Seychelles soaks in yoga day celebrations

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MASS SESSION: Yoga enthusiasts stretch their bodies as part of Yoga day celebration in Seychelles.

Hyderabad: Bewitching Seychelles, the island country in East Africa, turned more attractive with hundreds of yoga enthusiasts joining a mass yoga session to mark the third International Day of Yoga on Monday. The iconic Palais des Sports indoor stadium in Victoria saw people exploring various yoga poses in a day-long exercise.

According to Dr Ausaf Sayeed, High Commissioner of India in Seychelles, Cabinet Ministers, senior bureaucrats, senior citizens and children participated in the celebrations. Sayeed, who hails from Hyderabad, said yoga expert, Shalini PS, came here all the way from India to conduct common yoga protocol besides meditation and breathing sessions. A photo exhibition on yoga was also mounted.

Idith Alexander, Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture, inaugurated the event in the presence of Minister of Health Jean Paul Adam. The programme was jointly organised by the High Commission of India in Seychelles and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture,

The Government of Seychelles, a special souvenir published by the High Commission, was released on this occasion. Addressing the gathering, Alexander described the International Day of Yoga as an important celebration of fitness, health and spirituality. “You are connecting with millions of people around the world through the practice of Yoga,” she told the Indian community in Seychelles.

Vice-President Vincent Meriton in a message said though yoga originated in India, it was increasingly being sought after as a holistic health and fitness experience. The relationship between India and Seychelles was a special one just as the bonds between Indians and Seychellois were. “It is this strong relationship and friendship that has allowed Seychelles to build a culture that is distinct and appreciate and share the authentic cultural experiences of other countries,” he said.

Special video messages of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj were played on the occasion. Sayeed described yoga as an epitome of India’s ancient, deep-rooted and diverse civilisation. He thanked the Government of Seychelles for its unflinching support and official patronage extended to the International Day of Yoga celebrations in Seychelles.

The event was supported by several organisations, including the National Sports Council of Seychelles, Seychelles Yoga Association, University of Seychelles, Art of Living International, Brahma Kumaris International, Hindu Council of Seychelles and the Indian Association of Seychelles.