Ludhiana goes all out to do asanas

LUDHIANA: The industrial capital of Punjab joined other cities in India and countries across the world in celebrating International Yoga Day as residents, industrialists and officials came out in large numbers to do some for a healthy future on Thursday.

Among all the programmes organised in Ludhiana, the 24-hours ‘Yogathon’ being held by income tax department remained talk of the town. As it stuck 12am on the clock, the officials and staff of department along with their families started practising different “asanas” of yoga in different batches without taking any break.

As the news about this unique attempt spread, several residents, members of business associations and taxation professionals too joined the ‘Yogathon’.

Binay K Jha, chief commissioner of income tax, said, “We are truly amazed by the response given by people of Ludhiana to Yogathon. On behalf of the income tax family, I thank everyone who has joined us in the initiative to sp awareness about yoga which is simple most effective technique to stay healthy and get rid of hundreds of diseases.”

Customs officials and their families too celebrated the day at the office of the commissioner of customs, Customs House, Sahnewal, Ludhiana. The officials were led by commissioner of customs A S Ranga. Shanti Sarup Bajaj, a faculty member of Bhartiya Yoga Sansthan Kendra, Ludhiana, was invited to teach yoga.

Yoga day was also celebrated by Army personnel in Ludhiana. The International Yoga Foundation and qualified Army instructors conducted an hour-long yoga session at Dholewal Military Complex. Over 1,000 Army personnel and their families participated in the customized yoga session which was followed by a cycling session of women and children.

A yoga session was conducted at the Central Tool Room Focal Point, where industrial workers, trainees and people from all walks of life participated. The session was conducted by industrialist Manjeet Singh Matharoo, who is the general secretary of Ludhiana mega machine tools cluster.

Matharoo said, “Yoga should be considered a suitable tool for maintaining good physical and mental health. The workers and others engaged with industries need it more as they are exposed to stress and strain due to the tough nature of their work. There is a need to incorporate simple, cost effective, and easily implementable measures in the industries to tackle this menace of stress.”

The Panjab University Regional Centre, Ludhiana, organised a yoga session for its staff. The event was coordinated by Dr Meera Nagpal, assistant professor at University Institute of Laws, PURC. The session was supervised by yoga expert Rupashi Wadhawan.

Dr Preeti Arora, an ayurvedic consultant and wellness expert, spoke on the role of Ayurveda and yoga for perfect holistic health. The session ended with a short meditative session by Dr Suneet Arora also an ayurvedic consultant. He explained the scientific importance of meditation and its impact for a stress-free life.

In another event, officials of Federation of Industrial and Commercial Organisations (FICO), Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and National Small Industries Corporation (NSIC) performed yoga asanas. The programme was held at MSME Development Institute, Partap Chowk, under the guidance of experts Jagdeep Sharma and Kusum Arora.

A yoga day event was held in Government College for Boys in which Ludhiana central MLA Surinder Kumar Dawar and deputy commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agrawal took part. The event also saw a huge gathering of local residents, students, officials and sportspersons. Addressing the gathering, Dawar said yoga helps to keep people physically and mentally fit. He said yoga is being practiced from ancient times and people should do yoga daily.

Get latest news & live updates on the go on your pc with . Download The for your device. in English and other languages.