Re­alise worth of one­ness

The Con­sulate Gen­eral of In­dia, Dur­ban, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Si­vananda World Peace Foun­da­tion, will com­mem­o­rate In­ter­na­tional Yoga Day this Sun­day, re­ports CHAR­LENE SOMDUTH

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THE Con­sulate Gen­eral of In­dia, Dur­ban, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Si­vananda World Peace Fo­rum will host a free yoga ses­sion at the Dur­ban Am­phithe­atre on Sun­day to com­mem­o­rate In­ter­na­tional Yoga Day.

The ini­tia­tive, which was pro­posed by the Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia, Shri Naren­dra Modi, in the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly in Septem­ber 2014, is aimed at cre­at­ing a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the sig­nif­i­cance of tra­di­tional and au­then­tic yoga tech­niques.

“Yoga is es­sen­tially a dis­ci­pline which also brings har­mony in all walks of life, and thus is known for dis­ease pre­ven­tion, health pro­mo­tion and man­age­ment of many life­style-re­lated disor­ders,” said head of the fo­rum, Ish­war Ram­lutch­man.

“It is a 5 000-year-old phys­i­cal, mental and spir­i­tual prac­tice spec­u­lated to date back to pre-Vedic In­dian tra­di­tions, but most likely de­vel­oped around the sixth and fifth cen­turies BC.”

Ram­lutch­man said yoga gu­rus and teach­ers from In­dia later in­tro­duced it to the West, fol­low­ing the suc­cess of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th cen­tury.

Last year, In­ter­na­tional Yoga Day was cel­e­brated on a grand scale in KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and the Eastern Cape.

In Dur­ban about 1 800 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 400 chil­dren, at­tended the event.

“It is won­der­ful that June 21 marks this mo­men­tous event in the his­tory of hu­man­ity. Yoga is not just about work­ing out, it’s about a healthy life­style.

“The prac­tice of yoga al­lows stu­dents to be still in a world con­sumed with chaos.

“Peace and tran­quil­lity achieved through fo­cused train­ing ap­peals to ev­ery­one,” said Ram­lutch­man.

He said it was es­ti­mated that close to 200 mil­lion peo­ple around the world prac­tised yoga, a ma­jor­ity of them in In­dia, and more than 20 mil­lion of them in the US.

“With this res­o­lu­tion for an in­ter­na­tional yoga day, more peo­ple will be­come aware of the tenets of yoga and will be en­cour­aged to fol­low a yogic life­style, a life that is healthy, hum­ble and de­vout.”

Ram­lutch­man said this should be a great open­ing for the world com­mu­nity to re­alise the worth of one­ness. The ses­sion starts at 8.30am and those at­tend­ing will re­ceive a free T-shirt and re­fresh­ments.

PICTURES: R EUTERS

About 1 800 peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in the yoga ses­sion last year.

All ready for In­ter­na­tional Yoga Day is Ish­war Ram­lutch­man, left, In­dian Con­sul-Gen­eral Shashank Vikram and SK Rawat.

MP Omie Singh, left, Siven Singh and Prince Man­go­suthu Buthelezi.

PICTURE: REUTERS

In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi per­forms yoga on In­ter­na­tional Yoga Day in Luc­know, In­dia, last year.

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