Recent Arrests: Practicing Yoga in a Private Home

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sports authorities issued a ban on Colombian dance aerobics exercise zumba and “any harmonious movement or body-shaking instruction”.

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Back then Iran’s Sport for All Federation penned a letter to Iran’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to ban activities, including zumba, for contravening “Islamic ideology”.

While there have have been public gatherings of yoga fans in the country over the past few years, “underground” and “unIslamic” classes, which are promoted across social media, are frowned upon.

While revealing the arrests, Mr Soleimani also criticised the “lack of surveillance of activities” on social media in the country.

Twitter is officially banned in the country. However, there does appear to be an increased surveillance of Instagram by Iran’s authorities, especially more recently.

This week the social media accounts of at least three street musicians were apparently seized by Iranian authorities for publishing “criminal content”, while singer Negar Moazzam is currently under investigation after performing for a group of tourists in the country’s Isfahan Province.

Her Instagram account is no longer public.

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