Chennai, June 21 (PTI): The COVID-19 pandemic did not appear to deter yoga enthusiasts from spreading out their mats and stretching their limbs to perform various asanas (postures) to mark the 7th International Yoga Day Monday.
Several organizations, observing the day, adhered to COVID protocols while others performed yogasanas in the comfort of their homes.
Tamil Nadu Health and Family Minister Ma Subramanian said the DMK introduced yoga as a curriculum in Chennai Corporation schools and for pregnant women long ago.
Today we are celebrating the 7th International Yoga Day. But, about 13 years ago, I introduced yoga to Chennai Corporation schools during my tenure as the city’s mayor, he said in his post.
Yoga was then introduced for pregnant women, added the minister.
The faculty and PG scholars of the National Siddha Institute (NIS), Tambaram, near here, led by its director, Professor R Meenakumari, observed the day by performing asanas.
Doctors and yoga experts, who care for the institute’s COVID-19 patients, held a session to teach pranayama (breath control techniques) and yogasanas.
BJP National Secretary General and Head of Tamil Nadu CT Ravi and Party State Chairman L Murugan showed off their yoga skills.
Yoga can bring inner peace that soothes our senses and unclogs our mind, said the Chennai Liver Foundation (CLF).
In its post, the non-profit organization, promoting liver health awareness by supporting research and educational activities, said: Making yoga a habit is essential. On this International Yoga Day, let’s raise awareness of the importance of yoga. ‘ Dakshin Yoga Kendra, a training center under the Ayush Union Ministry, hosted a free four-session yoga awareness workshop online attended by more than 4,000 people, including NCC cadets from Tamil Nadu, from Pondicherry and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, participated under the direction of the Commodore. Malay K Kukreti, DDG, NCC Directorate.
Various yoga asanas were taught to the participants who received a certificate of appreciation, said Dakshin Yoga Kendra general secretary Lt. Col. N Thiagarajan (rtd).
Chennai Naval Base hosted a yoga session at INS Adyar Parade Ground attended by Sailors and Military Engineer Service (MES) personnel.
The Madras Regimental Center, located in Wellington in Nilgiris, celebrated the day at the historic Shrinagesh Barracks. A total of 750 recruits, soldiers and family members of the Madras Regimental Center performed various asanas, kriyas and pranayama.
A qualified yoga instructor explained the benefits of yoga exercises for preventing lifestyle-related illnesses like obesity, high cholesterol, and stress.
The theme for this year’s Yoga Day is “Be with Yoga, be Home” given the pandemic situation, according to a press release.
Emphasizing the importance of yoga in the military, the Commander of the Madras Regimental Center, Brigadier Rajeshwar Singh, said yoga is an essential part of a soldier’s fitness regimen and that regular yoga practice helps to live a healthy and peaceful life.
Various activities have been carried out under the aegis of the Dakshin Bharat area of the army on the occasion. PTI JSP LVN LVN