21 Fascinating Yoga Guinness World Records

Introduction

Guinness World Records, often referred to as the authority on record-breaking achievements, document extraordinary feats and accomplishments from around the globe.Established in 1955, the organization aims to recognize exceptional human endeavors and inspire others to push their limits.

The integration of yoga into people’s lives has led to the exploration of its boundaries and the pursuit of extraordinary achievements. As a result, numerous individuals and groups have embraced the challenge of setting yoga-related Guinness World Records.

These records not only highlight the remarkable skills and dedication of the participants but also serve as an inspiration to others, encouraging them to embrace the transformative power of yoga and strive for personal excellence.

21 fascinating Yoga Guinness World Records

21 Fascinating Yoga Guinness World Records

 

Inspired by the remarkable achievements of people in the Yoga field I decided to write a blog about it. My initial plan was to publish this post on International Yoga Day – June 21, 2023. However, I couldn’t complete writing it in time. It turned out to be a fortunate delay, as an incredible record was set on that very day. What could be a more fitting occasion than International Yoga Day itself to set a Guinness World Record for yoga?

Let’s begin our list with this remarkable achievement!

 21 interesting yoga Guinness World Records.

1. Most Nationalities at Yoga Sessions

Name: Led by Narender Modi

Location: UN Headquarters in NY, USA

Total: 135 Nationalities

Date:  June 21, 2023

The target to beat was set at 140 nationalities. The event occurred in New York at the United Nations, and an impressive number of 135 nationalities gathered to participate, successfully establishing a new Guinness World Records title. This remarkable achievement showcases the diversity and unity of individuals coming together through the practice of yoga.

2. Most yoga classes are attended in one month (This one is my favorite because it gives me practice goals!)

Name: Erin Holmes

Location: Carlsbad, United States

Total: 63

Date: May 1, 2019

Erin Holmes, hailing from Carlsbad, California, USA, accomplished an extraordinary feat by attending an astounding 63 yoga classes in a single month. This remarkable achievement occurred from May 1 to May 30, 2019. Erin pursued this record not only as a personal goal but also to represent I Journey, an organization she co-founded. I Journey aims to provide veterans with a secure and encouraging space for personal development. Erin’s dedication to both her personal growth and the mission of I Journey is truly commendable.

3. Longest yoga lesson

Name: K.P. Ranchana

Date: June 21, 2017

Location: Chennai, India

Duration: 56 hours, 57 minutes, 21 seconds

K.P. Ranchana, from Chennai, India, set a remarkable record for the longest yoga lesson. From June 19 to June 21, 2017, Rachana persevered through an incredible session that lasted an astonishing 56 hours, 57 minutes, and 21 seconds. This exceptional achievement attracted the participation of 36 dedicated individuals, all joining in for the entire duration to establish this impressive record.

4. Longest time to hold the scorpion pose

Name: Yash Mansukhbhai Moradiya

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Duration: 29 minutes, 4 seconds

Date: February 22, 2022

The longest time to hold the scorpion pose is 29 min 04 sec and was achieved by Yash Mansukhbhai Moradiya (India), in Dubai, UAE, on 22 February 2022.

Yash achieved this record title as a personal achievement as well as to raise more awareness about yoga.

5. Largest prenatal yoga class (multiple venues)

Name: Harmonicare Medical Holdings Co. Ltd

Location: Beijing, Chongqing, Xi’an, Shenzhen, Fuzhou, Fuling, Wanzhou, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Wuhan (China)

Number of People: 1,443

Date: October 25, 2015

Harmonicare Medical Holdings Co. Ltd, based in China, achieved a remarkable record for hosting the largest prenatal yoga class across multiple venues. The event witnessed the impressive participation of 1,443 individuals.

This record-breaking feat took place in various cities throughout China on October 25, 2015. Harmonicare Medical Holdings Co. Ltd successfully brought together expectant mothers from different locations, promoting the benefits of prenatal yoga and fostering a sense of community among them.

6. Longest duration in an acro yoga human chair (team of two)

Names: Yogaraj CP, C. Sarasu

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China

Duration: 59.68 seconds

Date: September 1, 2018

Yogaraj CP and C. Sarasu, both hailing from India, accomplished an extraordinary feat by holding the acro yoga human chair position, performed by a team of two, for an impressive duration of 59.68 seconds.

This remarkable achievement took place in Hong Kong, China, on September 1, 2018. Yogaraj CP and C. Sarasu demonstrated exceptional strength, balance, and coordination in achieving this feat, showcasing their dedication to acro yoga and pushing their physical limits.

7. Longest time to hold the eight-angle pose (male)

Name: Yash Moradiya

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Duration: 26 minutes, 26 seconds

Date: June 21, 2022

Yash Moradiya, an accomplished yoga practitioner from India, set an impressive record for the longest duration holding the eight-angle pose (male). Yash achieved this feat in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on June 21, 2022, with an astonishing time of 26 minutes and 26 seconds. Notably, Yash demonstrated exceptional strength, balance, and endurance throughout this challenging yoga pose.

