Chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his Cabinet colleagues performed yoga Asanas along with hundreds of people at the A1 Convention Centre here Sunday, marking the first International Yoga Day. After the 30-minute programme concluded, the CM said,”Yoga is part and parcel of Indian lifestyle and it is one of the most important aspects of our heritage. “If it was Narendra (Swamy Vivekananda) of yore, who propagated the vitality of Indian culture, Narendra of this era (prime minister Narendra Modi) is equally making efforts to propagate the Indian value system.” Describing yoga as a gift to the world from India, he said that irrespective of caste, creed, religion, gender and age, everyone can practise it to lead a healthy and peaceful life. Yoga increases concentration and memory so people can work more efficiently and complete the task in half the time than normal. It also helps people lead a disciplined life, he explained. Expressing his desire to have Telugus to lead the world even in yoga, Naidu said that his government was allocating `25 crore to promote yoga in the state and make it a part of health department as well. He recalled that he had always been a proponent of yoga and had conducted a training programme for ministers and officials during his previous tenure as chief minister of the state.
“Officials and employees practising yoga will help develop positive mindset and improve their performance. Their respective duties can be discharged much more efficiently,” he said and wanted the people to emulate Japanese whose hardworking nature helped their country register progress. He also wanted the state to emerge as the best in the country. Later, releasing a book entitled ‘Vijetha Chandrababu’ penned by psychologist PS Rao, the CM said that he had learned discipline from NT Rama Rao, who was from Krishna district.
AP State Yoga Association secretary Yogacharya Ramalingeswara Rao supervised the yoga performance.