The Hindu

The Yoga Way

26 January, 1998

The World Health Organisation defines  'health' as a state of physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the  absence of diseases and infirmity.' In the scramble to find a place in todays dog-eat-dog world, stress and related ailments are not infrequent. The Coimbatore-based Isha Foundation believes that reformation of an individual is essential for the world's health and that it can be achieved through 'Sahaja Sthithi Yoga' and Shoonya meditation. The Foundation will be conducting 13-day training programmes in several towns and cities for the same.

The 13-day programme, sectored into three hours each day, teaches dynamic yoga posture, pranayamas and shoonya meditation. Shoonya meditation or 'conscious non-doing' (in combination with Raja Yoga pranayams) can help treat and mitigate chronic problems such as asthma, hypertension, diabetes, rheumatism, arthritis, spondylitis, epilepsy, migraine, sinusitis, allergies, obesity and skin and eye ailments. It can also help improve memory and concentration - all without having to change habits or lifestyles.
For the next stages, the Foundation offers a three-day residential Bhava Spandana programme, conducted separately for men and women, to 'experience higher levels of consciousness', and a seven-day residential camp in Samyama meditations, at the Foundation's ashram in Poondi, 30 km from Coimbatore.

The Foundation has conducted sessions in 22 centres in different parts of the country. Classes in Sahaja Sthithi yoga were conducted in English in Chennai by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. Classes in Tamil will be held from January 25.

Contributions by Preeti Mehra and Anupama Chandrasekhar

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