The Bihar School of Yoga program for IDY was presented online for all to follow and presentations on the ‘History of Yoga’ and ‘Yoga for Health, Happiness and Harmony’ were also released on the occasion.
On behalf of Bihar Yoga Bharati, Swami Shivadhyanam gave an interview on Doordarshan, the national television channel. The interview covered a wide range of topics such as the true meaning and purpose of yoga, the connection between yoga and science and the practical application of yoga in our modern busy lifestyles.
In February 2021, Bihar School of Yoga participated in the Police Week program organized by Bihar Police from 22nd to 27th February 2021. A discourse on the topic ‘Work-life balance, happiness and wellbeing’ was delivered by Swami Shivadhyanam. The importance of yogic practices and lifestyle was highlighted in the discourse.
On 25th April 2021, Bihar School of Yoga participated in a monthly series of lectures on Adi Shankaracharya, Shankar Vyakhanmala, organized by the Acharya Shankar Sanskritik Ekta Nyas, Dept. of Culture, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh. A virtual lecture on the topic: ‘Yoga and Advaita Vedanta’ was delivered by Swami Shivadhyanam in which he explained how the integral yoga propagated by Swami Sivananda, Swami Satyananda and Swami Niranjanananda provides a practical way for people of all walks of life to realize the vedantic experience in their own lives.
On 16th April, Swami Shivadhyanam participated in an international webinar organized by Sports Authority of India Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, Thiruvananthapuram on ‘Sports science, physical fitness and yoga during Covid 19 pandemic.’ In his speech to the over 900 participants of the webinar, Swami Shivadhyanam highlighted the role of yoga in harmonizing the chitta and prana shaktis in the human body leading to better health, stamina, vitality, and immunity in the human body and optimal performance in sports persons.
On 30th May, Swami Shivadhyanam participated in a webinar organized by the Department of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of Bihar, on tackling the atmosphere of fear, negativity and depression created by the Covid 19 pandemic. In his talk to the participants of the webinar, Swami Shivadhyanam presented health, happiness and harmony as the main requirements of the present times and how simple capsules and concepts of the different branches of yoga can be applied to achieve these goals and enjoy a better quality of life.
On 13th June, Swami Shivadhyanam took part in the inaugural session of on online yoga training shivir organized from 13th to 21st June by the Chhattisgarh Kurmi-Kshatriya Chetana Manch, Bilaspur. In his talk he spoke on the correct application of yoga in present times and how it can help in achieving health, happiness and harmony in life.
On 5th August, Swami Shivadhyanam participated in a webinar organized by the Bureau of Police Research and Development, National Police Mission, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India on ‘Role of Yoga in Prevention and Management of Lifestyle Diseases’ as part of a series of events planned for the ‘National Police Mission Week’ from 2nd to 6th August 2021. In his address to the police officers and various police personnel throughout the country, Swami Shivadhyanam explained the wholistic nature of yoga that promotes health, happiness and harmony, and highlighted some useful and practical aspects of yoga practice and lifestyle.
On 22nd August, Swami Niranjanananda addressed an international webinar organized by the Department of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Government of Bihar, on the need to acquire health, happiness and harmony in life. A yogic lifestyle is the foundation as it incorporates yoga capsules and attitudes from various branches of yoga such as asana, pranayama and relaxation, the cultivation of manahprasad, happiness. An appropriate relationship to work is equally important, always giving one’s best and being supportive of others. Understanding oneself, seeing oneself in others, and the whole world as one’s family create a feeling of wellbeing, fulfilment and harmony.
On 3rd October, Swami Niranjanananda had a virtual interaction with gynaecologists, cardiologists, oncologists and other doctors in a webinar organized by the Patna Menopause Society, wherein he spoke on the positive effects of yogic practice and lifestyle on a person’s health and wellbeing. He outlined simple practices of asana, pranayama and relaxation which can be particularly effective and helpful.
From 26th to 28th October, Swami Shivadhyanam conducted a virtual yoga training program for sports coaches as part of the High Performance Coach Education program organized by the Netaji Subhash National Institute of Sports, Patiala. The coaches were from various National Centers of Excellence of the Sports Authority of India, training national level athletes in various disciplines. In his lectures, Swami Shivadhyanam highlighted the role that specific hatha yoga and raja yoga practices could play in developing the potential and performance of sportspersons, and in the interactive sessions with the coaches, he answered their queries pertaining to their own specific disciplines.
On 7th November, Swami Ratnashakti conducted a webinar on her publication Transforming Krodha for a group of yoga aspirants who had been practising the sadhanas presented in the book.