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Yoga: A puzzle piece to better health and wellness in Jamaica

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:30 AM

Wellness, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is defined as, “the quality or state of being in good health, especially as an actively sought goal.” For the Jamaica Moves campaign, wellness, particularly towards mental health, is one goal and mandate that is being pushed.

Recently, this is being implemented by the campaign through its Wellness Wednesday Yoga sessions. The sessions, previously held at Advanced Integrated Systems, FLOW Jamaica, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, Rainforest Seafoods, and Main Event Entertainment Group Limited, saw more than 10-20 employees from each company unwind and relax through power yoga. ‘Power yoga’ is a term used to describe a vigorous, increased physical intensity, fitness-based approach to traditional yoga.

The sessions were done through professional yoga instructors attached to the campaign, Tanisha Hibbert and Danette Nelson.

The upcoming Wellness Wednesday sessions will see other Jamaica Moves Get Moving Corporate Challengers over the next few months, such as Wisynco Group Limited, itel BPO, Derrimon Trading, Restaurants of Jamaica (KFC & Pizza Hut), and Sagicor Group Limited, get their opportunity to focus on themselves and cultivate inner peace outside of the work environment. The companies are currently competing and will end with the fifth race on July 14, the Welcome to Kingston 5K, at the Kingston waterfront.

“Yoga offers numerous rewards that help to improve our health and secure us some well-needed peace of mind. It helps to improve our performance in the workplace, has a positive impact on our personal relationships, and helps us to maintain harmony with the surroundings in which we live, which, we all know, can be intense and strenuous”, shared Davida-Mae Chambers, account executive of the Jamaica Moves Programme at Market Me Consulting Limited.

The campaign also emphasised International Yoga Day (recognised yearly on June 21), which was celebrated in Jamaica by the high commission of India. The session included Kiddies’ Yoga, as well as several adult classes.

The observation of this day started in 2015, following a decision of the United Nations to dedicate June 21 to yoga. In previous years, millions of people in more than 200 countries participated.

Yoga has something to offer to everyone, be it a hopeful child, an aspiring youth, a parent, or a senior citizen. Start a journey towards good health and well-being today by joining a yoga session near you.