Now, yoga will be taught in Saudi Arabian universities

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has introduced yoga in the universities as a part of its sports activities.

An introductory lecture on yoga was held at the headquarters of the Sports Federation of Saudi Universities in Riyadh.

Saudi Yoga Committee, in cooperation with the Sports Federation of Saudi Universities, organized a virtual introductory lecture under the title “Yoga for male and female university students” on Monday.

The lecture covered both mental and physical health and plans to join professional yogasana sports training to be part of competitions locally and internationally.

Saudi Gazette reported that the event came within the framework of an integrated system of programs and initiatives of the Saudi Committee for Yoga, under the title “Yoga for University Students of Both Genders”.

The event coincided with the arrival of the first yoga delegation to the Kingdom from the Asian Yogasana Sports Federation in India for the qualification course for the first Saudi batch of Yoga Referees, the report added.

The event included issues concerning the benefits of yoga for health and physical well-being in youth, yogasana sports for tournaments and competitions, and requirements for professional yoga training. It also included technical regulation of The Saudi Yoga Committee for Championships and Competitions in Saudi Universities.

The lecture, which motivated the youth to join professional yoga training, also shed light on the system of professional yogasana competitions within the university sports and the university league.

Nouf Almarwaai, President of the Saudi Yoga Committee, said that the committee seeks to achieve its vision of spreading yoga on a large scale within Saudi society. “Therefore it took the initiative to cooperate with the Saudi Universities Sports Federation in order to build a generation of yoga lovers, especially young people, to enjoy physical and mental health.”

Almarwaai said that the committee seeks to increase the number of practitioners and build yoga teams that participate in local and regional yoga championships.