Satyananda Yoga Awareness Workshop at St Anthony’s – Photo Gallery

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uvAcha Quiz – 2

It is OK to make mistakes. Why?

  • Columbus made a mistake and discovered a new world – America
  • Fleming made a mistake of not throwing away a dish of bacteria that  he was cultivating – penicillin was discovered.
  • Antoine Henri Becquerel by mistake left a sample of uranium in a closed drawer along with a photocopy plate – This later led to the discovery of Radioactivity for which he won Nobel Prize along with Marie Curie.

If you make mistakes your elders punish you. Huh!

Why do you think it was OK for them to make mistakes and not for you?

Hint: What character is common to the above which you should develop! 

Send your answers to uvacha@blissgroup.com

Answers for uvAcha Quiz – 1

1.  15th Aug 1936, Hitler      2. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel    3.  Swami Vivekananda

Listen to your heart

Listen to your heart

Have you ever heard the non-stop synchronous sound of your breath?

Have you ever heard the non-stop rhythmic beats of your heart?

As soon as you wake up in the morning…

Whenever you feel dull and bored…

Whenever you feel extremely happy…

Spare a minute, close your eyes and listen to the subtle sounds of your breath and heart beats.

As you open your eyes remember and Thank the God who has kept these two working non-stop to keep you going.

Then…

Observe the magic it does to your Mind…

Satyananda Yoga Workshop at St Anthony’s, Egmore

Ankur organised a workshop for students of classes VIII and IX at St Anthony’s Anglo-Indian High School, Egmore on 29th Aug 2013.

St Anthony's Yoga Workshop

“Satyananda Yoga” workshop at St Anthony’s

 

The session started and ended with a meditative practice, where children scanned their body and observed the change before and after the session. They were then given an experience of basic asanas in typical Satyananda Yoga style followed by lively interaction. By the end of this they were convinced about the need for asana practice in keeping themselves physically fit and healthy. Yoga games that followed helped them realise the importance of improving focus and concentration.

Smt Uma Jeyagopal of Satyananda Yoga Centre, Triplicane knowledge partners of Ankur Learning Solutions Pvt Ltd conducted the session in a lively, fun-filled and enjoyable manner.

St. Anthonys session with Parents

Sn ShivRishi Ji interacts with parents at St. Anthony’s

The fact that children thoroughly enjoyed the session apart from learning and implementing the same was realised during the session with parents conducted a couple of days later. Several parents came to the session beaming with joy that their children have started practicing yoga daily in the morning. In the experiential interactive session with parents Sn. ShivRishiji, founder of Satyananda Yoga Centre, Triplicane shared his personal experience with Yoga, the transformation Yoga brought in his life, emphasising the need for integrating yoga into the lives of children at a young age.

Ankur Thanks for the opportunity provided and Congratulates headmistress, Sister Jeyarani for the initiative and keen interest to introduce Yoga to her school children.

Taking Yoga to (Special) Children – 3 (…Contd)

If the root of the tree is nurtured well with water and fertile soil, there is no end for the tree’s growth. It is so beautiful when the tree grows and to watch the tree as it grows is very fulfilling.

Similarly the growth of this IYP program year after year makes us feel all the more happy to go ahead in the path of seva and loving those kids.

Every quarter the evaluation process is done and changes in the child’s behaviour are recorded. Mothers are insisted to follow the IYP programme regularly with complete faith and belief so that the benefits of the practice can be experienced by the child as early as possible.

The challenges are addressed with the sankalpa also and hence the mother is motivated to say the sankalpa every day. Many mothers experienced changes in their child’s behaviour and have shared their happiness with us.

A log sheet is prepared so that the mother enters her day-to-day practices of yoga and sankalpa. On observing the log sheet we come to know whether the mother is making her child to do all the practices and whether she says the sankalpa daily. This log sheet is entered in the school itself in the presence of yoga teacher or their class teacher.

The knowledge of yoga is delivered to the mother, as she is the carrier of the programme to the child. The mother is empowered to help the child. This IYP model is a complete communicative model in itself.

We look forward to take it to other special schools also.

LET US SERVE, LOVE AND GIVE

Jnana Jyothi, Yoga teacher,

Satyananda Yoga Centre, Triplicane

 

CCE, Yoga, What next in Getting back to OUR ROOTS?

Six and half decades since political Independence…

There are now signs of Independence for Indian Education System?

We are now slowly but steadily moving away from the Macaulay system of education introduced by British

We are now getting back to our roots…

We often complain about the faults in our education system and reforms that are required to make it effective and meet the goals of holistic education. They are relevant for the policy makers and institutions to consider and act upon.

In this article we take a quick peek at some of the recent initiatives, especially by CBSE and various state education boards that are in a positive direction taking us back to our roots… and the next step? in this direction.

Yes, efforts are on and there is a long way to go to make sure that all schools are empowered to implement the above effectively. But, the good news is that the journey…

to get back to our roots… to revive the essence of Ancient Indian education system and gurukul pattern… has now begun

Is Sanskrit literacy the next step in this direction?

Sanskrit with its grammatical perfectness is also acknowledged as most suitable language a computer can understand. Lot of research is happening in the west in this direction. NASA has already started using it in its experiments. The day is not very far when computer programming is made only in sanskrit. In that scenario sanskrit literacy will become a mandatory requirement for programming professionals. Last time around India missed the boat when west marched past during industrial revolution.

