Despite difficult weather conditions and fresh snow in the morning, the yoga session on the Aletsch Glacier was opened today, 25 June 2017, by leading figures from the Indian industry and politics. Twelve yoga poses were performed on twenty mats at 10-minute intervals. The target of at least 250 participants was a high hurdle to overcome under the given weather conditions. It was reached in time by 4 pm: the record attempt to reach the highest yoga session at 3,454 metres above sea level was a success. A total of 260 Jungfraujoch visitors took part, subject to continuous observation by two independent supervisors who documented the number of participants. Whether or not it will make Guinness World Records will be determined at the beginning of July 2017.
Indian state television live on location
As the 260 yoga enthusiasts performed their sun salutation on the Top of Europe, millions of Indians will soon be able to view it as well. A team from the national TV broadcaster "Doordarshan" travelled to film the record attempt. The channel reaches an audience of 600 million nationwide, and the announcement of the highest mass yoga session will give it great publicity in India.
The event at Top of Europe was initiated by the Indo-Swiss Center to mark International Yoga Day, which is celebrated on 21 June. Traditionally, yoga programmes take place worldwide throughout the week.
The Indo-Swiss Center is a non-profit organisation based in the canton of Zurich, which aims to promote the partnership between India and Switzerland on an economic, cultural and tourist level.