GUWAHATI, June 21 - Along with the rest of the country, the 4th International Day of Yoga was today observed across the length and breadth of the State.
Thousands, young and old alike, attended the mass exercise and meditation sessions which were organised under various platforms. Yoga sessions were also organised by different educational institutions across the city.
Along with Guwahati, all the district headquarters organised yoga sessions which were participated by public representatives and people from various walks of life.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister Rajen Gohain, Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and former Chief Minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta participated in a yoga session organised at the Nurul Amin Stadium in Nagaon.
The International Day of Yoga is being celebrated every year on June 21 since 2015.
In Guwahati, a special session was organised at the Raj Bhawan which was participated by Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi and several noted personalities, including members of the film fraternity.
The Governor, while addressing the participants, said, �Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition to the world. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being.�
A yoga session was organised by the Kamrup Metro district administration in the Sonaram field, which was attended by Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel.
Mrigen Saraniya, Guwahati Mayor, Ranjeet Dass, State president of Bharatiya Janata Party, KS Dhatwalia, Director General, NE Zone, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Virendra Mittal, Deputy Commissioner, Kamrup (M) and many other dignitaries were present in the event.
The International Day of Yoga was also organised by various government and private institutions. The Vivekanandna Kendra Institute of Culture too spearheaded yoga sessions in various parts of the State, including Guwahati.
Hundreds of saints and pilgrims, who have gathered at the Kamakhya Temple atop the Nilachal Hills for the Ambubachi Mela, were also seen performing �asanas� at the temple.
Security forces including the Army, the BSF and the SSB also organised yoga sessions, besides the NDRF.
NF Railway also organised a yoga session at the NF Railway Stadium, Maligaon to mark the occasion.
The office of AYUSH, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Regional Meteorological Centre organised yoga camps on their respective premises.
Meanwhile, the North East Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, Jorabat, also observed the International Yoga Day today on the hospital premises. Chairman of the hospital Ganesh Tamuli inaugurated the camp. He said yoga should be a part of life for each one of us, as regular yoga practice can prevent all diseases including cancer. Yoga helps in building up immunity of the human body. At least half an hour of daily yoga practice is enough to keep oneself fit and healthy, he said.
About 100 cancer patients of the hospital took part in the camp, where yoga guru Basanta Majumdar guided the patients. Veteran Assamese actor Jayanta Das also attended the camp and interacted with the patients. Dr TK Chakraborty delivered the vote of thanks, stated a press release.
Royal Global University (RGU) here also celebrated the day today. Led by Vice Chancellor of the University Prof (Dr) SP Singh, RGU Registrar Angira Mimani, staff and faculty members took part in the programme.
Yoga expert Hariprasad Talukdar focussed on various postures of yoga and its relevance in modern life during the programme, stated a press release issued here.