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Whether or not the International Yoga Day inspired you to contort your body or huff out your breath, it certainly left me inspired. Or should I say amused? From politicos to stars to the toddler at the fancy play school, everybody rose up to the occasion literally across the city, as was instructed by the Prime Minister, a yoga enthusiast himself.
We witnessed actor Balakrishna, who is otherwise seen pounding over a dozen goons to pulp effortlessly onscreen, sweetly urging the people to stay healthy with daily yoga. If you thought yoga was a bit too slow and static for you, well then there were aerial yoga sessions – for those who seek action in yoga too – where people hang from the ceilings in awkward, yet fun poses. It suddenly reminded me of the circus trapeze act as a child.
From IT companies to the Cherlapally jail, one could see warriors, birds, snakes, downward dogs and more. I hope we all know those are English translations to various asanas. People are seeking the calmness and deliberate breathing yoga techniques in order to balance the hectic activity and fervour year long. That is the way it should be.
Have you realised how our weekends are busy with multiple things.  We are the city that willingly runs out of breath during marathon runs. We are also the same folks who form a human chain around the KBR park to protect trees. We love Raahgiris and car-free Thursdays. We agitate, pose, run, eat and celebrate with such involvement like not many other cities. I cannot imagine this  energy in Mumbai which is too busy taking its last local to home. Bengaluru comes a close second to us. However, what draws our attention is that even street walks for causes in our city have a festive aura. The best part here is that none of this is taken to heart. Although we rise up to the occasion, life goes back to normal the very next day. The true essence of life is this I suppose. Involved, yet detached. On that philosophical note and moist eyes – proud of you my city.

-Swapna Sundari

(The writer is a popular TV show host, radio jockey, professional singer… and most importantly, a hardcore Hyderabadi)

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