The ‘So-Called-Secular’ myths surrounding Yoga

It is commendable that Rajasthan Government has made Suryanamaskar compulsory in Rajasthan Schools. Way to go for holistic development of our children. Suryanamaskar made compulsory in Rajasthan Schools.

Media and political outfits may compete with each other to woo their customer base through non-factual statements and controversial-sensational news. However, it is in the interest of the average person to make a sound judgement in accepting or rejecting such statements.

175 countries (highest in the history of UN) supported the motion to declare 21st June as World Yoga Day. What more proof is required to show that Yoga is beneficial to all irrespective of faith, caste, creed, colour, gender, etc.,? Is it not proof enough that Yoga is a secular discipline.

Surya Namaskar is literally translated as Sun Salutation. Ancient Indian way of life – termed Hinduism by British, has integrated reverence to nature into everyday life-style. I guess people will agree that Sun is secular. Science agrees that Sun is the source of life and energy on this planet. In the name of showing reverence to this life-giving source, our ancestors has developed certain body movements to energise the body as well as making it fit and flexible. Numerous experiments conducted across the world has proven that Surya Namaskar results in comprehensive benefits to the body-energy-mind-intellect complex. Anyone having all the above and wants them function at optimal levels can do surya namaskar. You need not consider sun as god to do surya namaskar.

And it is a myth that Surya Namaskar cannot be done without chanting. One may try doing, daily 6 rounds of Suryanamaskar without chanting, for four weeks and observe for themselves changes in their body-energy-mind complex.

(Shh….. it is a secret. Even without chantings, Suryanamaskar and all aspects of yoga like asanas, pranayama, meditation, etc., are beneficial to us.)

To conclude, I repeat…

Anyone who has body-mind-intellect complex and has life-force in that has the option to do yoga daily and reap its benefits.

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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.

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.

Effective implementation of Yoga in Schools… Principal Speaks

Smt Lalitha ChandraSekar, Former Principal of a DAV school (Girls) in Chennai and Founder Ramana Vidyalaya shares her experience in implementing an effective Yoga Program in DAV  Group of Schools in Chennai. She is a pioneer and implemented Yoga in her school much before CBSE and other educational boards made it mandatory.

 

Ankur – In The News – April 2014

CYF 2013 – Grand Finale

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His Excellency Governor of Tamil Nadu launches Ankur’s 2014 events

His Excellency Governor of Tamil Nadu Dr K Rosaiah ji launches three events of Ankur in 2014…

  • Children Yoga Festival 2014 in association with Satyananda Yoga Education Charitable Trust
  • Ankur Katha 2014 and
  • Jiva Vigyan

…on 19th April 2014 at Chinmaya Heritage Centre, Chennai.

CYF 2014 Inauguration

CYF, Jiva Vigyan and Ankur Katha 2014 Inaugurated by his Excellency Dr K Rosaiah

 

 

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

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GRAND CITY FINALE – CYF 2013

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