Governor Gehlot leads International Yoga Day celebrations

Bengaluru, June 21 (Representative) Karnataka came alive with a wave of enthusiasm led by Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot as International Yoga Day unfolded across the state, showcasing a vibrant tapestry of events that celebrated yoga’s timeless significance in the modern world. In the heart of Bengaluru, at the majestic Vidhana Soudha, the atmosphere was electric as Governor Gehlot, Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar, Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao, and other esteemed dignitaries gathered.Against the backdrop of this iconic setting, they extolled the virtues of yoga, not just as a physical exercise, but as a pathway to mental serenity and emotional well-being.Governor Gehlot passionately described yoga as a holistic practice, seamlessly weaving together the threads of body, mind, and emotions to offer a profound sense of physical health and inner peace. He underscored its deep roots in Indian culture and its global reverence, affirming India’s role as the spiritual home of yoga.

Under the theme ‘Yoga for Self and Society’, the celebrations resonated deeply, highlighting how yoga nurtures personal wellness while fostering social harmony—a message that echoed throughout Karnataka’s festivities. Meanwhile, in Ballari, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, accompanied by Labour Minister Santosh Lad and others, participated fervently in an event hosted by the Santosh Lad Foundation and Shvasa Yoga Samstha. This marked just one of many gatherings held across the state—from Hassan to Mysuru and Belagavi—where communities came together to embrace yoga’s teachings and its universal appeal.Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda added a personal touch to the day, sharing how yoga has been crucial in maintaining his vitality at the age of 91—a testament to its enduring benefits. DyCM Shivakumar spoke passionately about yoga transcending barriers of caste and religion, emphasising the Karnataka government’s commitment to integrating yoga into the education system.

Plans were unveiled to introduce yoga classes in schools and colleges under the auspices of the Ayush department, underscoring a forward-looking approach to holistic health.Not to be outdone, the BJP organised its own vibrant event at Jagannath Bhavan in Malleswaram, drawing participation from state president Vijayendra Yediyurappa and MLA Dr CN Ashwath Narayan. Together, they championed yoga’s role in daily life, promoting its practice for overall wellbeing. Throughout the day, a diverse blend of participants—from government officials to students, celebrities, and the general public—came together, showcasing Karnataka’s rich tapestry of support for yoga. It was a moment where ancient tradition met modern fervor, reaffirming yoga’s place as a unifying force in Karnataka’s cultural landscape. As the celebrations concluded, the echoes of unity and wellbeing reverberated across the state, painting a vivid picture of Karnataka’s embrace of yoga, ensuring its legacy for generations to come.