Dimapur, January 21: International Yoga Day led by the Governor of Nagaland, PB Acharya and his lady wife Kavita Acharya was observed at Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan Kohima on June 21 with students from Nagaland University, ICFAI University, Global Open University, St. Joseph University, members of Rajya Sainik Board and Red Cross, Bharat Scouts & Guides, NEZCC and officer and staff of Raj Bhavan Kohima.
The Governor stated that Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s tradition. It is a preventive and curative science which does not have any side effects to the body, he added.
Principal Secretary to Governor, Piyush Goyal stated that Yoga is a holistic way of living where the body, mind and spirit is in tune in harmony with nature. He encouraged all to try and make Yoga a part of everyday life so as to reap maximum benefit.
The Yoga session was conducted by Orentsani Kikon, the first certified Naga Yoga instructor. She has won the National Yoga Championship 2017. She has also previously taught Yoga to the Indian Army in Delhi, Rajasthan and Nagaland. She currently runs a fitness studio in Dimapur promoting Yoga and healthy lifestyle.
Spear Corps: In keeping with the spirit of the ‘International Yoga Day’ celebrated across the world on June 21, the Spear Corps of the Indian Army also participated in the event with zeal and enthusiasm. All units and formations of the Corps participated in the event with conduct of mass Yoga sessions at respective locations including those in remote and far-flung areas.
Families of soldiers also participated enthusiastically wherever present in the Spear Corps Zone. Along with the conduct of various Aasanas, importance and benefits of Yoga as a discipline was explained to the participants.
In the event organized at Rangapahar Military Station, Dimapur, well over 500 persons participated, these included officers, soldiers as well as their families located at the military station.
Lieutenant General Gopal R, General Officer Commanding, Spear Corps, graced the event and motivated Yoga enthusiasts of the Corps. More than 10,000 individuals from Spear Corps participated in the event at their respective locations in the Corps Zone.
IGAR (N): HQ IGAR (North) and all its battalions commemorated the 4th International Yoga Day by conducting Yoga sessions at 80 locations in all districts of Nagaland. 15000 Assam Rifles troops, families, students and locals from neighbouring villages participated with enthusiasm and zeal.
The commemoration activities were conducted at remote locations, namely Lungwa, Chenmoho, Dan, Noklak, Wenshoi, Pungro and Avangkhu. The events at all locations commenced with a short lecture on origin, history and benefits of yoga followed by small brief on significance of Yoga Day. Thereafter, various yoga exercises and Aasanas were practiced during the course of the session.
Yoga Day was also celebrated in State capital, Kohima in which 1060 CAPF personnel and families of Assam Rifles, BSF and CRPF participated. The same was coordinated by HQ IGAR (North) being the nodal agency
NCC Girl Cadets: International Day of Yoga was celebrated by NCC Girl Cadets in all districts of Nagaland. Around 3900 cadets along with officers, PI staff and associated NCC officers (ANOs) of 1 Nagaland (Girls) Bn NCC under aegis of NCC Group HQ, Kohima, participated in the programme. The event was centrally coordinated by 1 Naga Girls Bn NCC, Kohima and was conducted at 17 venues – schools and colleges across Nagaland encompassing all districts. The participating NCC Girl Cadets performed the Asanas as per the ‘Common Yoga Protocol’ given by the Ministry of AYUSH and the event was conducted for an hours duration in which all the cadets participated actively and with enthusiasm.
Col Rajeev Kumar, CO, 1 Nagaland Girls Battalion NCC Kohima brought out that 300 NCC Girl Cadets from the Unit also got the opportunity to perform yoga with Governor of Nagaland PB Acharya at IG Stadium.
LFHSS: Livingstone Foundation Hr. Sec. School observed the 4th International Day of Yoga on Thursday at its green lawns. This year’s Yoga Day programme was organized by the North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) under the Ministry of Culture, Government of India in collaboration with LFHSS with logistical support from 24 NL (I) Coy NCC, Kohima and 1 Naga Girls Battalion NCC, Kohima. Altogether 1237 students including NCC cadets from 9 schools and 4 colleges of Dimapur participated in the Yoga Day programme.
The programme started at 6:30 am with the welcome speech by Andrew Ahoto, LFHSS chairman who encouraged the gathering about the multifarious benefits of Yoga exercises. He also advised the gathering not to attach any religion with Yoga as it was something related with the benefits of health and well-being.
Deputy Director (Admin) of NEZCC, D Vashum gave some enlightening inputs and values of Yoga as a mental and physical exercise which enriches the soul. He also highlighted the significance of the day.
The Yoga session was led by renowned Yoga Guru from Nagaland and a National Bronze Medalist, Orentsani Suzane who imparted some Yoga Asanas (Yoga Steps) including the Surya Namaskar or Sun Obeisance.
ARTCS: International Yoga Day was celebrated in all the three military garrisons of Assam Rifles Training Centre and School (Shokhuvi, Dimapur and Diphu). A strength of around 3115 soldiers including 112 families performed Yoga simultaneously.
The Yoga Day was observed under Brig Gurjap Singh, Commandant, ARTCS. The aim of yoga day was to integrate the body and mind to achieve harmony and peace.
Unity College: Unity College with the rest of the world observed International Day of Yoga to encourage the students to discover the holistic and healthy way of life.
The yoga session was conducted from 6 am to 7 am at the college campus under the guidance of Sudeep.
(Page News Service)