YOGA PROPAGATION

If you want to improve yourself and become creative, happy, satisfied and successful, take everything in life as a form of sadhana.

—Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

BHARAT YOGA YATRA 2016 – KNOW YOURSELF YOGOTSAV

Punjab

As part of his Bharat Yoga Yatra which commenced in 2014, Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati conducted two ‘Know Yourself Yogotsav’ programs in Punjab.

From 17th to 20th November, the pro gram was conducted at the Guru Nanak Stadium in Ludhiana. The morning classes were conducted by Swami Gorakhnath, Swami Kaivalyananda and Swami Shivaraj. Swamiji spoke on the Bihar Yoga–Satyananda Yoga system, on the progression of hatha yoga, raja yoga and kriya yoga. He described the yoga re search conducted in many countries around the world and explained in detail the discovery and development of yoga nidra by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati. Swamiji emphasized the importance of developing positive qualities and creating a yogic lifestyle.

Over 300 participants attended the program. On the last day, Swamiji gave mantra diksha to 39 aspirants and initiated 15 into jignasu and 10 into karma sannyasa.

From 21st to 22nd November, the pro gram was held at the Skating Rink, Sector 10, Chandigarh. Swamiji con-ducted the morning class and spoke on the progression of yoga from practice to sadhana to lifestyle and culture. He introduced the yama of happiness and the niyama of japa with the aim of changing the negative into positive. On the last day, Swamiji gave mantra diksha to 29 aspirants and initiated 2 into jignasu sannyasa.

On 22nd November, a special pro-gram was conducted at Sivanandashram, Chandigarh, where children gave a demonstration of advanced asanas. Swamiji encouraged the children to have trust in themselves, faith in the higher will, and to work hard.

Other than the Bharat Yatra the following programs were conducted:

Assam

From 2nd to 7th February, a yoga shivir was organized at the Bongaigaon Refinery for refinery officers and their family members. Over 50 participants attended the sessions. Around 120 children aged 13 to 18 years from DPS and Bongaigaon HSS schools enjoyed the yoga classes and kirtan. Swami Tyagraj conducted the program; he was assisted by Ravi of the Yuva Yoga Mitra Mandal.

From 10th to 14th May, yoga classes were conducted at the IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Campus, Guwahati, as part of the Spic Macay Convention dedicated to the musical and cultural heritage and traditional art forms of India. Over 200 students participated in two three-hour yoga sessions. Children and students age 6 to 25 took part as well as citizens of 25 states of India. Participants also came from Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan. Kirtan was the most favourite part of each session. The classes were conducted by Swami Tyagraj who was assisted by Ravi, member of the Yuva Yoga Mitra Mandal.

From 16th to 25th June, various yoga programs were organized at the Narangi Army Cantonment, Guwahati. Over 500 participants, which included army officers, JCOs, jawans and their family members, benefitted from these yoga classes. On 21st June, the International Day of Yoga was celebrated at various locations within the cantonment. Swami Kaivalyananda conducted all the sessions; he was assisted by Kiran of YYMM.

Bihar

On 8th January, Swami Niranjanananda addressed officials and employees of Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL) and their families at Ravindra Bhavan in Patna as part of a motivational lecture series. The audience included the state energy minister, serving and retired IAS officers, doctors, engineers, judges and their families. Swamiji spoke on the yogic capsules as tools to help overcome stress and stay healthy. More than 1200 delegates attended the program with keen interest. From 19th to 21st May, Notre Dame Academy, Patna, organized a yoga shivir for 40 sisters. Daily three sessions were conducted by Swami Yogakanti. Many of the sisters had visited Ganga Darshan, and 20 are involved in teaching yoga to students.

On 16th October, the Lakshmikant Mishra Foundation, Delhi, organized a seminar on ‘Ahimsaka Lokashakti, Shiksha aur Patrakarita’ at the town hall of Munger. Swami Gyanbhikshu from Bihar School of Yoga was invited to speak on the role of journalists to educate people to create a peaceful, harmonious and just environment and to develop the awareness of non-violence.

