Yoga master breaks world records with 28 hours of bending

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 June, 2009, 12:00am

There was no hurry to the curry at the Khana Khazana Indian Vegetarian Restaurant in Wan Chai over the weekend. That's because Hong Kong resident and yoga teacher Yogaraj C.P. was there to break a world record for marathon yoga. In an event organised by the Tamil Cultural Association, the yogi began on Saturday morning and continuously performed yoga postures for 28 hours straight, beating the previous titleholder in India, who performed for 24 hours. In addition, Yogaraj did 1,019 asanas, including many back-bending forms and even upside down, standing on his head for extended periods. That total will be included in Guinness World Records. The yoga instructor, who holds classes at Living Yoga and City University, had to train a little harder ahead of the bid. 'I had never practised yoga for more than two or three hours. So I did a rehearsal in my house for 20 hours, and I could withstand that, so I decided to go for the record. There were so many people staying late with me and cheering me that it motivated me to continue to 28 hours.'