Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS), USA volunteers and fitness enthusiasts from all across the nation began the sixth year of annual “Health for Humanity Yogathon” or "Surya Namaskar Yajna (SNY)" by offering 69190 Surya Namaskars in 88 different places from 27 states. In a nationwide wave or lehar, 1984 participants performed total 5322 sets of Surya Namaskar (13 Surya Namaskars per set) starting from the East coast and ending in the West coast between 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM local time.
This fifteen day Yogathon that began on January 14, 2012 will continue till January 29, 2012. 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.
While congratulating HSS for their leadership role in preservation and promotion of the ancient Hindu heritage and culture, Hon. Congressman Frank Wolf from 10th District of Virginia also commended HSS for promoting healthy activities such as Yoga. Hon Mayors Town of Morrisville, NC and that of City of San Antonio, TX also appreciated Health for Humanity Yogathon by proclaiming in their respective town and City. Many more public events in schools, Universities and other locations are planned at various locations till the concluding day, Janyuary 29, 2012.
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, over 10,000 people from 38 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. Details of this event, training resources, and advertising aids are available on the official HSS SNY website: www.hssus.org/sny. For questions or suggestions, at email “sny(at)hssus(dot)org” or at 973-500-8HSS (8477)