Gujarat

From 28th January to 1st February, Swami Nirmalananda took part in medical camps for tribal children organized by Yuva Pragati, USA, and the Institute for Quality Education run by the Sister Nivedita Foundation in Rajkot, North Gujarat. During these medical camps yoga sessions were conducted. Swami Nirmalananda also gave three yoga sessions for the general public which were attended by over 60 participants. Other yoga sessions were conducted for specific groups. They included a session in which 30 doctors participated, a session for over 150 urban school children, a session for 90 ladies and one for 30 yoga teachers.

From 6th to 12th February, a yoga shivir was conducted by Swami Kaivalyananda at the Rotary Club Hall, Bhuj. He also conducted programs at other venues: on 6th and 9th February at the Sivananda Balakashram; on 7th February at the Shivam Park Community Hall; and on 10th February, at the Vaniavad Shala where 150 students, age 6 to 14, attended the session.

Chhattisgarh

Kanker: From 28th March to 3rd April, the Yoga Sadhana Kendra, Kanker, organized a shivir with two sessions daily which were attended by 120 participants.

At the Central High School, Kanker, 500 students attended the yoga classes and the yoga class at the Saraswati Shishu Mandir Higher Secondary School, Kanker, was attended by 600 students

Narayanpur: From 6th to 13th April, the Sadhaks of Narayanpur organized for the first time a shivir for over 120 participants who joined the classes with great enthusiasm.

On 10th April, a second yoga camp was organized for the India-Tibet Border Police, at Jailbadi, ITBP Camp. It was attended by 80 jawans and officers.

Pharasgaon: From 15th to 21st April, the Yoga Lovers, Pharasgaon, organized one shivir for over 100 sadhakas, one at the Rishi Vidyalaya Secondary School, Taragaon, at the Hostel of Adarsh Vidyalaya, Pharasgaon, and a fourth shivir at the Kasturba Gandhi Residential School, Boregaon, Jugani Camp Secondary School & High School and Gatti Palna School, which was attended by 500 students.

Kondagaon: From 23rd to 30th April, two shivirs were organized by the Satyam Yoga Kendra, Kondagaon. The first one for the general public was attended by over 150 participants, and the program for the Higher Secondary School, Bajarpara, Higher Secondary School, Dongripara & Girls’ Higher Secondary School was attended by 600 students

All shivirs were conducted by Swami Gorakhnath.

A children’s yoga camp was organized by Satyananda Yoga Ashram, Rajnandgaon, from 26th December 2016 to 1st January 2017, in which 15 boys and 24 girls participated. Besides asana, pranayama and yoga nidra classes the children were also engaged in likhit japa, kirtan and karma yoga. During the closing ceremony, the children presented the asanas they had learnt in the form of beautiful dances.

Jharkhand

From 15th to 21st March, the Yoga Mitra Mandal, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, organized a yoga shivir for the first time. It was attended by over 100 participants.

A second shivir took place at the Dhanbad Public High School. Over 350 students took part in the program. At the Rajkumar Saraswati Shishu Mandir

Higher Secondary School, 350 students participated in the yoga classes. Swami Gorakhnath conducted the shivir.

A seven-day yoga shivir was organized by Satyananda Yoga Kendra, Jamshedpur, from 22nd to 28th June at the Golmuri Club. There were two classes in the morning: advanced yoga for 90 participants and basic yoga for 80 participants. In the afternoon, a class for over 60 children was conducted, including stories, chanting, kirtan, asana and yoga nidra. The classes were conducted by Swami Vigyan Chaitanya. He also gave talks on ‘Mind management – a holistic approach’ to 60 people at the Telco Club of Tata Motors, 150 trainees of SNTI Training Institute of TATA STEEL, 75 employees of Tinplate Company of India and 10 professors of XLRI. The shivir concluded with an evening program in which the children presented dances, songs and stories. This was followed by satsang, including a video satsang of Sri Swamiji. Over 250 people attended the program.

Maharashtra

From 20th January to 4th February, various programs were conducted by Swami Kaivalyananda in the Mumbai area.

From 22nd to 29th January, a seven-day shivir was held at the MVM Hall at Kemps Corner, Mumbai. Approximately 80 participants attended the program.

On 23rd and 24th January, a program was organized at the Vanita Vishram School for around 35 teachers and 30 students.

On 24th January, a workshop on the practice of dharana was conducted at the Somaiya College. Approximately 300 yoga students of courses related to the study of yogashastra and other topics attended.

