Charity event in Abu Dhabi – some queries – My Letters – GULF NEWS – Dt. 05.05.2011

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Charity event in Abu Dhabi – some queries – My Letters – GULF NEWS – Dt. 05.05.2011

In reference to “Charity event in Abu Dhabi for tsunami victims”. While I congratulate the team effort and humanitarian gesture involved, I feel, it is extremely alarming to see Yoga being commercialised, even if it is for the purpose of fund raising for a natural calamity. Yoga, as it says itself is never done for beating records or numbers. Doing 108 times of Surya Namaskars at one stretch will be a dangerous physical act. As experts say generally, 12 Surya Namaskaras are performed at one practice. If starting that practice for the first time, it is generally started with fewer (3 to 6) Namaskaras per day, and then gradually increased to 12 Namaskaras in a week’s time. So, is it a whole day event starting from 6:00 am with breaks after the Shavasana and then another set is repeated till they reach 108 times. An importanct concern thus about the participants yoga expertise and years of practise attained to display a 108 time of Surya Namaskar. Kindly address this concern before the events kick off for the safety of the participant.

Ramesh Menon, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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