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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The Argumentative Couple

Ankur and Rishi are on a walk by the lake side. There is greenery all around. It is absolutely silent and calm except for the chirping of birds and the soothing sound of gentle breeze.

Both had actually set out for a stroll to chat on some interesting topic. But the weather was so engrossing they had not opened the mouth.  They are enjoying the weather to the fullest.

Screeeeeeech! 

A motor bike stopped suddenly on the road.  The guy riding the bike parked it and walked towards the bench swiftly. From the expression on his face one could observe he was very angry.

Ankur’s eyes fell on the girl on the bench equally agitated.  She was restless.  The mood of the duo is contrary to the surroundings.  As soon as the guy approached the girl he lifted his hands as if to slap her.  But the girl acted faster.

For a moment there was silence.  The guy was shocked.  Within seconds, the area was echoing with the arguments of the two.  They were both shouting at the top of their voices.  Probably, someone standing on the top of the mountain beside the lake, could clearly hear their argument.

Rishi was also observing this.  Suddenly, a smile emerged on his face.

When Ankur turned around to see Rishi’s response, he was surprised.  He could not understand why Rishi is amused. As if reading Ankur’s mind, Rishi started explaining.

“Can you observe Ankur, how both of them are telling the same thing and neither are able to understand that”

Ankur listened to their argument closely and concurred with Rishi. He could not understand why are they arguing, when both are of the same opinion.

He asked Rishi “why is this happening?  At the first instance, I don’t see any reason for them to shout so loudly in such a calm atmosphere.  Probably if they start speaking with each other calmly they will understand better”

“You are right Ankur.  They are not even two feet apart from each other.  Even a whisper can be clear to each other in such a calm atmosphere.  But the problem is  – physically they are very close to each other; their thoughts are also matching, but mentally and psychologically they are separated far wide.”

Rishi continued… “Contrary to what we generally believe, it is the un-manifest and not so obvious thoughts and emotions that drive our day.  If these two people become aware of their emotions and psychological distance, they will be able to interact in a pleasant tone and realise that their opinions don’t differ.”

Ankur responded in agreement.  He further added “I believe, even if they had different opinions, they could come to an understanding if they speak to each other calmly and reduce the psychic and emotional distance between them”

“You are right Ankur” agreed Rishi.

“I suggest Rishi, you should go and speak to them so that they stop their fight.  You should help them.”

“Unsolicited help or advice won’t work Ankur.  Now that they have vented out their anger, within a few minutes you will see that they would calm down and start talking to each other normally”

As they were conversing on these lines, they had moved past the boy and girl to the other end of the lake.  After about half an hour on their way back , Ankur observed the couple – now calm and talking to each other in a normal tone.

Ankur was once more convinced of Rishi’s wisdom.

Ankur Katha 2013 – Book Release – Story in Images

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Jiva Vigyan – An opportunity for school principals – says HIS EXCELLENCY

His Excellency, Governor of Tamil Nadu lauds “Jiva Vigyan” as a platform for principals to collaborate in the field of life-skills education

“Ankur’s initiative through ‘Jiva Vigyan’ seems to be an obvious choice for schools to partner and work out strategies that help the youth to get equipped with life skills to become successful in the 21st century. Principals and school management should make use of this platform to collaborate, exchange ideas, learn new methodologies, concepts and reach out the same to the children and nurture Indian citizens as Global citizens. This is what our country had always stood for.”

Ankur Katha 2014 – Write a Story this Summer

Hi Friends,

Ankur is back this summer with your summer pal…

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Ankur Katha 2014 was inaugurated by His Excellency on 19th April 2014.

CLICK to know more about the story writing opportunity this summer… exclusively for school children…

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CYF 2013 – Grand Finale

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Ankur Katha 2013 book released

The first edition of Ankur Katha – The dream of Children is released. Child authors from across the country gathered for the release function. The book was released by Young Achiever and Child Prodigy Ms Sowmitra and the first copy was handed over to The first citizen of the Tamil Nadu, His Excellency, Governor of Tamil Nadu, Dr K Rosaiah ji.

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Ankur Katha 2013 – Cover Page

 The D-day, 19th April 2014 is fast approaching…

39 Young Authors eagerly await to see their stories in print…

Come… Have a first look

AT YOUR

ANKUR KATHA 2013

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Children Yoga Festival 2014, Jiva Vigyan & Ankur Katha 2014 – Inauguration

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Ankur Katha 2013 – Update

Hi Young Authors…

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“The Hindu Young World Ankur Katha 2013” book will be released during the city level event of Ankur Children Yoga Festival 2013. The above event is planned to be celebrated on a large-scale on 19th April 2014.

Invites will be sent to all the winning authors in due course.

Waiting to receive the budding authors…

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