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Tamil Nadu woman set to create yoga world record

A woman advocate in Tamil Nadu is progressing to set a world record for continuous performance of yoga asanas

On the second International Yoga Day on Tuesday, a woman advocate in Tamil Nadu is progressing to set a world record for continuous performance of yoga asanas or exercises.

K.P. Ranjana, 34, an advocate by profession and a martial art student, is moving towards setting a record of continuous performance of asanas for 53 hours.

Ranjana hails from the temple town of Kanchipuram, around 75 km from here.

“She has completed 48 hours of yoga performance and will soon break the world record set by Uttam Muktan of Nepal who performed yoga for 50 hours and 15 minutes in December 2015,” Ramesh Rishi of Mahamaharishi Foundation Charitable Trust Mahayogam told a news agency.

He said Ranjana was expected to complete her feat at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

“She performs around 600 asanas with five minute rest after every hour of yoga exercise,” he said.

He said Ranjana has been taking only fruit juice since June 19 when she started her yoga performance.

Yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It’s a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation.

There are more than 100 different forms of yoga. Some are fast-paced and intense. Others are gentle and relaxing.

Examples of different yoga forms include:

  • Hatha. The form most often associated with yoga, it combines a series of basic movements with breathing.
  • Vinyasa. A series of poses that flow smoothly into one another.
  • Power. A faster, higher-intensity practice that builds muscle.
  • Ashtanga. A series of poses, combined with a special breathing technique.
  • Bikram. Also known as “hot yoga,” it’s a series of 26 challenging poses performed in a room heated to a high temperature.
  • Iyengar. A type of yoga that uses props like blocks, straps, and chairs to help you move your body into the proper alignment.

Yoga isn’t considered aerobic exercise, but the more athletic varieties, like power yoga, will make you sweat. And even though yoga is not aerobic, some research finds it can be just as good as aerobic exercise for improving health.

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