Several cities in South Africa to celebrate ‘International Day of Yoga’

Posted: June 15, 2016

JOHANNESBURG – Tuesday, 14 June 2015. The Indian High Commission in South Africa and its Consulates in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, in collaboration with yoga schools and other stakeholders, will be celebrating ‘International Day of Yoga’ before and on 21 June in several cities in South Africa.

Her Excellency Ms. Ruchi Ghanashyam, High Commissioner of India to South Africa, says a United Nations Resolution to celebrate ‘International Day of Yoga’ on 21 June each year was adopted In December 2014. “The resolution, piloted by India, was co-sponsored by 177 countries, a record in the UN, including South Africa and a large number of African countries.” ‘International Day of Yoga’ is being celebrated worldwide and the day will see millions coming together to celebrate this special gift to mankind.

All events being organised in South Africa are free and open to all. Leading South African personalities and institutions are expected to endorse this event with a call to all to come forward in support of healthy living and wellness” says Ghanashyam.

The main celebration will be held in Johannesburg at Zoo Lake on Sunday 19 June 2016 to ensure large public participation. Separately, on 21 June – ‘International Yoga Day’ – there will be a special celebration in Soweto put together by the Art of Living and the Consulate General of India, Johannesburg.

Yoga Sessions are also being organised on Sunday 19 June in Lenasia, Benoni, Mafikeng & Nelspruit.

World renowned Indian Yogi, Mystic and Author, Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev, will be In conversation with Mr Pravin Gordhan, South Africa Minister of Finance on ‘Inner Engineering – Directing your Destiny’ on 15th June 2016 at Emperors Palace.

The Art of Living Foundation SA, the BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute of Southern Africa, ISHA Foundation SA, Gayatri Parivar, Incredible India, Himalaya drugs, ZEE TV, Bank of Baroda, State Bank of India and a host of other partners are collaborating in celebrations in Gauteng.

Yoga is a spiritual discipline based on science. It focuses on bringing harmony between mind and body, says Ghanashyam. “Yoga is popular across the globe.  Its power to bring wellbeing, health benefits, therapeutic care and spiritual upliftment to its practitioners is well established.”

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EDITORS’ NOTES

 ‘INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA’ PROGRAMME:

 Events in Gauteng

 15 June @ 6.30pm – Emperors Palace, Johannesburg

  • In conversation with world renowned Indian Yogi, Mystic and Author, Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev and Mr Pravin Gordhan, South Africa Minister of Finance on ‘Inner Engineering – Directing your Destiny’ an insightful and lively discussion.

 19 June June @ 9.00am – Zoo Lake, Corner of Westwold Way, Jan Smuts and Prince of Wales.  Johannesburg

  • Yoga Session and main celebration

19 June – Benoni, The Sacred Touch Health and Wellness Centre, Farrarmere

  • Yoga Session

19 June – Lenasia

  • Yoga Session

21 June & 9.00am – Soweto, Elmom Malele park, Protea North

  • Yoga Session

 Events in other provinces

 19 June – Nelspruit, Botanical Gardens.

Yoga session

19 June – Mafikeng, Mandir, Quickly St

Yoga Session

 

ABOUT

Adoption of ‘International Day of Yoga’ by the United Nations.

On 11 December 2014 the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21 as the ‘International Day of Yoga’.  This resolution, piloted by India, was co-sponsored by 177 countries, a record in the UN, including South Africa and a large number of African countries.

The resolution received maximum support from Africa [46 countries] among the five continents. It had the highest number of co-sponsors ever for any UNGA Resolution of such nature.  Given that Yoga today is practiced and cherished in every part of the world and is truly a global heritage embedded with universal values of peace and harmony, this record co-sponsorship did not come as a surprise. This resolution was adopted within a short span of 77 days after the first call for the adoption of 21 June as ‘International Day of Yoga’ was made by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and nature.” Celebrating 21 June as ‘International Yoga Day’ holds both cultural and cosmic significance as it is the day of Summer Solstice.

 The yoga practice

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India.

In today’s fast paced life, Yoga is helping people to stay healthy and fit and to balance mind and body, thought and action. It embodies a holistic approach to health and well-being and to live a life in harmony with nature and the world around us.  Our modern world is truly a global space. It is propelled, more than ever before, by universal ideas, and Yoga very much belongs to this realm of universalism. Indeed, Yoga as a sustainable modern day life option has received popular global embrace and is helping people to nourish their lives, not just in terms of physicality or health but as a spiritual experience as well.

Yoga has a strong philosophical underpinning. It allows a person to understand one’s physical attributes and the inner self, which our outwardly oriented senses do not give an opportunity for. Yoga is about unity of body and mind so that there is total balance in one’s thought and action. Patanjali, the ancient Indian sage, who is considered the guru of Yoga, propounded unity of our imagination and existence as central to Yoga.  Yoga may have been born from the womb of Indian philosophy and lives of ancient sages but its modern moorings are truly universal.  Such an understanding is primal to a Rainbow Nation like South Africa or to a multicultural society like India, which brings people from diverse backgrounds into their colourful fold.

The Art of Living Foundation SA, Iyengar School of Yoga SA, ISHA Foundation SA, Gayatri Parivar, Incredible India, Himalaya drugs,  ZEE TV, Bank of Baroda, State Bank of India and host of other partners  are collaborating in the celebration in Gauteng.

In today’s fast paced life, Yoga is helping people to stay healthy and fit and to balance mind and body, thought and action. It embodies a holistic approach to health and well-being and to live a life in harmony with nature and the world around us.  Our modern world is truly a global space. It is propelled, more than ever before, by universal ideas, and Yoga very much belongs to this realm of universalism. Indeed, Yoga as a sustainable modern day life option has received popular global embrace and is helping people to nourish their lives not just in terms of physicality or health but as a spiritual experience as well.

Yoga has a strong philosophical underpinning. It allows a person to understand one’s physical attributes and the inner self, which our outwardly oriented senses do not give an opportunity for. Yoga is about unity of body and mind so that there is total balance in one’s thought and action. Patanjali, the ancient Indian sage, who is considered the guru of Yoga, propounded unity of our imagination and existence as central to Yoga.  Yoga may have been born from the womb of Indian philosophy and lives of ancient sages but its modern moorings are truly universal.  Such an understanding is primal to a Rainbow Nation like South Africa or to a multicultural society like India which brings people from diverse backgrounds into their colourful fold.