mercoledì 30 novembre 2016

Lo yoga durante il Ramadan in Pakistan guadagna punti

During Ramzan, yoga makes a mark in Pakistan

With the ongoing fasting for the Ramzan month of penance, yoga is taking the backseat in Pakistan but there is no denying that the ancient practice to spiritually conjoin the body and soul is taking P

With the ongoing fasting for the Ramzan month of penance, yoga is taking the backseat in Pakistan but there is no denying that the ancient practice to spiritually conjoin the body and soul is taking Pakistan by storm.

Shamshad Haider, 49, who runs a leading yoga school in Lahore, and often called the Baba Ramdev of Pakistan, told this newspaper on the phone: “Yoga is immensely popular in Pakistan and more so in Lahore. There are about 50 clubs in Lahore alone of about 70 in entire Pakistan. In 2006, I started teaching yoga to a couple of people and now I have more than 20,000 members in my yoga club who are taught by 50 assistant teachers.”

Asked how he marked International Yoga Day, Mr Haider said: “On Monday, I went to a place called Tilla Yogiya, the highest point of elevation in Jhelum district at about 3,000 feet, and felicitated the few yogis who stay there to meditate.” Lahore locals believe that in the past, Tilla Yogiya was a centre of yogic learning where thousands of people practised the ancient art together in the assembly hall amid the pristine mountain surroundings.

On the exceptional popularity of yoga in Lahore, the yoga teacher said: “People in Lahore are early risers. The city has lots of public parks and spaces. Moreover, yoga is universally suitable for both men and women, and Lahore people have embraced it with open arms.”

On PM Narendra Modi’s statement on Monday that yoga belongs to entire humanity, Mr Haider said: “Modiji is absolutely correct and it is very good of him to say that. No one opposes yoga in Pakistan. The problem starts when it is politicised. When Baba Ramdev added fuel to the Bharat Mata controversy, people in Pakistan came to me. I told them these are not the words of a true yogi.”

Noted Pakistani yoga exponent, Yogi Wazahat of Karachi, the first to telecast yoga programmes on Pakistan national TV since 2002, said: “I marked the event by visiting an old-age home called Dar us Sukoon (place of peace). It is difficult for people to exercise while fasting.” On the need for yoga in Pakistan, he said: “There are many problems, including insurgency, in Pakistan. Moreover, with increased connectivity and mobile phones, there has been greater receptivity to yoga. The number of yoga students is therefore growing by the day.” Lauding Mr Modi’s statement stressing on the universal and secular identity of yoga, he said: “Our foremost religion should be humanity and it is good that the number of secular people is growing in Pakistan. Being a Muslim, I visit Kali Mata and Hanuman temples too.” On what yoga can do, he said: “For at least once let the people of the two countries decide. Since yoga essentially means ‘union’ why cannot Indians and Pakistanis unite and show the world what we can do or are capable of.”

Yogi Baqer, a leading exponent, said: “In every gym and in small places, people in Pakistan have started practising an detaching yoga. Practising yoga daily in Ramzan gives us strength to celebrate. People here don’t make excuses of Ramzan and roza, we do our routine works and yoga practice too.”

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Lo yoga nei parchi di Lahore

Lahore is waking up to the joys of yoga at some of the city’s best public parks

The participants bring their own yoga mats for their personal comfort. Routine involves breathing exercises and posture relaxation, warming up to a more intense workout.

Finally, some good news for Lahorites: the ‘City of Gardens’ is now hosting morning yoga sessions and classes in different public parks. It’s a healthy trend that people are taking to, gradually but surely.
Fitness enthusiasts have come up with the commendable idea. Outdoor yoga sessions are arranged in corners of different parks, thereby giving the participants a chance to enjoy a healthy activity in fresh air.
The parks that have started yoga sessions include Racecourse Park, Bagh-e-Jinnah, Nishat Park, Sheeba Park and others in Model Town and Johar Town. The sessions usually begin as early as 5 in the morning. Keeping the currently hot and humid weather of the city in mind, the sessions are wrapped up before it gets too sunny.
Eventually, a session lasts from an hour and a half to two hours.
The participants bring their own yoga mats for their personal comfort. Routine involves breathing exercises and posture relaxation, warming up to a more intense workout. People who participate are supposed to take a quick walk or jog in the park before and after the session.
These yoga sessions are fairly affordable and a few trainers at the parks are conducting classes for as less as Rs200 per month. The rates may vary according to the location, though.
Aside from the classes, some fitness experts are also spotted practising yoga on their own. Access to innumerable fitness videos online has given common people the advantage to become familiar with the yogic exercises before they hit the class.
According to Hassan, 23, a university student, “There are free yoga lessons available on the internet, I’ve downloaded a few and bring them with me to the park daily.”
He says that he has been following the yoga regime for almost three months now and he is “getting better at it with every passing day.”

There are parks such as Nishat which have a separate, concealed space for women practitioners. These sessions are conducted by a female instructor under a shaded area where women of all ages can be found performing the fitness regime.

Razia, 64, tells TNS that she has been doing yoga in the same park for over a year now, and it has helped her to remain active.
Yoga trainers often suggest a special diet to their students. This includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, plant-based oil, herbal teas, water with lemon or lime, and sweet spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, mint, basil, turmeric, ginger, cumin, and fennel. Preserved and processed foods, junk food, artificial sweeteners, soda drinks, animal fats, white flour, white sugar, spices and overly cooked foods are discouraged. It is believed that yoga diet can improve your body, mind and spirit.

Ayub, a fitness instructor, puts it in more philosophical terms: “Everything we eat goes to the soul. So, yes, there are certain food items that we should completely avoid.
“We should also take care of our eating habits, if we want to perform well in yoga on a daily basis. For instance, I usually recommend people to come for yoga with empty stomach or when they haven’t had a meal in at least five hours.”
Traditionally speaking, yoga is considered a series of exercises that calls for a unified working of our physical, mental and spiritual energies. It originated in India. The gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, in late 19th and early 20th century.

Some of the many physical benefits of yoga include increased flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, improved respiration, energy and vitality, a balanced metabolism, weight reduction, cardio health, and protection from injury.
In the past few years, we have seen many yoga studios open in different metropolitan cities of Pakistan. Yoga is believed to provide peace of mind also.
To quote 34 years old Amir Saeed, “Over the past one year, my workload has doubled, and as part of my daily routine I need to commute to office and back home with untimely meals in between. Gradually, I began to feel depressed and started gaining weight also. But after I joined this [outdoor] yoga session in this park, my life is slowly getting back to normal.”
Saeed claims he is now better able to fight depression.
Morning yoga sessions in public parks give the common people of Lahore a chance to appreciate nature and bond with their fellow citizens. As such, it inspires a positive attitude also.

Yogi Shahbaz Ali Khan

Yogi Shahbaz Ali Khan start yoga training in 1995 in Malaysia. He stay there 1995 to 1998, coming back to Pakistan he will continue his yoga practice. In year 2003 he will make Pakistan Yoga Federation and start working to promotion of yoga and yoga sports throughout Pakistan. He will trained many students in different age groups, promote yoga in schools as well. In Beaconhouse School System, Lahore he will trained many students and organized many Yoga displays in every year.