The University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, joined over 6,000 Kenyans to mark the second International Yoga day celebrations at the University grounds today, June, 19, 2016.
The Deputy President, H. E. William Ruto, who was represented by Sports Cabinet Secretary, Wario Hassan noted that Yoga science is for healthy living, a holistic approach to well being. Yoga has been practised for decades by people in the East and was adopted by the United Nations in 2014.
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 and soul.
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 ; Indian High Commission H.E. Ms. Suchitra Durai, Chaiman of Chandaria Group of Companies, Dr. Manu Chandaria, Vimal Shah, Chief Executive Officer Bidco Company, Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinnet among others.