Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi

Celebration in Pune

by Dr.Shirin Venkat

Celebration of the Anniversary of yoga class at Swami Rama Himalayan Yoga and Meditation Centre Pune [India] and the World Yoga Day on 19 June 2016

Jai Gurudev!

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The month of May reminded us it was time to organise a workshop for both the World Yoga Day and to celebrate the fifth anniversary of our class for pregnant girls, which we do on the third Sunday of June, every year. Last year it had coincided with the World Yoga day, and thus it was a double celebration. We have decided to keep it that way and thus conducted the workshop for all on the 19th of June 2016, at the prestigious Poona Club in the heart of Pune. A truly lovely venue.

There was great enthusiasm in our unit at the hospital as the resident doctors were involved in the event management. Dr. Kiran was expected to drive us back and forth from the venue as well as check every arrangement the night prior. Dr. Soumil was the treasurer. Dr. Amina, our Media Manager whose art is appreciated deeply, designed the poster, made the collage of the feedback as also that of the photos, besides the Whats-App group she created; this she kept alive pre workshop with information on timing, seating and so much more. Drs. Naina, Chaithra, Ganesh helped immensely. I am deeply grateful to all these young people who responded with immense zeal which made asking them to do chores easy. It was a delight to see Dr. Jyoti in her eighth month of pregnancy come at 6.30 am sharp to attend the workshop. The Guru is sure to have blessed the baby and mother.

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We had three singers from our team Dr. Kiran, Dr. Dhanashree and Dr. Rupali, and a guest singer Dr. Tanvi to bring the event to a close with bhajans. It seemed as though Gurudev and God were pleased with us for we ourselves were filled with a deep contentment.

The workshop began with morning prayers at 6.45 am and an introductory talk on the Himalayan tradition, our Gurudev Swami Rama and Swami Veda Bharati. This was followed by joints and glands exercises, a small break and then pranayama conducted by Dr. Shirin. Then the sonorous voice of Swami Veda Bharati guided the well primed participants through beginning meditation with Soham.

A sumptuous breakfast was served in the half hour break, this delighted one and all. Somehow even the caterer synchronised with the vibration of the workshop for he had laid the breakfast ever so silently and served it with warmth both in temperature and emotion.

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Getting the participants back to work Dr. Shirin took them through digestive breathing which they much needed following the breakfast. Then the documentary on Swami Rama was shown, which transported them to another realm altogether. Everyone could now appreciate the profound depth of the system of Himalayan Yoga and Meditation as taught by Swami Rama and Swami Veda Bharati.

The workshop continued with an interactive session with the girls who had done these courses during pregnancy. Mrs. Shweta Dalmiya spoke. Dr. Tanema, who had visited the Ashram and taken care of Swami Veda Bharati, also expressed her delight at being part of the family. Dr. Kedar Munshi, who is an initiate, shared his experience and Dr. Venkat, a long term disciple of Swami Rama, spoke on the miraculous manner in which she met Swami Rama at Honesdale. It thrilled all those present.

The workshop came to a close with bhajans joyfully sung in gratitude and celebration. The feedbacks are laid humbly at the feet of the Guru whose infinite unbound wisdom is the guiding light. One knows He does it all!



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