LAUNCH OF THE FIRST EVER MOBILE YOGA VEHICLESIVANANDA YOGA VAHANAM 16TH OCTOBER 2022The Sivananda World Peace Foundation launch the first ever mobile yoga vehicle called Sivananda Yoga Vahanam on Sunday the 16th of October at the Sun Coast Casini, Sun Deck in Durban. The launch of this project will see many communities benefitting through various yoga and wellness programmes which will be conducted by our yoga experts.
We will be travelling through various communities, in rural area,s towns and cities to promote yoga.
I am very delighted that we can be able to demonstrate yoga on a large scale to benefit various communities. Yoga is a source of inspiration that binds us all as a nation . It teaches us to remain calm through turbulent times.
When this idea came about , We will continue to promote social cohesion in all communities. All races will participate creating oneness and peace in keeping with our theme ,”Yoga for Health, Wellness and humanity”.
Currently we have Online and physical programmes in rural schools and at various religious institutions As we celebrate this day, we strongly emphasize that we all should live in harmony and peace. Yoga is a medium in which we can achieve social cohesion, peace and harmony.For the past six months we have been to schools across the province to highlight the benefits of yoga to students. We feel that students need to be taught yoga to encourage them to concentrate more in their studies.Children are faced with many challenges and by us bringing yoga in schools will enhance their concentration and make them excel in their studies.
Yoga is essentially a discipline which also brings harmony in all walks of life, and thus is known for disease prevention, health promotion and management of many lifestyle–related disorders. Yoga is a 5,000 year old physical, mental and spiritual practice speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BC. Yoga gurus / teachers from India later introduced yoga to the West, following the success of Swami Vivekananda , Swami Sivananda and B K Iyengar in the late 19th and early 20th century.The objective of us having the mobile yoga vehicle is to create awareness about yoga and how it benefits everyone in better understanding the significance of traditional and authentic yoga techniques. At the initiative of the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India, a resolution to establish 21st June as "International Day of Yoga" was approved. In its resolution, the UNGA recognised that Yoga provided a holistic approach to health and well-being, and wider dissemination of the information on the benefits of practicing Yoga should be given for overall health of the world population.
In his address at the UN General Assembly, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Mr.Narendra Modi said : "Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being". By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, Yoga can help us deal with climate change too. Yoga is not just about working out, it's about a healthy lifestyle.
The practice of yoga allows students to be still in a world consumed with chaos. Peace and tranquility achieved through focused training appeals to everyone. It is estimated that close to 200 million people around the world practice yoga (of some form or the other), a majority of them in lndia, and over 20 million of them in the United States alone. We encourage all communities to follow a yogic life style, a life that is healthy, humble and devout.
Let this be a great opening for the world community to realise the worth of oneness and then, there is no feud, no disagreement and no disparity. Man of every creed and colour will live as one - the world will become one. We wish all the participants and members of the community to join hands in using Yoga as a medium to promote Unity in Diversity in our beautiful province , KwaZulu Natal and South Africa at Large. All Yoga experts who want to volunteer in these initiatives across the province can give us their contact details.”
Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu