INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA – JUNE 2015
Minister of Health Sibongile Simelane and Minister of Home Affairs Princess Tsandzile are today expected to join Honorary Consul General of India to Swaziland, Mrs. Mona Ashraff in celebrating International Day of Yoga.
The event, which has been endorsed by the government of India, will be held at the Royal villas from 9am until noon. An instructor in leading the five types of Yoga to be done as part of the event.
Adding, The Honorary Consul General explained that “Yoga is not a religion as some may perceive, but a lifestyle; for there will be less travelling to South Africa for local cancer patients as the Ministry of Health and social welfare will be offering chemotherapy before the end of the year”
The Prime Minister of Swaziland, Dr. Barnabas Sibusiso Dlamini hopes the world will someday embrace Swaziland’s cultural practices and benefits from these just as Swazis do. He added that “yoga is a spiritual discipline; nothing embraces such principle like the spiritual discipline of Yoga. As a country and government, we in Swaziland embrace the spirit of yoga and the impact it can have on a healthy society”.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA – JUNE 2016
The Indian community in the country commemorated the International of Yoga at the Honorary Indian Consul General HE. Mrs. Mona Ashraff’s residence in Dalrich, Mbabane.
Hon. Minister of Health Ms. Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane joined a group of about 60 people to celebrate the day. “Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India and is now practiced in various forms around the world.”
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA – JUNE 2017
The International Day of Yoga, was celebrated on the 25th of June 2017 in Swaziland at the former Swazi Paper Mills in Matsapha.
The event was hosted by the Honorary Consul General of India, Mrs Mona Ashraff and was attended by many interested Yogis, this also included The Hon. Minister of Health in Swaziland, Mrs. Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane, who was also the guest speaker at the event, The Honorary Consul General of Indonesia, HE. Mr. Kareem Ashraff as well as Mr Hareesh, who was the yoga guru for the event.
The event was attended by a number of people of various ages. In her opening speech,HE. Mrs Ashraff informed the attendees of how yoga could benefit their wellbeing, not only physically but spiritually as well. “Yoga and Meditation is very necessary and essential for all human beings if it is practiced by all on a daily basis in the early parts of the morning. Yoga is actually an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body. It is a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not only about the exercise, but it is also about discovering the sense of oneness with you, the world and the nature,” she said.
Mrs Sibongile Ndlela-Simelane also urged that the attendees should try making time to practise yoga in order to regain concentration on a busy day and tackle life’s challenges with a positive mindset and a healthy body..