Of the International Day of Yoga in Nam

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Rauna Katumwa

Windhoek- The Indian High Commission in Namibia on Tuesday announced that they will be celebrating the International Day of Yoga at their offices on June 21st .

The commemorations which marks the 6th this year will be celebrated virtually, on the Commission’s Facebook page, starting at 1100hrs.

In statement on the commemorations, the Yoga facilitator Dr Nikhila Hiremath said, “The rapid changes in today’s world due to the current situation of COVID-19 pandemic has opened our eyes to the importance of managing a positive physical and mental health. Yogic science being one such modality holds one part of the answer to this current situation of COVID-19.”

Hiremath explained that the word ‘yoga’ is derived from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.

“It is an ancient physical and mental training which is now part of people’s lifestyles. Yoga is both an art and science for healthy living. Regular practice of Yoga helps to keep our body fit, controls cholesterol level, reduces weight, normalises blood pressure and improves heart performance. Physical fitness thus achieved leads to reduction of physical stress and greater vitality. Asanas harmonize our panic ability and mental energy flow by clearing any blockages in the subtle body leading to mental equilibrium and calmness,” she added.

According to Hiremath, Yoga makes the mind strong thus enabling our human body to endure the negative effects of life with a positive energy. Yoga concepts include the knowledge about one’s unlimited potential to move towards perfect harmony with nature.

She said Yoga is a holistic approach to our complete well-being, it has immense potential for achieving peace, internal and external harmony, and happiness.

“Successful celebration of the International Day of Yoga over the last five years has spread a new global awareness about the contribution of Yoga, consolidating the association of humanity with the precious ancient heritage. The regular practice of Yoga not only will help us face the current situation of COVID-19 but has an immense amount of therapeutic value,” she said.

“Today it is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity. The very fact Yoga has survived over the centuries is sufficient defence and proof of the amazing results it can possibly give.”

The International Day of Yoga was passed by the United Nations General Assembly as a resolution in December 2014. The resolution was co-sponsored by 177 nations( Including Namibia)-declaring June 21 as the International Day of Yoga recognizing holistic benefits of this timeless practice.

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