2014 – The Year That Was – A recap…

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2014 started with a wonderful ten-day trip to Bihar School of Yoga and Rikhiapeeth with 60+ children from 7 schools who participated in Children Yoga Festival 2013 commemorating Golden Jubilee of Bihar School of Yoga.

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This was followed by a grand finale of Children Yoga Festival 2013 and release of Ankur Katha 2013 – a collection of stories by children for children in presence of His Excellency Rosaiah ji, Governor of Tamilnadu.

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Principal’s conclave one each at Chennai and Cuddalore to reach the message of Jiva Vigyan (LIFE-SKILLS education) to the schools with a combined participation from around 60 schools.

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Inauguration of Ankur Kshetra to reach our yoga and life skills programs to common public during later part of the year.

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Inauguration of SSM lecture series by H.H. Tridandi Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji at Satyananda Yoga Centre, Triplicane in December 2014.

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New business associations and collaborations, more schools, educational institutions and bodies in Tamilnadu and neighbouring states evincing interest in our Satyananda Yoga and Jiva Vigyan programs, 2014 has been an overall positive year bringing more hopes for a promising year 2015 ahead.

We at Ankur and BLISS Group are thankful to each one of you, especially Satyananda Yoga family, who made this possible for a bootstrap start-up which was established two years ago to make the future of our upcoming generation happily successful, significantly contributing to the skill force of resurgent India.

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Looking forward to your continued support and patronage in the journey ahead.

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ABC of Yoga Education – Gill Adarsh Mat.Hr.Sec.School

We Congratulate! the management of Gill Adarsh Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Royapettah for providing the wonderful opportunity to their teachers to attend ABC of YOGA education workshop organised by Ankur Learning Solutions Pvt Ltd and conducted by Satyananda Yoga Education Charitable Trust.

ABC of Yoga education provides an insight into the meaning and depths of education, role of an educator and how Yoga helps an educator (teacher) to ably fulfil his/her responsibility in nurturing holistic and confident adults.

Shri Soundararajan and Shri Ranga Rajan conducted this program to the Junior teachers on 30th Oct 2014. Smt Uma Jeyagopal and Smt Aruna conducted the program for Senior teachers on 6th Dec 2014.

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We appreciate the interest, active and enthusiastic participation by the teachers in this program.

For conducting ABC of Yoga Education program in your school, you may reach us at ankur@blissgroup.com or 98400 76654

CYF 2014 at Chinmaya Vidyalaya

School level event of Children Yoga Festival 2014 was conducted at Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Virugambakkam on 10th Dec 2014. Children presented interesting yoga based themes – Protect flora and fauna, Conserve our forests, Yoga and Health, etc., during the festival.

The festival included – theme based demonstrations, quiz, oratorical skill demonstration, etc., where the children enthusiastically participated.

It was heartening to note that the children have developed a more holistic approach to yoga post their participation in Children Yoga Festival 2013.

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We Congratulate the management and Yoga instructor (Mr Venugopal) of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Virugambakkam for providing this wonderful opportunity to their students for the second consecutive year.

Hope more schools come forward to provide this wonderful opportunity to introduce to their students a holistic and enjoyable approach to yoga.

SSM Lecture Series Inauguration – Photo Feature

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Positive results of yoga nidra

Swami Ameet Malhotra, Occupational Therapist cum Researcher, UK, shares some interesting experiences he had with some of his clients, at World Yoga Convention 2013 held commemorating Golden Jubilee celebrations of Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, on 26th October 2013.

“While working in a prison, an inmate came to a class once and then I did not see him again.  Six months later I received a letter saying that, thanks to the yoga nidra, he had given up the life of crime.

In another case, there was a patient who had a stroke eighteen months previously, and who was told that she would never be able to breathe into her abdomen again.  Two yoga nidras later, not only was she breathing into her abdomen, but she was out walking every day in the country side.

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Yoga Nidra : Photo Courtesy – Triyoga.com

A third case occurred while working with alcohol and substance misuse patients.  One patient had been drinking around eighty units of alcohol a day, and as a result, the staff thought he had done some permanent nerve damage.  After about two weeks of talking to him and trying to build trust, I convinced him that we should do yoga nidra.  The night before, his hands had been shaking so much that he had to have someone help him have a cup of tea.  We did one yoga nidra and as he emerged from the practice, he had a big smile.  He raised his hands up, perfectly still, and he looked at his hands in disbelief.  The consultant psychiatrist said, “What did you do?” I said, “We did yoga nidra”.  He did not know what it was, but I said, “Look, I am writing a paper on it.””

