Nearly 30,000 people participate in Chandigarh Yoga day rehearsal

Chandigarh: Nearly 30,000 participants from across the city participated in the rehersal for the second International Yoga Day to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said an official statement. The rehersal which took place at the capitol complex here was presided over by Haryana and Punjab Governor Kaptan Singh Soalnki. AYUSH (ayurved, yoga, unani, siddha and homeopathy) Secretary Ajit M. Sharan and several other senior officials from AYUSH Ministry also took part in the rehersel. "The rehearsals began at 7.30 a.m. and got over at 8.15 a.m. and saw the participation of persons from ITBP, defence forces, Panjab University, Divyangs, various yoga foundations, school children and the selected few from the yoga orientation training camps," said the statement. According to the government, for the first time in International Day of Yoga, 150 Divyangs would assisted for performing the yoga asanas. The Second International Yoga Day will be celebrated across the country with the main event at Chandigarh. Over 35,000 participants will take part. Solanki, who inspected all arrangements for the main event, said: "Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being."  Sources have said that a total of 27 union ministers will spread across the country for the Yoga Day programmes. The ministers include Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar among others.