‘Saudi schools to introduce yoga as a sport soon’

RIYADH: Yoga will soon be introduced in schools in Saudi Arabia as part of the sports curriculum due to its significance for mental and physical health, the president of the Saudi Yoga Committee, Nouf Al-Marwaai, said. Notably, the commerce ministry approved the teaching and practice of yoga as a sport in the Kingdom in 2017.
With the cooperation of the ministry of education, the president said that yoga will be introduced in the curriculum because of its multitude of health benefits. Earlier this week, there was an introductory lecture highlighting the cooperation between the Saudi Yoga Committee and the Saudi School Sports Federation.
It was attended by school principals and physical education teachers from all stages of education, reported Arab News. Khalid Jama’an Al-Zahrani, certified yoga instructor and founder of Ananda Yoga Studio told the news portal, “Our school system has always ensured that all its activities are aimed at contributing to the development of the students. . . and I believe that introducing yoga to the Saudi education system is a nourishing move. ”

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