Lecture-cum-demonstrations and training sessions on yoga and meditation marked the International Day of Yoga observation in the district on Tuesday. A large number of students and people from other walks of life participated enthusiastically in the sessions.
Apart from schools and colleges, several government agencies organised special yoga training sessions for the benefit of their employees and the public at large.
At a session held at the Anna Science Centre Planetarium in the city, about 40 schoolchildren were exposed to the basics of yoga at a lecture-cum-demonstration by T.R. Gowthaman, yoga teacher.
Mr. Gowthaman explained that daily practice of simple breathing exercises and yoga postures would help the wellbeing of mind and body. They would help improve concentration and memory of students significantly. He demonstrated simple breathing techniques, known as “Naadisuddhi”.
About 90 NCC cadets and NSS students of Bharathidasan University Constituent Arts and Science were taught various asanas and pranayama by Lt. N.D. Shrinithivihahshini, Associate NCC Officer, 4 TN Girls BN NCC, Tiruchi, of Bharathidasan University and NCC cadet Pradeep. The participants took a pledge to practise yoga regularly.
Students of the K.A.P. Viswanatham Government Medical College had a guided yoga session with T. Preethi Pushkarini, Assistant Medical Officer, Yoga and Naturopathy Life-Style Clinic, in the presence of M.K. Muralidharan, Dean of the college. The CII, Tiruchi Zone, and Young Indians (Yi) organised a yoga demonstration session in association with National College and Isha Foundation. Yoga instructors from Isha Foundation demonstrated basics of yoga and “naadisuddhi”.
The Department of Posts got up a yoga session for its employees at newly opened multi-purpose hall at the Head Post Office premises in the presence of G. Natarajan, Director of Postal Services, Central Region.
Security personnel stretched out doing ‘asanas’, meditation, and breathing exercises to observe the International Yoga Day here on Tuesday.
The Government Railway Police observed the day by organising programmes in Tiruchi, Madurai, Thanjavur, and Tirunelveli. Personnel of the Railway Police performed yoga at the four places and were enlightened by the instructors on its benefits.
The Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Railway Police, J. Bhaskaran and Superintendent of Police, Railway, Annie Vijaya, took part in the programme in Tiruchi.
The day-long programme in Tiruchi was organised at the Railway Protection Force (RPF) Zonal Training Centre at Khajamalai where RPF personnel celebrated the Yoga Day.
Personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force and staff of the Airports Authority of India besides those from the Immigration performed various types of ‘asanas’ to observe the Yoga Day.
The city police personnel celebrated the day with instructors giving tips on staying physically and mentally fit through yoga.