Indian yoga teacher holds scorpion pose for 29 minutes to break world record

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A 21-year-old Indian yoga teacher has broken the world record for the longest time in the scorpion position.

Yash Mansukhbhai Moradiya, who is a Dubai-based yoga instructor, held the Scorpion Pose (or Vrschikasana) for an incredible 29 minutes and four seconds, breaking the previous record of four minutes and 47 seconds.

The Guinness World Records announced his achievement on June 21, 2022, on the occasion of International Yoga Day. Scorpion Pose is an advanced yoga position, in which you place your forearms on the ground and arch your legs over your head.

“Breaking a Guinness World Record was a celebration of a long-awaited moment in my life. I started thinking about it five years ago and committed to doing it for two full years,” he said.

Speaking of the scorpion pose, he said, “The scorpion pose is all about stability. The longer you hold the pose, the better you’ll learn to establish your mental toughness.”

Yash prepared for this attempt for nearly two years, using the extra time he spent at home during the pandemic to hone his skill.

Yash selected an iconic date to make his attempt, Tuesday, February 22, 2022, which when written in a certain format (02/22/22) is a palindrome.

About Yash

Born in 2001, he began his yoga journey at the age of eight. In 2017, he completed his yoga teacher training course and chose yoga as his career.

She began practicing yoga regularly in 2010, paving her way to Power Yoga, which is a fast-paced cardiovascular exercise focused on building strength and flexibility in the body through high-impact yoga poses.

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It took Yash two years of constant practice to achieve this record, which included forearm brace exercises and even walking on his hands on a treadmill to increase flexibility in his arms, shoulders and back.

“My achievement is not just physical, it has a lot to do with self-confidence and mental toughness,” he said, adding that the actual physical challenge becomes really difficult after the 10 minutes are up.

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