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Saudi Arabia to Promote Yoga for Physical and Mental Wellness in Universities

Saudi Arabia plans to introduce yoga to its colleges due to its importance for both physical and mental wellness.According to Saudi Yoga Committee President Nouf Al-Marwaai, several agreements will be inked with significant Saudi colleges in the next months to support and promote yoga.

Nouf Al-Marwaai explained that the committee was working hard to introduce yoga to universities.They are emphasizing the importance of practicing health and wellness. She continues her participation in the fourth session. According to Arab News, it was called "Development and Promotion of New Sports Games I'm Universities." according to Arab News.She also continues, "One of the most essential pillars of attaining Vision 2030 is to expand participation in sports activities, and to achieve sports excellence locally, continentally, and worldwide. Yoga gives its practitioners many health benefits (for) both physical and emotional well-being."

 Yoga, she continued, "includes Asana posture practise, Pranayamas breathing methods, Bandhas muscle control (and) then comes Dhayan and Yoga Nidra meditation and relaxation," contrary to what some people might think. The committee "aims to uncover the talents of notable yoga practitioners in all forms of yoga in general or Yogasana sports, to nurture their talents, and to support them to participate and represent the Kingdom in local and worldwide competitions," she continued.The declaration was made most recently during a meeting in Riyadh on "The Role of University Sports in Supporting the Kingdom's Vision in Sports," Which was organized by the Saudi Universities Sports Federation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. According to Arab News, the event was attended by a number of experts and international leaders in collegiate athletics, including Paulo Ferreira, director general of the International University Sports Federation, and Leonz Eder, president of the International Universities Sports Federation.

Earlier in December of last year, Saudi Arabia organized a yoga promotion event and invited 11 Arab nations to take part. The event, which took place between  22 and 30, aimed to familiarise Arab youth delegations with the regional sporting, cultural, and recreational advancements, including yoga.

In Saudi Arabia, the home of Islam and the place where all non-Muslim traditions were outlawed, yoga was not formally permitted for many years. Yet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman proclaiming a "open, moderate Islam", the kingdom recognised yoga as a sport, despite the danger of riling hardliners hostile to the discipline.

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