Thursday, January 15, 2009

SNY Yoga Marathon : Surya Namaskar Yajna 2009

SNY Yoga Marathon : Surya Namaskar Yajna 2009

January 17th to February 1st, 2009
Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS-USA) announces offering ("yajna") of one million Sun Salutations known as Surya Namaskar, to bring awareness among people about Yoga and its advantages in achieving healthy body, mind and spirit.

Surya Namaskar is a combination of few yoga postures called as "asana (asanas)". It is practiced in more than 40 different types all over the world. These are set of well-balanced movements that will stretch all the muscles in the body, thus keeping the body and mind healthy. A common practice of performing Surya Namaskar in a set of ten yoga postures provides exercise and several advantages to body muscles and internal organs.

Each year Hindus worldwide celebrate January 14th as Makar Sankranti – a day that marks a change of season as the sun enters the sign of Capricorn or Makar. Makar Sankranti ushers in longer days; thus the festivity symbolizes sunshine in life. Therefore, to mark this occasion, HSS will conduct a collective Surya Namaskar Yajna (SNY) from January 17th to February 1st, 2009. We invite everyone in the United States to participate in this “Yoga for health; Health for humanity” event and perform Surya Namaskar with a collective goal of one million Surya Namaskar in the sixteen-day span. Last year, over 5,700 people from thirty states participated in this unique marathon, and this year we hope that over 10,000 participants across the country will reap rich benefits from Surya Namaskar.
This free of cost program is open to all. Details of this event, Registration Info and campaign resources are available on sny.
SNY 09 Team
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Siddhesh Shevade
Chicago, USA

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