PULWAMA — The 10th International Yoga Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm at Hockey Stadium Pulwama on Friday. The event saw active participation from local officials, students, and community members, highlighting the growing interest in yoga for both physical and mental well-being.

Notable attendees included Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Dr Basharat Qayoom, Senior Superintendent of Police Pulwama P.D. Nitya, Additional Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Zaffar Husson Shawl, the District Ayush Officer, and the District Sports Officer. Students from various schools across the district also joined in, creating a lively and dynamic atmosphere.

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Under the guidance of skilled yoga instructors, participants practiced a variety of yoga poses, breathing exercises, and meditation techniques. This collective effort showcased the community’s dedication to adopting healthier lifestyles and emphasized the importance of yoga in promoting overall wellness.

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Deputy Commissioner Dr Basharat Qayoom addressed the media, stressing the significance of incorporating yoga into daily routines to counter the challenges of modern sedentary lifestyles. “Yoga is not just a form of exercise but a way of life that promotes physical, mental, and emotional health,” he said.

Dr Qayoom also mentioned the special connection of the event with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who virtually participated in the celebrations across all districts. Despite the rain, the organizers ensured that the event proceeded smoothly and was enjoyable for all.

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Dr Qayoom expressed his gratitude to the Ayush Department, Youth Services and Sports, and the Education Department for their efforts in promoting yoga among the youth and integrating it into their daily routines.

He noted that the Ayush Department regularly conducts yoga sessions at their centers, encouraging people to incorporate yoga into their lives for better health and wellness. “Our lifestyle has become increasingly sedentary, making it essential to include yoga in our daily activities,” Dr Qayoom added.

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