State observes International Yoga Day

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: Along with the rest of the country, thousands attended yoga sessions held across the state on Thursday to mark the 4th International Yoga Day.
Arunachal Pradesh Governor, BD Mishra, Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein also participated in the event during sessions held at separate venues.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu, along with ministers, parliamentary secretaries and other officials also joined the celebrations at the headquarters of the 1st battalion of Arunachal Pradesh Police at Chimpu here.
Speaking during the state police department organized event, which saw participation of over 300 volunteers comprising of police officers, personnel and their family members, Pema highlighted the importance of practising yoga which not only keeps one physically fit but also keeps the mind calm.
On the occasion, the chief minister also released a souvenir ‘Wellness First’, published by the state police department amidst the presence of Home Minister Kumar Waii, Chief Secretary Satya Gopal and DGP SBK Singh.
He also took part in a plantation drive conducted in the battalion compound on the occasion.
Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein, while participating in the celebrations jointly organized by the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Capital Complex district administration and ITBP at Indira Gandhi Park here, called for introduction of yoga in the schools across the state.
Mein advocated for imparting one-month yoga course to the PT teachers of government schools so that they become master trainers and teach yoga in their respective schools after completion of the course. He also suggested that the private and residential schools should also be instructed to teach yoga to the boarders in the hostels.
Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Alo Libang appealed to all to practice yoga regularly to improve coordination between the body, mind and soul.
Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Prince Dhawan and Director Health Services Dr Moromor Lego also spoke on the occasion.
State BJP President, Tapir Gao and MLAs Tamar Murtem and Kento Rina among others also participated in the yoga session.
Governor Mishra, while addressing faculty members, students and research scholars and school children at Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Rono Hills, appealed to all to inculcate yoga as part of their lifestyle as it is beneficial to all.
The governor, who has been practicing yoga for 40 years, shared his experiences and importance of the ‘physio-mental’ wellbeing legacy of yoga. He also explained the important procedural aspects of Yoga practice.
The governor, who hails from the Black Commando Organization, said that all top commandoes practice yoga and pranayam for concentration and raising will power.
At the Raj Bhavan, the governor’s wife, Neelam Misra participated in the international day of yoga celebration along with women participants from all walks of life, including officers, Brahmakumaris and girl students from Vivekanada Kendriya Vidhyalaya, Chimpu.
A yoga session was also held at the Civil Secretariat here wherein, about 38 students from Donyi Polo Mission School for the Hearing &Visually Impaired participated under the supervision of Secretary GA&DA, Sadhana Deori.
At Yupia, the District AYUSH Mission Society, Papum Pare organized a yoga camp at the indoor sport hall here, wherein officers and staffers of the district administration, led by deputy commissioner in-charge SDO (S) Tabang Bodung along with staff of District Health Society Papum Pare and 31st ITBP,ITI staff, teachers and students from upper primary school, Yupia and middle school Tigdo, took part in yoga session.
SDO (S) Tabang Bodung and DMO Dr Tasso Subu Kampo highlighted the benefits of yoga and exhorted the gathering to practice it in their daily life.
Similar sessions were also held at Kimin, Kakoi, Sagalee, Balijan and the industrial training institute.
At Ziro, participants from all walk of life performed Suryanamaskar at Abotani Hall, Hapoli to mark the day. The programme was jointly organised by the district administration, Indira Gandhi Technical and Medical Sciences University (IGTMSU)and the Field Outreach Bureau (FOB), Ziro.
Earlier in the day, a public rally was also organized to create awareness on the benefits of yoga and a film on yoga was also organised by the FOB.
Similar programs were also held in the premises of Kendriya Vidyala, Monipolyang, Vivekanada Kendra Vidyalaya, Padi Lailang Memorial School and in the IGTMSU campus.
The Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya Ziro also celebrated the day in a befitting manner. Around 402 students, including school staff attended the programme.
At Tawang, over 2000 participants, including Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi, DC, HoDs, public leaders, monks, students and general public took part in a yoga session jointly organized by the district AYUSH society and district administration at the High Altitude Sports Stadium.
The day was also celebrated by the Tawang Brigade under which 500 personnel of the Indian Army, ITBP and airforce, performed yoga at the Tawang garrison.
The day was also celebrated at Nafra, Kalaktang, Thembang, Raga, Anini, besides at Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy and Dera Natung Government College here.
In Upper Siang district, the day was celebrated at Yingkiong and other places of the district.
At Yingkiong general ground, DMO Dr Dubom Bagra highlighted the benefits of yoga. Bagra appealed to the gathering to spread the message of yoga to nearby rural areas so that entire district is benefited from yoga practice.
Duyang Taron of the Himalayan Yoga Centre, Yingkiong demonstrated several yoga poses and inspired the audience with her motivational speech on the benefits and popularity of yoga.
