YOGA FOR TOLERANCE (Jakarta)

06Feb2016

The Asia Foundation

"Yoga is not just asanas". That's the motto Yudhi Widdyantoro, a leading yoga teacher in Jakarta, who 2-5 February 2016 lead a celebrations of World Interfaith Harmony Week in Bogor with the theme "Yoga for Tolerance". Human rights activists from 21 field social inclusion programsfollowed this yoga activity.The Asia Foundation in cooperation with NU LAKPESDAM and Satunama Foundation, Yogyakarta sponsored the program. The participants 10 came from Banda Aceh, Medan, Jakarta, Cimahi, Semarang, Cilacap, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Mataram, Tambolaka and Waingapu, Sampit and Makassar. Yoga is derived from the word "yug" which means ‘oneness’. Yoga will develop integrated personalities that will produce a society of harmony. Yudhi, who founded theHappy Yoga Community, held "Happy Yoga" activities in Soerapatti Park, Menteng, Jakarta every Saturday morning, stressed that yoga is universal, not boxed into one way of thinking or acting or style.. Therefore, yoga is a means to develop an open and tolerant society, and is a good foundation to overcome fanaticaltendencies and closed interfaith relations. As part of this WIHW activity, Yudi was interviewed on Bahana radio 101.8 FM, Sunday, February 7, 2016, 13:00. On Sunday, February 21, 2016, the Happy Yoga Community also will practice interfaith Yoga in Soerapatti Park, with the theme "interfaith harmony, " as part WIHW activity in 2016.

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