Yoga at the Palace

Continuing with the HIC Total Health Center’s Yoga Month, a free yoga class was held at the Fon’s Palace last Saturday.

HIC volunteer John Daskovsky leads the class in some rousing knee raises.

HIC volunteer John Daskovsky leads the class in some rousing knee raises.

Fon Sehm Mbinglo I, traditional ruler of the Nso Kingdom in which Kumbo lies, invited the Himalayan Institute Cameroon to hold a class at his palace in the spirit of a years long relationship between His Majesty and the HIC. From the Himalayan Institute’s first visit to Cameroon, the Fon has been helpful in assisting the HIC connect with needed resources and has provided visible support for the center’s projects.

In October 2008, the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA was pleased to host the Fon for a memorable visit that included the Fon’s first hatha yoga classes. He left Honesdale eager to continue his own yoga study and to promote its practice for good health among the people of Kumbo.

The Fon during his visit to the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA.

The Fon during his visit to the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA.

On Saturday the Fon joined staff and volunteers from the HIC and over 30 members of the public for a yoga class held outside in a courtyard at the palace. Laughter abounded as class members, most of whom had no previous knowledge of yoga, learned and practiced poses selected for their strengthening and relaxing benefits, as well as for their enjoyment.

Yoga class members cultivate balance—and smiles—with Eagle Pose.

Yoga class members cultivate balance—and smiles—with Eagle Pose.

As leaders in the community, the Fon and the HIC will continue to work together to promote health and happiness in Kumbo and surrounding communities.

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