Practise yoga 365 days a year, CM exhorts youth

Chief Minister Sawant performing pranayama on the occasion of International Day of Yoga at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Taleigao on Tuesday.

Staff Reporter


Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said that yoga asanas are an important form of physical and mental exercise which helps to gain control over the body and mind. He urged the younger generation to practice yoga every day throughout the year for a healthy life.

The Chief Minister was speaking on the occasion of the 8th International Day of Yoga organized by the Directorate of Health Services in collaboration with the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs and Directorate of Education at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Taleigao.

Speaking further, the Chief Minister said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the initiative to start the International Day of Yoga eight years ago in India. “Yoga has gained massive recognition since the last eight years. The Prime Minister has emphasized the importance of yoga in the country and the whole world and as a result, yoga is now practiced in 170 countries. India leads the International Yoga Day all over the world,” he said.

The Chief Minister informed that in order to spread the importance of yoga on a grand scale, awareness is being created amongst the masses all over Goa and to achieve this it was decided to organize the International Yoga Day program at the taluka level in all institutions, in addition to the main event held at Taleigao.

The function was attended by Chief Secretary Puneet Kumar Goel; Secretary Health, YVVJ Rajshekhar; Secretary Sports, Ajit Roy; Collector, North, Mamu Hage; Secretary Urban Development, Ramesh Verma; Special Secretary, Home, Sanjiv Gadkar and secretaries to the government, staff of health, sports and education departments, school teachers and students.

Dr. Geeta Kakodkar, Director of Health Services, opined that every student must embrace yoga to lead a successful life. While explaining about its benefits, she said, “Yoga should be performed by all, especially the students, as it increases flexibility, tones muscles and strengthens mind and body.”

The Chief Minister and other dignitaries, besides students numbering 500 performed various yoga asanas and pranayam under the guidance of Anita Raikar, yoga teacher, Art of Living Foundation, Goa. The students were informed about the benefits of each asana simultaneously.

Similarly, Governor PS Sreedharan Pillai said that yoga and the concept of ‘namaste’ are widely accepted and yoga is India’s gift to the world.

The Governor was speaking after lighting a traditional lamp to mark the International Yoga Day celebration at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan.

The Governor said that “namaste is the traditional Indian practice of respectful greeting or welcoming another person. It gives the practitioner an attitude of devotion and gratitude.” He further said the traditional Bharat concept is now accepted all over the world.

Pillai further said that yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice which brings about unison of the body and the consciousness with the surroundings and nature.

The Yoga Day was also celebrated at Se Cathedral, Old Goa. The program was organized by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. The theme of this year’s Yoga Day celebration was ‘Yoga for Humanity’.

Union Minister of State for Tourism, Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Shripad Naik, who was the chief guest for the function, inaugurated the International Yoga Day, which coincided with the ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ programme, celebrating 75 years of India’s independence.

Rajesh Faldessai, MLA; Rector of Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa, Fr Patricio Fernandes; chairman of North Goa Zilla Panchayat, Siddesh Naik; Joint DG, ASI-New Delhi, Dr. Sanjay Manjul; IDY-2022 coordinator for Goa Suraj Naik were present among others.

Shripad Naik, speaking on the occasion, underlined the numerous benefits of yoga and explained how yoga can help people live a healthy life. “Yoga is timeless, and ever-evolving. Since its inception, yoga has had only one essence: a healthy body, stable values, and feeling of unity,” he asserted.

Yoga, Naik said, provides a way to live a full life of wellness, compassion, and great concepts.

Naik expressed gratitude to the Government of India for selecting two places of Goa, that is, Se Cathedral and Fort Aguada as part of 75 iconic tourist destinations across the country to commemorate the International Day of Yoga, in order to showcase India’s rich beauty, culture , history, etc, on the global stage.

While the Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Prahlad Singh Patel chaired the event at Fort Aguada in the presence of Rohan Khaunte, Tourism Minister and other participants.

Meanwhile, the Curchorem block of BJP celebrated the International Yoga Day by organizing a special program at sports complex hall at Curchorem.

Local MLA and PWD Minister Nilesh Cabral along with others participated in the programme.

Cabral said that “not only the people of our country but also the world at large have realised the importance of yoga. It is our Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was instrumental in starting the International Yoga Day.”

“Yoga helps us not to remain fit only physically but also mentally and spiritually. Students should practice yoga on a daily basis and their parents and teachers should guide them,” he said.

The Canacona community health center also celebrated the Yoga Day. Speaker Ramesh Tawadkar, Deputy Collector Ramesh Gaonkar, CHC health officer Dr. Sneha Amonkar were present among others for the event.

The Colvale police staff performed various asanas under the guidance of Srinivas Shirodkar from Isha Foundation.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Jivba Dalvi, Colvale police inspector Somnath Majik and other personnel participated in the programme.

DySP Dalvi said that “yoga is necessary for maintaining physical and mental health as life of a police officer is hectic and stressful.”

Police inspector Somnath Majik also spoke about the importance of Yoga Day and said that “I have been practicing yoga continuously for the last several years and it is the best solution available to live a
healthy lifestyle.”

MLA Joshua D’Souza and other office bearers participated in a yoga session organized by BJP Mapusa mandal at Ashirwad hall in Mapusa.

A similar program was organized at Peddem wherein Aldona MLA Carlos Ferreira also participated along with students.

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