Media Release: Devotees join international yoga guru, Swami Ji, in mass yoga event


OVER 1,100 people attended a mass yoga class in Glasgow yesterday, attended by internationally-acclaimed yoga guru, Swami Ramdev Ji, as part of an ambitious project to promote health and wellbeing around the world.

Swami Ramdev Ji, best known for popularising yoga among health conscious Indians through his mass yoga camps, TV shows, books and CDs, was in Glasgow to support the launch of YogArena, an initiative by the charity, Patanjali Yog Peeth (UK) Trust to host arena-size yoga events to promote the health benefits of yoga to audiences around the world.

Nearly two thousand people converged at the inaugural event in Glasgow at the new multi-million pound Emirates Arena to see Swami Ji, who explained the health benefits of yoga and demonstrated light stretches, breathing exercises and Patanjali-style yoga.

The YogArena event was organised by Sunita Poddar, a trustee of the Patanjali Yog Peeth (UK) Trust, who lives in Glasgow.

Explaining, she said: “We all know that Scotland has a poor health record and our aim by holding this event is to share the benefits of light yoga and breathing exercises.

“Patanjali yoga is suitable for all ages and abilities and is enormously effective in improving your physical health as well as emotional wellbeing.

“Swami Ji has a yoga following of millions around the world and we are delighted that he is here today to help us introduce the health benefits of yoga to people living in Scotland.”

At the event, Sunita Poddar also unveiled her new book: Yoga for Children, an illustrated yoga manual for children, teachers and parents detailing postures breathing techniques and the educational benefits of yoga practice for children aged 8 to 12.

She and her husband, Sam Poddar, have already held over 150 free yoga classes in Scottish schools to introduce the benefits of Patanjali yoga practice in the classroom.

The book features some of the Glasgow children who took part including Amber Carter (7), Katy Flett (8), Alexander Bergin (10), Sam Carter (11), Shrish Poddar (11), and Sambhavi Poddar (8) – all from Hutcheson’s Grammar.


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