Win Tickets ($30): The Great Namaste @ Pioneer Courthouse Square | Help Smash the World Record for “Longest Yoga Chain”

We are giving away a pair of tickets to The Great Namaste @ Pioneer Courthouse Square on July 11. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Monday, July 7.

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July 11, 2014
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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.

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18 Responses to Win Tickets ($30): The Great Namaste @ Pioneer Courthouse Square | Help Smash the World Record for “Longest Yoga Chain”

  1. Duke July 2, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    Because I just got my yoga instructor cetification and need to network so I can find a job!

  2. shaylene July 2, 2014 at 10:03 pm #

    To be a part of something so big it will leave a smile on my face for life. Great memories.

  3. Linda Nguyen July 3, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    I love yoga. It’s been an extremely beneficial and therapeutic part of my life the past few years and I’d love be part of a record!

  4. april July 3, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    I just got back into yoga and this would be a great event to be part of!

  5. Desi Rani July 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    I have so many problems with this event.
    Why is a woman of color used to promote this? Yoga with cleavage? Exotic other??

    “It will take 697 of us to swipe the record away from India. Are you up for it?”

    Sounds like a colonialist power grab rather than a celebration of yoga.


  6. Rochelle July 3, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    I was raised in the Portland area, and now only visit during the Summer months. It would be super to add this record breaking event to my collection of memories! Thanks!

  7. Ditty Nicolaides July 3, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

    In a NY minute! But on Portland time…

  8. Tricia Schierman July 3, 2014 at 3:42 pm #

    Savasana en mass, what could be better? The fact that it’s happening in Portland of course!

  9. Matt July 3, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

    Getting in to the record books, one yoga mat at a time – love it!!

  10. Glen July 4, 2014 at 1:02 am #

    We’re going to Downward Dog our way into the record books!

  11. shawn July 4, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

    I would love a chance to be a part of history!

  12. Carson July 4, 2014 at 6:26 pm #

    One day all the world records will be mine.

  13. Jim July 5, 2014 at 9:21 am #

    Traveling to Portland for the first time, looking for yoga events and found this! So excited, just practiced with 2600 clevelanders at our Believe in Cle event at the rock hall and 800 at an indoor practice at the Cleveland museum of Art..the summer of massive yoga events in full swing.

  14. Diana July 5, 2014 at 10:38 pm #

    Love seeing the yoga community come together!

  15. Audrey July 6, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    This sounds awesome

  16. Staci July 6, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    Yoga is such a powerful and beautiful practice – brings your mind and body together. So peaceful and energizing at the same time.
    Such a great event to have in downtown – I would love to be a part of this record breaking pose

  17. Ariel July 7, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    Namaste for all, what a great way to promote something that can help every individual.

  18. Tina July 7, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    Because my friend and I are going on a yogi roadtrip from Santa Cruz to explore different yoga studios in the area! We will be there that morning and would love to be a part of the experience!

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