Kenyan First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Sunday urged citizens to embrace yoga to boost their physical, emotional and mental wellness.
Speaking during cerebrations to mark the first International Yoga Day in Nairobi, Kenyatta said the centuries old practice will help citizens keep diseases at bay and boost their productivity.
“The practice of yoga has spread out to many parts of the world and currently, it transcends culture, religion, race and geographical barriers. As opposed to other forms of exercises, yoga engages the body and mind and is ideal for all ages,” she said.
The United Nations General Assembly on December 2014 declared June 21 the International Day of Yoga, a physical, mental and spiritual practice whose origin is from India.
Kenyans from all walks of life turned up to observe the day as the practice gains foothold in the country thanks to influence of citizens from the Indian subcontinent.
The First Lady emphasized that yoga could help citizens tackle non communicable diseases associated with sedentary lifestyle.
“The importance of yoga in coping with modern day health challenges cannot be downplayed. By reducing mental stress and physical tension, yoga helps in boosting memory and in developing an organized thought pattern,” she said.
She noted that yoga has played a critical role in the management of heart diseases and post-traumatic stress disorder.
“Certain yoga routines are known to ease symptoms of asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and chronic back pain. More doctors have appreciated its benefits and have prescribed it during routine treatment of lifestyle diseases,” Kenyatta remarked, calling on Kenyans to embrace yoga as part of their lifestyle in order to shield themselves from life threatening ailments.
The inaugural UN Yoga day was observed globally on Sunday to help raise awareness on the benefits of a practice that is an integral component of Indian civilization.
Indian High Commissioner to Kenya, Yogeshwar Varma said rapid spread of yoga attests to its huge benefits to the practitioner, adding that it promotes body balance, increases self awareness and rejuvenates the soul. Enditem