A yoga class (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Yoga Federation of Vietnam (VYF) was established in Hanoi on December 14.

The federation’s executive board for the 2016-2021 tenure includes 29 members. Vu Trong Loi, a member of the Vietnam Olympic Committee, was elected as President of the VYF.

Deputy head of the Vietnam Sport Science Institute Dang Thi Hong Nhung was named Secretary General of the federation.

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice from India. 

It had been long practiced in Vietnam, but became commonly known in 1959. In 2015, as many as 8,000 people participated in the first International Day of Yoga in Vietnam.

The word yoga means to unite. Through physical postures, breathing exercises and meditation, yoga draws mind, body and spirit together.

Today it is practiced around the world and continues to grow in popularity. 

In December 2014, the United Nations designated June 21 International Day of Yoga, gathering support from over 190 countries, including Vietnam./.