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    With the first International Day of Yoga barely two days away, we tell you how you can get in on the action

    Tech talk
    Apt for the yoga loving geek, the SmartMat is designed to give real time instructions based on weight, height, wingspan and torso height with the help of a phone or tablet. SmartMat uses this information for suggestions on future practice sessions. Its maker, Neyman Jahan, claims that it can differentiate between 62 different poses, thanks to a conductive fabric, just under the rubbery top layer. `19,050 approximately.
    Details: smartmat.com

    Live action
    The 32-minute session, to be followed by people across the country, has been formulated by Nagendra and his disciples at S-Vyasa.It starts with the chanting of a Rig Vedic prayer, which will be followed by warm up exercises, 15 minutes of asanas, five minutes of pranayamas and five minutes of meditation and a sankalpa (pledge), ending with a non-religious Sanskrit shloka. “Thanks to Yoga Day, millions will come to know the benefits of yoga and the importance of a balanced life,” says Nagendra. Details: svyasaedu.in

    Do the stretch
    Set to launch on Yoga day, Proyog,
    a Bengaluru-based start-up, creates contemporary yoga wear made of natural fabrics. “We wrap lycra with natural cotton so it does not touch the wearer’s skin, as lycra is not natural,” explains Dave Banerjee, co-founder of Proyog.
    Details: proyogwear.com

    It’s surprising that it took this long for the world to dedicate a day to the universally acknowledged way of life and exercise: yoga. An initiative led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the suggestion of his personal yoga instructor, Bengaluru-based HR Nagendra, June 21 is perhaps the most apt date for such an event—being the summer solstice. Practitioners will be rolling out their yoga mats for marathon surya namaskar (sun salutation) sessions, pranayamas (breathing exercises) and chanting. While June 21 was celebrated as Yoga Day across the globe informally, this is the first year after it was approved by the United Nations. One can imagine what the turnout will be like across the country, with government-approved group yoga activities planned in all 28 states. Baba Ramdev will join PM Modi, while others like Mumbai-based yogini Deepika Mehta will be seen at the International Festival of Yoga in China.
    Read on to find out how you can join in.Text: Rashmi Rajagopal

    Inhale, exhale
    At UB City, 1000 Yoga, Total Yoga and Yogi-sthaan come together to give practitioners all-day sessions on vinyasa and ashtanga yoga. “I have seen 30 per cent increased interest in the discipline after the UN declaration,” says Neetu Singh, co-founder of Total Yoga. At Vittal Mallya Road. Tickets (`911) on bookmyshow.com.

    In sync
    Yoga studio Soulyogacycle conducts Yogarambh. Visitors can participate in interactive yoga workshops and nutrition sessions, while shopaholics can browse through stalls selling yoga wear, organic honey and more. “We’ve curated an experience that emphasises balance in duality, ” says Hemant Hedge, founder of Soulyogacycle. At Yeshwantpur. Tickets (`100) upwards on bookmyshow.com

    Float your boat respect
    Delhi-based Celebrity Fitness introduces floating yoga classes on June 21. Still catching on in India, this one is for the more adventurous sort, as it involves hanging off ropes.

    Postcard from Kerala
    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Thiruvananthapuram has over 500 students from across the globe at any given time. “This weekend, we will have kriya workshops and quizzes, besides talks on yoga and diet,” says T Sajan, centre-in-charge. Details: 9497008432

    Pose with a view
    Rishikesh Yog Peeth will conduct a group yoga session on the banks of river Ganga. “We have about 70 foreigners from over 20 countries who will be participating. And we’re expecting a gathering of about 500 people,” says Dheeraj Sharma, a practitioner and marketing head. Details: 0135 264 5933

    Made to suit
    Isha Yoga, in Coimbatore, will conduct sessions across the country, offering customised lessons based on health and lifestyle. Details: isha.sadhguru.org
    At UB City, 1000 Yoga, Total Yoga and Yogi-sthaan come together to give practitioners all-day sessions on vinyasa and ashtanga yoga. “I have seen 30 per cent increased interest in the discipline after the UN declaration,” says Neetu Singh, co-founder of Total Yoga. At Vittal Mallya Road. Tickets (`911) on bookmyshow.com.

    In sync
    Yoga studio Soulyogacycle conducts Yogarambh. Visitors can participate in interactive yoga workshops and nutrition sessions, while shopaholics can browse through stalls selling yoga wear, organic honey and more. “We’ve curated an experience that emphasises balance in duality, ” says Hemant Hedge, founder of Soulyogacycle. At Yeshwantpur. Tickets (`100) upwards on bookmyshow.com

    Float your boat respect
    Delhi-based Celebrity Fitness introduces floating yoga classes on June 21. Still catching on in India, this one is for the more adventurous sort, as it involves hanging off ropes.

    Tracking a record
    n Doordarshan will cover the entire event, to take place at Rajpath, much like its Republic Day telecast. A record-breaking 45,000 people are expected, for what could possibly be the biggest group yoga event. The record is currently held by 29,973 students in Gwalior who performed suryanamaskaras for 18 minutes at a stretch on November 19, 2005. At 8 am

    n On Discovery Channel, the Story of Yoga follows the origin of the holistic discipline, how it travelled to the Western world and its popularity in modern times. On Saturday and Sunday, 9pm

    One for the road
    For those who’d like to
    practise the ancient discipline at
    home, log on to YouTube for inspiration. A 13 minute Yoga Day video by practitioner and actor Shilpa Shetty, called Yoga to Increase Flexibility – The Shilpa’s Yoga Destress Program – International Yoga Day Special, involves pranayamas, and easy to hold poses like vrikshasana (tree pose), natarajasana (Lord Shiva’s pose) and ardha shalabhasana (locust pose), working everything from the glutes, to the thighs, abs and more.

    Yoga energizes our bodies and calms our minds. It is really about creating
    balance in the body by developing strength and flexibility. This is done through postures, each of which has specific physical benefits,” says Payal Gidwani, author of Body Goddess — a yoga guide for women, launching on Sunday.

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