Guinness record attempt for largest Yoga Wave
5,000 to participate in Sharjah event on Friday
The UAE is attempting a new Guinness World Record in making the longest Yoga Wave.
As many as 5,000 people are expected to participate in the formation of the yoga wave taking place in Sharjah on Friday.
The official Guinness World Record attempt is being organised under the patronage of the Indian Consulate in Dubai. Supported by the Indian Association, Sharjah and Skyline University College in Sharjah, the event will be held from 7am onwards at the Skyline University College campus.
Those interested have to register through the website www.dubaiyoga.org. Only pre-registered participants with printed registration slip will be allowed to take part in the world record attempt.
The website describes the Yoga Wave as the continuous coordination of more than 5,000 minds through three basic yoga poses.
"Yoga wave will transfer positive energy to do the poses without breaking its chain, as participants need to connect mentally. The relevance of practicing yoga today is also to connect people with each other in a healthy way," it added.
The three asanas or yoga postures that will be performed continuously to achieve the record are sukhasana (an easy sitting posture for beginners), shavasana (corpse pose) and makarasana (crocodile pose).
Speaking to Khaleej Times on Tuesday, the Consul-General of India in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, Anurag Bhushan, said the community initiative stemmed from the success of the International Yoga Day (IYD) event organised by the mission last year.
"The IYD event generated a lot of enthusiasm and curiosity about yoga among residents here, not only those from India, but other nationalities, as well. I am very happy that a lot of initiatives have come up related to yoga, including Dubai's official event XYoga happening this month."
He said the Indian mission is actively supporting the Yoga Wave event being held as part of the Swatantara initiative of the consulate. Swatantara or Students Working Against Tobacco, Alcohol, NarcoTics And Related Abuses is a joint campaign launched at the IYD by the consulate and Indian doctors here to prevent these bad habits among school students.
Dr. T.C. Satish, who conceptualised the Swatantara campaign said yoga is a perfect method to prevent such bad habits and also to help deaddiction. "As part of our continuous campaign against tobacco, alcohol and drugs, we have also arranged a walkathon by student volunteers of Swatantara after the Yoga Wave and we are calling it a Yogathon," he said.
After the Yogathon, the student coordinator Nishant Bhushan will administer the Swatantara pledge saying no to tobacco, alcohol and drugs.
Dr. Satish said the initiative is also organising concerts as part of the awareness drive, where legendary singers will be invited as guests.
The first concert will be held on Thursday evening at the Indian consulate auditorium. Legendary Indian singer Dr. KJ Yesudas will be the guest of honour this time.
"The Dubai Police Anti-Narcotics Department and the Knowledge and Human Development Authority have appreciated the efforts and have extended all support," he added.
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