by Neville Choi – EM TV News, Port Moresby
Over 5,000 people walking over 8km as part of the ‘Walk for Life’ program in the nation’s capital this morning, were part of a massive crowd that commemorated Papua New Guinea’s first International Yoga Day.
City residents who regularly walk in the National Capital District Governor’s ‘Walk for Life’ campaign, sat through demonstrations of Yoga and acrobatics from young people from the Street Kids Ministry, Bomana Juvenile Prisoners, Youth from the Urban Employment Program, members from the corporate sector, and women’s group, ‘Women On The Move’.
The event was hosted by the Indian Association of PNG and supported by the National Capital District Corporation, the Indian High Commission, and Yoga Unites PNG.
June 21, has been designated International Yoga Day, by the United Nations General Assembly, as a means to promote healthy lifestyles, and healthy living, through the application of the Yoga form.
United Nations Development Program Resident Country Coordinator, Roy Trivedy, said the day was an opportunity to promote healthy lifestyles.
Indian High Commissioner, Madhava Chandra, explained how Yoga and a healthy lifestyle were keeping people fit and healthy, and NCD Governor, Powes Parkop, thanked India for the gift of Yoga to PNG, and the world.
Gordon, a juvenile prisoner and Yoga practitioner from Bomana, explained his experience through Yoga, and how important he found Yoga in helping him to forgive people for their past, and to allow all people to have a chance to turn their lives, into something good.