Yoga today is practiced and cherished in every part of the world and is truly a global heritage embedded with universal values of peace and harmony.
The United Nations, with the support of 177 countries has declared 21 June as International Yoga Day. This initiative was started by the Government of India and has received maximum support from Africa [46 countries] among the five continents.
In pursuance to the UN resolution, the Indian High Commission in South Africa and its Consulates in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town in collaboration with yoga schools and other stakeholders will be celebrating the 1st UN International Day of Yoga on 21 June in several cities in South Africa. This UN declared International Day of Yoga is being celebrated worldwide in all capitals and cities and the day would see millions coming together to celebrate this gift of humankind.
All events being organised in South Africa are free and open to all. Leading South African personalities and institutions including Premier of KZN, Mac Maharaj [Struggle hero] Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Ela Gandhi [grand-daughter of Mahatma Gandhi], Jonty Rhodes [cricketer] among others have endorsed this event with a call to all to come forward in support of healthy living and wellness. Endorsement and support from other leading personalities are expected several of whom will also be participating in the events.
In Durban the lead event is being held on the North Beach where 2,500 people are expected to participate. In Pretoria, the lead event will be held in Laudium and in Cape Town in Gatesville. In Johannesburg, along with the main celebration at The Summer Place, a yogathon is being organized at WITS University.
The Art of Living Foundation SA, Iyengar School of Yoga SA, ISHA Foundation SA, Gayatri Parivar, Incredible India, Zee TV, Zee World, Himalaya drugs, Dabur, Tech Mahindra, Bank of Baroda, State Bank of India and host of other partners are collaborating in the celebration in Gauteng, to which all yoga schools are being invited.
In today’s fast paced life, Yoga is helping people to stay healthy and fit and to balance mind and body, thought and action. It embodies a holistic approach to health and well-being and to live a life in harmony with nature and the world around us. Our modern world is truly a global space. It is propelled, more than ever before, by universal ideas, and Yoga very much belongs to this realm of universalism. Indeed, Yoga as a sustainable modern day life option has received popular global embrace and is helping people to nourish their lives not just in terms of physicality or health but as spiritual experience as well.
Yoga has a strong philosophical underpinning. It allows a person to understand one’s physical attributes and self within, which our outwardly oriented senses do not give an opportunity for. Yoga is about unity of body and mind so that there is total balance in one’s thought and action. Patanjali, the ancient Indian sage, who is considered the guru of Yoga, propounded unity of our imagination and existence as central to Yoga. Yoga may have been born from the womb of Indian philosophy and lives of ancient sages but its modern moorings are truly universal. Such an understanding is primal to a Rainbow Nation like South Africa or to a multicultural society like India which brings people from diverse backgrounds into their colourful fold.
The list of places celebrating this event:
PRETORIA 264, 13th Avenue, Laudium Contact: 3746354, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Summer Place, 69 Melville Road, Hyde Park, Johannesburg. The event starts at 8.30am until 12.30pm . Contact : email@example.com; 0714733208
- WITS University, Library Lawns, Opposite Great Hall
- Lenasia: Alpha Primary School, Lenasia, (Contact : Mr. Mohan Hira: 0835011275)
- [19 June : At Milpark School, Parktown – Closed event]
- [23 June : At SBSM School, Lenasia – Closed event]
POLOKWANE 26 Agra Stret, Nirvana, Contact : Mrs. Anupama Shrivastav – 0825998224
MAFIKENG Mandir in Quickly street, Mafikeng, Contact : Mr. Rajubhai: 0829027074
NELSPRUIT Venue TBC, Contact : Sharita Patel, 0823305756
DURBAN: Durban Amphitheatre, North Beach, Opposite Elangeni Hotel, Contact: 031-3350333, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHATSWORTH: Aryan Benevolent Home, T N Bhoola Hall, Contact: 0313350333, email@example.com
PHOENIX: Stanmore Regional Hall, Unit 17, 213 Grove End Drive, Contact: 0313350333, firstname.lastname@example.org.
PIETERMARTIZBURG: Raisethrope Secondary School, Chota Motala Road, Contact: 0313350333, email@example.com
STANGER Sabha Hall, Blane Street, Stanger, Contact: 0313350333, firstname.lastname@example.org
TONGAT: Shree Veeraboga Emperumal Temple Cultural Centre, 7 Maharaj Street, Gandhi Hill, Contact: 0313350333, email@example.com.
EAST LONDON: venue to be finalised, Contact: 0313350333, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BLOMFEINTEIN: venue to be finalised, Contact: 0313350333, email@example.com.
- Samaj Centre, Gatesville
- Ananda Kutir Ashrama, 24, Sprigg Road, Rondebosch East