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Iran Just Banned Zumba Classes

Harmonious movement and body-shaking instruction are forbidden.

Iran has undergone a health revolution in recent years, with gyms and fitness clubs opening in many neighborhoods. Men lift weights to become buff; women sweat in aerobic classes to stay lean.

The Islamic Republic’s Shiite leaders cited religious law as the reason for putting a stop to “Zumba and any harmonious movement or body shaking instruction,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

Many Iranian social media users criticized the proposed ban, using the Persian-language hashtag #Zumba.

Unfortunately, it comes at a time when Zumba has been increasing in popularity in Iran, and has become a way for women of all socioeconomic statuses to fit in exercise in a joyful, fun way

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