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WHEREAS, yoga is an ancient Hindu practice developed thousands of years ago in the Indian subcontinent for maintaining spiritual, mental, and physical wellbeing; and
WHEREAS, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) is a non-profit social and cultural organization with over 235 branches in 173 cities and in 32 states, including 10 branches in the state of Virginia, that aims to preserve and pass on ancient Hindu heritage and cultural values to the next generation and to raise awareness of Hindu culture worldwide; and
WHEREAS, Surya Namaskara, also known as the Sun Salutation, is a traditional yogic practice that integrates simple yoga postures that, along with breathing techniques, provide the practitioner with the key health benefits of yoga practice; and
WHEREAS, HSS is organizing the Yoga for Health, Health for Humanity Yogathon with the goal of having 1,0000 individual participants cumulatively complete 11,000 repetitions of Surya Namaskara to promote the spiritual, mental, and physical wellbeing of all members of the community; and
WHEREAS, yoga enthusiasts, yoga studios, local schools, and community organizations from across the Commonwealth are committed to participating in this event; and
WHEREAS, anyone, regardless of age, religion, gender, or race, is invited to include Surya Namaskara as part of their daily physical and spiritual practice to contribute to achieving this goal;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize January 16-31, 2021, as HEALTH FOR HUMANITY YOGATHON MONTH, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.