3-3-2012: Pre-Parliamentary Seminar for World Parliament of Spirituality
A pre-parliamentary seminar was organized on 3rd March 2012 at Jain University, Bengaluru; It was a prelude to 1st World Parliament of Spirituality to be held in December 2012 at Hyderabad. Many Spiritual masters and healers were resource persons in the seminar in which hundreds of delegates including students of S-VYASA participated. Dr Alex Hankey and Sri Subramanian. A, faculty members S-VYASA were amongst the invited speakers. Dr Alex spoke on the Spiritual Contributions of Maharshi Mahesh Yogi and Subbu bhaiya spoke on “role of Yoga in building ideal social orders”. Sri D R Karthikeyan who presided over the seminar and other dignitaries appreciated Subbu bhaiya’s discourse.
8-3-2012: Holi Utsav
Holi was celebrated with great pomp and show on the evening of 8th march, Thursday with Holika & Kama dahan, namasankeertan and dancing around the fire. Subbu Bhaiya performed puja and julan yathra of Sri Radha Krishna Jugal. Students, therapy participants and staff went to an ecstatic state involving themselves in the bakthi bhava in the divine atmosphere with the celebration created; the event got concluded with a moon light dinner. The second and most exciting part of the event was on the next day with the colouring ceremony which brought out the oneness of existence.
Visit of Dr R Nagarathna to Europe (1st to 12th march 2012)
Dr R Nagarathna and Sri Raghuram left Bengaluru on 1st March to visit ‘KWA group of hospitals for neuro rehabilitation’ in Greischbach, Bavaria district, Germany, on the invitation of Dr Christoph Garner and Dr Radu Crisan.
Raghuramji conducted a workshop on ‘freedom and responsibility’ at the premises of the hospital on Saturday and Sunday (3rd and 4th March) assisted by Dr Nagarathna and Dr Purnendu Sharma. The course was attended by a heterogeneous group of spiritual seekers consisting of few patients with multiple sclerosis, local yoga teachers apart from the staff and doctors of the hospital. The audience appreciated the profound wisdom of the faculty with which all their questions were answered.
The visit to Bavarian forest, Arber Mountains and glass factories were interesting.
Dr Nagarathna moved to Italy on 7th March. A long time associate of S-VYASA, Mrs. Maria Louisa, received her from the airport at Milan and then drove through the forests and mountains of north Italy to visit the health centre at Bologna. This institution has a chain of health resorts (wellness centers) in 25 cities in Europe. Dr Georgio Noira who heads a 200 bedded state of the art tertiary cardiac surgery unit has taken keen interest to introduce yoga for rehabilitation, prevention and promotion of health for life style diseases. He says that this would bring in ethical holistic health services to Europe. Dr Nagarathna visited their hospital facility in Bologna, and the rehabilitation facilities at the natural thermal hot spring facility at the oldest hotel and wellness centre in Castro Caro (minister Mussolini had commissioned this center in nineteen twenties). Discussion on the collaborative work between these two intuitions is on way. Raghuramji will be visiting centres in Poland, Norway, and Turkey before he returns on 10th April to Bengaluru.
S-VYASA’s MD student posted at Germany: Dr Purnendu Sharma, final year student of MD (Yoga & rehab) at S-VYASA has been posted to work for his project at ‘KWA group of hospitals for neuro rehabilitation’ in Germany, under Dr Christoph Garner. He will continue his project work on gait problems in neuro rehab center in Germany for the next three months.
AYUSH DOCTORS’ YOGA THERAPY TRAINING (ADYTT) – A REPORT, Under NRHM – AYUSH, Govt. of Karnataka | 15th to 17th March, 2012
Govt. of Karnataka, AYUSH Department had deputed AYUSH Stream of Doctors for a orientation training in Yoga therapy for three days from 15th to 17th March 2012 at S-VYASA. Twenty Nine Doctors from various districts of Karnataka have participated in this program. The doctors were from the following districts:
Bangalore-7, Mysore-2, Tumkur-2, Shimoga-4, Belgaum-6, Gadag – 4, Chikkamagalur-4
The training was inaugurated on March 15th at 9.00 am by Guruji Dr.H.R.Nagendra, Vice Chancellor, S-VYASA.
