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Yogathon NZ 2011


Sat 13 Aug 2011, 10:00am–12:30pm
Sat 27 Aug 2011, 10:00am–12:30pm

Where: Randwick School, 59 Randwick Road, Moera, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: yogathon

Yogathon New Zealand, a division of Hindu Council of New Zealand, is launching a nationwide ‘Health for Humanity’ Yogathon 2011 which aims to create awareness about art and science of yoga, and its advantages in achieving a healthy body, mind, and spirit.

The Yogathon launch event will take place simultaneously at 10am on Saturday, August 13, in Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua and Wellington. This is going to be first of its kind yoga initiative for collective practise of sun salutations across New Zealand.

During the two-week ‘Health for Humanity’ Yogathon from 13 to 27 August 2011, Yogathon New Zealand and participating organisations will encourage their members and others across the country to together perform 100,000 ‘Surya Namaskar’, a sequence of simple yoga postures.

Surya Namaskar integrates simple yoga postures of well-balanced movements linked with easy breathing technique, and provides immense health benefits to both body and mind.

The scientific basis of yoga goes back to the conception of levels of personality in India, namely physical body, physiology, mental, intellectual, and spiritual.

The purpose of Yogathon is to promote yoga widely in a scientific perspective of health, to make it a part of school curriculum in future, encourage healthy living and connect all yoga schools and practitioners in New Zealand through participation on this planned annual event.

A number of organisations and yoga schools from Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson, New Plymouth and Dunedin have shown interest.

Art of Living Foundation has already pledged 30,000 Surya Namaskar repetitions towards the target of 100,000! Yogathon organising committee invites various yoga centres, schools and tertiary institutes, social, cultural, and spiritual and community organisations, regardless of individual faiths and beliefs, to register in this ‘Health for Humanity’ Yogathon, and continue practising Surya Namaskar beyond the ‘Health for Humanity’ Yogathon.

To register for this unique nationwide event visit
For enquiries regarding the Yogathon: Mr Venkat Koppaka, (ph: 021 105 3818), email:

National coordinator: Mr Venkat Koppaka, phone: 021 105 3818
Auckland coordinators:
Ms. Olinka Goel, phone: 021 171 8786
Mr. Simon Nolan, phone: 021 546 086
Wellington coordinator:
Ms. Aparna Roy , phone: 021 256 4530
Lower Hutt coordinator:
Mr. Sridharan Thiagarajan, phone: 021 0243 8260
Rotorua coordinator:
Ms. Joyce Childs, phone: 021 023 125 23
Hamilton coordinator:
Mr. Sanjay Joshi, phone: 07 846 3121
Christchurch coordinator:
Subra Subramaniam, phone: 027 331 6160

Opening Ceremony time: 13th August 2011, Saturday. Time: 10 AM to 11 AM.
Venues: Auckland locations:
Mt Eden War Memorial Hall - 487 Dominion Rd, Balmoral
Henderson Intermediate School - 70 Lincoln Rd, West Auckland
Kawai Purapura, Wellpark Albany - 14 Mills Lane Albany, North Shore
Wetlands Room - Barry Curtis Park - Stancombe Rd, Flat Bush
Wellington location: Randwick School, 59 Randwick Road, Moera, Lower Hutt.
Rotorua location: Rotorua West Bowling Club, Kamahi Place
Hamilton location: Celebrating Age Center - 30 Victoria St, Hamilton
Christchurch location: TBA; Contact Ms. Olinka Goel Phone: 021 171 8786

Media support: 1.Radio Tarana / 2.Indian Weekender/ 3.Suhana Safar on Access Radio Wellington
4. Indianz Outlook