KATHMANDU, June 21 (Xinhua) -- A Nepali yoga therapist Uttam Muktan has set a Guinness World Record for performing longest yoga marathon under the male category.
30-year-old Muktan received the certificate from Guinness World Records on the eve of International Yoga Day for performing Yoga continuously for 50 hours 15 minutes.
In yet another attempt of keeping unique records across the world, the Nepali Yoga instructor had demonstrated more than 1,000 striking body postures in Kathmandu in last December. His record-breaking performance was captured in movie-camera to submit to the Guinness World Records organization.
After nearly six months of the attempt, Muktan has succeeded in breaking the record of an Indian Yoga teacher, who had performed for 40 hours and 15 minutes in February, 2015.
"I am feeling very happy to receive this world recognition. This is not a sole personal success so I would like to give credit to all the yoga enthusiasts for leading me to this status," Muktan shared his happiness with Xinhua on Tuesday.
His triumph was celebrated by the government in front of thousands of people from different walks of life who gathered at capital city's central point King's Way to participate in mass yoga demonstrations marking the International Day of Yoga. Muktan was felicitated by the Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli with a certificate and a cash prize of Rs 50,000.
Muktan told Xinhua, "Nepal is already known as land of Gautam Buddha. But there are still immense possibilities for exploration in the discipline of Yoga. So I will try my best to spread the message of this peace land to the whole world through Yoga."
He also wants to persuade each and every individual to explore their inner talents and adopt a disciplined life. "Yoga leads us to completeness and oneness," he added.
Born in a rural village of Kavrepalanchowk, a district bordering Kathmandu, Muktan completed his bachelor's degree in Yoga from Bangalore of India.
He believes that the multiple twists and turns along with the formal lessons from a renowned Yoga Guru Vikashananda have led him to the position where he stands today.
"Yoga is an integral part of my life. I will dedicate my whole life spreading and promoting this discipline", he shared his future plan with Xinhua.