‘Transformative’ yoga and meditation event held in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Clothing company Lululemon organized an event led by Lana Nazer, founder and CEO of Karama Yoga, at the Shangri-La Hotel in Jeddah ahead of International Yoga Day, which takes place later this month.

The Lululemon ambassador said of “Yoga Flow with Live Music”: “With over 1,000 people signing up for our sessions on the day, I am honored to share something close to my heart with my community. My goal is for every person in Saudi Arabia to try yoga at least once to discover a more conscious approach to life.”

Nazer’s specialty class offered a perfect balance for all levels of practice and included yoga breathing exercises, meditation and dynamic movements to show that yoga can be both fun and accessible.

She stressed the importance of making yoga less intimidating for newcomers while incorporating modern life into her classes.

Nazer expressed her appreciation to the Ministry of Sports for its commitment to promoting yoga and wellness in Saudi Arabia and noted an increased interest in the country.


Lana Nazer, founder and CEO of Karama Yoga, stressed the importance of making yoga less intimidating for newcomers while incorporating modern lifestyles into her classes. (provided)

She said: “I am confident that Saudi Arabia will become a center for yoga in the future.

“As awareness grows and more people adopt this lifestyle, there is ample opportunity for education and introduction to holistic wellness.”

She added that people in the Kingdom are striving to adopt healthier habits, lead balanced lives and reduce stress – whether they are working mothers, men, women or community leaders.

She added: “While we have made significant progress, there is still a long way to go. But I am extremely optimistic.”

Speaking about the significance of International Yoga Day, which falls on June 21, she said: “On this day we celebrate community and mental, physical and emotional well-being.

“On this day, we celebrate how happy and healthy we are and how we do mindful things with the people we love. We also celebrate how yoga has changed lives and made a positive impact on communities.”

Khaled Nahfawi, a renowned yoga and meditation teacher, led a guided yoga meditation journey using singing bowls, crystal balls and Tibetan voice.

He said: “The aim is to take people on a journey of relaxation, combining yoga with meditation and the therapeutic effects of singing bowls.

“During my workshop, we focused on sound and began with a short yoga practice to prepare the body and mind for meditation. Yoga has changed my life and I am excited to introduce it to others so they can potentially change their lives too.”

Nahfawi stressed the importance of raising awareness, especially among young people, through yoga and meditation.

He emphasized the transformative power of mindfulness practices in promoting overall well-being and mental clarity, adding: “As a yoga teacher, healer and meditation teacher, it is important to raise awareness, especially among young people.”

Sarah Hamed attended Nazer’s yoga session and called it “truly transformational.” She added, “Her approach to yoga made it accessible and enjoyable for beginners like me. I felt rejuvenated and inspired to incorporate mindfulness into my daily routine.”

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