Two-day yoga instructors meet

Dubai is set to host the first ever Arab Region Yoga Instructors Conference on April 26 and 27.

The event seeks to spread the benefits of yoga in the Arab region, transform yoga professionals to expertise the traditional knowledge and facilitate policy makers and governments in bringing yoga to the mainstream of health-care system.

Indian consul general Vipul told a local newspaper: “Right now, there is no standardised system for taking up a career as a yoga instructor in the UAE. We are hoping a conference of this nature will open up discussions between the Dubai Sports Council and the Indian Ministry of Ayush. Ideally, an MoU must be signed between these two bodies that recruits only qualified yoga teachers. For example, India has students who have spent two years studying specialised yogic sciences. We cannot compare that with a teacher who has done a 20 or 200-hour teacher training course in teaching yoga.”

The conference speakers include Elaine Kelly, founder of Yogafest Middle East; Padmasree Nouf Marwaai, founder of Arab Yoga Foundation in Saudi Arabia; and HR Nagendra, founder vice-chancellor of S-Vyasa. Around 300 to 400 yoga instructors from across the region are expected to participate in the event.

Those interested can register at www.aryic.ae/yoga. The participation fees is AED325.