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5,000 people turn out for yoga convention

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5,000 people turn out for yoga convention
Photo: Paul Gillingwater
15:03 CEST+02:00
Organizers estimated over 5,000 people attended the second annual Joya yoga convention, held in the Augarten park in Vienna.

The free event, in which a variety of yoga postures were taught from a raised platform in one corner of the park, attracted thousands of fit (and unfit but enthusiastic) people to enjoy the sunshine this morning in the beautiful Augarten park in Vienna's 2nd district.

Organizers arranged for thousands of free bottles of water and 1,500 complimentary yoga mats for attendees, as well as offering vegan food and drink for sale.

Florian Schmied, marketing director of primary sponsor Joya said "Our aim was an enjoyable day in the open air, focusing on pleasure and enjoyment of life."

"The event was not only for experienced yogis, but also beginners were especially invited to participate."

He told The Local that yoga is becoming popular in Austria because it's about "feeling good, and feeling yourself.  It's more spiritual than exercise."

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