By Himani Bhatt
To commemorate the International Day of Yoga (IDY), the Indian High Commission in Jamaica convened a Yoga session at the Caribbean Military Academy Newcastle. The Jamaican Chief of Defence Staff, Rear Admiral Antonette Wemyss Gorman, and the Indian High Commissioner Runsung Masakui attended the 8th edition of Yoga Day. It helped the troops understand the significance of mindfulness, balance, discipline, perseverance, and moderation in discharging their duties to the nation and fellow community.
While talking to Jamaica Information Service (JIS), the Government agency, Masakui, spoke about the global importance of Yoga since its inception and how it can advance flexibility, well-being, and calmness.
The Narendra Modi suggested the proposal of the draft resolution instituting the IDY, and 175 member states backed the suggestion.
Therefore, the United Nations (UN) announced June 21 as the International Day of Yoga on Dec. 11, 2014. Since then, it has been performed worldwide and continues to gain traction. IDY is celebrated globally this year under the theme "Yoga for Humanity."
IDY 2022 Celebrations Across Jamaica
The Indian Embassy hosted many Yoga programs throughout June with extensive participation by Jamaicans and the Indian community. As the precursor to IDY 2022, it held a beach Yoga program in Providenciales Island and Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI). Numerous groups, comprising, attended the Yoga events throughout June to raise awareness about the advantages of physical activity. In addition, children from throughout Kingston gathered on June 6 at the India-Jamaica Friendship Garden for a unique kids' Yoga session.
On June 19, at the famous Sabina Park Cricket Stadium under floodlights. The festivities kick-started at 6 p.m., followed by meditation and breathing exercises., the Indian High Commission in Jamaica and Indian Cayman Community arranged the first-ever IDY celebrations on Seven Mile Beach in the Cayman Islands.
Regardless of the rainfall earlier, several Yoga enthusiasts fervently engaged in the session featuring a free pleasant Yoga asana class with Yoga instructor Mirabelle D'Cunha.
To encourage Yoga practice in Jamaica, the Embassy office has been organizing, since June 27, from Monday to Friday (9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.).
In addition, interested candidates can enroll for the same online, as the Embassy mentions on its official Twitter page. On June 30, the Indian population and native Bahamians also jointly marked Yoga Day in the capital of the Bahamas, Nassau.
Jamaicans’ Love For Yoga Day
Jamaican celebrities also endorsed the spiritual discipline, demonstrating its admiration in the country. It included Olympian Srabini Nanda, Swashbuckling West Indies (WI), cricketer Odean Smith, and Miss UN World 2022 Toni-Ann Lalor.
The prominent Jamaican Cricketer Chris Gayle also motivated people to participate in the Yoga sessions via a video message on Twitter.
"Once I am in town, I will do my Yoga. So, make sure you all stay tuned," he said.
In addition, World's fastest woman and reigning Olympics 100 m and 200 m Champion Elaine Thompson — Herah sent her good wishes on the day. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics Bronze medalist Megan Tapper also shared her thoughts on the occasion.
She said, "I want to encourage you to continue using Yoga to stay strong, focused, and healthy. Have a great Yoga Day."
Besides eminent Jamaican artists, several diplomats also educated people about the Yogic discipline. In his video message on Twitter, Dr. Christopher Tufton, the Minister of Health and Wellness, said that Yoga is a set of techniques that help people to harmonize the mind, body, and spirit, needed to become the best version of themselves. He said, “Yoga can be an important instrument in humanity's collective quest to promote a sustainable lifestyle and harmony with planet Earth."