This month, Gozo will, for the first time be celebrating the International Day of Yoga – commonly referred to as Yoga Day, joining with many countries around the world for this annual event.
Yoga, meaning “Union,” is a complex discipline combining physical, mental and spiritual practice. The ultimate goal of a “yogi” is enlightenment.
The organisers of the Gozo event Monique van Bemmelen and Antje Lewerenz, said that Western society focuses a lot on the physical and as well the spiritual element with a big variety of various yoga classes, meditation courses, breathing exercises (Pranayama), etc.
They explained that “literally everybody can benefit from yoga, even if there is no spiritual aspiration or interest involved.” The Yoga Day is taking place on Friday, the 21st of June on St Michael’s Bastion, the Citadel.
“The mindful physical `workout’ as well as meditative exercises can help reducing stress, increasing all over wellbeing, physical and mental health. And it can be practised any time anywhere in its various forms,” the said.
The yoga teachers of Gozo have joined forces to give everybody in Gozo the chance to get a taste of what yoga is about and to try it out.
People will have the opportunity to join one or more sessions throughout the day, ask questions, getting information about regular yoga classes on the island, as well as yoga retreats.
The organisers said that the aim is to introduce yoga to literally everybody – be it a guest visiting the island, fitness junkies, children, elderly people and the ones who practice already. There will be the right session for everyone.
Participants can sign up on Facebook by clicking here, contact the organisers or just show up on the day.
They said that the symbolic participation fee is €1.00 to cover the expenses of the organisers. The rest will be donated to the Gozo SPCA.
The Programme for the day is as follows:
07.30-08.00h Welcome and Buddhist Meditation
08.15h-09.15h 108 Sun Salutations
09.30h-10.30h Yin Yoga
16.00h-17.00h Kids Yoga
16.00h-17.00h Adaptive Yoga incl. chair yoga for anybody with limited flexibility, physical limitations, etc.
17.15h-18.15h Hatha Flow
18.30h-19.30h Kundalini Yoga
19.45h 108 OM (Chanting)
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