Yoga Is Now Officially A Legal Sports Activity In Saudi Arabia And Yogis Everywhere Are Celebrating
Yoga is now listed under The Saudi Ministry of Trade and Industry under the ‘sports activities’ category- which means any Saudi citizen can now practice it or teach by obtaining a license from the government.
The approval of yoga under the ‘sports activity’ category took place on Tuesday
A Saudi local yoga teacher, Nouf Marwaai, found it difficult in the beginning to make teaching yoga be deemed as a profession. Since 2005, when she first approached authorities on changing this- it resulted in no success.
That is, until, she approached Princess Reema Bint Bandar Alsaud (Deputy of the General Sports Authority), who reassured her that things are changing and this could soon be approved, according to News of Bahrain.
Yoga is a legal sports activity in Saudi Arabia now. It’s on the official website of the ministry of trade and industry listed under sports activities. Licenses are available for yoga centers and studios. Saudi yoga teachers have even started preparing their own yoga studios
Nouf Marwaai (via DNAIndia)
A lot of yogis in Saudi and elsewhere are celebrating the news
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Saudi Arabia has officially approved teaching of Yoga with the Saudi Ministry of trade and industry listing it under sports activities. So now anyone who wants to practice or propagate yoga can do so ???????? Big thanks to @yogasaudi and @rbalsaud @gsaksa for making this happen. We and so many local yogis are grateful to have this beautiful art, science and lifestyle grow, develop and help so many in our country. #blessed #omsweeetom #yoga #wellness #love #gratitude #mindfulness #saudi #riyadh #sukoun #سكون #يوغا #الرياض #السعودية #صحة #امتنان #الشكر
— AlAnoud AlOthman (@AlAnoudAAA) November 15, 2017