Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), USA volunteers and fitness enthusiasts from all across the nation began the fifth year of annual Yogathon or "Surya Namaskar Yajna (SNY)" by offering 52,204 Surya Namaskars in 90 different places from 26 states. In a nationwide wave or lehar, 1239 participants performed total 4016 sets of Surya Namaskar (13 Surya Namaskars per set) starting from the East coast and ending in the West coast between 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM local time.
This fifteen day Yogathon that began today on January 15, 2011 will continue till January 30, 2011. All participants and beneficiaries of this unique event will continue exercise practice sun salutation yoga individually at home or collectively at community centers or other public gathering places all across the United States.
Surya Namaskar integrates simple Yoga postures in 10-steps that, along with easy breathing technique, can provide immense health benefits to both the body and the mind. HSS initiated this health awareness project in 2006. Since its inception, various Yoga Centers, community organizations, schools and colleges regardless, of individual faiths and beliefs, have participated all across the United States.
Last year, close to 9,000 people from 40 states participated in this unique yogathon performing nearly one million Surya Namaskar. A number of schools, universities, yoga clubs, community leaders and many volunteers expressed their willingness to participate in this Yogathon. This program is open to people of all ages, gender, and races. For questions or suggestions, at email “sny(at)hssus(dot)org” or at 973-500-8HSS (8477)