The event, which is celebrated on June 21 every year, was held at the Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam.
Charge d’ Affaires at India’s High Commission to Tanzania, Ramachandran Chandramouli, who was one officials that graced the event, said yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India.
“The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Currently Yoga “continues to grow in popularity across the world,” he disclosed.
“We and other people across the world are celebrating this event because we want all people to be healthy and practice yoga exercises, several diseases can be cured by the exercises.”
He said yoga can be practiced either at home or anywhere, it is not only an exercise but also helps to strength muscles in the body.
“Today yoga is practiced in various forms around the world and continues to grow in popularity while in Tanzania we have celebrated this event with children from 17 primary and secondary schools including volunteers from different areas across the city,” he said.
He said yoga strengthens parts of the body, a person does not need to spent money to practice it, yoga as well reduces blood pressure, stress and can deal with some diseases.
According to him, the Yoga Day celebration takes place in various countries around the world.
People from different countries across the world, including Tanzania, take part in the celebration of Yoga Day.
Yoga Day, he pointed out, is celebrated to make people understand that yoga can deal with all mental and physical diseases.
“The regular practice of yoga can make you physically, mentally and spiritually rich, so it’s time for Tanzanians and other people to practice yoga,” he insisted.
He expressed regards to all stakeholders, who made the event a success, including TMJ Hospital who brought an ambulance vehicle for first aid.
Bwawani Primary School, Kisutu Primary School, Zanaki Primary School, Tandika Primary School, Chang’ombe Primary School, Benjamin Mkapa Secondary School, Makumbusho Secondary School, Azania Secondary School, Kibasila Secondary School, Keko Secondary School, Kambangwa Secondary School, Tandika Secondary School, Buffalo Club and Indian Schools are the schools that celebrated the event.
Yusuph Singo, Director of Sport Development in the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, expressed regards to India’s High Commission to Tanzania for organizing the event and allowing more students in the country to practice yoga.
“I’m very proud to be here today, this is my first time to see yoga, I will practice yoga with you today, thank you very much for organizing this event,” he noted.
He affirmed his ministry will ensure yoga is practiced in all schools across the country.