Yoga classes in Namibia to go online amid COVID-19 outbreak

Source: Xinhua| 2020-04-02 21:38:25|Editor: xuxin
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WINDHOEK, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Namibia will launch online yoga classes dubbed "Stay Home, Stay Fit" by High Commission of India in Windhoek, in a move to encourage citizens to stay fit amid 21-day lockdown in the country due to COVID-19 outbreak.

The classes will go live as of Friday and will be free of cost from Monday to Friday, Vipul Bawa, India's Acting High Commissioner told Xinhua.

"These yoga lessons will be organized via Facebook Live, through the Facebook page of the High Commission: "India in Namibia", he said, stating that the regular free of cost yoga lessons conducted at the High Commission premises in Windhoek were temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

An enthusiastic yoga practitioner, Mandisa Rasmeni, who commenced with the classes in January told Xinhua that the move is most welcome.

"It is a very innovative idea. I am a regular participant in the classes and when they were cancelled I was gutted. The introduction of the online classes will definitely help us to release stress and stay fit at the same time," she added.

Another participant who is eager to engage in the online classes, Lyzette Muranda, said yoga not only releases stress but also keeps you mentally stable.

The online classes will be conducted by a teacher of Indian Culture and Yoga at the High Commission of India. The classes will include breathing exercises as well as meditation and relaxation techniques.

Namibia is currently under a 21-day lockdown which commenced on March 28, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The lockdown has seen a number of non-essential services shut down and restriction on movements and gathering imposed in a move to discourage the further spread of the virus.

Namibia has so far recorded 13 positive COVID-19 cases.