Saudi Arabia allows yoga, lists it under sports activity

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Saudi Arabia has officially introduced Yoga, listing it under sports activity, and has permitted Saudi citizens to practice or propagate it by getting a license, a news report has revealed.

According to the India Today report, shortly after the United Nations declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day in 2015, the Indian diplomatic missions in Saudi Arabia organized maiden Yoga sessions in various Indian schools in the country.

Founder of Arab yoga

“My illness made me interested in Yoga,” 37-year-old Nouf Marwaai, who is known as “founder of Arab yoga”, said. Nouf has been on the forefront of the yoga campaign in Saudi Arabia and teaches yoga to thousands of people.

According to the report, Nouf started approaching the authorities in 2005 and finally approached a member of the Royal Council, who started the basketball for women in Saudi Arabia who assured her that they will soon approve sports for women.

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