Tanzanians urged to participate in yoga

20Jun 2022
Faustine Feliciane
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Tanzanians urged to participate in yoga

​​​​​​​DEPUTY Minister for Culture, Arts, and Sports, Pauline Gekul, has urged Tanzanians to participate in yoga practice to enhance physical and spiritual health.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Arts and Sports, Pauline Gekul (front row, 2nd L) participates in a yoga practice during the International Yoga Day celebration that took place at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT FAUSTINE FELICIANE

Pauline issued the plea when she graced the International Yoga Day celebration at Uhuru Stadium in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

The Deputy Minister said that the sport has become popular all over the world due to its benefits so Tanzanians can participate in it to improve their health.

"I commend India's High Commission to Tanzania for its efforts in promoting and coaching the sport here, this should be an opportunity for us to continue taking part in this game and spread it more,'' she noted.

She said she realizes this year is the eighth of Yoga Day's celebration but it has already begun to gain popularity.

The Deputy Minister moreover noted the sixth phase of government under President Samia Suluhu Hassan cares and will continue to care for everything that gives Tanzanians a chance to live in peace and healthily.

"It is good that the practice of yoga is now being taken seriously so that people can build unity, and solidarity and improve physical and mental health," Pauline said.

India's High Commissioner to Tanzania, Binaya Srikanta Pradhan, said the practice of yoga is important for health so Tanzanians should participate in it regularly.

He said that although the celebrations are taking place on June 21, Tanzania has decided to celebrate it on June 19 because the relevant date will fall on a working day.

Pradhan pointed out: "Five regions are celebrating the day of the sport in Tanzania, this shows how important the sport is."

"For the health of the individuals, the Consulate will continue to work with Tanzanians in promoting the sport," he noted.

Pradhan revealed Yoga Day is a day of rest and the people are participating in the sport.

In Dar es Salaam, more than 3000 people participated in the commemoration of the sport that took place at Uhuru Stadium.

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