Trinidad observes 4th International Yoga Day in fine style
Port-of-Spain: The High Commission of India proposes to extend its outreach of yoga by providing Technical and Teachers' training courses as well as incorporating ICT through the use of audio-visual tools to help in the dissemination of knowledge, according to High Commissioner, Bishwadip Dey.
Dey said that the High Commission also intends, "to collaborate with numerous stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health to include yoga as a practical option for healthy living."
As hundreds of people, young and old, from several religious and ethnic representations joined the observance at the Chaguaramas Peninsula on Sunday morning, June 17th. Dey said that the proposition of yoga being offered as a Diploma Course is also being explored, as the University of the West Indies(UWI) has expressed an interest in collaborating with Indian Universities to include yoga as a discipline at UWI.
Sunday's observance was undertaken in collaboration with various partners such as the International Day of Yoga Committee, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Culture, Chaguaramas Development Authority, the National Council of Indian Culture (NCIC) and several yoga centres in Trinidad and Tobago to mark the fourth International Yoga Day.
"Yoga is described as the ancient science which focuses on bringing harmony between mind, body, man and nature. Tracing its origin from the dawn of civilization, yoga goes beyond the basic mechanics of exercise as it focuses on the union of the individual consciousness (soul) with the Universal Consciousness. It is a system of raising ones ability to perceive, to enhance and ultimately reach Self-Realization," Dey, the enthusiastic diplomat said.
Dey pointed out that the High Commission has created a new height of awareness about yoga and its overall health benefits as it is being taught at the St. Clement Vedic School, ASJA Girls College, Chinmaya Mission Schools in Debe, Couva, and Gasparillo, SWAHA Hindu College and the Dayanand Memorial Primary School with as many 1400 students participating. Additionally, yoga is taught to the general public at the HIV Unit, Ministry of Public Utility, Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Cultural Co-operation and at the High Commission office, Victoria Ave., Port-of-Spain.
In keeping with the Government of India's motto, "Vasudhiva Kutumbakum-The whole world is one family, yoga is the tool which works towards unifying the world together by promoting fraternity, harmony, holistic well-being and overall peace, Dey said.
Additionally, on Tuesday morning June 19, there will be 108 Surya Namaskars at the National Council of Indian Culture, Chaguanas, followed by later talk entitled, "Yoga of Bhagavad Gita".