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He also said that those taking part were wearing “inappropriate clothing” and had “behaved abnormally” and that the security forces had been monitoring the home for some time before the arrests, the Tasnim news agency reported.
While revealing the arrests, Mr Soleimani also lambasted the “lack of surveillance of activities” on social media in the country.
The story of the arrests has caused uproar online leading to the topic to become a top social media trend, according to the BBC.
One user tweeted: “The Iranian authorities think even the word yoga is problematic based on the Sharia.”
Referring to the recent deployment of US warships to the region another added: “An establishment that finds even yoga harmful does not need the USS Abraham Lincoln warship to end its existence.”
Others say they have cancelled their plans to sign up to yoga classes following the arrests in Gorgan.
Someone confirmed in a tweet: “I guess the authorities need to tell us what exactly we are allowed to do in this country.”
The Asian discipline of yoga has become popular in Iran in recent years.
Courtesy: Express UK.