Programs were conducted by associated ashrams and centres in different parts of India, including Balangir, Bargarh, Bengaluru, Bhilwara, Bhuj, Bhubaneshwar, Chennai, Delhi, Dhanbad, Katni, Jamshedpur, Lucknow, Patna, Raipur and Rajnandgaon.
Ten days prior to the day, a large signpost welcoming people to Yoga Vidyalaya to celebrate this day was fixed by the side of the ashram's front boundary wall. Free yoga sessions of one-hour duration were conducted in the morning and evening and attended by around 150 people.
In addition, there were invitations from the following organizations to grace the occasion, to create yoga awareness and to conduct demo yoga sessions both in the morning and evening on this day. Along with our own celebrations, I and some yoga teachers attended as per different schedules:
Om Tat Sat
Hari Om Swamiji
With your kind blessings, the Lucknow Yoga Centre arranged two morning yoga camps at two locations in Lucknow to celebrate the International Day of Yoga.
At 6 a.m. in Arvindo Park, a popular public place at Indiranagar, about 500 people took part in an hour-long camp which was conducted by Sannyasi Gurupremanand assisted by other sannyasins, all as per directives of BSY. The camp drew a lot of interest and appreciation from the participants.
At 7.30 a.m., another hour-long camp was held on the invitation of the State Intelligence Bureau of Uttar Pradesh. The yoga camp at their office was attended by about 200 officers and staff. The head of the organization showed great interest in holding more such camps for officials and their families in the near future.
The evening session was held from 6 to 7p.m. at the Shakti Club, where about 70 people took part in trataka and pratipaksha bhavana practices. This new practice generated great interest among the participants.
Lucknow Yoga Centre