Dozens arrested in yoga class raid in Iran

Mixed-gender sporting activities, including professional-level yoga teaching, are banned in Iran. (File/Shutterstock)
Updated 26 May 2019

Dozens arrested in yoga class raid in Iran

  • Those arrested were taking part in a mixed-class yoga session
  • They were wearing “inappropriate outfits” and had “behaved inappropriately,” according to the local justice department

DUBAI: Thirty people were arrested at a private yoga session in the Iranian city of Gorgan, the BBC has reported.

Those arrested were taking part in a mixed-class yoga session, led by an instructor who didn’t have the appropriate license to run the class.

They were wearing “inappropriate outfits” and had “behaved inappropriately,” according to local justice department official Massoud Soleimani, without giving further details.

Soleimani said the residence was already being monitored for some time before the arrests.

Mixed-gender sporting activities, including professional-level yoga teaching, are banned in Iran.

The incident became a hot topic online with some Twitter users questioning Iran’s hardline policies.

“An establishment that finds even yoga harmful does not need the USS Abraham Lincoln warship to end its existence,” one Twitter user wrote.

In 2017, Iranian sports authorities banned Zumba and “any harmonious movement or body-shaking instruction,” as it contravenes “Islamic ideology.”

Despite the ban, there have been public gatherings of yoga fans in the country over the past years, according to BBC. 


Mo Salah’s doppelganger substitutes him in some ads

Updated 13 October 2019

Mo Salah’s doppelganger substitutes him in some ads

  • Ahmad Bahaa is an engineer
  • He appeared in Eyptian Vodafone and Pepsi ads

DUBAI: Ahmad Bahaa’s image went viral last year on social media, for one simple reason: he is the look-a-like of internationally famous football player Mo Salah.

Bahaa lives in Egypt and works as an engineer, but he has also substituted Salah in some advertisements, Dubai daily Gulf News reported on Sunday.

“I do some of Mo’s shots for his advertisements when he is busy with the English Premier League,” Bahaa said I an interview with an Egyptian TV channel.

He appeared instead of Salah in the Vodafone and Pepsi ads, in the parts which are shot in Egypt.

A video shows Salah’s reaction after he met Bahaa, as the footballer himself was surprised by the resemblance.