Image: Trainee Yoga teachers posing for an Acrobatic frame at the end of Walk and Yoga for Life this morning in Port Moresby’s Paga Hill ring road
By Michelle Steven – EMTV News, Port Moresby
The Youth for Change Yoga Program has certified 53 yoga teachers on Monday, August 23 in Port Moresby.
It is part of the National Capital District Commission’s (NCDC) Active City Development Program initiative to change bad attitudes and behaviour among young people in the nation’s capital.
After intensive training on the moral, ethics and science of teaching, the youths graduated with certificates that qualified them to teach yoga. They were selected from more than 600 participants who attended yoga, acrobatics and other creative movements at the Taurama Aquatic Centre.
Program Manageress, Fazilah Bazari, said the program uses the transmissive power of yoga to change a person’s character and mind so that they become good people. She said yoga works not only on the physical body but also on the mind and a person’s emotions. It uses breathing to bring the two together and when the mind, body and heart are aligned, you can do anything. All this energy is channelled into the human body for a positive healthy living.
Also present at the graduation was National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop. The Governor congratulated the youths and thanked them for being faithful to the program, which lasted for almost a year.
Most of the participants came from broken homes, abusive spouses, and unemployed dropouts.
“NCDC is investing in the human capital of Papua New Guinea, thus the yoga program helps these broken people to become fully functional.” Governor Parkop said.