City co-hosts international yoga day

Pietermaritzburg residents pictured here observing last year's second Annual International Yoga day that was held by the Midlands Hindu Society at the Truro Hall

In recognition that yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) declared, June 21st annually as the International Day of Yoga.  In South Africa, the day is commemorated on the Sunday closest to June 21st.

 

To celebrate International Day of Yoga and following on the success of last year’s celebration, the Midlands Hindu Society will be holding a yoga programme once again with the object of creating an awareness about yoga and its benefits in terms of disease prevention, health promotion and management of lifestyle related disorders.  Local practicing physiotherapist, Omesh Somaroo will serve as an instructor for the yoga session. Somaroo has been practicing as a physiotherapist for the past 16 years and has completed multiple post graduate courses in Orthopedic Manipulative Therapy and Therapeutic Neuroscience of Pain. A consistent yoga practitioner, Somaroo has completed his international credit and registered 200 hours in teacher training.

Mayor Njilo said the initiative to educate and create awareness on yoga and its benefit was supported by the municipality.

“As a person with passion for sports development, my definition of yoga is that it is a practical method to transform lives by developing a positive state of mind (meditation). It is a unique form of body exercise that requires not much effort but focus, quite, relaxation and peace.  In this way our bodies are relieved of chronic pains, aches, and guarantees muscle strength,” said Njilo.

 

He said he was excited to be invited to the yoga event and also to introduce yoga to the municipality.

“The Msunduzi Municipality has an aerobics programme class that I initiated since January and has been growing from strength to strength daily. This programme encourages exercise as a way to keep mind and body healthy, thus relieving stress and illnesses, not only to our staff, but even to the public as the programme welcomes all,” said Njilo.

Organisers of the yoga event encourage all members of the public to participate. Requirements for the morning include arriving early, wearing comfortable clothes, and taking a yoga mat or blanket to put on the floor. There is no cost to participate in the event.

For more information contact Sherry Mahabeer on 083 597 4854 or Ranjiv Nirghin on 082 442 3835.

 

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