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Yoga enthusiasts to salute sun

Last updated 09:00 22/02/2014

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A devoted group of Palmerston North yoga enthusiasts will be among the first to salute the sun on World Yoga Day tomorrow.

Peter McDermott from Be Still Yoga will lead his class, starting a 24-hour yoga marathon aimed at raising funds for Oxfam's humanitarian response for Syrian refugees.

His two-hour class on Sunday will be mirrored in countries as far afield as Albania, Finland and South Africa. Groups from 37 countries have registered.

"It will be great to get the day started and I'm expecting a mix of people, not just my students," Mr McDermott said.

There are three classes being held in New Zealand. Trudy Thomson from Tranquility Base Yoga in Waipu said she was "excited to be starting off a sequential message, a ripple effect of intention".

"Hundreds, maybe thousands of people sending out a ripple effect, it's exciting," she said.

The focus is to raise money but Mr McDermott said the emphasis was on "awareness and being mindful".

"It's a quiet time to observe your thoughts," he said.

"It's a moving meditation that's not just about getting in shape."

Ms Thomson said it was also a great excuse to do yoga on a Sunday.

Oxfam helps to provide shelter, food and water, aiming to reach up to 650,000 refugees in Lebanon and Jordan and inside Syria. The event has been running for eight years and last year raised over US$47,000 for FIAN International.

Mr McDermott's class runs 11am-1pm tomorrow at Be Still Yoga on Cambridge St.

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- Manawatu Standard

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