City yoga master takes Guinness record in marathon 28 hours

PUBLISHED : Monday, 22 June, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 22 June, 2009, 12:00am

For most of us, standing on our heads for five minutes would be a challenge - let alone three hours. But, for Hong Kong resident Yogaraj C.P., spending time upside down was just a small part of a 28-hour yoga marathon.

On June 14, at 10.02am, he set a new Guinness World Record for marathon yoga. The previous record was 24 hours, which he surpassed by four hours.

The attempt was organised by the Tamil Cultural Association of Hong Kong. During his 28 hours on the mat, the yoga enthusiast performed more than 1,000 asana, or yoga postures at the Khana Khazana Indian Vegetarian Restaurant & Bar in Wan Chai.

He started yoga at the early age of five. He said he was inspired by his father, who used yoga to stay fit and healthy while stationed in Kashmir as a soldier.

In 2003, he moved from India to Hong Kong, to teach at Planet Yoga, which only has Indian teachers.

In order to perform 1,000 asana, he had to search Indian scriptures and invent a few hundred of his own.

Four years ago, he attempted to set a new world record for sirshasana, or headstand. The Guinness World Records did not accept his three-hour record because he had not followed official procedures. The new record holder said he plans to do more amazing feats, such as performing yoga on a rope, so as to bring the ancient discipline to more people.

He hopes more young people take it up in Hong Kong, arguing it will help them in their education and studies. Will he continue doing yoga after achieving his goal? He says simply: 'Yoga is my life.'