Don’t let your dreams just float by.
Well, whaddya know. Fish pose can be done under water. There’s water ballet, water polo, Spandeau Ballet, paddleboard yoga so why not water yoga? And world records to justify its impressive aquatic dazzletude? Meet 70-year-old Y. Narasimha Murthy, the new World Telugu Book of Records holder for performing the most amount of yoga poses in 30 seconds in a practice known as ‘Jala’ (underwater) Yoga.
Murthy, a resident of Dilshuknagar, Hyderabad, India is a retired bank manager and apparently spending his newly found free time days in the pool. Actually, he appears to be an accomplished swimmer who says he’s been practicing for the last decade.
What was his record? According to officials of World Telugu Book of Records, “He was supposed to perform 30 postures, but he performed 38 of them in 30 minutes and created the record.”
The varied asanas included “suryasana, padmasana, gomukhasana, pawanmuktasana, and suryanamaskar.” Sun Salutations, in the water! And we thought we were cool in the bathtub. Maybe that’s not impressive enough. But it wasn’t only yoga asanas, the man also achieved such other amazing feats as “reading newspaper” and “having cool drinks” all while treading in the water for 30 minutes.
(Another pic sans strange ties.)
Too hard to believe? Don’t worry, a gaggle of press people, local oglers and officials of the Telugu Book of Records were on hand to witness the odd yet entertaining show.
“I have been practicing the postures since the last 10 years. I dedicate the record to my family and friends,” says Murthy who plans to tackle the world of underwater sea yoga next.
“My intention is to promote yoga amongst the youngsters,” he says. “It is the encouragement of my friends and relatives that helped me achieve it. I will try to make a record by doing it in sea.”
To which we say, good luck on your training, sir! Let’s just not hear about any “sleeping with the fishes” pose, ok?
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