It is worth mentioning that Yash’s dedication to yoga and pushing his limits was evident on World Yoga Day 2022, as he attempted a total of three records. His commitment to the practice and his pursuit of excellence serves as an inspiration to fellow yoga enthusiasts worldwide.

8. Longest time to hold the eight-angle pose (female)

Name: Priya Ahuja

Location: Haridwar, India

Duration: 3 minutes, 28 seconds

Date: June 14, 2022

Priya Ahuja, a dedicated yoga practitioner, and fitness coach, set an impressive record for the longest duration holding the eight-angle pose (female). Priya achieved this remarkable feat in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India, on June 14, 2022, with a time of 3 minutes and 28 seconds.

Priya’s decision to attempt this record was driven by her desire to make her family proud and take her fitness journey to new heights. As a fitness coach, Priya aims to spread awareness and inspire women and the youth to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle.

9. Longest time to hold the center split pose (Samakonasana)

Name: Smita Kumari

Location: Ahmedabad, India

Duration: 3 hours, 10 minutes, 12 seconds

Date: December 17, 2022

Smita Kumari, a dedicated yoga practitioner from India, achieved a remarkable feat by holding the center split pose (Samakonasana) for an astonishing duration of 3 hours, 10 minutes, and 12 seconds. This extraordinary record was established in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, on December 17, 2022.

Smita’s decision to pursue this Guinness World Records title was driven by her desire to raise awareness about the numerous benefits of yoga, particularly in building practitioners’ endurance. By accomplishing this record, Smita aims to inspire others to explore the physical and mental benefits of yoga and encourage them to incorporate it into their lives.

10. Most yoga classes attended in one week

Name: Roger Herzler

Location: Vista, United States

Total: 25

Date: June 30, 2019

Roger Herzler, a passionate yoga enthusiast from the United States, achieved a remarkable record for attending the most yoga classes in a single week. Over the course of seven days, from June 23 to June 30, 2019, Roger attended an impressive total of 25 yoga classes at Yoga Branch in Vista, California, USA.

Roger’s love for yoga and his desire to share his experience with others motivated him to attempt this Guinness World Records title. By setting this record, Roger aimed to generate interest and inspire others to explore the benefits of yoga.

11. Longest time to hold the tree pose

Name: Yash Moradiya

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Duration: 7 hours, 53 minutes, 25 seconds

Date: October 24, 2022

Yash Moradiya, an accomplished yoga practitioner from India, accomplished a remarkable feat by holding the tree pose (yoga) for an astonishing duration of 7 hours and 53 minutes. This incredible record was achieved in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on October 24, 2022.

Yash’s decision to attempt this record was driven by his personal goals and aspirations. With immense dedication and perseverance, Yash demonstrated his commitment to pushing his physical and mental limits in the practice of yoga.

12. Most people performing the Warrior I simultaneously online

Name: Mars Inc

Location: United Kingdom

Number of People: 133

Date: November 10, 2021

Mars Inc, a company based in the USA, achieved an impressive record for the most people simultaneously performing the Warrior 1 pose (yoga) online. A total of 133 participants took part in this record-breaking event, which occurred on November 10, 2021.

What makes this achievement even more remarkable is that the participants were widely dispersed across Europe and North America. To set the record, all participants had to assume the Warrior 1 pose precisely at the same start time of 15:05 local UK time and maintain the pose for a duration of 2 minutes. Each participant had to ensure that their individual recording camera captured their entire pose.

This record is a testament to the coordination, dedication, and collective effort of the participants involved, highlighting the power of technology in bringing people together for shared experiences, even across great distances.

13. Largest online photo album of yoga poses

Organizations Involved: National Yogasan Sports Federation, Patanjali Yogpeeth, Heartfulness Institute, Geeta Pariwar, Kreeda Bharati, Haryana Yog Aayog (Haryana Govt.), World Yogasana

Location: Delhi, India

Date: March 16, 2022

Patanjali Yogpeeth, Geeta Pariwar, National Yogasan Sports Federation, Kreeda Bharati, Heartfulness Institute, Haryana Yog Aayog, and World Yogasana (all India) achieved the largest online photo album of yoga poses with 439,551 photos.

14. Largest facial yoga class

Name: Ruchika Sharma

Location: Hyderabad, India

Number of People: 1661

Date: October 11, 2015

Being Women, an organization based in India, organized the largest facial yoga class, which brought together an incredible number of 1,661 participants. This remarkable event took place in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, on October 11, 2015, at People’s Plaza.

The class welcomed participants of various age groups, ranging from as young as 8 to as old as 93, showcasing the inclusivity and accessibility of facial yoga.

This record-breaking event not only highlighted the popularity of facial yoga but also emphasized the collective effort and enthusiasm of the participants and organizers in promoting holistic well-being and facial muscle toning through yoga practices.

15. Longest time to hold the peacock pose

Name: Yash Moradiya

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Duration: 30 minutes and 53 seconds

Date: June 21, 2022

Yash Moradiya from India achieved the record for the longest time holding the peacock pose in Dubai, UAE, on June 21, 2022, with a duration of 30 minutes and 53 seconds. This remarkable feat was accomplished on International Yoga Day, showcasing Yash’s personal achievement and dedication to yoga.

