Yogathon at Sevathon 2014

Time to participate in Sevathon

Once again this year Yoga Bharati participates in Sevathon 2014

Yogathon (Sun Salutations Marathon) has been introduced for the first time along with 5K/10K Walk and Marathon run. Yogathon is practice of 27/54/108 rounds of Surya Namaskar practice. 

Yoga Bharati takes the lead in organizing Yogathon along with other yoga organizations. So please participate in this unique Yogathon or 5k, 10k, or Half Yogathon.

Event Details

Please join us at Sevathon 2014:

Date: Sunday June 22, 2014

Venue: Bayland's Park

Sunnyvale, CA

Time: 6.30 a.m to 1 p.m

What is Yogathon ?

Yogathon is combination of Suryathon and Yoga with breath/body synchronization.  Suryathon means Surya Namasakara Yagna (Sun Salutation Marathon).  Yagna means sacrifice. In Indian tradition, there is a sacrificial fire called havan or yagna kunda where the entire community offers their own contribution into the fire. Fire symbolizes sacrifice. Yagna brings the community together for a noble cause and builds confidence in the community in their ability to reach a difficult goal. This can be linked to the tradition of Marathon in the west.

Yogathon is a Marathon where an individual sets a goal and practices Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations) daily starting with a small number and gradually increases the count per day to reach the goal. The idea is to complete the targeted rounds of Surya Namaskar during the Sevathon event. The duration of the event preparation and execution is 6- 8 weeks.


What is Surya Namaskar ?

Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is a series of poses in a continuous flow, synchronized with the breath. The most common versions of Surya Namaskar consist of 10, 12, 18 or 21 poses. Perform this series every morning and/or evening, and more if you desire. As always in yoga, practice slowly and consciously. If you practice only a little yoga each day, practice Surya Namaskar. For people with limited time, the Surya Namaskar exercises every muscle and joint while stimulating the body. Surya Namaskar is performed to give reverence to the internal Sun, the creative force that radiates inside the body, and the external Sun, which shines outside the body.


What is Significance of Sun ?

Most of the ancient cultures worship the Sun. The Greeks called the Sun god Helius, the Romans referred to him as Titan and Hyperoin, the Egyptians called him Ra (Ra-Atum-Khepri). In Mexican culture, he is Kikich Ahau. The Germans call the Sun Sol. In Chinese culture, the Sun represents YANG (Pingala) and the Moon represents YIN (Ida),the basis of everything in nature.


What is the target of the Yogathon?

Together as a group, let us try to maximize the Surya Namaskara sequences in the count of 27, 54, and 108. Yes we can do it.


How can one register and practice?

Register Online Yogathon Registration

Registration can be done for individuals or the entire family using different forms. You can encourage your colleagues to participate in the event and form a group. This will give motivation to practice regularly and we will eventually make it a habit.

Sevathon details available at -


When to start?

If you are new to Surya Namaskar, start as soon as you register. Participate our practice sessions and start practicing at home after learning. If you are the regular practitioner, you could continue your pace to meet 108 Surya Namaskara.


When is the event?

The event is on June 21st, 2015. For more info,


What is the suggested count per day?

No limit on how much you can do. Listen to your body and stop when you feel exhausted.


Can anyone participate?

Anyone with normal health including kids can perform the practice and participate.


What is the place of practice?

At home, at work, parks, yoga classes and wherever you can. For Sevathon organized classes, please visit Sevathon web site


What are the basic guidelines before start?

Please set a realistic, yet challenging, goal for yourself, be committed to your pledge and complete your goal every week. Every day practice ten or twelve steps at a stretch in the morning or evening (preferably in the morning). A set of 10, 12 or 18 counts is considered as one Surya Namaskar (depending on which version you are practicing). Please keep count of the number of sets you practice every day.  Discuss the count on a weekly basis to Suryathon co-ordinators.

Gradually increase the count every day/week. 

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About Sevathon

Sevathon is the walkathon that supports, and nurtures a spirit of giving by empowering individuals of diverse backgrounds to unite and strengthen their communit


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