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Yogathon hits Bay of Plenty

MP for Rotorua Todd McClay, front centre, getting involved in the Yogathon. Supplied photo.

Health for Humanity Yogathon is currently underway across many cities across New Zealand. Including Rotorua.

This year the team aims to reach 250,000 Surya Namaskars, or Sun Salutations.

The Health for Humanity Yogathon aims to present a unique opportunity to participate, and share the essence of Yoga with New Zealand society. They suggest there has never been a more appropriate time to look at the valuable opportunities that have presented to us, particularly in terms of looking after our physical, mental, spiritual and emotional wellbeing.

In Rotorua, the Health for Humanity Yogathon was held in the Public Library and it was inaugurated by Hon. Todd McClay, the Member of Parliament for Rotorua and the former Minister of Revenue, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises, and Minister of Trade.

He encourages all New Zealanders to learn, participate and incorporate yoga in their daily lives.

Monika Bansal, the Rotorua coordinator for Health for Humanity Yogathon, welcomed the chief huest Hon. Todd McClay and all participants and yoga enthusiasts.

She invites everyone to join International Day of Yoga that will be celebrated on Monday, June 21 from 11:30am to 2:30pm at Te Manawa, The Heart of the City in Rotorua; and a closing ceremony on June 26 from 10.30am to 12.30am at the Rotorua Library.

“I reached out to all yoga schools, yoga retreats, gyms, and community organisations in Rotorua to acknowledge and appreciate their contribution in teaching, practising and promoting yoga in Rotorua,” says Monika.

“I would like to personally thank Rotorua Lakes Council, Rotorua Library, Arts Village, Multicultural Council, Toi-Ohomai Institute of Technology and Yoga Studio for their support and help with Yogathon in Rotorua,” she adds.

Salutation can be performed individually or in groups either at home or school or in classes conducted by yoga teachers in public venues, or in workplaces.

Organised annually over two weeks, the Health for Humanity Yogathon which started in 2011 has already competed 10 years of promoting Yoga on a mass scale in New Zealand.

“We aim to distribute Special Certificates to all such volunteers and teachers. Their contribution will be acknowledged, respected, recognised, and make known to the community at large,” Dr Guna Magesan, who initiated Health for Humanity Yogathon in New Zealand.

“Over the last 10 years, we have seen the changes in the attitude and acceptance of Yoga by the New Zealand public resulting in increased participation,” he adds.

Schools, community organisations, youth groups, yoga schools, and individuals are asked to participate in Yogathon 2021.

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