The Asian community in Arusha mulls establishing Yoga Centers in the City to accommodate demands from tourists and other foreign visitors coming to Tanzania and who have been asking for places to practice the Hindi Exercise.
That was stated during the occasion in which more than 300 participants from all corners of Arusha City and its suburbs were taking part in the special Yoga Exercises and Meditation to cultivate healthy living and promote personal wellbeing.
Organized by the High Commissioner of India in Tanzania, the event was staged at the ‘Fun Retreat,’ hall to mark the 9th International Yoga Day observed annually throughout the globe.
Speaking during the exercise, one of the participants, Kishen Majithia extolled the benefits of Yoga, recommending that the exercise should be undertaken every morning, shortly after waking up to promote body health.
“As Arusha residents we are intending to start Yoga training classes in Arusha City and throughout the region in order to initiate local residents into this beneficial exercise,” Majithia maintained.
It was observed that many foreign visitors coming to Arusha have always been asking for places where they can participate in Yoga exercises, thus it was important to establish Yoga Centers in the precinct.
The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated across the world annually on June 21 since 2015, following its inception in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014.
Yoga is a physical, mental and spiritual practice which originated in ancient India, whose name was derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji,” meaning yoke or union.
Yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body and incorporates breathing exercises, meditation and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress.
The Guest of Honor during the event was the Arusha City Mayor, Maximillian Iranghe who admitted that Yoga has been beneficial to the Hindi Communities of Arusha and advised the other local residents to emulate the practice.
“The Members of the Asian Community who run various business entities in town have been going on for years without falling sick or getting tired,” said Mayor Iranghe, adding that their secret has been discovered to be Yoga.
According to the City Mayor, it was also high time for the Olympic Committee to include Yoga in the line-up of sporting activities to be competed upon during the International Games.
One of the Yoga supporters in Arusha, Abubakar Omary said they intend to conduct a number of Yoga events to encourage more Tanzanians to undertake the ancient exercise and also benefit from it.