Yoga Week in Astana
A yoga week is ongoing in Astana that promoting healthy lifestyle and mindfulness. The event is organized by the Indian Embassy and gives the residents of Astana an opportunity to take free yoga classes, learnt the techniques of controlling the body and the mind and experience yoga's healing power. The week features various health lectures, a yoga march and outdoor classes held across Astana. The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions; it is mentioned in the Rigveda but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries B.C. According to instructors, regular exercise strengthens the immune system and helps metabolism.
DIANA NAZAROVA, YOGA INSTRUCTOR:
- I read lectures on yoga for women because yoga is very important. Yoga has a positive effect on the health of spine, legs, arms, hormonal balance and the endocrine system, as well as the mental state of women. Yoga exercises fill women with energy and they feel complete and fulfilled.
PRABHAT KUMAR, INDIAN AMBASSADOR TO KAZAKHSTAN:
– We are celebrating international day of yoga since 2015. In 2014 Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the General Assembly meeting of the UN proposed to celebrate this day and it was adapted by the UN in December 2014. From then we are celebrating this every year. Kazakhstan also supported our resolution. This year we are celebrating one week of yoga. It is because we are celebrating it as Astana is completing 20 years and India is completing 70 years of independence.
The events dedicated to the International Day of Yoga also took place in Atyrau, Almaty, Temirtau, Karagandy and Shymkent.