On 25th January, the Yoga Sadhana Kendra, Chembur, organized a session for around 100 associates of the centre.

On 26th January, Swami Kaivalyananda visited The Happy Home for the Blind in Worli, where the children welcomed him with kirtan and a demonstration of yogasana.

On 28th January, the Naigaon Police Station hosted a program for 125 police constables of which one third were women.

On 30th and 31st January, a two-day residential retreat was organized at ‘The Retreat House’ in Bandra, which was attended by approximately 45 participants.

On 1st and 2nd February, over 110 participants joined the program in Thane. They had to do their practices while sitting as there was not enough space to lay out the yoga mats.

On 2nd February, Swami Kaivalyananda interacted with around 50 members of the Ghantali Mitra Mandal, Thane.

From 22nd to 27th February, a yoga shivir was organized at the Cricket Club of India, Mumbai. The theme of the program was ‘Advancing in yoga and becoming more conscious and vibrant’. Around 160 participants attended the morning and evening sessions.

From 29th February to 2nd March, an introductory yoga program was held at the National Sports Council of India. Over 50 participants took part in the various sessions.

A yoga session was organized at the Bombay International School for about 20 teachers, and a special session for mentally challenged adults in Kshitiz. All programs were conducted by Swami Vigyan Chaitanya.

On 11th June, a workshop on ‘Yoga through the Various Stages of a Woman’s Life’ was conducted by Dr. Swami Nirmalananda at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Hall, Mumbai. The program was organized by Women Entrepreneurs (WE), the Women’s Wing of the World Zarathusti Chamber of Commerce (WZCC) and was attended by about 26 ladies.

From 21st to 23rd September, the ‘Know Yourself Yogotsav 2016’ was conducted in Pune at the Deccan College. The morning classes were attended by over 1000 participants and the evening program by more than 2000. Swami Kaivalyananda and Swami Shivaraj conducted the sessions. Besides guiding through the practical aspects of asana, pranayama, mantra chanting and concentration practices, they spoke on the following topics: ‘Cause and alleviation of suffering through yoga’, ‘The journey through the inner dimensions’ and ‘How to fulfil one’s destiny’.

From 16th to 22nd October, the Adani Power Maharashtra Limited organized a yoga shivir for the Shantigram Township. The morning and evening sessions were attended by more than 120 employees and their family members.

On four days, sessions were conducted at the Adani Vidyalaya for the school children and teaching staff.

At the plant auditorium a special session was held for over 110 employees on the topic of yoga lifestyle.

More than 200 contract workers attended a yoga session which emphasized the long-term effects of yoga.

All sessions were conducted by Swami Gorakhnath from Shantidarshan Ashram, Bokaro.

Rajasthan

From 12th to 14th October, a three-day yoga shivir was conducted at Gita Bhavan, Kota, by Swami Harishraddhananda from Sivananda Darshan Yog ashram, Satna. More than 40 people participated enthusiastically in the first such Bihar Yoga shivir organized in Kota.

Uttar Pradesh

From 22nd to 24th April, a yoga shivir was jointly organized at the Motilal Nehru Homeo Hospital, Lucknow, by the hospital and Yoga Anusandhan Samsthan, Lucknow. More than 40 patients and members of staff participated in the shivir, many of them regular yoga practitioners. Ailments such as obesity, spondylitis, blood pressure, diabetes and sleep disorder were addressed. The importance of living yoga as a lifestyle, not just as a practice, was emphasized. Sannyasi Gurupremanand conducted the shivir; he was assisted by Shri R.C. Adhikari.

From 1st to 3rd May 2016, Yog Anusandhan Sansthan, Lucknow, and Shri Ram Yog Sansthan of Gayatri Shakti Peeth jointly organized a shivir at Gayatri Shakti Peeth, Kursi Road, Lucknow. Over 90 participants attended the morning classes.

Sannyasi Gurupremanand conducted the shivir and was assisted by Sannyasi Poorn Pragya.

Nepal – Kathmandu

From 14th to 16th July, a yoga shivir was organized at the UN House in Kathmandu by the Staff Association of UNICEF Nepal. The daily sessions were attended by 16 national and international officers. Sannyasis Premananda and Sivagiri conducted the classes. They were assisted by Jignasu Jnanadharma.