I am immensely pleased to give a message of support towards the 9th international Yoga day to be hosted by Sivananda World Peace Foundation.

I am greatful that theSivananda World PeaceFoundation has been contributing to the upliftment of my people for many decades to promote Arts and Culture,Peace Pillar and heritage monuments in South Africa.

We place on record our sinceregratitude to the Sivananda World Peace Foundation under the leadership of Prince Ishwar Ramlutchman Mabheka Zulu who worked tirelessly with my dad the late King Zwelithini Goodwill ka-Bhekuzulu to change the lives of millions in the country.

I am pleased that the Sivananda World Peace Foundation is taking this initiative to promote yoga in schools and in our communities which will help our future generations to grow from strength to strength.Yoga will bring about a change in the lives of my people and enable them to become focused and more specially to create an awarenessof health and wellness.

The essence of yoga is balance - not just balance within the body or that between the mind and the body, but also balance in the human relationship with the world. Yoga emphasizes the values of mindfulness, moderation, discipline and perseverance.

To mark its importance,International Day of Yoga is celebrated every year on June 21 since 2015. I am so delighted that yoga has become a way oflife to my people in the Kingdom of KwaZulu Natal. During this time, we are brought together as one community across race, culture and class by the practice and essence ofthis ancient tradition of yoga. I will be this year,oin the Sivananda World Peace Foundation and millions of people across the world to encourage people to adopt yoga as a healthy lifestyle.

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