Participants doing Yoga
The International Day of Yoga, commemorated annually on 21 June, celebrates yoga as a holistic approach towards both mental and physical well-being. This year, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek joined over 400 people in celebrating the day by learning about yoga and performing various poses.
Both H.E. Mr. Kumar Tuhin, the High Commissioner of India and Hon. Bernadette Jagger, a Parliamentarian, emphasized the importance of yoga and the need to expose more Namibians to its extraordinary benefits at the event, which took place in Windhoek on 25 June at the Eros Primary School’s sports field.
Yoga encompasses a diverse range of static poses as well as rhythmic movements aimed at alleviating physical tension and strengthening muscles. It also involves meditation and breathing techniques focused on achieving mental tranquility in order to cope with the everyday challenges of social life.
At the commemoration, the yoga instructor from the Embassy of Indian in Namibia led the audience through a series of poses as a way to experience the multifaceted health benefits of the practice. The Mayor of Windhoek, Hon. Muesee Kazapua also participated in the event.
His Worship Mayor and Hon. Member of Parliament with other Yoga participants
Yoga contains an ethical dimension to it that focuses on virtues, such as humility, kindness and patience, which are necessary for social prosperity. There was sense of unity and peace as everyone took time out of their regular schedules to be present to their bodies, minds and hearts through yoga.
The immense appeal of yoga worldwide was emphasized by the United Nation’s decision to proclaim 21 June as the International Day of Yoga with resolution 69/131 on 11 December 2014. Since there, people around the world have come together in unity to celebrate the multi-dimensional practice.