16. Longest time to hold the tortoise pose

Name: Shastiha P.

Location: Gummudipoondi, India

Duration: 1 hour, 6 minutes, and 1 second

Date: August 7, 2022

Shastiha P. from India holds the record for the longest time holding the tortoise pose in Gummudipoondi, India, on August 7, 2022, with a duration of 1 hour, 6 minutes, and 1 second. Inspired by Guinness World Records, Shastiha attempted this challenging feat as a dedicated yoga practitioner.

17. Most Bikram yoga classes are completed in one month

Name: Aleshia Turner

Location: Hamilton, New Zealand

Number of classes: 50

Date: March 31, 2017

Aleshia Turner from Hamilton, New Zealand, accomplished an impressive feat by completing the most Bikram yoga classes in a single month. From March 2 to March 31, 2017, Aleshia attended a total of 50 classes, each lasting 90 minutes and conducted at a sweltering temperature of 40 degrees Celsius.

Aleshia’s dedication and commitment to her yoga practice enabled her to achieve this remarkable record. By enduring the challenging conditions of Bikram yoga, Aleshia demonstrated her physical and mental strength, as well as her passion for the practice.

18. Longest time to hold in Uttamangasan pose

Name: Manish Katkar

Location: Nashik, India

Duration: 11 minutes and 48 seconds

Date: October 1, 2022

Manish Katkar from Nashik, Maharashtra, India, holds the record for the longest time holding the Uttamangasan pose (yoga), with an impressive duration of 11 minutes and 48 seconds. This record was achieved on October 1, 2022.

Prior to attempting this remarkable feat, Manish dedicated three months to practicing and perfecting the Uttamangasan pose. His commitment and perseverance paid off, allowing him to successfully set the Guinness World Records title.

19. Largest paddle board yoga class

Name: Raphaela Schäufele

Location: Überlingen, Germany

Number: 305

Date: September 11, 2022

Raphaela Schäufele from Überlingen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, successfully organized and achieved the record for the largest paddle board yoga class. On September 11, 2022, a total of 305 participants gathered on paddle boards to practice yoga.

Raphaela’s inspiration for attempting this Guinness World Records title came from her role as an organizer of a yoga festival held near Lake Constanze. The idea of combining paddle boarding with yoga proved to be an exciting and unique challenge for participants.

By bringing together a large group of individuals on paddle boards, Raphaela created a memorable experience that not only promoted physical fitness but also showcased the beauty of practicing yoga in a serene natural setting.

20. Most consecutive yoga positions on a motorcycle

Name: Hav Ramesh

Location: Jabalpur, India

Date: December 21, 2013

Hav Ramesh from Jabalpur, India, holds the record for the most consecutive yoga positions performed on a motorcycle. On December 21, 2013, he successfully completed 50 different yoga positions while riding a motorcycle.

Hav Ramesh’s remarkable feat covered a total distance of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). What made his record even more impressive is that he included 10 reverse positions in his routine, adding an extra level of difficulty and skill to the performance.

This record not only demonstrates Hav Ramesh’s incredible balance, flexibility, and control but also showcases his creativity and innovation in combining two seemingly unrelated disciplines, yoga and motorcycling.

21. Most consecutive yoga positions underwater

Name: Kamal Kaloi

Total Positions: 21

Location: Nam Dinh, Vietnam

Date: July 3, 2020

Kamal Kaloi achieved the Guinness World Record for the most consecutive yoga positions performed underwater. He completed a total of 21 yoga poses while submerged underwater. The poses performed by Kamal Kaloi in a single breath underwater were as follows:

Kamal performed the following poses in a single breath while underwater:

  1. Plank pose (phalakasana)
  2. Cobra pose ( bhujangasana)
  3. Sphinx pose (salamba bhujangasana)
  4. Bow pose (dhanurasana)
  5. Dolphin plank pose (Makara adho mukha savasana)
  6. Forearm side plank pose
  7. Extended cat pose (utthita marjaryasana)
  8. Downward facing dog pose (adho mukha svanasana)
  9. Extended puppy pose (uttana shishosana)
  10. One legged dog pose / downward dog split pose (eka pada savanasana)
  11. Side plank pose (vasisthasana)
  12. Dolphin pose (catur savanasana)
  13. Camel pose (ustrasana)
  14. Cow pose (goasana)
  15. Half bow pose ( ardha dhanurasana)
  16. Monkey pose forward band pose (hanumanasana forward bend)
  17. Four limbed staff pose (chaturanga dandasana)
  18. Wide angle seated forward bend pose (upavishta konasana)
  19. Bridge pose (setu bandh Asana)
  20. Cat pose (marjaryasana)
  21. Revolved head to knee pose (privritta janu sirsasana)

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Conclusion

As of June 2023, the world of yoga continues to evolve and thrive, with each passing day witnessing the creation and breaking of new records. Yogis from all corners of the globe are embracing new challenges, pushing the boundaries of what was once thought possible, and setting their sights on surpassing existing records. We will continue to see more record-breaking Yoga entries in the Guinness Book of Records.

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