Yoga instructor Smita Kumari set a new Guinness World Record of holding the centre split, Samakonasana, Yoga pose for a record 3 hours 10 minutes and 12 seconds in Ahmedabad, said the Adani Group on Wednesday. The 29-year-old yoga instructor had no grounding at all in yoga and had to overcome several challenges to find her footing in this field. She would practise for hours till she perfected the asanas.
Originally hailing from Jharkhand’s Ranchi, Smita works as yoga teacher with the healthcare department at Adani Group. She received her record certificate from the Guinness World Records team and the same was presented to her by Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani.
“It was an exhilarating moment for me. Our Healthcare Head Doctor Pankajkumar Doshi informed the Chairman (Gautam Adani), who presented the certificate to me,” she said.
The center split is one of the most difficult positions to learn, master and maintain. It is a necessary sub-routine to get expertise in disciplines like yoga, ballet, dance, gymnastics, and the martial arts. And Ranchi-based Smita has now set a world record in maintaining this difficult position.
She decided to apply for the Guinness World Records last year. While preparing for the final day event, she faced several challenges like registration, paperwork and fee. That is when Adani Sportsline also intervened to assist her. The Adani Sportsline team along with the in-house physiotherapist and dietician helped me plan out my journey meticulously till the event day,” said Smita, adding that she also got help from her colleagues.
Smita joined AEL in 2019 as a professional yoga instructor. “Just like yoga was never a planned part of my goals, moving to Ahmedabad too was the same. This move proved a life-changing experience for me. I even found a family in my colleagues,” she said.
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