Guyanese observe fourth year of International Day of Yoga

DPI, GUYANA, Sunday, June 17, 2018

Yoga practitioners and first-timers joined the Indian High Commissioner at the Everest Cricket Club today to participate and observe the fourth International Day of Yoga.

High Commissioner, V. Mahalingam noted the event has grown since it was introduced in 2014.

“Yoga in your daily life is good for bringing harmony between mind and body. Yoga is a powerful tool for both preventative and curative medicine,” the High Commissioner noted.

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes, were among those who participated in the Yoga Day session. She noted yoga is an opportunity to cleanse the mind and soul, especially in the age of technology.

“It’s because of the challenges and the domination of the technology that we actually need to ensure that as individuals we can carve out that one hour a day that you can do yoga,” Minister Hughes said.

The minister noted she has been practising yoga for more than 20 years. Minister Hughes reiterated the importance of yoga in facilitating good health, good mind and healthy bodies.

International Yoga Day is observed on June 21 annually. The designation was made by the United Nations following a proposal by India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, at his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014.

Since its adaptation, 177 countries including Guyana have co-signed to the observation given its universal appeal. Yoga is more than 5,000 years old with Indian origins. High Commissioner Mahalingam noted it is a “universal language of wellbeing”.

The Indian High Commission will be facilitating another demonstrative and participatory yoga session at the Saraswati Vidya Niketan, located in Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara on June 24 beginning at 10 am.

Sessions will also be facilitated in Antigua and Barbuda, and St Kitts and Nevis on June 24 and 30 respectively in observation of International Yoga Day.

By: Tiffny Rhodius

Images: Kennyann Bacchus