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India woos more Nigerians to participate in Yoga practice

The High Commission of India and the Indian Cultural Association in Lagos, on Wednesday enjoined more Nigerians to avail themselves of the physical, mental and spiritual practice of Yoga.

The president of the Indian Cultural Association in Lagos, Chief Sanjay, said that this year’s International Yoga Day would be observed at the Lagos Office of the Commission on June 25.

“Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolising the union of body and consciousness.

“The High Commission of India and the Indian Cultural Association in Lagos are inviting Nigerians to come and participate in a Yoga session to mark this year’s International Yoga Day.

“The Yoga session, which would be free of charge, will take place at the premises of the Indian High Commission, Victoria Island, on Sunday, June 25,’’ he said.

Jain said that Yoga practice had the benefits of enhancing vitality, focus, memory and productivity, as well as body, mind and emotional stability.

He said that the International Yoga Day was aimed at raising the awareness of people globally to the many benefits of practicing yoga.

Recognising its universal appeal, the United Nations, had on Dec. 11, 2014 declared June 21st, every year, as the International Yoga Day.


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