Over 50 people turned up at the Indian High Commission offices in Lilongwe on Sunday to commemorate, in advance, the International Day of Yoga, a physical and mental workout that was invented in India 5 000 years ago.
As part of the commemorations, those who attended the event, mostly of Indian origin, practised yoga which involves prayer, meditation and physical stretches.
The United Nations, two years ago, proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga to recognise its universal appeal.
Speaking during the event, Anil Kumar, acting Indian High Commissioner to Malawi, said his government organised the event because yoga promotes health.
“In our lives we face a lot of stress and pressures, it is very important to keep ourselves fit and healthy. This is why it is crucial to raise awareness on the need for a healthy life,” he said.
Kumar said yoga is becoming popular across the world hence the recognition by the United Nations.
One participant at the event, Vinay Pathare, hailed Yoga as a practice that can transform one’s life.
“Yoga is not just mere physical exercises. It is a way of life which connects you to the supreme powers during meditation,” he said. “If practised faithfully, it can bring tremendous spiritual and physical transformation in one’s life.”