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Flax Sesame Crackers 

Flax Sesame Crackers are a healthy light wheat cracker with good quantity of sesame seeds and flax seeds. Oats used in the dish are rich in antioxidants, lowers cholesterol, improves blood sugar. Flax seeds are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids reduces inflammation and…

YVNites honored at KKSU 

In 12th Convocation of Kavi Kulguru Kalidas Sanskrit University, Ramtek on March 6, 2024, YVN trained teacher (33rd YTTC Dadar), Smt Vanita Mugdam felicitated with gold medal for standing highest in M. A. in Yogashastra through open and distance education (ODL) by scoring 86.5 %…

YVN to conclude Golden Jubilee Celebrations 

Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute, Indian Yoga Association is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Year from March 2023 to April 2024. Concluding function of Golden Jubilee Year Celebration will be held on April 9, 2024, in between 4pm to 7pm, at Yoga Bhavan, the own structure…

YVN organises events to promote Yoga 

Annual Exhibition Yoga Vidya Niketan, Member Institute of Indian Yoga Association held one day program on Annual Exhibition cum lectures on January 14, 2024 at Yoga Bhavan, Vashi, Navi Mumbai. After floral salute to statue of Swami Kuvalayanand and founder of YVN late Yogacharya Padmashri…

J&K UTCC announces Scholarship Certification Program 

The Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory Chapter Committee in association with Swaraj Yoga Institute announced a scholarship certification program from various categories, border areas and BPL background. The announcement was made under the chairmanship of Dr Shreyansh Jain and Shri Anil Swaraj, Founder, Swaraj Yoga…

Chandigarh SCC organizes Yoga Camp 

Chandigarh State Chapter of Indian Yoga Association organized 5 Days Yoga Camp for a healthy Lifestyle at Government College of Commerce and Business Administration (GCCBA Chandigarh, a constituent college of the Panjab University), Sector 50, Chandigarh from February 26 – March 1, 2024. This boot…

Karnataka SCC conducts GBM at Art of Living Ashram 

Karnataka State Chapter Committee of the Indian Yoga Association organised its General Body Meeting on January 28, 2024 with the blessings of Gurudev Shri Shri Ravishankar, Chairman, Indian Yoga Association at the Art of Living International Center, Bengaluru. The event was attended by the members…

Chandigarh SCC celebrates Republic Day at Consulate General of India, Canada 

Glimpses of the Republic Day celebrations by Shri Ajit Handa, Chairperson, Chandigarh State Chapter Committee at Consulate General of India, Vancouver. He was on a vacation in Canada with is daughter.

SAHS and IYA celebrates International Mind Body Wellness Day 

The NSS unit, School of Allied Health Sciences, Salem, Vinayaka Mission’s Research Foundation (DU) in collaboration with Indian Yoga association celebrated International Mind Body Wellness Day on January 3. On the occasion an awareness programme was held at the Skill Lab Auditorium. Prof.Dr.B.Sendilkumar, Director, SAHS,…

Shree Kala Yoga organises Yoga Trainer Camp 

Shree Kala Yoga, Associate Centre, Indian Yoga Association in along with Gujarat State Yog Board organised Yog Trainer Camp in Gandhidham. As many as 35 trainee attended the 45 days long training camp that commenced on December 1, 2023. The camp culminated on January 16,…



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12 Apr 2024

Yogavani

Hope Springs  Eternal in my  Breast!
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Hope Springs Eternal in my Breast! 

We human beings are driven by many factors, one of which is hope. An eternal, positive, expectant resolve that all will end up as well as it could.

Alexander Pope reminded us of the eternal nature of such a feeling when he said, ‘Hope springs eternal in the human breast.’ His dictum is still as relevant and profound as it is poetic.

As our beloved Ammaji, Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani, the Living Siddha of Pondicherry says, ‘I can, I will, I am able!’ motivating us to look forward to another day with an optimistic outlook powered by self-resolve. This also reminds us the hope is not to be a passive state of resignation, but one of a dynamic self-determination.

As Pujya Swamiji Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj would often remind us, ‘You make your future by what you think, say and do in the present moment.’

As we come to the beginning of the New Year 2022, the whole of humanity is praying for deliverance from the Covid Pandemic and hoping that all will be well soon. Everyone is trying their best to find a solution, one that will enable us to once again go back to ‘Being Normal’.

This is a crucial time in human history, one where a salutogenic approach of hopeful expectancy coupled with dynamic living of Dharma will enable us to manifest the best outcome. If we make a resolve to truly BE human, we can make a difference for sure.

Aaron Antonovsky proposed that the experience of well-being is based on a ‘Sense of Coherence’. This SOC can be considered the heart of Salutogenesis and may be understood as ‘ a pervasive, long-lasting and dynamic feeling of confidence that one’s internal and external environments are predictable and that there is a high probability that things will work out as well as can be expected.’ SOC has strong positive correlations to perceived health, mental health, and quality of life as it helps the ‘diseased’ to manage their condition and ‘be well’.

The three components of SOC are based on a sense that: 1. One’s life is comprehensible, 2. It is manageable and, 3. It is meaningful.

The sense of life being comprehensible is a cognitive process where the individual has the sense ‘My world is understandable’. The coping skill in the second component enables the individual to feel, ‘My world is manageable’, while the motivational aspect of life having a sense of meaningfulness manifests in the individual feeling, ‘My world has meaning’.

The comprehension, meaningfulness and manageability (SOC approach) in daily living can enable us to have a sense of health, wellness, wellbeing and wholesomeness.

This is where all of us as Yoga teachers, Yoga therapists, and as Yoga Sadhakas need to communicate with our immediate family, friends, colleagues, society and the entire world in such a way that these three aspects come alive.

If all of us dedicate ourselves to such a shift in paradigm, the future may become much rosier as the multidimensional and holistic health promoting aspects manifest through each and everyone.

We as a friend and guide need to help ourselves and others comprehend life better. This is only possible if we truly attempt to understand one another fully. This takes time and patience.

Can we help each and everyone in our contact circle to tap into their own potential to manage their life?

Often people are not aware of their inherent capacities and potential and it is we as an external observer who can help them understand it.

We need to help each and every member of humanity move from a state where ‘being happy and healthy’ seems ‘impossible’ to one of a confident ‘I Am Possible’. This is where the very stressor in our life becomes a catalyst for transformation and spiritual growth.

May this be the reality in 2022!

Happy New Year!

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