Srinagar, September 18: Governor
N.N. Vohra inaugurated the 2nd
International Yoga Festival cum
International Yoga Sports Championship
2017, organized by the Yoga Society of
Kashmir at the Sher-i-Kashmir
International Conference Centre. About
300 participants from various parts of
India, Vietnam, Taiwan, Canada,
Bulgaria, U.S.A. and Nepal are
participating in this Festival. Mrs.
Usha Vohra, First Lady, was present on
Welcoming the participants, Governor N.N.
Vohra, complimented Sh. Shabir Ahmed
Dar, Yoga therapist & Coach, for
establishing the Yoga Society of Kashmir
and organizing this Championship. He
also complimented Sh. Altaf Bukhari,
Minster for Education and Chairman of
the Yoga Society for providing the
required encouragement to Sh. Dar.
Observing that Yoga is enormously
beneficial for the growth of a healthy
mind and body, Governor emphasized that
learning to practise yoga, especially
from a young age helps in developing the
required mental and physical discipline
which enables the practitioner to lead a
wholesome, stress free and balanced
Governor wished all the participants a
happy and comfortable stay here and
suggested that the Organisers should
take them, particularly the foreign
visitors, on a sightseeing tour of the
scenic Kashmir Valley.
Earlier, inspiring performances of
rhythmic and artistic yoga were
presented by a Yoga group from Jharkhand
and Sh. Sourabh Singh from Amritsar.
Governor, First Lady, Minister Bukhari
and Dr. Shehnaz Ganai, MLC presented
awards to the achievers and promoters of
In appreciation of the yoga performances
which were demonstrated before the large
audience Governor Vohra announced a cash
prize of Rs. 31,000/- to be distributed
among the 10 young yoga practitioners
from Jharkhand and complimented their
Coaches Pooja Rani and Nanda Dula Dutta.
The Governor also announced a cash prize
of Rs. 21,000 for the outstanding
performance given by Sh. Sourabh Singh
from Amritsar Punjab.
Sh. Altaf Bukhari, Minister for
Education, stressed the importance of
Yoga for a healthy life and said that
very soon he shall enable yoga
instruction to be given in various
schools in the State.
Ms. Shehnaz Ganai, MLC, was present on