The University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, joined over 5,000 Kenyans to mark the first International Yoga day to celebrate this life transforming exercise and meditation at the University grounds today, June, 21, 2005.
Prof. Mbithi joined other dignitaries to do Yoga exercises that included warm-up exercises, stretching, sun salutation, rhythmic control of breathing and meditation among others.
Speaking during the event, as one of the event partners, the Vice-Chancellor highlighted the importance of Yoga which include; healing of diseases, relaxation of the body, mind, soul and it helps the body operate at peak performance .
Though the practise is new in Kenya, Yoga has been around for hundreds of years in the Western and Eastern Countries. Prof. Mbithi noted that things that have been beneficial to mankind, have been adopted by the United Nations and Yoga being one of them has gained International recognition. He said the great power of Yoga hasn't been harnessed yet.
According to Prof. Mbithi, a few minutes of Yoga meditation helps improve how people interact with their friends, clients and hence extending this practise to the entire country can bring a lot of positive change to the country. He urged the youth of this country to adopt the practise and spread it throughout the country.
The fist International Yoga Day had many partners key among them are; the University of Nairobi, Bidco Oil Company, The Art of Living, Kenya Vegetarian Club, Lamu Yoga Festival, The Theosophical Society, Hindu Council of Kenya, Brahma Kumaris, Africa Yoga Project, Hindu Religious & Service Center, Chinmaya Mission among others. The main sponsors were; the Government of Kenya, United Nations, Yoga for Harmony and Peace.
Among the dignitaries present included ; Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Culture, Dr. Hassan Wario, Nairobi Governor, Dr. Evans Kidero, Chaiman of Chandaria Group of Companies, Dr. Manu Chandaria, Vimal Shah, Chief Executive Officer Bidco Company, Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet among others.