International Yoga Day celebrated in Cuba

International Yoga Day celebrated in Cuba
International Yoga Day celebrated in Cuba

Havana.- THE TENTH edition of International Yoga Day was celebrated today throughout Cuba and in the capital’s Ciudad Deportiva Coliseum hundreds of practitioners united body and mind to enjoy the traditional Indian discipline.

Among those attending the activity were the first vice president of Inder, Raúl Fornés Valenciano, and the ambassador of the Asian nation in Cuba, T. Armstrong Changsan.

“This day we not only celebrate yoga as a physical activity, but as a philosophy of life that teaches us to be more aware, kinder to ourselves and to others,” Fornés expressed in a short address to the participants.

Likewise, he invited each one to continue exploring and deepening the practice of yoga.

“Let’s take advantage of this opportunity to unite in harmony, sharing the light and peace that yoga provides us,” he said.

For his part, the diplomat, in his first public appearance after assuming his responsibility on the Island, read a letter sent by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, to the Cuban president, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, related to this holiday.

The letter shared with those present states: “Yoga, an ancient heritage of India, is today embraced by all cultures and all continents of the world.”

“It is fitting that this year’s International Yoga Day is commemorated under the theme Yoga for Self and Society,” it added.

“I have been practicing it for more than 30 years and it has really helped me a lot for my emotional and physical balance,” he told HIT Walquiria Rosales, a retired doctor, who has made her Mat (yoga blanket) the best companion, especially in the mornings.

“I combine exercises for relaxation and stress reduction with other more demanding ones to seek strength and flexibility,” highlighted the slender, sixty-year-old woman.

Master Eduardo Pimentel, president of the Cuban Yoga Association, guided faithful yogis (men) and yoginis (women) in the exercises, words that come from Sanskrit, an ancient language of India.

It is considered that about 500 million people are followers of this discipline, with more preference among women, who represent 70 percent of that total estimate.

The Physical Culture and provincial directorates of Inder in Havana were in charge of the successful meeting of yogis and yoginis in the temple of sport in Cuba, where the music of the Asian nation also took precedence.

Additionally, officials from the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples attended.

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