Hyderabad: Thousands of people from all walks of life joined the Yoga Utsav held at Lal Bahadur Stadium here on Friday to mark the 25 days countdown to International Day of Yoga (IDY-2022).
The event, being organised by the Ministry of Ayush, with active support from Government of Telangana, was inaugurated by Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan along Union Minister for Ayush, Sarbananda Sonowal, Union Minister for Tourism, G Kishan Reddy, Union Minister of State for Ayush and Women and Child Development Dr Munjpara Mahendrabhai Kalubhai and Telangana Minister for Health T. Harish Rao.
The event was conducted by Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) under the Ministry of Ayush where more than 10,000 yoga enthusiasts performed Common Yoga Protocol (CYP).
The session was directed by Dr Ishwar V. Basavaraddi, Director, MDNIY.
The event was aimed at creating awareness about the various dimensions of Yoga and its ability to enrich human lives.
The Utsav, whose theme is “Make Yoga a part of Your Life, was attended by many celebrities from the world of sports like PV Sindhu, Sainia Nehwal, Llakshya Sen, K.Srikanth, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy (all from badminton), Mithali Raj, H S Pranoy , Pragyan Ojha (from Cricket), Naina Jaswal from Table Tennis and Mukesh from Hockey and also celebrities from the world of cinema and culture performed CYP at the event along with other yoga enthusiasts.
Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal said that the success of today’s event will give further momentum towards the 8th International Day of Yoga in Mysuru on June 21 where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the elaborate celebration of Yoga by enthusiasts and practitioners across the world.
He said that the idea behind this Yoga Utsav is to encourage people to take up Yoga, a wonderful gift of our thousands of years of civilization, so that they can enrich their quality of life.
The Minister announced another major attraction, known as “Guardian Ring”, whereby the yoga celebrations happening across the world will be relayed throughout the Yoga day. The Guardian Ring activity will string together the feed from different Missions.
As part of our run up events, as many as 25 crore or more would join these Yog Utsavs at 75 iconic places across India as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, he said.
The eight edition of International Day of Yoga is being promoted through multiple programmes by the Ministry to take the message of Yoga across the world to a wider audience. The International Day of Yoga is celebrated across the world on June 21 every year. This year, the Yoga Utsav is being celebrated across 75 heritage sites of historical importance as part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ in order to give a fillip to the brand India, he added.