Vanuatu joined in with other countries globally to celebrate the International Yoga Day at the Moorings Hotel last Saturday.

Sachin Mehta, a representative of the High Commission of India, based in Suva, Fiji said this is the fifth celebration in Vanuatu.

Mr Mehta said the celebrations were made possible through the effort of the Prime Minister of India in 2015, when the UN adopted the resolution to be celebrated on the 21 of June every year.

This year’s theme is in line with climate change, one of the leading issues affecting humanity globally.

Mr Mehta said the celebrations also come in as awareness and demonstration for the people to understand the benefits of yoga. He said that doing 15-20 minutes of yoga daily is beneficial for the health. He emphasized that certain diseases which cannot be cured by medicines can be cured through yoga practices.

He said apart from Vanuatu, celebrations were also commemorated in Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Tonga, Kiribati and Nauru.

Mr Mehta acknowledged the Vanuatu Government for its assistance in the program. He also encouraged the public, especially the youth to practice and apply yoga practices in their daily routines to keep them fit, healthy and more importantly having a peaceful life.

He added the Indian High Commission is working with the Vanuatu government to allow the programs to be implemented in schools.

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