Poli Koch.