Yoga In The Park for mental health

Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness hosted a series of activities on Thursday, October 10, in recognition of World Mental Health Day 2019.

Yoga on World Mental Health Day in Emancipation Park
Participants are guided through a yoga session hosted as part of the activities for World Mental Health Day 2019 in Emancipation Park (Photo: Chris Lewinson)

The Ministry kicked off the day’s activities with a yoga session at Emancipation Park, New Kingston, in partnership with the Indian High Commission.

Yoga on World Mental Health Day in Emancipation Park
Yoga instructor guides participants through a relaxing yoga session at Emancipation Park for World Mental Health Day (Photo: Chris Lewinson)

The Jamaica Moves Campaign, in partnership with Safe Space JA (a mental
health space provided where people can feel free to share their experiences and be able to interact with others who can offer them help and support) and the Indian High Commission, hosted the first of four “Yoga in the Park ” sessions.

(Photo: Chris Lewinson)

With increased efforts to remove the stigma surrounding mental illness and promoting mental wellness, studies on the impact of yoga on mental health have been overwhelmingly encouraging.

Yoga on World Mental Health Day in Emancipation Park
Participants reaped the benefits of a guided yoga session on World Mental Health Day (Photo: Chris Lewinson)

Yoga has been recognised for helping to improve mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The remaining sessions are: October 16th, October 23rd and October 30th.

BUZZ joined the participants for a zen session of yoga and share the highlights.