From the Times of India:
WASHINGTON: Surya Namaskar (Sun salutation), that has been practiced in India for years, has now found a whole lot of takers in the US, with several cities endorsing this ancient Indian exercise for its health benefits.
Over 10,000 people participated in the public Surya Namaskar exercises held in 225 cities in 40 states in January, according to Hindu Swyamsevak Sangha (HSS), which organizes the annual 'Health for Humanity Yogathon'.
Mayors of Tampa in Florida, Milpitas (California), Cupertino (California), Normal (Illinois) and Bloomington (Illinois) declared "Health for Humanity [also known as Surya Namaskar Yajna] Day," and encouraged their residents to participate in the locally held Yogathons….
Surya Namaskar yoga routine integrates simple postures of well-balanced movements in ten steps with an easy breathing technique, to provide immense health benefits for everyone from beginners to yoga enthusiasts, HSS said in a statement today...
--Submitted by Swami Ramachandrananda