Nearly 3,500 personnel with the Mumbai Police participated in the International Yoga Day celebrations Sunday at various locations in the city. The participating personnel included policemen of all ranks, from constables to senior Indian Police Service (IPS) officers.
Officials said the Mumbai Police had engaged professional yoga instructors to give basic lessons to the personnel on the basics of yoga, as well as the advantages of practising it regularly.
“The yoga lessons were organised at all five training centres at our Local Arms units in Mumbai, and nearly 3,500 policemen of all ranks participated in the sessions. Some of us attended yoga camps organised by private organisations closer to our residences. The idea was to acquaint everyone with the basic exercises of yoga that can be practised every day, and to stress on its importance and advantages,” said Mumbai Police spokesperson DCP Dhananjay Kulkarni.
DCP Rajendra Dahale, Police Training Centre, Marol, added, “We have 720 trainees currently undergoing basic training at our centre. On Sunday morning, we organised a yoga session for them titled ‘Yoga By The Bay’ at Marine Drive. They practised several forms of yoga and pranayams despite heavy rains that began from Sunday morning. The session began at 7 am and ended at 8.15 am.”
Meanwhile, personnel from the Indian defence forces and the National Cadet Corps (NCC) too participated in the celebrations at numerous venues across the state on Sunday morning.
“Personnel from units, ships and establishments participated in the Yoga Day events and used this opportunity to learn the skill and understand its benefits. In view of the inclement weather, the venues were shifted to covered sheds, gymnasiums, hangars and parking spaces,” said a defence spokesperson.
The spokesperson further said, “NCC Directorate, Maharashtra, fielded cadets in performing yoga at 244 venues spread over the entire state, between 7 am and 7.35 am. Nationwide, the NCC strived to endorse this achievement in the Limca Book of Records for the largest Yoga performance simultaneously by a uniformed youth organisation.”