GUWAHATI, June 21 - 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.�
The Kamrup (Metro) district administration celebrated the day at the RG Baruah sports complex from 6.30 am in association with Art of Living. It was also attended by Sports Minister Naba Doley.
The International Yoga Day was also celebrated by the Dr Bhubaneswar Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI).
Director of BBCI Dr Amal Chandra Kataki spoke about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and doing regular yoga as key steps for the prevention of many types of cancer, heart diseases, etc., and also for recovery from these diseases.
The State Bank of India, the North East Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, Jorabat, also celebrated the yoga day.
The day was also celebrated today at the Railway Indoor Stadium, Maligaon, by the NF Railway. NFR General Manager HK Jaggi inaugurated the programme, which was attended by railwaymen.
Organisations including the Assam Police, SSB, NDRF, besides organisations like Matri Mandir and Faculty School, also celebrated the International Day of Yoga.