Thousands of Ghanaians are set to join the world to mark the International Day of Yoga in Accra, with a routine exercise at the forecourt of the State House on June 17, 2017.
The celebration is being organized in the country by the Indian High Commission and the Ministry of Youth and Sports which is marked across the globe to highlight the importance of yoga and the need for participation. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’ meaning “to join”, “to yoke” or “to unite”. According to Yogic scriptures, the practice of Yoga leads to the union of an individual consciousness with the universal consciousness.
A resolution passed by The United nations General Assembly in 2014 designating June 24 as the International Day of Yoga. Ahead of this year’s celebration, the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra has, in a letter, urged heads of state across the world including President Akuffo Addo to mark the day in their respective countries.
In his letter, he stated that yoga is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world and nature. He added that “Yoga embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being. By taking yoga to people across social structure and in different age group, we can contribute to the development of physical and mental health for stronger nations and communities.”
Launching the day in Accra, High Commissioner of India to Ghana, Birender Singh said with the enormous health benefits associated with the routine, the whole country should endeavor to learn in order to stay healthy. He reiterated the explanation that the routine is not a religion, but an exercise for both the physical and mental well-being of people.
He urged Ghanaians to participate in the celebration by joining the routine exercise on the June 17, 2017, scheduled to start at 7:00 am to 9:00 am at the forecourt of the State House.