SMET (Self Management of Excessive Tension) and Yoga for Diabetes Mellitus were the main focus of the program. Dr.H.R.Nagendra, Dr R Nagarathna, Sri T Mohan, Secretary, VYASA, Dr N K Manjunath Sharma, Jt Director, Research, Sri Asok Kumar, Dr Sanjib Patra and Dr Dinesh were the main faculty for the theory sessions. Concept of stress, stress management, Integrated Approach to Yoga Therapy (IAYT), Yogic management of Diabetes Mellitus, Yoga research, emotional management through Bakthi Yoga and many more topics were covered in the theoretical understanding. Dr Sanjay Kumar and Sri Mahesh Kumar took the practical sessions on all three days covering Asanas, Pranayama and Cyclic Meditation. The participants were taken for a tour to Arogyadhama, Anvesana research labs and all other departments of S-VYASA. Sessions like maitrimilan, bhajans and happy assembly added colours to the program.
Dr. K. Subrahmanyam, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dr Naveen K.V, Jt Director, Research, were the guests for the valedictory function on 17th March distributed certificates to all the participants. Dr Naveen emphasized on integrating AYUSH research with modern medicine and also on the responsibility of all AYSUH doctor towards vigorous and open minded research. Dr K Subrahmanyam suggested that the recent trends in life style of modern men, which they are not ready to compromise, are to be kept in mind while involving in research.
Almost all participants expressed their gratitude to S-VYASA and Dept. of AYUSH for organizing such a good training and felt that in future the orientation should be for a minimum period of one week with more practical and clinical inputs.
National Science Day Celebrations
Every year, 28th February is observed as the ‘National Science Day (NSD)’ in remembrance of the great contribution of Sir CV Raman to the world of science, the Raman Effect. As we know, Sir CV Raman is the first Indian to be a Nobel laureate in science. This year, to commemorate the NSD, the students of S-VYASA took active role in organizing two major events, the Science Exhibition and the Quiz Competition. 18 students who topped in the preliminary round of the quiz competition were selected to participate in the final round which ignited the deeper curiosity of students. The theme of the quiz was ‘Yoga, Ayurveda, Naturopathy and Science’. Another major event which attracted huge audience was the Science Exhibition. It was formally inaugurated by Prof. NVC Swamy, Professor Emeritus, S-VYASA and former director of IIT, Chennai. Addressing the curious minds, he shared his reminiscences of his days with Sir CV Raman at the IISc. In this Science Exhibition, students from various courses displayed their models, and presentations. Whole spectrum of Naturopathy was displayed by BNYS students, which included panchatantra, massage therapy, mud therapy, magneto therapy, chromothermoleum, acupuncture, aatapsnana and diet concepts. Physiology of trataka, manifestation of disease and Iris diagnosis were some of the other highlights. Students of other courses displayed working models showing various concepts of science. Some of them were biodiesel plant model, total internal reflection and density of liquids. There was also a live and exciting demonstration of mathematical concepts bringing out difficult abstract ideas to live imagination. Cognitive tests to assess various mental abilities were also displayed from the research labs. The team of research scholars and students led by Judo Ilavarasu, Vasant Shastri, and Dr Hemant Bhargav took all efforts in organizing the whole event. Active participation of all students and staff members made the event a memorable one.
17 & 18 March 2012: SMET Workshop at Guwahati
VYASA, Guwahati organized two days SMET (Self Management of Excessive Tension) program on 17 & 18 March 2012 at Hotel Rajmahal, Guwahati. The program was conducted by Guruji Dr H R Nagendra, who recollected his association with North East region particularly Assam and Arunachal Pradesh since 1975. The program was inaugurated by Sri K.C. Jain, MD, Rajmahal Hotel, who extended his full support for all the activities of VYASA, Guwahati. Dr Umesh Chandra Sharma, V.C, of Srimanta
Sankardeva University of Health Sciences, was the Chief Guest in the valedictory program. In his speech, he expressed that in today’s lifestyle, no single system of treatment will be effective to solve the problems of human health and explained the necessity to blend the modern treatments with that of ancient way of life like Yoga & Ayurveda.
The participants of the workshop, numbering 44, included executives and CEOs from corporate, educational institutions and banks., many doors got opened for the activities of VYASA –Guwahati.
