Cultural values stressed as Dar marks Yoga Day

20Jun 2016
Crispin Gerald
The Guardian
Cultural values stressed as Dar marks Yoga Day

THE Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports Nape Nnauye yesterday urged Tanzanians to preserve and make use of their cultural values with a view of maintaining peace and extend cooperation between them.

Kneeling (2ndL) are Indian high Commissioner to Tanzania Sundeep Arya, Minister for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Nape Nnauye and Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner Paul Makonda who join other officials to mark International Yoga Day organised by the High Commission in partnership with Bank M at the Coco Beach in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

He made the remark in Dar es Salaam soon after officiating an International Day of Yoga kindly organised by India High Commission in Tanzania, Sundeep Arya.

The minister added that Tanzanians are supposed to emulate Indians on how they preserve their cultural values such as marking Yoga day.

“We need to go back to on our cultural values which identifies our life, entertainment, our beliefs, and conducts instead of embracing other poor cultures resulting from globalisation,” said the minister.

Nnauye said Yoga is an India-based culture designed to embrace togetherness, peace and unity among people in the world. It has existed in Tanzania for several decades and several Tanzania have benefited from it.

The minister acknowledges Yoga as one of the culture that helps to keep human body in healthily and protect from sickness.

“The government is hereby to provide close cooperation with India Commission to develop and distribute the message of Yoga in helping people to practise and save life,” noted the minister.

International Yoga Day had attracted more than 100 participants including government officials, Dar es Salaam regional commissioner Paul Makonda, diplomats and other dignitaries.

India High Commissioner Arya said Yoga is an ancient Indian disciple for discovering the sense of oneness with ourselves, the nature and the world. It also embodies the unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfilment, and holistic approach to preventive healthcare and well-being.

He went on to say Yoga is a combination of exercise for the body as well as for the soul. A person will feel a sense of inner peace after he/she had exercising Yoga. It achieves release from stress and make one feel new energy and vitality flow through one’s body.

“Through a unifying power, we seek completeness and at the same time, a oneness with the world, the support and participation redeems our commitment to nurture and promote Yoga,” added ambassador.

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India, which aims to transform both body and mind. June 21 will be International Day of Yoga, the declaration come after the call for the adoption of International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated: "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition”.