Hundreds of enthusiasts take part in mass Surya Namaskar
MYSORE: For a city that has many sobriquets like city of palaces, garden city, pensioners' paradise and heritage city, here is another that will shore up Mysore's brand image.
For, it has well-known yoga teachers such as Pattabhi Jois renowned for Ashtanga yoga and who has international celebrities including rock star Sting and Madonna as his disciples, Venkatesh who teaches Atma Vikas, V. Seshadri who teaches Ashtanga vinyasa brand of Yoga to name a few.
This apart, scores of Yoga schools have come up in many parts of the city catering to a growing number of yoga enthusiasts, including many foreigners who are now flocking to Mysore to learn yoga.
And proof for this if required was evident in the mass Surya Namaskar organised by the Mysore Yoga Okkuta here on Sunday in which hundreds of enthusiasts, both young and old, participated and completed the rigorous 108 surya namaskars.
At the crack of dawn
The programme was held in front of the Palace Anjaneyaswami temple opposite the Chamaraja Circle and was sight to behold as nearly 500 people assembled at the crack of dawn for the Surya Namaskar.
It was organised as part of the Ratha Sapthami. Participants paid obeisance to the Sun, extolled in the Hindu scriptures and accorded a high position in the pantheon of Gods.
This is not the first such programme to have generated public interest. A similar programme held last year evoked tremendous response while a Yogic Walk held during Dasara also generated public participation. Observers point out that Mysore is the home of modern yoga and it was Krishnamacharya, who taught at the Mysore Palace, who founded the Ashtanga yoga.
This was popularised by his disciples and the city has since then emerged as a popular centre for learning Yoga. If Sunday's programme is any indication, Yoga is truly alive and thriving in Mysore.