Burrard Bridge to shut down morning of June 21 for massive yoga class

Christy Clark making the announcement about Om the Bridge.
Christy Clark making the announcement about Om the Bridge. Jill Bennett / Global News

VANCOUVER – To celebrate International Day of Yoga on June 21, Premier Christy Clark has announced the Burrard Bridge will be shut down to hold a massive yoga class.

The bridge will be closed in both directions, from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. for the class. The class will start at 8:30 a.m and yogis are encouraged to arrive by 8 a.m.

The province, Lululemon, YYoga and Altagas are all hoping to host the largest International Day of Yoga outside of India.

Lululemon staff will be on hand to give advice and guide participants.

Speaking about the closure, the premier cited economic ties to India and said the idea came out of a chat with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“India has given the world a great gift in yoga, with dedicated followers around the world. It’s become part of the cultural fabric in B.C., and particularly so in the Lower Mainland. That’s why we’re inviting beginners and yogi masters alike from across the province to Vancouver – to come together to celebrate yoga in record numbers, and most importantly, have fun,” said Clark.

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It is estimated that close to 200 million people around the world practise yoga, with the majority of them in India. There are an estimated 20 million practitioners in North America.