Durban celebrates the International day of Yoga with an amazing turnout.
It was a perfect winter’s day in our beautiful city yesterday, as Durban joined cities from across the world in celebrating the International Day of Yoga. The 5 000 year-old physical, mental and spiritual practise is a holistic approach to well-being. It was declared to be internationally recognised by the United Nations (UN) in 2014.
According to an article on sabc.co.za , on Sunday hundreds of people gathered at Durban’s beachfront for a yoga session. This ancient discipline a is more than just a physical workout, it’s meant to calm the mind and bring clarity.
This is the second International Day of Yoga since it was declared as such by the UN. It is meant to create awareness about yoga and how it can benefit everyone regardless of a cultural or religious following.
India High Commissioner to South Africa and Lesotho, Rushi Ghanashyam says, “The resolution was adopted in a very short time by the UN General Assembly with a record of 177 countries which means that no other initiative has had the support of so many countries across the globe. The support of SA, India’s close and historical friend as well as the other countries in Africa was very important.”
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Even the prime minister of the Zulu monarch Mangosuthu Buthelezi was among the keen yoga-goers. He says he has felt the benefit of the practice for himself.
“I think I served as a good example that yoga can indeed be enjoyed by people of all ages. Since I first had a taste of yoga last year I’ve been mindful of the need to listen to my body. Knowing how to stretch the deeper muscles of my body and strengthen our core, it is not something that comes naturally. We must learn these things and practise them. Even octogenarians like myself,” says Buthelezi.
Yoga instructor Nalini Hanooman explains the three-pronged benefit of yoga. Hundreds of yoga enthusiasts brought their mats along to Durban’s beachfront, bravely taking on the instructions under the beaming early morning sun.
While yoga has its roots in India, its impact has spread across the world, across race and religion. It’s a living example of the link between a healthy body and a healthy mind.