By David CairdFor the first time, the UK has become the yoga destination for Indian mothers.
The yoga crappiness of the past few years has coincided with the emergence of yoga in the UK, and many of the Indian women who took part in the movement here in the past have been inspired by it.
The first yoga class, called Yoga For Women, was held at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) on Saturday.
It was organised by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal Women’s Hospital in London.
“The whole concept of yoga was to give women control over their bodies and to open up their souls,” said Gautam Devi, an RIAG member.
In the UK yoga has been embraced by a generation of women who came of age during the 1990s and 2000s, when yoga became fashionable among Indian women and the country was shaken by the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.
At the RIAA, the yoga programme offered a forum for yoga practitioners from around the world, and was held under the guidance of the Centre for Health Equity (CHE).
“For a lot of people yoga has come of age,” said CHE director-general, Dr Amit Shah.
“It has become a more common form of spirituality.”
While yoga in India is not yet widely popular in the West, it is gaining popularity in the US and Europe, where yoga has become an important part of the culture and there are more yoga-friendly states such as New York, San Francisco and Boston.
The Indian women involved in the RiaG Yoga for Women were part of a generation that was inspired by yoga in America, and their enthusiasm for yoga is reflected in the number of yoga classes they are organising.
“For me yoga was about empowerment,” said Shree Devi, who was one of the women who attended the yoga class.
“I wanted to give myself the ability to do whatever I want.”‘
It was like a revolution’India is not the only country to be captivated by yoga.
A number of other countries, including France, have embraced yoga as a form of self-expression.
Women have been using yoga to challenge social norms and promote female empowerment in the wake of the global financial crisis, but there are some reservations.
India’s new yoga trend is still in its infancy.
Many yoga teachers are not yet comfortable with the idea of offering classes in the Indian language, and the vast majority of teachers do not speak English.
However, the majority of Indian women are taking part in yoga classes, and they are taking the initiative to introduce yoga to their daughters, who are also growing up in the era of globalization.
“There are a lot more women yoga teachers than ever before.
In the UK they are very few, but in India they are growing,” said Rijana Bose, an instructor at the University of Bristol.”
When we started the yoga classes in my village, I was really nervous,” said Dhami Bose.
“But we did it.
It was like an intervention.
It really gave me strength.”
The yoga movement in India has been fuelled by the empowerment of women and their willingness to speak out against social norms, and a lack of opportunities for women to achieve what they want to.
For the Riamath sisters, the idea for Yoga for women came when they were invited to the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIBP) to teach at a yoga retreat.
“We were so excited that we thought, this is our chance to be part of something bigger,” said Sreejeet.
Dhami said: “We had been working on a yoga programme for about three years, and we wanted to start it when there was a need.
We were so nervous and anxious.
When we went to the RNIBP, they had a few classes, but they were all in English.
We had to start with a blank canvas.”
Dhamic said: “It was very empowering, and it felt like a movement.
It felt like women were in charge of their own lives, and that was something we wanted.
I felt really empowered.”
“You have to understand, we are women, we don’t know what yoga is, but we have a lot to offer the world.
It’s just a matter of time before we can open our hearts to the concept of giving ourselves the freedom to be in control of our bodies and our souls.”‘
I think that women are starting to realise that they can’t control their bodies’India has been a big part of Indian culture for centuries.
The country was colonised by British India in 1857, and in 1871 the British established the National Yoga Association (NYA).
India became the first country to give birth to a women’s liberation movement, and later became a major centre for