Pioneer Courthouse Square
701 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204 Get ready!
Another world record is coming to Portland. At 8:30 AM on Friday, July 11, Portlanders of all ages and backgrounds will team up in Pioneer Courthouse Square to smash the Guinness World Record for “Longest Yoga Chain.”
They’re calling it… The Great Namaste.
The current record? It belongs to 697 yogis in India—the birthplace of the practice. To break it, they’ll gather at least 700 Portlanders in the city’s living room to perform what lead organizer, Tyler Tervooren, describes as “a domino effect.”
“Think of it like knocking over an elaborately laid out set of dominoes,” says Tervooren. “Now, replace the dominoes with people doing yoga, and that’s what we’re about to orchestrate with 700+ people. At the very least, it’ll be a hell of a show.”
It’s being put on by The World Domination Summit (WDS)—a global event based in Portland and focused on community, adventure, and service—with help from Yoga Rocks The Park—a team of instructors who bring yoga events to Portland parks during the few dry months of the year.
If it sounds ambitious, at least they have a track record to point to. Last year, WDS—with help from The Human Access Project—set the world record for the “longest floating chain”, putting 620 people on inner tubes in The Willamette River. The chain ended up more than a half-mile long, stealing the title away from Italy.
But why the fascination with world records? “It’s a catalyst for action. It gives us all something to rally around,” explains Tervooren. “We’re all about community, adventure, and service. The Great Namaste hits all three of those tenets. But, really, the best answer for ‘Why do it?’ is ‘Why not?’”
The organizers say the event will accommodate all ages and abilities. Tickets to The Great Namaste are $15 (discounted if you bring friends), and come with a yoga mat. Proceeds from the event will be donated to a local non-profit.