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#WCW: UNIC Windhoek celebrates yoga instructor Beauty Boois

Beauty Boois, WCWEach Wednesday, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Windhoek celebrates women and their accomplishments. This Wednesday, UNIC Windhoek celebrates Beauty Boois, a local yoga instructor.

Boois, whose yoga journey began five years ago, received a scholarship from the Africa Yoga Project to complete a Yoga Teacher Training in Nairobi, Kenya. Since then, she has established her own yoga business, ‘Yoga By Beauty’ which offers group, private and corporate yoga classes as well as hosts yoga events and partakes in community outreach.

Check out Beauty’s interview with UNIC Windhoek! Read along as she describes her yoga journey as well as shares her thoughts on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Continue reading

Secretary General’s message on International Day of Yoga 2016

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA

21 June 2016

yoga-logoYoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India and is now practiced in various forms around the world.  The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness.

Yoga balances body and soul, physical health and mental well-being.  It promotes harmony among people, and between ourselves and the natural world.  Recognizing its universal appeal, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga.

This year’s observance of the International Day of Yoga highlights the important role healthy living plays in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, adopted last year by all 193 United Nations Member States. Continue reading

Local Yoga instructor speaks about Yoga journey on International Day of Yoga

IMG_2520The International Day of Yoga was proposed by India at the 69 session of the United Nations and was commemorated for the first time last year on 21 June 2015. This years’ observance highlights the important role healthy living plays in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. In light of this observance, UNIC Windhoek learned more about yoga from Beauty Boois, the owner and instructor at Yoga By Beauty.

Boois’ yoga journey began five years ago, when she learned about Surya Namaskara, a yoga sequence known as ‘sun salutation’. She then became very interested in deep breathing, meditation and the physical practice aspects of yoga and established a daily practice and shared her yoga journey on social media. People began to approach her for guidance and lessons, and in 2013 Boois began teaching yoga for free once a week at Parliament Gardens.

After a year of teaching, she received a scholarship from the Africa Yoga Project to complete a Yoga Teacher Training in Nairobi, Kenya. Since then, she has established her own yoga business, Yoga By Beauty, through which she offers group, private and corporate yoga classes as well as hosts yoga events and community outreach.

Boois explains that yoga has positively impacted her life, in more ways than one. “I’ve largely used yoga as a form of therapy, by expressing myself through the different poses, by sharing my practice with others, by becoming a more compassionate, tolerant and calm person through meditation and learning to let go of things that do not serve me and using every set back to grow and transform into the person that I want to be,” Boois says. Continue reading

21 June 2015 International Day of Yoga

Secretary General’s Message

yogo_layout1During a visit to India this year, I had the opportunity to practice yoga with one of my senior advisors. Although he happened to be a son of the country, I might equally have done the same with many other colleagues from different parts of the world. Yoga is an ancient discipline from a traditional setting that has grown in popularity to be enjoyed by practitioners in every region. By proclaiming 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, the General Assembly has recognized the holistic benefits of this timeless practice and its inherent compatibility with the principles and values of the United Nations.

Yoga offers a simple, accessible and inclusive means to promote physical and spiritual health and well-being. It promotes respect for one’s fellow human beings and for the planet we share. And yoga does not discriminate; to varying degrees, all people can practice, regardless of their relative strength, age or ability.

I discovered this for myself on trying to do my first asana, a tree pose suited to beginners. It took a moment for me to gain my balance but once I did, I appreciated the simple sense of satisfaction that yoga can bring.

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On this first-ever International Day of Yoga, let us see the benefits of this practice in terms of individual well-being as well as our collective efforts to improve public health, promote peaceful relations and usher in a life of dignity for all.