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Breathe and bend: Hyderabad goes gaga over yoga

Participants at the International Yoga Day event at Parade Grounds on Tuesday.

Participants at the International Yoga Day event at Parade Grounds on Tuesday. | Photo Credit: NAGARA GOPAL

With a deep breath here and a stretch there, Hyderabadis of all ages turned up in large numbers for various outdoor events to mark International Yoga Day on Tuesday. At the Parade Grounds, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu launched the official yoga day function in Telangana by releasing tricolour balloons in the air. “Yoga has no religion, yoga has no caste, yoga is for everyone,” Mr Naidu said in his address to the assembled gathering.

The event began with a live broadcast of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech from Mysuru. At 6.34 a.m., the live telecast had Ayush Minister Sarbananda Sonowal addressing citizens and ended with the Vice-President’s speech in Hyderabad at 7.23 a.m. Then, the yoga instructor on the ground took over, taking the gathering through various yoga postures and breathing techniques.

Students of Raj Bhavan Public School performing asanas on campus.

Students of Raj Bhavan Public School performing asanas on campus. | Photo Credit: NAGARA GOPAL

For school students who were brought from Viman Nagar, Bhoiguda, Old Bowenpally, Amberpet and Saroornagar, it was a long wait for the yoga session. The children, who had been waiting since 5.30 a.m., let out a loud cheer when a drone dropped a saffron ticker-tape and they scrambled to catch the bits of paper.

Participants performing yoga at Charminar in the old city of Hyderabad.

Participants performing yoga at Charminar in the old city of Hyderabad. | Photo Credit: NAGARA GOPAL

Earlier, officials had a tough time in meeting challenges posed due to overnight rain as the ground had turned soggy and there were puddles of water. They laid out carpets for the participants to perform asanas. 


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