Schools in Europe have realised this and many advantages Sanskrit learning has. They have made it compulsory in their schools. They also realise that chanting of vedic mantras help in stimulating various centres in the body and help in learning, memorising, concentration, diction, etc., They no more associate sanskrit and vedic mantras with religion. Sanskrit and vedas have now entered into their definition of secular and scientific education. Has it entered ours? Edison, Einstein apart from other philosophers, scientists, etc., across the world have long since acknowledged the universal applicability of Gita and Vedas.

Some reports and video links:

With the nativity advantage, we are better equipped to make our upcoming generation sanskrit literate by making it mandatory in schools and thus catching up with the next big thing. Moving ahead of the pseudo-secular tag, our policy makers have Introduced an elective course on knowledge traditions and practices of India in CBSE. Carrying on with the spirit, there is also serious debate happening in this direction to better understand the relevance of Sanskrit in modern times. Hope this translates into reality and we see our upcoming generation converse in Sanskrit.

For all these steps and initiatives to be effective, there is a definite need for all stakeholders in the system – parents, teachers, school management and policy makers to act in cohesion. Teachers and parents play a key role in this process. They have to be taken into confidence, informed and trained so that they are better empowered in playing a constructive role in nurturing our children to face the challenges of 21st Century.

Cowboys find their HERO!

Cowboys Find their HERO!

Once a group of cowboys challenged Swamiji to show how fearless he could be while talking about the undecaying and eternal atman, which is a man’s true nature.

Could he remain unmoved and statue-like while lecturing on the subject of the atman, whose realization, he claimed, makes a man completely fearless?

In order to test Swamiji, they put him on a drum inverted to form an improvised stool and asked to him to go on lecturing.  Then they fired rounds so meticulously as to whiz past his ears on either side.  If only Swamiji moved even an inch either way or shook his head howsoever slightly, he would have had to face the bullets straightaway piercing his ears!

Swamiji stood on the ‘stool’ calmly and started to lecture.

The cowboys started firing the rounds and a volley of shots whizzed past his ears with maddening speed.

Swamiji went on with his lecture unfazed and as if nothing worthwhile was happening around him!

The cowboys then put down their guns and greeted Swamiji saying: ‘Hey, this is our hero!’

Cowboys find their HERO in Swami Vivekananda

Moral: Practice Meditation and develop Fearlessness and Concentration

With Ankur on a Creepy Fantasy Island

Ankur and I were on a boat in the middle of the sea.  It was a long boat-ride and we got a bit stiff.  We were overjoyed to see a beautiful island!  We stopped the boat and stepped on the island.  As soon as we stepped on the island, the charming land instantly turned into a dark and scary place.  We were dead scared and turned around to rush away but there was a huge wall blocking us from going out.  We were stranded on this island.  We could hardly see anything because of the darkness and we decided to just keep walking until we were too tired and ready to crash.  After a long walk we looked at my watch but were shocked when the time was only ten minutes different from what it was before.  This made us conclude that this was a creepy fantasy island!

We kept hearing roars and other noises.  Suddenly there was a blinding light that made the place bright!  We were starving and saw lot of things around which looked as though they were fruits, vegetables, cakes and chocolates mixed up.  We were so hungry that we grabbed four to five of them at the same time.  The moment we touched them, they shattered into a thousand pieces!  Every piece turned into vampires and witches.  Blood thirsty vampires, and curse awaiting witches were all around us.  You cannot even imagine how scared we were, literally jumping out of our skins.  This was indeed a fantasy land!  All the fantasy lands we had read about had fairies, etc.  but this one was exactly the opposite.  We ran as fast as our legs could carry us but every nook and corner had vampires and witches.  We were so scared that we couldn’t even think of what we were doing and ran around everywhere.

In some places we saw old buildings, fountains with black water, fire-breathing dragons and roads made of blood and skeleton.  We ran around in circles and crashed down when we got tired.  We saw the vampires sharpening their nails on rocks and advancing towards us.

Creepy Fantasy Island

Creepy Fantasy Island

Ankur hugged me and closed his eyes forgetting that he was my older brother, nevertheless I did the same.  We screamed aloud when they scratched us but kept running.  We ran back the way we came, sweating of fear, looking behind all the while.

Little did we realize we were only heading back to the huge wall that locked us in here!  With just a little touch the wall crumbled through!

We jumped back into our boat and were amazed to find this land exactly the way it was when we first saw it. To make sure that this was not a dream we looked at our body. We had scratches all over our hands and our foreheads were sweating.

We were amazingly scared. But then, we realized it had been way too long and rode back as soon as possible, vowing to never come back to this creepy fantasy land.

Ananya Shankar, Class VIII

Bala Vidya Mandir, Chennai

P.S: This story has been received as an entry for Ankur Katha 2013. We congratulate Ananya for her creativity, imagination and presentation. We wish her ALL THE BEST to make it to the final stage and get her story published in the book next time.

A 7th Std child on Pollution

Now a days there is a lot of pollution in our cities.  This pollution is increasing more and more, that too, day by day.  But why is there no pollution in the rural areas?

 Divyasri1

There is pollution in the cities because we use dust releasing vehicles like buses, autos, bikes, cars, etc. We must not use them more. People are also cutting away the trees.  The water is also being polluted.  After some days, we won’t have water to drink.  The soil is also not left alone.  It is also being polluted.  So we must rescue the earth from being polluted.

S. Divyasri, 7th Std

St. Josephs Girls High School, Visakhapatnam (AP)

 

Ankur Children Yoga Festival 2013 – Photo Feature

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