रविवार, 7 फ़रवरी 2010

24 Hour Surya Namaskar Yogathon 2010 at Irvine,CA

Hindu Swayamsevek Sangh (HSS) brought together over 200 people to perform 12085 Surya Namaskars (Sun Salutations) for the 24 Hour Yogathon. People drove from distant places including Pasadena, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Cerritos and Anaheim to participate in this unique Marathon.
Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) organized a 24-hour Surya Namaskar Yogathon 2010 at the Irvine Temple beginning January 29 at 7:00 pm. Hundreds of volunteers gathered and performed the Surya Namaskars or Sun Salutations for the cause of "Health for Humanity".
Surya Namaskar has ten different physical postures, which includes stretching and bending. These alternating backward and forward bending postures flex and stretch the spinal column through their maximum range giving a profound stretch to the whole body. Surya Namaskar has a deep effect in detoxifying the organs through copious oxygenation and has a deeper relaxing effect.
Benefits of Surya Namaskars include improvement in the digestive system, strengthening abdominal muscles, ventilating lungs and oxygenating the blood, tones up nervous system and improves memory, promotes sleep and clams anxiety, normalizes the activity of thyroid glands, refreshes skin, improves muscle flexibility, prevents hair loss, reduces fat, and makes the spine and waist flexible. To say it in short, Surya Namaskars help in maintaining good health, strength, efficiency and longevity.
Swami Ishwarananda of Chinmay Mission, Tustin, inaugurated the Surya Namaskar Yogathon. Swamiji is a dynamic speaker and has given talks on Vedanta, stress management, management techniques and other spiritual topics. Swami Ishwarananda stated that we do not grow because of what we learn, but by doing what we have learnt. "Make your knowledge your experience, otherwise it is useless", he said. He also urged people to practice Yoga not only as a remedy over some health problem but also as a part of daily routine. "Sun gives brightness and nourishment to everyone. He is the one who gives energy and life sustainance to all living beings", he said while explaining the importance of worshiping the Sun god and performing Surya Namaskars at Sunrise.
HSS volunteers performed Surya Namaskars in a set of 13 as there are 13 names for Sun God. After performing one or two sets, next group of people replaced them. Irvine chapter of HSS compiled a list of volunteers and allotted time slots for each. Great effort was taken in coordinating this event. More interestingly, free Surya Namaskar training was provided by the volunteers at request. Many people who were not aware of the right postures for performing Surya Namaskar benefited through this service. Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh USA
Irvine Mayor and City Council could not join the Yogathon due to schedule conflicts. However, they sent their wishes and a letter of recognition. HSS hopes that they could participate in the event, next year.
Yogathon is part of the fourth annual Surya Namaskar Yajna (SNY) organized by HSS throughout USA between Jan 16 and Jan 31st. Our goal is to perform 1 million Surya Namaskars with the help of more than 10,000 participants by January 31st 2010. To mark the beginning with great enthusiasm, HSS also arranged `Surya Namaskar Yajna Lehar’ meaning - Wave. On Jan 16, HSS volunteers started the Lehar by contacting each other on the phone and performing Surya Namaskars in a series. 83 participants all over Southern California performed 2024 Surya Namaskars in first two hours. This included participation of volunteers from Salt Lake, Phoenix, Pasadena, Cerritos, San Diego, Simi Valley, Valencia, Irvine and students from University of California, Irvine (UCI). Irvine shakha is proud to announce that Jamin was a sole contributor of 1781 Surya Namaskars that is, 137 sets during this year’s Surya Namaskar Yajna.
Since 2006, HSS has been conducting Surya Namaskar Yajna, and in all these years various Yoga Centers, community organizations, regardless of individual faiths and beliefs, have participated in this "Health for Humanity" marathon all across the United States. Last year, over 6,500 people from 34 states participated in this unique marathon offering over 700,000 Surya Namaskar. Community leaders and many elected officials across USA have appreciated this initiative and encouraged their residents to participate and take the advantages for overall healthy life style. The latest number of namaskars is being worked out.
HSS invited community groups, Yoga centers and students of all ages to participate, learn, this unique Yoga, and continue practicing beyond the Health for Humanity Marathon. This program was open to people of all ages, gender, and races.
HSS meets at Heritage Park Community Center, Irvine every Sunday between 3:30pm to 5:00। Their activities include Yoga, games and spiritual lectures.

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