Local residents up early to take part in YOGA SESSION

2015-06-24 06:01
Divaar Pillay (7)     participates in        International Day of Yoga at the Raisethorpe School grounds.

Divaar Pillay (7) participates in International Day of Yoga at the Raisethorpe School grounds. PHOTOS: KAILENE PILLAY

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MORE than 100 people, including children and senior citizens, were up early on Sunday to participate in the world’s first International Day of Yoga at Raisethorpe Secondary School grounds.

The Midlands Hindu Society and the consulate-general of India and Department of Sports and Recreation, enlisted Swamini Anbu Karisie, a 77-year-old renunciate and yoga teacher, to demonstrate the ancient discipline to the group.

“It was an absolutely wonderful morning together. This serves as a holistic­ experience to create balance in the homes and in our lives. It was really good to see families join in and on Father­’s Day too,” said public relations officer for the Midlands Hindu Society, Sherry Mahabeer.

Swamini Karisie and co-instructor Rani Appasamy, from the Saiva Sithanda Sungum in Pietermaritzburg, brought peace and serenity to the crowds through yoga for more than an hour.

Members of the Divine Life Society assisted people with their positions.

Divaar Pillay (7) said he enjoyed the early morning session with his grand- father.

“I really liked the exercise and after doing yoga I feel much better,” said Divaar­.

Principal of H.S. Ebrahim School and the training centre for the mentally ­disabled Ruby Naidoo was accompanied to the yoga session by pupils from the school hostel.

“Yoga speaks to the mind, body and spirit and my pupils loved it,” said ­Naidoo.

Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela, clad in his tracksuit and takkies, meditated and participated in the yoga ­session.

“Yoga speaks about connection with the holy spirit and helps in living a longer and healthy life.

“I enjoyed my morning doing some yoga and will ­definitely be pursuing it further,” said Ndlela

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