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Zimbabwe celebrates World Yoga Day

Story by Tafara Chikumira

VARIOUS physical and mental drills took centre stage as Zimbabwe joined the rest of the world in celebrating World Yoga Day in Gweru this Friday.

The novel sport of yoga, which began in India in 2014, is gaining traction as Zimbabweans warm up to the discipline which helps strengthen one’s physical and mental being.

This year’s celebrations witnessed the old and the young participate in the sporting discipline which also helps people to meditate and free some stressful conditions in their minds.

“Millions of people are practicing yoga in Western countries as part of their lives. I encourage local people here to also adopt this sport. Apart from promoting discipline, the sport also helps in creating peace in society. Let us use the power of yoga to live healthy lives,” said the Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Vijay Khanduja.

After some physical and spiritual exercises during the sessions, the participants acknowledged the health benefits accrued by practicing Yoga. 

“I am going to do yoga for the rest of my life. I appreciate it comes with the relaxation of mind and physical fitness. I am grateful as we are celebrating the day of yoga,” said one of the participants.

Another added, “It is something new in our culture. However, I would like to acknowledge that it has a lot of benefits in terms of freeing my mind in whatever I was doing.”

The government says the event is testimony to the cordial bilateral relations between Harare and New Delhi.

“We are proud to be part of this global movement, organised by the United Nations, as it promotes wellness and other benefits beyond physical outlook. India contributes to various communities in the country under the new administration of His Excellency Cde E.D. Mnangagwa. The relations have been further strengthened by the engagement and re-engagement strategies, and we are confident to improve our bilateral ties across various sectors to improve the welfare of our people.

“Indian investment in Zimbabwe have been instrumental in driving economic growth and technology transfers, driving innovation and growing our GDP. Furthermore, I applaud the scholarships and lines of credit opened by the Indian government which propelled many students to pursue career aspirations, which contributes to national development trajectory,” said Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Honourable Owen Ncube.

India has pledged to send more expects to train the discipline in various spheres of life, with Zimbabweans expected to visit the Asian country on exchange programmes for the growth of the sport.

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