RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — The Saudi Yoga Committee, in cooperation with the Saudi Universities Sports Federation (SUSF), on Monday organized a virtual introductory lecture for all university representatives across the Kingdom, according to reports.
The initiative under the title “Yoga for University Students of Both Genders” attempts to spread awareness and motivate its practice as a lifestyle for all segments of society.
The event coincided with the arrival of the first yoga delegation to the Kingdom from the Asian Yogasana Sports Federation in India for the qualification course for the first Saudi batch of Yoga Referees, as Saudi Gazette wrote.
The course is hosted by the Ministry of Sports in cooperation with the Saudi Yoga Committee to train Saudi yoga referees in the Kingdom.
Introducing yoga and yogasana to Saudi universities as an added campuses practice, the lecture aimed to strengthen students’ mental and physical health, providing advanced and professional level training to prepare youth for local and international competition.
It also shed the light on the system of professional yogasana competitions within the university sports and the university league, as local media wrote. The lecture motivated the youth to join sustainable and professional yoga training.
According to the report, the lecture included several main axes, including the most important of which are the definition and basics of traditional yoga, and the benefits of yoga for health and physical well-being in the youth years.
Nouf Almarwaai, President of the Saudi Yoga Committee, explained that the committee seeks to achieve its vision of spreading yoga on a large scale within Saudi society, providing youths the opportunity to nurture physical and mental health.
She added that the committee seeks to increase the number of practitioners and build yoga teams that participate in local and regional yoga championships. The Kingdom excels at the Arab level in yoga, and citizens and residents practice it and at the same time teach yoga as a profession.