The above is an excerpt from the author’s research paper “The Lived Experiences of Yoga Nidra Practitioners: From Relaxation to Spirituality”, published in Oct ’14 edition of  “Yoga” Magazine by Bihar School of Yoga.

One can experience Yoga Nidra at Ankur Ksehtra or any of the Satyananda Yoga Centres spread across Chennai. Details @ 98400 76654

SSM Lecture Series on LifeSkills education

“Sastra Sagara Mathan”

 “Gems of LIFE-SKILLS education from our scriptures – A journey into the Indian Wisdom”

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Ancient Indian scriptures abound with universally applicable life-skills wisdom. Ancient Indians evinced interest in the minds of people from across the world as they excelled in all spheres of life – economics, science, politics, astrology, astronomy, medicine, mathematics, fine arts, philosophy, education, tourism, trade and commerce, etc. by integrating scriptural wisdom into their life-style.

India was a leading world economy till about four centuries ago. Disintegrating our educational system from traditional wisdom by the colonial powers led to loss of national pride and rapid downfall of our society. It is now time to dive deep into this ocean, bring out gems of wisdom and reach this valuable treasure to humanity in an organized structure so that one can learn, understand and apply the same in daily life to be happily successful in pursuit of life’s goals.

“Sastra Sagara Mathan” is an initiative by Beeja – a trust involved in study, research and archiving of traditional Indian wisdom apart from structuring and evolving programs to enhance the life-skills of children of current generation in an enjoyable format. In these sessions scriptural oceanic treasure is churned by the learned to bring out gems of life-skills education and reach it to the education community to ultimately take it to the children in a joyous format.Samudra-Manthan-The-Churning-of-the-Ocean-of-Milk

The plan…

  • A series of lectures are held wherein one scripture/book of wisdom is taken in each lecture and the expert shares stories, concepts, philosophy, tools and techniques mentioned in the scripture under discussion to enhance one or more domains of life-skills in an Individual.
  • The expert then engages in discussion with the teaching community to clarify doubts and explore means of integrating the wisdom into the education system.
  • The conclusions and learning in the session is then integrated into the life-skills curriculum, syllabus, books and other programs & tools.
  • These sessions are held in schools or common venues with school principals and teachers as invitees apart from other educationists.

Ankur is glad to reach out this series to education community.

Requests for holding SSM lectures in your education institution may be forwarded to ankur@blissgroup.com

SSM Lecture Series – Inauguration

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Ankur Kshetra Inauguration

Ankur Kshetra was inaugurated on 2nd November 2014 at Shri. Krishnaswamy Matriculation Higher Secondary School, J-Block, 15th Street, Vaigai Colony, Anna Nagar West, Chennai – 600040, by Sn. Shiv Rishiji, Founder, Satyananda Yoga Centre, Triplicane.  Havan was performed which was followed by a lecture by Sn. Shiv Rishiji.

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Ankur Kshetra – The place to be!!! is the after-school division of Ankur.

At Kshetra we currently offer Yoga Programs for children, their parents and other adult members of their family. Very soon we shall be launching Jiva Vigyan – Life SKILL programs for children at Kshetra.

For more details, contact us at 98400 76654 or 96001 44117

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write to us at ankur@blissgroup.com

Introductory Workshops on Yoga

Introductory Workshops an various aspects of Yoga – for children, parents and other adults in a family are conducted every Saturday and Sunday at Kshetra – Shri. Krishnaswamy Mat. Hr. Sec. School, J-Block, 15th Street, Vaigai Colony, Anna Nagar West, Chennai – 600040.

The topics for the Workshops is given below.

For more details please contact 98400 76654 or 96001 44117.

WORKSHOP SESSIONS FOR NOV_DEC

Inauguration of first Ankur Kshetra – THE place to be for children

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Program

5:00 – 6:30 pm – Havan

6:30 – 7:30 pm – Inaugural lecture on “Awakening the Hidden Potential in Children” by Sn Shivrishi, Founder – Satyananda Yoga Centre, Triplicane.

Welcome to share the Joy in this New beginning in Ankur’s journey for bringing the best in our children.

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