SHILLONG, June 21 - Along with the rest of the world, the 2nd International Yoga Day was today celebrated here with sessions on yoga held in various parts of the State.
Governor V Shanmuganathan visited and practised yoga at the Assam Regimental Centre (ARC), Sri Aurobindo Institute of Indian Culture and Ward�s Lake here.
At the ARC, about 500 NCC Cadets, Associate NCC Officers and defence personnel attended the event despite inclement weather. Shanmuganathan motivated the young NCC Cadets to build up the rich Indian tradition of yoga as part of their daily routine.
Moreover, around 35,000 NCC cadets participated in yoga sessions across the Northeast in 248 venues, officials here said. The event was organised by the NCC Directorate, North Eastern Region which has its headquarters here.
The day was also celebrated at Headquarters Eastern Air Command (EAC) here. Air Marshal C Hari Kumar, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, EAC and other defence personnel, civilians residing in EAC campus participated in a yoga session. Experts from the Rama Krishna Mission, Cherapunjee gave a demonstration and trained Air Force Ground Training Instructors.
Air Marshal Kumar said yoga has been practised in the IAF for a very long time, but the focus on its curative and preventive powers for the management of modern lifestyle disorder has been a recent phenomenon.
At the Assam Rifles headquarters at Laitkor, more than 1000 soldiers of Assam Rifles, BSF, CISF and CRPF performed various Yogasans. Volunteers from the Patanjali Yogpeet guided the soldiers through the yoga sessions. Yoga was also practisedd at all units and headquarters of Assam Rifles in Assam, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh, Lt. Col, Rahul Joshan said.