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Nationwide 'yogathon' launched in US

A US-based Hindu organisation has launched a nationwide 'yogathon' which aims to create awareness about yoga and its advantages in achieving a healthy body, mind, and spirit.

world Updated: Jan 21, 2010 15:50 IST

A US-based Hindu organisation has launched a nationwide 'yogathon' which aims to create awareness about yoga and its advantages in achieving a healthy body, mind, and spirit.

During the two-week 'Health for Humanity Yogathon', from January 16 to 31, Hindu Swyamsevak Sangh USA will encourage its members and others at its 140 centres across the country to perform one million repetitions of 'Surya Namaskar', a HSS media release said.

"Within first five hours on January 16th, 1194 participants performed 39,173 Surya Namaskars at 55 different places all across the United States," a HSS statement said.

The HSS, based in New Jersey, said efforts in this regard has been recognised by a number of cities and organisations.

Mayor William McLeod of Hoffman Estates, a suburb of Chicago, actively participated in the local workshop. The city of Decatur in Georgia declared January 17th as 'Yoga Day/Surya Namaskar Day, USA'.

Ramesh Bhutada, CEO of Starpipe Products in Huston, Texas has encouraged his employees to participate in this Yogathon. Every day over 20 employees are attending the Surya Namaskar session at the company's premises.

The organisation has been hosting this event every year since 2007.

The Yogathon has attracted attention of yoga community, civic leaders, and even elected officials across the country. Many have encouraged their fellow citizens to participate for a healthier lifestyle, it added.