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April 7, 2012

Chennai, Bangalore residents practise yoga to celebrate World Health Day

Bangalore: Thousands of people have congregated in Bangalore and Chennai to participate in a Yogathon on the occasion of World Health Day. The Yogathon was organized by the 'Art of Living' and started at about 6 a.m. A large number of people participated in the event in Bangalore . Speaking on Saturday, Shanmugam, a resident of the city, said that he had been regularly practising yoga, and added that it had brought about a drastic change in his daily routine. "It gives me immense pleasure to be a part of this event. The first thing that amazed me was that they said that million people are practising it altogether in India . It really is a great event to be a part of. It has improved my health and I am able to be more active after practising Surya namaskar (Sun Salutation). It's very simple and it does not take much time. That is really nice about Surya namaskar (Sun Salutation). I do practice it every day," Shanmugam said. Similarly, speaking in Chennai, Mahalingam, a resident of the city, said that thousands of people had taken part in the Yogathon at the Marina beach and he was happy that more and more people were becoming aware about the advantages of yoga. "We people are able to do today 108 rounds and a gang of more than 5,000 people here on Marina beach in Chennai. Yes we have got total energy. This is an awareness which we have created on World health day and this is organized by Art of living," Mahalingam said. 'Yogathon' was a nationwide programme, which was organised throughout the country at the same time. World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 every year to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948.

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