Muslim women combine yoga with Quranic verses

Updated: 14 September, 2017 21:27 IST

Muslim women in Vadodara have come up with a special type of yoga by incorporating Quranic verses into it to counter the Islamic critics of the ancient practice. A non-government organisation (NGO) has started yoga classes for Muslim women and has brought in Quranic verses and names of ‘Allah’ for chanting purposes to encourage more people to take up the practice and allay any concerns of it being against Islam. Yoga trainer said the basic aspects of yoga postures were unchanged. Scores of hijab-clad women come to attend these classes every day to practice yoga asanas and meditate. The class focuses on the common health issues faced by women. Yoga is one of most successful cultural exports. It is a discipline that dates back thousands of years and has gained immense international prominence over the last several decades as a holistic regime for the mind and body

First Published: 14 September, 2017 21:03 IST