International Day of Yoga: Jamrock mission accomplished
The Art of Living Foundation joined forced with the Jamaica Yoga Association (JAYA) to organise the second annual celebration of International Day of Yoga, held on June 18 at Hope Gardens in St Andrew.
The event, which was free of charge, hosted close to 150 persons, including longtime practitioners of the craft and newbies. Organisers provided free t-shirts to those in attendance. Those who turned out were taught techniques for relaxing, breathing, as well as ways to stretch using yoga poses. The ultimate aim was to help patrons to learn how to achieve a union of breath, body and mind, for a healthier body, better posture, improved immunity, increased energy and a calmer, more peaceful mind.
According to director of the Art of Living Foundation, Dushyant Savadia: "The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness and harmony in both the mind and body. Aside from the physical benefits, yoga also helps a person manage stress which can reveal itself in many ways, including back or neck pain, sleeping problems, headaches, drug abuse, and an inability to concentrate. Yoga can be very effective in developing coping skills and reaching a more positive outlook on life."
Vitra Gopee, director of JAYA said: "We were delighted to host this event for the such a large group who came out early to share space and energy in our yoga practise in observance and celebration of International Day of Yoga. In our second year of celebration, it is very encouraging to see the mounting awareness, participation and involvement among the general public in Kingston, Jamaica. We are witnessing growing interest and support for yoga and favourable acceptance among the medical fraternity and health practitioners for yoga as an alternative form of medicine and a proven channel for therapy and healing".
The draft resolution establishing International Day of Yoga by the United Nations was proposed by India and endorsed by a record 175 member countries, including Jamaica. Ban Kai Moon, UN Secretary-General, on the 2016 International Day of Yoga urged everyone to embrace healthier choices and lifestyles and to commit to unity with fellow human beings, regardless of ethnicity, faith, age, gender, identity or sexual orientation. "Let us celebrate this day - and every day - as members of one human family sharing one common, precious home," he said.