ADC cum Deputy Commissioner in-charge Adong Pertin, government officials and public attended the programme.
In East Kameng, the health department in collaboration with the district administration, Art of Living, Patanjali, Arun Jyoti and other socio-cultural based organizations celebrated the day in various locations of the district in a grand way.
At Ane Donyi Nyelle Namlo, Seppa, Deputy Commissioner Gaurav Singh Rajawat explained that yoga is an agglomeration and combination of body, mind and spirit. He exhorted one and all to make yoga an integral part of life as it provides mental and physical strength.
More than 350 people took part in the yoga demonstration guided by by Zilla Prabari of Patanjali PG Sonam. Pledge taking for good health and good human being were also taken on the occasion.
To generate awareness on vector borne diseases, T-shirts under NVBDCP were also distributed to the participants in the yoga programme.
SP Vikas Kumar, DMO in-charge Dr S K Suman and other government officers and officials, students and general public participated.
Around 200 people, including Kurung Kumey district deputy commissioner in-charge, SP, teachers, students and general public attended the yoga day celebration at VKV School Koloriang with great enthusiasm.
Resource person Dr Boni Tuluk, MS of the Chera Talo District Hospital spoke about the importance and benefits of yoga.
Akal Bayor, science teacher of the VKV there, was the yoga instructor.
At Pasighat, the FOB under the Union Ministry of I&B organized a mega rally cum awareness programme on yoga to mark International Yoga Day at Government Secondary School, GTC.
Headmaster of the school, Lutni Perme educated the students and other participants about the important of yoga in today’s modern life.
Resource person of the programme, Marbom Bam, yoga expert from the Aayush department, Pasighat also explained about common yoga protocol and benefits of yoga. The yoga expert also demonstrated yoga asanas.
Pasighat FOB unit FPO Mihir Kumar Jha appealed to the participants to practice yoga everyday for good health and mind. Prize distribution to the winners of quiz competition and film show were the other activities of the day-long programme.
In East Siang district, the district administration, in association with department of Youth Affairs, Apex University and Patanjali Yoga Peeth Samity, Pasighat centrally organised the day at IGGJ Higher Secondary School Auditorium at Pasighat. Additional Deputy Commissioner Tatdo Borang said that yoga is a gift of India to the world.
Yoga day was also celebrated at AYUSH directorate compound and JNC auditorium with participation of faculty members, students, and police and IRBn personnel.
In Anjaw district, the fourth International Yoga Day was celebrated at Hawai, Metengliang, Walong and Hayuliang in a befitting manner.
At Hawai, the district level yoga celebration programme was organized by the Anjaw district administration in collaboration with district health society, District Ayush Mission Society and Sports department. Over 150 people took part in the yoga event. The yoga camp which started at Hawai on Thursday will continue for a month.
Around 50 people, including government officials took part in yoga practice at the old community hall of Hayuliang. At Walong, around 200 people, including army personnel attended the yoga session.
In Namsai district, the day was celebrated with great enthusiasm. At Town Club, Namsai district headquarter, Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma delivered a lecture on yoga on the occasion. He said, ‘yoga is continuous process of life and it is one of the most effective and scientific methods which connects the entire body with the mind of human being.’ He appealed to all, especially students and youth, to incorporate yoga into their daily routine.
Personnel from 186th Bn, CRPF, 20-Madras Regiment, government officials, teachers, students, members of women welfare society, NGOs and ASHA workers also joined the celebration.
Yoga programmes were also organized at Namsai Poi-Pee Mau ground, Chowkham, Lathao, Piyong and Lekang and many other places in the district.
The month-long yoga shivir of the Namsai unit police concluded at the Golden Pagoda, Tengapani, according to an official release.
The Lekhapani Brigade conducted a yoga camp at Lekhapani Military Station. A trained yoga instructor, Namsu Debnath conducted the yoga session highlighting the importance of yoga and its growing global popularity through yoga activities for over 300 military personnel.
VKV Koloriang celebrated International Yoga Dayin the school premises in the auditorium hall. The yoga camp was attended by teachers, students, parents, family members, former VKVians, government officials, etc.
At Siang, the day was observed at government higher secondary school Pangin with over 200 participants.
Addressing the gathering, ADC Tamik Talon stated that the art of yoga was a valuable gift of India’s rich and age old tradition which embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfilment.
DMO Dr Rachel Darung termed yoga as a form of naturopathy which believes in healing naturally without usage of medicines, and urged everyone to adopt the healthy practice.
Reena Doji from Art of Living demonstrated breathing techniques and meditative exercises to various government officials, school students, staffers, NGOs and public attended the programme. (DIPROs/source)