The 8th International Day of Yoga (IDY) was celebrated with great enthusiasm in Windhoek today under the theme of “Yoga for Humanity”. In the largest Yoga gathering here so far, held as per Covid19 norms, a number of Yoga practitioners and those interested in learning it gathered at United Athletic Field, Olympia, to know the benefits of yoga and also to follow a simple Common Yoga Protocol.
At this event organized by High Commission of India, those present included Her Worship Sade Gawanas, the Mayor of Windhoek; Hon. Richard Gaoseb, Member of Parliament and Regional Councillor of Katutura East constituency; diplomatic corps; senior Government officials; students from Immanuel Shifidi Secondary School, Katutura; mediapersons, and public from all walks of life. Event was also webcast live on media partner New Era’s social media channels.
High Commissioner Prashant Agrawal underlined the benefits of Yoga for the health and well-being of individuals and communities, especially in the context of Covid19 pandemic which has underlined the need for physical and mental fitness and boosting one’s natural immunity. Yoga is also a perfect way to tackle various lifestyle stresses and pressures. Yoga today has become one of the most powerful unifying forces in the world, a mass movement with positive influence in the lives of millions.
Guests performed together some simple Yoga exercises as part of a Common Yoga Protocol, under the guidance of well-known Yoga teachers. A number of organizations provided great support to the event and our sincere thanks to them all.
The United Nations General Assembly had adopted the resolution in 2014 with a record 177 co-sponsoring nations to observer 21 June every year as the International Day of Yoga.
IDY is next being observed in Walvis Bay on June 20, 2022. In the run up, a number of special workshops and demonstrations have been organized under the guidance of Yoga expert Dr. Anurita Misra. She also conducts free Yoga classes at the High Commission.