Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Students file into Cole Field House to break the world record for the largest human yoga chain October 14. The doors opened at 5 p.m. for the 7 p.m. event.

Fitness instructors from Campus Recreation Services sat at tables inside of Stamp to document the names of everyone who participated in the event. Each student was given a sticker guiding them to their place in the chain.

A group of students caught the photographer in action and posed for the camera as they stood in the growing line outside of Cole Field House.

The field at Cole Field House was lined with white tape designating the length of the chain. The field began to fill up at around 6 p.m.

Yoga instructor and University of Maryland Student, Roni Zelvinski (left), chatted with some friends before the event began. Zelvinski was the host of Tuesday night's event.

Students sat and socialized in formation as 7 p.m. drew nearer. The record to break was 700 students in the chain.

To stall for time, Zelvinski asked the students to close their eyes, imagine that they were sunflowers, and to pose as that sunflower. When students opened their eyes, many were smiling and laughing.

Chad Byron, a yoga instructor and junior criminal justice major, stood by the stage to help regulate the chain. 

Students began to get into the first pose of the evening, "Warrior 2". In order to be considered a "chain", it was crucial that each student was touching for each of the three poses.

Students were invited to celebrate after the chain was completed with a traditional yoga class. Though the chain was only 537 students long, the atmosphere of Cole remained light.

Extra tickets were left on the tables outside of the field after the chain was finished. Students handed in the tickets at the beginning of the event so event coordinators could keep track of how many people were in attendance.

A sign inside of Cole guides students out of the event. "Think B1G and say 'OM'" was the advertising slogan for the event.
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