Ramdev holds preparatory session
Braving rains, 5,200 teachers from his Patanjali Yogpeeth and other <g data-gr-id="23">practioners</g> including children rehearsed a 35-minute long “Common Yoga Protocol” formulated by AYUSH Ministry on Sunday morning.
The rehearsal yoga programme was attended by those who will participate in the main programme on International Yoga Day at Rajpath, said S J Tijarwala, spokesman of Ramdev. Ramdev also demonstrated a package of Yogic Asanas that keeps people healthy and helps them lead a medicine-free life, he said.
People from other faiths, including Mufti <g data-gr-id="19">Sahmoon</g> Qasmi, general secretary of an organisation of Imams, attended the session, he stated.
Later, the yoga guru said on a microblogging site Twitter: “Whole world should get up in <g data-gr-id="21">morning</g> & do yoga for a medicine-free healthy life.”
The Patanjali Yogpeeth organised the programme under its plan for <g data-gr-id="27">celebration</g> of International Yoga day globally. Arrangements were also made for <g data-gr-id="26">telecast</g> of the programme in several countries. The Yoga guru expressed satisfaction over large participation in the rehearsal despite the rains, terming it “Varsha Yoga” in a lighter vein.
R Day-like coverage of Yoga Day on DD
Public broadcaster Doordarshan has readied plans for a Republic Day-like coverage of International Yoga Day event to be held at Rajpath where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be present.
Doordarshan would be deploying more than 20 hi-definition cameras for the coverage of the event on June 21, declared as International Yoga Day by the UN, sources said.
While two cameras will be positioned atop India gate, there will be other cameras on jibs and another one on a several feet high hydraulic crane to give a bird’s eye view of the entire Rajpath from India Gate to Vijay Chowk.
It is expected that a <g data-gr-id="44">record breaking</g> number of people would participate in collectively performing yogic asanas at the event.
Central Govt employees to take part in Yoga event
A large number of central government employees are expected to participate in International Yoga Day celebrations to be held at Rajpath on June 21 here, to make the event a grand success.
The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has prepared a list of government officials of all levels of seniority who will join the mass yoga session to be held at Rajpath here on coming Sunday.
“We are getting requests from various employees working in different ministries for participation in the Yoga Day celebrations. The DoPT is facilitating it,” Union Minister Jitendra Singh told media.
He said yoga classes have already been conducted by the DoPT for central government employees and their family members since April 1, this year onwards.
These sessions are being held on all days except Sundays and gazetted holidays at Grih Kalyan Kendra (GKK), Samaj Sadan in association with Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga. “There will be good participation from government employees working in national Capital,” he said adding that it is not mandatory for the employees to attend the event.
There are about 48 lakh central government employees in the country. Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, held a meeting with senior officials to discuss the arrangements for the international Yoga Day.
The DoPT will facilitate in arranging conveyance for the employees to participate in the event, a senior Personnel Ministry official said. About 40,000 people are expected to be part of the grand celebrations at Rajpath.