First Yoga Class Opened for Victims of Domestic Violence in Kabul

| 20 April 2017, 06:38

Fakhriya Mumtaz, an Afghan woman has opened the first yoga club for women in Kabul. She conducts yoga classes for victims of violence to reduce anxiety and manage stress.

Mrs. Mumtaz established the yoga club six months ago, and every day, 15 to 20 women take yoga classes in this venue.

She plans to expand the club to other places in the country, and cover women who live in shelters as victims of domestic violence and female teenagers admitted to the orphanage.

Yoga can beat stress among women; it helps pregnant women have easy labor and increase breastfeeding, said Mrs. Mumtaz.

A woman attending a yoga class in this center said yoga has changed her health and life in positive manner.

Masoma is another woman who has been taking yoga classes for three months. She spends one hour in the club every day. She says yoga has strengthen her immunity and resistance to diseases and she is no longer having a cold easily.

A team consisting of female members of the yoga club are travelling to India soon to take extra yoga classes.

Yoga is a group of physical, and mental practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India.

Mrs. Mumtaz rejects the fallacy linking yoga to a specific religion and presses that there is need to promote yoga acceptance among Afghans.

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