Tamil Nadu woman creates yoga world record

Chennai: On the second International Yoga Day on Tuesday, a woman advocate in Tamil Nadu created a new world record for continuous performance of yoga asanas or exercises. K.P. Ranchana, 34, an advocate by profession and a martial art student, set a record of continuous performance of asanas for 57 hours. "I didn't feel tired performing the asanas since June 19 morning. After I completed I felt 'why it all came to an end'. From tomorrow onwards, it is going to be work as usual," Ranchana, who hails from the temple town of Kanchipuram, around 75 km from here, told IANS. "It was my mother's braveness, father's patriotism and my guru's guidance I was able to perform this," she added. Ranchana broke the world record set by Uttam Muktan of Nepal who performed yoga for 50 hours and 15 minutes in December 2015. Asked about how she got interested in yoga, Ranchana said she took to meditation first to get relieved of tension and then started learning yoga 10 years back. According to Ramesh Rishi of Mahamaharishi Foundation Charitable Trust Mahayogam, Ranchana performed around 600 asanas with five minute rest after evey hour of yoga exercise. He said Ranchana took only fruit juice since June 19 when she started her yoga performance.