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WHEREAS, yoga is the ancient practice of keeping the mind, body, and spirit in good health; and
WHEREAS, spiritual training is considered a part of physical training from ancient times in India; and
WHEREAS, the Surya Namaskar (SUN Salutation) is a special sequence of yoga postures that, along with breathing techniques, provides the key health benefits of yoga in a very succinct package; and
WHEREAS, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) is a voluntary, non-profit, social and cultural organization that aims to preserve and pass on ancient Hindu heritage and cultural values to the next generation of Hindus, and to raise awareness of Hindu culture worldwide; and
WHEREAS, HSS is organizing a Health for Humanity Yogathon and the goal is to complete 1,000,000 Surya Namaskar by 12,000 participants collectively and individually, to promote friendship, mutual understanding, and good health among multi-cultural and diverse 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, everyone, regardless of age, religion, gender, or race, is invited to include Surya Namaskar 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 14-31, 2020, as SURYA NAMASKAR AWARENESS PERIOD in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.