Saudi Arabia To Introduce Yoga In Universities

Jeddah: Saudi Arabia is all set to introduce Yoga in its universities taking into account its significance for mental and physical health.

Several agreements will be signed with major universities in Saudi Arabia to support and promote yoga over the next few months, Saudi Yoga Committee President Nouf Al-Marwaai was quoted as saying by Arab News.

Participating in a session on 'Development and Promotion of New Sports and Games in Universities', held as part of a colloquium held recently in Riyadh on 'The Role of University Sports in Supporting the Kingdom's Vision in Sports', Al-Marwaai explained that the committee was striving hard to introduce Yoga in  universities given the salutary role it could play in ensuring  health and wellness.

"Yoga gives its practitioners many health benefits (for) both physical and mental well-being," she said, adding, "one of the most important pillars of achieving Vision 2030 is to enhance participation in sports activities, and to achieve sports excellence locally, continentally, and internationally."

She added that Yoga is not just meditation and relaxation as some might believe, but "includes Asana or posture practice, Pranayamas or breathing techniques, Bandhas muscle control (and) then comes Dhayan and Yoga Nidra meditation and relaxation".

She added that the committee "aims to discover the talents of distinguished Yoga practitioners in all types of Yoga in general or Yogasana sports, to hone their talents, and support them to participate and represent the Kingdom in local and international tournaments".

The colloquium was organised by the Saudi Universities Sports Federation in association with the Ministry of Education. A number of experts and international leaders in university sports, led by International Universities Sports Federation President Leonz Eder and International University Sports Federation director Paulo Ferreira attended the event, an ANI report quoting Arab News said.

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