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JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will participate in the eighth International Yoga Day 100-day countdown campaign along with 100 other countries, Saudi Yoga Committee Chairman Nouf Al-Marwaai has said.

To commemorate the 2022 International Yoga Day (IDY) campaign – also known as Yoga Mahotsav – Al-Marwaai announced the launch of an 81-day yoga awareness program in the Kingdom.

The campaign’s virtual opening event took place on April 1 ahead of International Yoga Day on June 21.

IDY has been officially recognized for its health benefits under United Nations Resolution 69/131. The international event aims to promote the practice of yoga and its associated health benefits.

The theme of the IDY this year is “Health, Wellbeing and World Peace”.

It is organized by the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) under the Indian Ministry of AYUSH, an established institution for research, development and education in Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and homeopathy.

MDNIY Director Dr. Ishwar Basavaraddi said this year’s campaign will cover 100 days, 100 cities and 100 organizations from the perspective of the IDY.

“The campaign program will include yoga demonstrations, workshops and seminars in India and around the world,” he said.

The April 1 virtual Kingdom event included yoga classes, a class with licensed trainer Faisal Al-Awaji, a vinyasa session with Samah Diab, and pranayama and meditation classes with Bhola Shanker of the Meditation Tradition. Himalayan.

“We are honored to be part of Yoga Mahotsav 2022. As we prepare to celebrate International Yoga Day, it is very important to highlight the message of yoga for health, well-being and world peace. With today’s challenges across the world, the promotion of yoga is most needed,” Al-Marwaai said in a keynote speech during the virtual event.

She added that the Kingdom is making significant progress towards incorporating and integrating the practice of yoga into Saudi society.

Basavaraddi said the practice of yoga is “linked to human interest” and can “release the world from tension” in a “message of love, peace, unity and good intentions”.

“Adopting yoga is a clear and beautiful example that embodies the improvement of the quality of life in the Kingdom as part of Saudi Vision 2030,” said Saudi yoga instructor and architect Shahad Khalid.

She told Arab News, “By supporting sports communities and healthy lifestyles, yoga is a way for individuals to increase awareness and connect with their bodies, with countless health benefits. “

Shahad said the Kingdom’s participation in IDY empowers the Saudi yoga community to raise awareness and highlight the benefits of practicing yoga.

On IDY last year, the Kingdom signed a memorandum of understanding with India to promote yoga education.

Signed between the Saudi Ministry of Sports and the Indian Ministry of AYUSH, the agreement aimed to activate and organize yoga in the Kingdom, paving the way for the participation of the Saudi yoga community in the IDY 2022 campaign.

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