The Indian Community in Liberia has announced that it is going to lead the celebration for the first International Day of Yoga. The Day falls on Sunday, June 21. The community has planned a yoga program, which will be held at the Shri Gurudwara Sahib, Coconut Plantation, Mamba Point in Monrovia.
“Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and well-being,” Indian Honorary Consul General U.S. Sachdeva told the Daily Observer.
He further encouraged all Indian citizens and other nationals, including Liberians, to attend the first celebration from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., adding: “There will be a trained Yoga instructor at the program, who will give Yoga lessons on the occasion.”
While addressing the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) September 27, 2014, the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi, urged the world community to adopt an International Day of Yoga.
On December 11 of last year, the 193 UNGA Member nations approved the proposal by consensus with a record 177 co-sponsoring countries, and adopted a resolution to establish 21st June as International Day of Yoga.
In its resolution declaring International Day of Yoga, the UNGA said it recognizes that Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being and encourages the wider dissemination of information about the benefits of practicing Yoga for the health of the world population. “Yoga also brings harmony in all walks of life and thus, is known for disease prevention, health promotion and management of many lifestyle-related disorders.”