By Danielle Kutchel
Cardinia Shire residents took the opportunity to escape from the daily grind at International Yoga Day celebrations at John Henry Primary School.
The event on Friday 21 June was organised by the Indian Association Cardinia Casey and marked the first celebration of the day in Cardinia Shire.
As part of the session, Isha Hatha Yoga teacher Priya conducted a one hour session for the community at the school.
The session was open to all ages, with five year olds and 70 year olds rolling out their mats alongside each other.
Jordan Crugnale, member for Bass, enjoyed the opportunity to pause at the end of a busy week.
“I could not think of a better activity to do on a Friday night than to stop, sit still, breathe and reflect,” she said.
“I want to support all local community groups who are trying out and venturing into new programs and activities and the Yoga Evening was also an opportunity to meet with the IACC Committee afterwards who presented their vision, events and program direction to the Cardinia Council.”
Cardinia Shire mayor councillor Graeme Moore also attended the session at the invitation of the Indian Association.
“It was a privilege to be invited and I was pleased to be able to attend,” Cr Moore said.
“It was fantastic to see the Indian Casey Cardinia Association deliver this event, encouraging healthy activity through celebrating International Yoga Day, where people could learn new skills that will benefit both their bodies and their minds.”
He said Cardinia Council is committed to supporting programs that promote the health and wellbeing of the community.
“Research and work by organisations and governments the world over is showing us just how important it is for us all to make our health and wellbeing a priority, including our physical health as well as mental and emotional wellbeing. Council wants to foster a vibrant shire with liveable and resilient communities, where residents feel healthy, included and connected,” he said.