Third Edition of International Day of Yoga, Suva

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Celebrations of International Day of Yoga, Suva, Fiji Islands, 21 June, 2017

High Commission of India in Suva in association with the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, National Archives of Fiji and with support of the Ministry of Local Government, Housing and Environment, Infrastructure and Transport of Fiji celebrated Third International Day of Yoga at Albert Park, Suva at 1000 – 1200 hours on 21 June 2017.

In his opening remarks, Hon Mahendra Reddy elaborated that Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated from India. He emphasized that Yoga is not just about physical exercise but it is a combining practice of Body, mind and soul. He believes that Yoga is important for students and announced that Ministry of Education in 2015 adopted Yoga practices in their physical education classes. It is a voluntary activity.

 The High Commissioner of India, Mr Vishvas Sapkal, conveyed Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi’s Yoga Day message which mentioned that “in a time when destructive forces are desperately trying to make their presence felt and divide the world, it is Yoga that is bringing the world together.  He appealed to all make Yoga a mass movement which will make a positive difference towards world peace, harmony and happiness.  This will also bring a qualitative difference in the lives of our people and society.” 

The Chief Guest, Minister for Women, Ms Mereseini Vuniwaqa in her address conveyed her pleasure to see Fiji together with India is actively celebrating the International Day of Yoga and she is part of it. She emphasized that Yoga is an essential practice and a holistic approach in uniting the body and consciousness. She also mentioned about the increase in NCDs in Fiji and how everyday Yoga practices and techniques can supplement medical treatment, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and headaches.

Honourable Speaker of the parliament, Dr Jiko Luveni, in her address urged the participants that to practice Yoga every day to fight NCDs and if you want to survive or live longer. She also asked the participants to teach what they have learned today to everyone at home and ensure that everyone at home does Yoga every day.

In his concluding remarks, Mr Sapkal, the High Commissioner of India thanked the special guests and everyone for their attendance and support. He also thanked all the sponsors and various organizations for their support. He identified the holistic nature of Yoga where Yoga unites self-consciousness with universal consciousness and the nature and signifies harmony and peace.  Lastly, he emphasized that everyone should have access to Yoga as a means for supporting overall health and wellbeing.

Mrs. Roshni Pal alongwith Mrs. Rekha from Art of Living alongwith Indian Cultural Centre Yoga students conducted a Common Yoga Protocol, in which 3000 school-children and over 1000 people from all walks of life participated enthusiastically.  The yogic demonstrations by expert level Indian Cultural Center Yoga team mesmerized the audience.

For pictures/video of the event please visit our India in Fiji Facebook page.

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