African nations reflect similar enthusiasm in Yoga
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 21-Jun-2017

Nairobi, June 21: Yoga indicates a complete path by itself. It helps to gain “Union”- the union of body and soul.  It brings someone to the experiential reality. Yoga was declared as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO last year. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Evolving in India, now every nation cherishes this practice. In 2014, proclaimed 21 June as the International Day of Yoga by. On the 3rd International Yoga day, the continent of Africa is also celebrating.

Different nations in Africa have organized several events.  Ghana started the gearing up from 17th June itself. Indian High Commission and the country’s Ministry of Sports and Youth organized the event. The Sports Minister also joined the event. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent a letter to Ghana’s President Akufo-Addo stating Yoga as the way to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves, the world, and nature.

Another African nation Uganda is also celebrating the occasion. In Aga Khan High School, Kampala, many participants had their first experience. DPS Kampala students also participated in the event. At Jinja, the source of Nile, Indians, and Ugandans participated together in the yoga sessions.

In Zimbabwe, various ranges of events have been organized. A quiz competition and article writing contests on benefits of Yoga for cancer, antenatal care & depression were organized. Winners received the prizes from Mayor. Near a national monument, an event was organized.

In Senegal, Embassy of India-Dakar celebrated IDY 2017 at Place du Souvenir, Dakar on June 18. Minister of Culture and Sports of the Country was also present.

In South Africa, the celebration is observed in big cities like Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg.