Int’l Day of Yoga observed in Salone

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June 25, 2018

By Ibrahim Tarawallie

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Sierra Leoneans and other nationals performing Yoga

The India Consular office in Sierra Leone over the weekend hosted a special exercise at the Radisson Blu Mammy Yoko Hotel in Freetown in observance of this Year’s International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2018.

The day has been observed in Sierra Leone since 2015 with the aim of improving the fitness of people both mentally and physically.

Yoga is regarded as an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition and a holistic approach with mental and physical practices, which embodies the unity of mind and body, as well thought and actions.

Speaking on behalf of the Honoray Consulate General of India, Harish Agnani, stated that in December 2014, they tabled a resolution in the United Nations General Assembly, which was supported by 177 nations and that June 21 was declared as International Day of Yoga.

“Since then, every year June 21 is observed as International Day of Yoga all over the world including Sierra Leone. It is exciting for us. I know of hundreds of Sierra Leoneans who practice Yoga regularly,” he said.

He added that the message from Yoga is not only to improve the fitness of the body but rather it preaches peace which is pivotal for the two countries.

According to him, the Indian Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi told the UN General Assembly that Yoga is a holistic approach to health and wellbeing and that it is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with the world, nature.

Mr. Agnani noted that since 2015, the Honory Consulate General of India has been organizing international Day of Yoga in Freetown with members of the local and international community participating with great enthusiasm.

Also, Director of Sports in the Ministry of Sports, Ibrahim Bangura, thanked the organizers for hosting the exercise in observance of Yoga Day and added that Yoga is good for health purposes.

He noted that the Indians have contributed a lot in the improvement of sports in the country and pledge to continue working with them for more support to sports.