The Hindu Council of New Zealand launched the nationwide ‘Health for Humanity’ Yogathon during August 2011 to create awareness of the 5000 year old discipline for the mind, body and spirit.
The free Yogathon asked Kiwis to collectively perform 100,000 repetitions of the “Surya Namaskar” (Sun Salutation) over a period of 15 days. A repetition of Surya Namaskar consists of a series of yoga postures of well-balanced movements linked with simple breathing technique to provide benefits to both body and mind.
Wellpark College Yoga faculty under the guidance of Dr Pooja Maddela encouraged current students, graduates and community yoga class members nationwide to participate. This resulted in collective practice of more than 13,500 sun salutations and Wellpark College Yoga faculty recognition as the leading New Zealand members.
Congratulations to Pooja & all of those who participated for a fantastic achievement in The first Nationwide Yogathon with more than than 50 groups including Yoga studios, dance schools, community and social organisations, gyms/ health clubs, community schools and nearly 1000 individuals nationwide.
“We will widen the scope of Yogathon 2011, and invite schools and hospitals (doctors and district nurses) to participate in this planned annual health initiative. We also aim to take Surya Namaskars to prison inmates,” said Dr Rajiv Chaturvedi, Media and Public Relations Officer, Hindu Council of New Zealand.