Patanjali Yog Peeth (UK) Trust

-- a UK-based Registered Charity promoting healthy living and wellbeing in the Community

"Good Health is
       Humanity's Birthright"




22 September 2009


Tuesday 22nd September 09 - The uninhabited Scottish island of Little Cumbrae will host an international gathering of visitors this Sunday [27th September 09], who will be joining the Island's new owners, Sam and Sunita Poddar, in a celebratory blessing of the land.
As many as a thousand people are expected to join in the 'Hawan' celebrations on Sunday 27th September, which are going to be led by one of the world's leading yog (or yoga) experts and exponents, Swami Ramdev Ji.
Swami Ji is co-founder of the Patanjali Yog Peeth Trust (PYPT) which promotes Yog and the ancient tradition of holistic healing, native to India called Ayurved medicine. Swami Ji's mantra that "Good health is humanity's birth right" has attracted a following of 80 million people throughout the world. 
A diverse, cross cultural audience of Patanjali Yog followers from major cities throughout the UK and overseas; invited dignitaries, ministerial leaders, church leaders, academics, and healthcare professionals from Scotland, China, India, Canada, Mauritius, America, South Africa, Dubai and Europe; as well as residents from the nearby seaside towns of Largs, Fairlie and Millport will be among those present to witness the auspicious occasion.
Sam and Sunita Poddar have lived in Glasgow for 25 years and are founders of a successful care home business, called Lambhill Court Limited. They concluded the sale of the island last month for £2million and have pledged the use of the island to the Patanjali Yog Peeth Trust to establish the first five star Pranayam Yog and Ayurved medicine retreat outside of India. 
Sunita Poddar who is the international co-ordinator and a trustee of the UK Patanjali Yog Peeth Trust said it was her wishes that the island had something to offer everyone. "Our aim is to make Wee Cumbrae a worldwide destination with something for the whole family to enjoy. Whether it is experiencing the rejuvenating and healing powers of Yog Pranayam and Ayurved, exploring the magnificent history of the island, enjoying the many walking trails, or experiencing the many gifts of nature this beautiful island has to offer, we want to make Wee Cumbrae accessible for everyone."
Those wishing to attend the inaugural blessing of the island this Sunday are invited to join in the Hawan ceremony between 10.30am and 11.30am.  Visitors will also be able to explore the inland lochs and walking trails on the island, as well as tour round the 13th century castle keep and Jekyll Gertrude gardens of the Victorian Mansion House.  An exciting line up of entertainment has been laid on for the day and free refreshments including breakfast and lunch is also being provided.
This is the first time that the island has been open to the public and therefore boats have been specially commissioned for the day to take visitors to and from the island. Anyone interested in joining the day's celebrations should reserve their place to avoid disappointment by contacting telephone 0141 427 7510 or email  Boats will be leaving from Fairlie Yacht Haven.  For further information visit
Issued by Jen Nash on behalf of the Patanjali Yog Peeth (UK) Trust. For further information or enquiries please contact Jen Nash on m. 07971 466 220 or e.
There will be a media briefing at 9am on the Island and details of that will be circulated later today. Journalists or photographers interested in attending should contact Jen Nash on m. 07971 466 220 e. to reserve their place on the 10 minute boat journey to the island. Interviews and photographs will be available with Yog master, Swami Ramdev Ji , Co-Founder and General Secretary Acharya Balkrishna Ji, Wee Cumbrae Island owner, Mrs Sunita Poddar; and Arti Poddar, operations director of Wee Cumbrae, during the media briefing. Due to the official proceedings that are taking place, individual interviews will be arranged on a first come first serve basis immediately following the media briefing and up until 1030hrs, although we will do our best to accommodate all requests.  Contact details of the official photographer who will be supplying press photography will be confirmed.

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