11-3-2012: Inauguration of “Hall of Grace & Wisdom” at Salem
Dr K Subrahmanyam, Pro-VC, S-VYASA was the Chief Guest in the inaugural function of the newly built “Hall of Grace & wisdom” at Arutperun Jothi Sanmarga Mission Ashrama, Mecheri near Salem and spoke on the life and message of the great Yogic Saint Ramalinga Vallalar. The ashrama is doing a yeomen service of feeding the poor and sick by reaching them wherever they are. Sri Saravanan, an alumni and ex staff member of S-VYASA, is the President of the trust and is taking care of all its activities along with a team of dedicated devotees.
17-3-2012: Inauguration of IAS Study Circle
Dr K Subrahmanyam, Pro-V.C inaugurated an IAS study circle at S-VYASA, Prashanti Kutiram for the benefit of aspirants for competitive exams. Students of Yoga feel that the only option they have is to be Yoga instructor or therapist; many are not aware that students who have got degree and P.G in Yoga are also eligible for civil services. Dr K Subrahmanyam clarified all doubts in this regard and made the students aware of various aspects of civil service exams like IAS, UPSC, KPSC etc. This centre will henceforth train students of S-VYASA aspiring to appear such competitive exams.
March, 2012: Major Events by Istanbul Yoga Center and Purnam Publishing in Turkey
On 2nd March, Ayça Gürelman was invited to a TV Show in a national TV, Cine5. The host Ayla Cetinkaya asked questions about the activities of Istanbul Yoga Center, S-VYASA Yoga University, as well as the books of Swami Vivekananda and “Yoga at Home, according to S-VYASA Yoga University Yoga University”, published by Purnam Publishing. Watch the show on the link: http://tvarsivi.com/player.php?i=2012030054330
As of 15th of March Turkish edition of Karma yoga – Secret of Action by Swami Vivekananda ranked as #2 bestselling book in Health category.
On 17th March, Istanbul Yoga Center was introduced in a TV Show, named Agac Yasken Egilir, in a digital TV station, Turkmax. Istanbul Yoga team showed yoga sessions for moms and kids, for children, for pregnant, for mom and babies. The book “Yoga at Home, according to S-VYASA Yoga University”was introduced, as well as the YIC program of S-VYASA. Watch the show on the link: http://vimeo.com/38772074
Ev Bahce Magazine, one of the popular monthly magazines, made an interview with one of our students Cagla Alemdar; took many pictures of her house and printed a painting hanging on the wall of her yoga & meditation room at home! The oil painting of a pomegranate with Om Yantra is bought from Istanbul Yoga Center, painted by the artist, Aslı Gürelman. Internet link: http://www.evbahce.com.tr/dekorasyon/ev/499-hem-huzurlu-hem-enerjik.html
Yoga at Home, according to S-VYASA Yoga University is recognized as one of the “must read this month” by various monthly women magazines, Elele, Burda and Form Sante.
Ayça Gürelman is invited to a TV Show in BEA TV, a satellite TV owned by Beykent Private University in Istanbul. Being the only guest in the program, the program is fully dedicated to yoga and its philosophies. To watch BEA TV: http://www.beatv.com.tr/canli.php
On 24th March, Ayça Gürelman spoke on the theme “Stress Management and Yoga” in the Stress Management for Health Professionals Symposium, conducted by nursery department of one of the leading medical schools in Turkey, Istanbul University, Cerrahpaşa Medical School. Symposium announcement: http://www.ctf.edu.tr/ctfhemhzmd/saglik_kurumlarinda_stres_yonetimi.html
National Yoga Week – 2012, 12th to 18th Feb. 2012 – MDNIY, New Delhi, THEME: YOGA FOR HOLISTIC PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT
Every year, between 12th to 18th February, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi organizes a mass yoga awareness program called National Yoga Week (NYW) with yearly themes. The theme for this year was “Yoga for Holistic Personality Development”. NYW 2012 attracted many participants from MDNIY’s PPP Project Swami Vivekananda District Yoga Wellness Center (SVDYWC). As a Nodal Yoga Institution, S-VYASA had an important role in organizing the SVDYWC meetings also.
This year, S-VYASA has played a key role in the NYW by organizing the following:
29-2-2012: Inauguration of Swami Vivekananda Study Circle
A few Students of S-VYASA have come together to organize a weekly Vivekananda Study Circle which was inaugurated by Prof NVC Swamy on 29-2-2012 at Pathanjali Hall. The group has chosen the book “Lectures from Colombo to Almora” by Swamiji for the reading and discussion. The study circle will convene every Wednesday between 8.45 to 9.30 pm at Pathanjali Hall.