Horses give way to eight-hour yoga marathon at Happy Valley

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 13 April, 2010, 12:00am

There is usually a lot of jockeying for position and intense muscle-flexing at Happy Valley Racecourse, but on Sunday it wasn't just for the sake of crossing the finishing line first. More than 300 folk with very well-balanced chakras took part in this year's Hong Kong Yogathon. The event began at 11am and continued for eight hours in the racecourse grandstand.

Started by local practitioner Richard Kwang and endorsed by the Yoga Federation of India, the event is now in its third year, with participants led by instructors from various local studios as well as from India. The goal was to promote the health benefits of practising yoga. It also raised funds for the Hong Kong Hereditary and High Risk Breast Cancer Programme. Although participants only had to do one hour of stretching and bending to be counted in the final tally, most stuck around much longer, with 37 completing the entire eight hours.

As the event grows and interest in yoga expands, the yogathon next year will join forces with the Indian federation to organise the first World Yoga Championships in Hong Kong - and they plan to bring some of the best yogis from all over the world to take part. Who knew yoga was a competitive sport? Since they're at Happy Valley, maybe next year they can open the betting windows for the contests.