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Yogathon 2014

MEDIA RELEASE (15 September 2014)

Yogathon 2014

Yogathon is an annual event that starts on second Saturday of September and lasts for 14 days

Yogathon – Health for humanity event returned to New Zealand cities and towns on Saturday, September 13 and will continue until Sunday, September 27, 2014. Opening ceremonies took place at various centres in Whangarei, Auckland, Palmestern North and Wellington. People from all walks of life and different age groups are once again have started participating and all who are keen are welcomed to join the two-week event. The event is free and open to people of all ages and abilities.

Yogathon New Zealand, a division of Hindu Council of New Zealand, has been organising the nationwide ‘Health for Humanity’ Yogathon since last four years, with the aim to increase awareness about the science of yoga, and its techniques in facilitating a healthy body, mind, and spirit in balance with each other.

The participants aim to collectively perform 108,000 repetitions of ‘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 techniques. If you are a first time practitioner, trained instructors will be available at specific locations to help you get initiated in Yoga through Surya Namaskars.

Yogathon will help promote yoga widely in a scientific perspective of health, to help introduce it as a part of school curriculum, encourage healthy living, and connect yoga schools and practitioners in New Zealand through participation in this planned annual event.

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Participants can conduct Surya Namaskar repetitions from the comfort of their homes or as part of the regular group they practice with; in addition venues will be available in some cities where they can join in group practice with trainers.

Those willing to volunteer and help promote and coordinate this event in their respective cities/ schools/ neighbourhoods and be part of the Yogathon team are heartily welcome.

To register interest as participant/ volunteer/ both, please register by emailing or contact the Yogathon team:

National coordinator: Mr Mohinder Anand – 022 692 6124

Wellington Ms Kiran Thakrar 021 164 0832

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