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    At the 12th edition of the International Yoga Festival, expect lec-dems, contests and a mass sunrise event

    Pondicherrya��s annual Inter-national Yoga Festival is back, and this time it is bigger. Each year has seen a large number of yoga enthusiasts and practitioners from around the world attending, and the 12th edition promises to be no different. Tourism manager ST Chidambaram informs that this yeara��s a�?sunrise eventa�� will be the highlight. a�?This mass event will see more than 2,000 people performing suryanamskars and other simple asanas on the beach. It will also see a lot of student participation,a�? he says.
    Besides workshops and a yoga competition (for men and women), the festival has special sessions for people with diabetes, asthama and cardio vascular disorders. AlsoA� check out yoga for inner peace, women, daily life, relaxation, personality development and stress management. a�?There ecr_anchorBwill be experts like B K Neelima, from the Brahma Kumaris group, Anand Athreya from Bangalore, Niranjana Moorthy, a regular participant from Bangalore, and Raghav Someshwar from Mumbai, conducting discussions, interactions and talks,a�? says Chidambaram. a�?We have a group registered from Hong Kong. We also have participants from Europe, especially France and Germany,a�? he shares. The Tourism Department has also put together a cultural programme, which includes artistes from Pondicherry, a performance by Bharatnatyam dancer Raghunath Manet and a folk dance by a group from Vandalur. For those feeling peckish, they have stalls offering food cooked with less oil and spices.

    January 4 – 7, at Subalakshmi Mahal and Beach Road. Details: 0413 2358573

    a��Mrinalini Sundar


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