Lagos – No fewer than 300 Indian nationals in Lagos, on Sunday, converged to publicly introduce to Nigerians to the practice of Yoga.
It was on the occasion of the First International Day of Yoga.
Yoga is essentially a spiritual discipline based on an extremely subtle science which focuses on bringing harmony between the mind and the body.
The UN had on Dec.11, 2014 declared every June 21 as International Day of Yoga, in recognition that Yoga provided a holistic approach to people’s health and well-being.
The ceremony, which was jointly organised by the High Commission of India and the India Cultural Association, was attended by Indian nationals of different ages, including children from Indian schools.
The Head of Chancery of the High Commission of India in Lagos, Mr Shri Choudhary, said that yoga was an invaluable gift of India’s ancient traditions.
“Yoga embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfilment, as well as harmony between man and nature.
“In today’s world, the importance of yoga can therefore not be over-emphasised,’’ he said.
The Secretary General of the Indian Cultural Association in Lagos, Mr Sanjeev Tandon, however, said that yoga should not be mistaken for a religious exercise, but an art and science for healthy living.
Tandon added that yoga would assist people in disease prevention, health promotion and management of health disorders.
An American, Ms Danielle Grigsby, who had been practising yoga for more than five years, said that yoga was not peculiar to Indians alone.
Grisby, who led five other Americans to the yoga event, said that the practice had continued to make her healthy and young.
She urged Nigerians to also take advantage of yoga to be ‘’ healthy, strong and active in their endeavours.
Indian Yoga instructors, Mrs Simiran Magnani and Mrs Simran Rupani, took turns in explaining to the audience the processes and benefits of engaging in yoga exercises. (NAN)