As part of Dasara festivities, the Mysore Yoga sub-committee has organised more than 25 programmes.

The City of Palaces is well known as a heritage destination. Tourists flock to Mysore to see these historic structures as well as other landmarks such as Chamundi Hills and the Mysore zoo. But, the city has also become famous as a yoga destination, both among Indians and foreigners.

This Dasara, the Yoga Sub-committee has decided to hold a variety of programmes to take yoga to people’s doorstep. Experts in yoga have been conducting classes and holding yoga dance competitions for children.

As part of the festivities, the sub-committee has organised more than 25 programmes in Mysore. The sub-committee plans to involve various groups — from teachers, senior citizens and special-needs children to journalists, doctors, jail inmates and the traffic police. And this year, for the first time, yoga classes were held for transgenders.

However, the sub-committee faces a problem of sorts as many venues are being fixed up only now.

Yoga centres

There are more than 150 yoga centres in Mysore, including more than 35 branches of the Patanjala Yoga Shikshana Kendra. Yoga assumes significance during Dasara because it was patronised by the Wadiyars.

According to yoga guru K. Raghavendra R. Pai, who runs the Vedavyasa Yoga Foundation, Mysore has become a popular yoga destination.

Coordinator of the sub-committee Yogaprakash said on Sunday, a mass ‘Suryanamaskar’ would be held at the palace at 6 a.m. followed by a State-level open yoga competition for men and women.

Honour for nine

The sub-committee planned to honour nine yoga gurus on different days, he said. They are: V. Sheshadri on October 5, Bharat Shetty on October 6, P.R. Vishwanath Shetty and Nanda Kumar on October 7, Jamuna Rani V. Mirle on October 8, Vinay Kumar on October 9, A.R. Seetaram on October 10, Raghavendra Rao on October 11 and Swami Varadananda Saraswati on October 12.

The felicitation would be held at 6.30 p.m. every day at the Bharatanjali Natya and the Yoga Kendra.

Difference in cost

Mr. Yogaprakash, who is also founder-president of the Mysore Yoga Shala and secretary of the Mysore Yoga Association, said that Indians were charged less compared to foreigners. Indians were charged Rs. 1,000 for one-hour classes for a three-month period, while it could go up to Rs. 25,000 a month, including food and accommodation, for foreigners. Experts would also teach foreigners yoga at certain hotels and apartments. There were also some training centres exclusively for foreigners, including at Nanjumalige and Kuvempunagar.

However, certain quarters have expressed concern that unqualified persons were taking yoga classes. Therefore, the need to introduce yoga in universities was more than ever, Dr. Pai said.

According to Mysore District Ayush Officer Nagesh, though the Department of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Unani, Sidda and Homoeopathy) here issues certificates of recognition to yoga centres, not many apply for it.

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