Friday, 18 August 2017
India marks 3rd international day of Yoga

India marks 3rd international day of Yoga

THE Indian High Commission in Ghana says it is impressed with patronage of Yoga lessons in Ghana and has resolved to strengthen the existing partnership with relevant stakeholders to grow its popularity.

Speaking at this year’s Yoga day over the weekend, held at the Forecourt of the State House in Accra, the Indian Envoy to Ghana, Mr Birender Singh Yadav, said millions of people across the globe had benefitted from the practice of Yoga.
The massive patronage was evidence that “this ancient Indian practice has a place in the modern world of fitness and self-improvement”.
This year’s celebration was graced by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Indian Association of Ghana, Indian Women’s Association, Friends of India Association and regional Associations.
The Envoy explained that the United Nation’s approval of Yoga was a ready acknowledgment that Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well being and a wider dissemination of information about the benefits of practicing Yoga for the health of the world population.
“Yoga is not about exercise but to discuss the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and nature; Yoga also brings harmony in all walks of life and thus is known for disease prevention, health promotion and management of many lifestyle-related disorders,” he elaborated.
Mr Singh recalled that the first and second world celebrations of Yoga were done with “large population of Yoga enthusiasts, while in Ghana the celebration resulted in the creation of awareness about the positive health benefits of Yoga.”
Dr Emmanuel Owusu-Ansah, the Special Advisor to the Minister of Youth and Sports, who claimed to have been practicing Yoga for years, shared the benefits of the exercise, describing it as a sport which had been highly beneficial to him and encouraged Ghanaians to take to its practice.
“It is refreshing that this ancient art of keeping physically, mentally and spiritually and mentally fit, has come to stay in Ghana and has been recognised by the United Nations; I want to encourage everybody to practice Yoga,” he said.
The Science of Yoga has its origin in thousands of years ago. It was in India that the Yogic system found its fullest expression.

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