India's top yogi-cum-entrepreneur just set a yoga world record

India's top yogi-cum-entrepreneur just set a yoga world record

  • Baba Ramdev set the world record for the ‘largest yoga session’ ever performed.
  • The record was set for the Guinness Book of World Records at the 105,000 mark.
  • Reports suggest that the crowd grew even bigger afterwards with nearly 200,000 participants.
While employees at the Income Tax Department in the city of Ludhiana are trying to set the record for doing yoga the entire day, the city of Kota in the Indian state of Rajasthan has already entered the Guinness Book of World Records by performing the largest yoga session ever.

In the early hours of the 4th International Yoga Day, a huge crowd gathered in Kota to perform their asanas at a mass yoga camp led by Baba Ramdev, a renowned yogi and co-founder of Patanjali Ayurved. Before long, the crowd ballooned to create a world record at the 105,000 mark for the ‘largest yoga session’ ever.

That number isn’t just a headcount but calculated using standardised methods and drone cameras. That being said, reports suggest that the crowd grew up to 200,000 participants by the end of the day.


The new record for the largest yoga session is nearly double the previous record of 55,524 people performing yogic asanas in Mysore just last year.

Aside from Baba Ramdev, the Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, officials from the Guinness World Records as well as 4,500 inspectors were present at the event. With the theme for this year’s International Yoga Day being ‘yoga for peace’, Ramdev expressed the need for people to embrace the three yog mantras of determination, hard work and good nature into their lives.

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