The Jakarta Post
Thousands of people take part in the annual Dharma Yoga Festival in the Prambanan temple complex, Yogyakarta, on Sunday. (JP/Stefanus Ajie)
Some 1,500 people participated in this year’s Dharma Yoga Festival, which was held on Sunday at Prambanan temple complex in Sleman regency, Yogyakarta.
Although the annual event is a collaboration between Hindus living in Yogyakarta and Central Java, it was open to the public – especially yoga enthusiasts – with the aim of bringing together people from different backgrounds.
The festival comprised two sessions: basic yoga following the Raja Marga Yoga practice and laughter yoga.
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Participants of the Dharma Yoga Festival during the laughter yoga session. (JP/Stefanus Ajie)
In the event, Bali-based laughter yoga trainer Acarya Yoginam Wayan Sudiasa encouraged all of the participants to laugh together.
“Our lives these days are full of stress and the pressures can negatively influence our health and lives. Hence, laughing is actually a very cheap medicine to make your soul and body healthy,” Acarya said.
In the Hindu belief, yoga is more than just a way to stay physically fit; it is seen as one of the four ways, or Catur Marga, to approach and unite with God.
Suroso, a participant from Bantul regency in Yogyakarta, said: “I usually do yoga once in a month in a temple near my house in Banguntapan district in Bantul regency. But now I can train alongside other people, not only with Hindus, but also with fellow yoga enthusiasts.” (wir/wng)