SHILLONG, June 21 � Clad in Abaya and headscarf, Samina Anjum sat under a bright sunny sky with hundreds of people, young and old, this morning and performed Yoga here on the occasion of International Yoga Day.
Anjum, a school teacher said, she felt good and relaxed after the Yoga session and this was her first entry into the world of Yoga. Anjum said, she would now practice Yoga at home regularly. People should practice it for the sake of good health, the school teacher said after the session at Polo Ground here.
The mega event was planned and organised by the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Group Headquarter, Shillong, across 14 centres in the State. A total of 4,958 cadets participated in the event, apart from thousands of people from all walks of life.
Yoga teachers from the Art of Living Foundation imparted training to the cadets and people. One of the youngest participants, five-year-old Drish Das from Mayfair School was dumbfound.
This is my first Yoga class. I like the sleeping exercise with hands on my chin, Drish said with obvious reference to Makarasana or Crocodile pose.
Eban Pynhun, from Shillong College and an NCC cadet, said, it was for the first time she was performing Yoga and she liked it. Pynhun�s emphasis was on improving her concentration through Yoga, so as to excel in her studies.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan participated in the event at the Garrison Ground, Rhino Training Centre, Shillong. He said, Yoga increases positive energy in the body and balances the body, mind and emotion.
Former legislator, Manas Chaudhuri, who took part in the Yoga session, talked about opposition to Yoga on religious grounds. He said, Muslim and Christian countries have endorsed Yoga, as it has no connection with religion.
A total of 192 countries are celebrating International Yoga Day. The proposal was put forward by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year at the UN, which was co-sponsored by 177 countries.