The Jakarta Post
The popularity of yoga is growing, not only as a form of exercise, but also as a way to heal. (JP/Suherdjoko)
The town of Ungaran in Semarang regency, Central Java, has an active yoga community made up of women of different ages. It was a quiet Sunday morning when they gathered on the terrace at The Wujil Resort & Conventions, which has Mount Ungaran as a backdrop.
Initiated by the Elise Ladies Gym, the Morning Yoga at The Wujil event was attended by around 70 women who performed a few sequences led by three teachers. The event aims to promote yoga and a healthy lifestyle among the women of Ungaran. It also offers a more refreshing yoga experience as it is conducted in a semi open-air venue.
Pictures of the event, which were posted on the gym’s social media platform, showed relaxed participants sitting on mats, breathing mindfully and listening to calming music under the guidance of their teacher.
Morning YOGA at The Wujil adalah kegiatan Yoga Outdoor yg diselenggarakan oleh Elise Ladies Gym pada tahun ini. Kegiatan ini mempunyai TUJUAN : - mengenalkan YOGA pada banyak orang dan pada member Elise pd khususnya - bagi banyak orang dan member elise yg sdh mengenal YOGA, bisa lebih mencintai YOGA - morning YOGA ini juga merupakan ajang refreshing, karena selama ini mungkin jenuh dng latihan di dalam ruangan - memperkenalkan Elise Ladies Gym kepada masyarakat, khususnya kami ingin memperkenalkan KELAS YOGA yg ada di Elise. Kelas YOGA di Elise : YOGA - Selasa - 18.15 wib - @vera.saraswati YOGA SWING - Kamis - 17.00 wib @vera.saraswati YOGA - Jumat - 08.00 wib - @minevalita YOGA - Sabtu - 17.00 wib - @vera.saraswati
Another video shows the Humble Warrior sequence, said to remind us of looking inward, be humble and value the moments of self-introspection.
Helena Eliestyanie, the gym’s founder, said it was the first time that it had conducted an open class, and many people seemed to find it appealing.
“The popularity of yoga is growing, not only as a form of exercise, but also as a way to heal.”
A yoga instructor from the gym, Dyan Lita, said most of the students she worked with were housewives.
“They are diligent. Usually they come to the yoga class after sending their children to school,” added Dyan.
Yoga has had a positive impact on the women of Ungaran and its surrounds.
Yani, a mother of two, told The Jakarta Post that she practiced yoga almost every day, moving from one gym to another, adding that it made her feel healthier. She has also made new friends along the way.
Meanwhile, Ratna, who hails from Ngaliyan, Semarang, said yoga made her feel younger and more beautiful. As for Evi, she said it had cleared up the pain in her back. (mut)