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Yoga expert on bike to attempt Guinness

Jorhat, Nov. 27: S.S. Siddhartha’s daily regimen comprises twisting and contorting his body into various shapes, with hands free on a moving motorcycle.

He is pushing himself to new heights with an eye on breaking the Guinness world record for the number of yogasanas performed on a motorbike held by Yuvraj C.P, yoga master in Hong Kong.

For Siddhartha, from the Rongdoi area of Jorhat, Abhijeet Baruah, who recently created a record by running barefoot for over 150km in 24 hours, is the inspiration.

The 41-year-old black belt third dan in kung fu, said he practised pranayam and yoga along with the martial art as all these helped to keep him supple. “I often tried out yogasana poses while moving on my TVS motorcycle till someone suggested that I try for a record in the Guinness Book of Records,” Siddhartha said.

After a search on the Internet he found out that such a record is held by Yuvraj C.P, a resident of Chennai who works as a yoga teacher in Hong Kong. He had performed 23 yogasanas in Mumbai on February 17, 2011.

Siddhartha, a kung fu coach and national referee, is also a member of the All Jorhat Manchuria Kung Fu Academy affiliated to the Manchuria Kung Fu International School of Chinese Self Defence Martial Arts headquartered in Hong Kong. The national headquarters of the academy is in Chennai.

The kung fu expert said he would try to cross 30 yogasana poses and practises all of them daily. “Among padmasana, bajrasana, naukasana and sirsasana, the last is the toughest to perform as keeping one’s balance on a handless motorcycle and then overturning oneself is difficult,” he said.

Siddhartha, who practises on a TVS motorcycle, wishes that he had a heavier bike. “I weigh 72kg and the TVS is very light for me, only 110kg when the petrol tank is full and there is an imbalance. What I need is a bike of 200 to 250kg for more balance.”

Siddhartha, who looks much younger than his age, will first perform all the poses and make a videography and send this to the Guinness World Record authorities. He plans to do this in December.

The All Jorhat Manchuria Kung Fu Academy and Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad which is backing him in his endeavour have contacted B.K. Chandra Shekhar Tiwari, the Guinness representative in New Delhi.

Tiwari has asked them to send him a videography.