Yogathon: Stretching Bodies, Stretching Minds Across America

UNITED STATES, August 31, 2010: Anju Bhargava, the White House Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships Council’s first Hindu member, launched the country’s first Yogathon on Sunday. The Yogathon was created in the spirit of President Obama’s United We Serve campaign and Active Lifestyle Challenge, by Bhargava’s Hindu American Seva Charities (HASC).

HASC, along with many volunteers, mobilized the Hindu faith-based organizations to respond to the president and First Lady’s call to “United We Serve: Let’s Read, Let’s Move” – using yoga as a tool to promote physical activity, healthy living and peace of mind.

“The essence of Hindu culture is based on yoga,” said Bhargava, a member of President’s Advisory Council on Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. “Yoga helps us to get in touch with ourselves and what’s healthy for us. By introducing yoga to children we hope it will help them acquire healthy habits at an early age.”


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