Yoga: For Beauty of Life
By: Krishna Sharma
As part of its ongoing yoga
awareness campaign across America, Life in Yoga Foundation (LYF), a non-profit
organization dedicated to health of body and mind, successfully conducted a
three-day yoga course for the community members of Northern Virginia from May 18 at Durga Temple in Lorton,
250 people of all ages belonging to various ethnic backgrounds benefitted from the free yoga course that helped them find
peace within oneself and realize the nature of existence and spiritual reality.
On the occasion, yoga teacher Dr. C. Rajan Narayanan
not only helped them rightly practice yoga but also explained the participating
members about the link between the body, mind and soul and their relation to
Deepa Janakiraman, an LYF volunteer, said regular yoga practice
helped balance the functioning of her body and mind. “I used to be in mentally
stressed and physically tired upon returning home from work and would lose my
temper over tiny things. I knew I was not like that before hectic life began
upon my taking up of the job. But when I joined the yoga free course, I learnt
my limitations of knowledge and acknowledged the beauty of life. It changed my
way of thinking. I am so impressed that I now feel I should tell this to
people, so I joined the foundation as a volunteer.”
ten teaching volunteers like Deepa on the floor,
teacher Narayanan taught and demonstrated the new practitioners of yoga about
how daily practice of this learning at home could promote physical and mental
health of an individual.
essentially an oriental method of exercise which has a lot to do with both
physical and mental growth as well, is getting very much popular in the western
world these days. “Because it can be done at any time at home without the noise
of any instrument or drugs, I felt it is one of the best ways to improve the
habit of our daily lives, said Penny Milton of Springfield.
to how the LYF has been able to conduct such programs in different places from Seattle to Chicago to Northern
California to Northern Virginia without taking any service fee from the benefactors, Deepa said it has been running with the help of personal
donations and the public places like this temple which has provided the hall
is a spiritual science of self-realization. This self disciplinary approach to
living comes from India after the observation of years of physical theories and principles
about the mind and body connection. The history of yoga goes back to over five
hundred years. The Indian sage Patanjali, who is
regarded as the founding father of the yoga, has to say that it encompasses the
entire discipline of our existence, from physical, emotional and mental to the
spiritual. Its methods include ethical disciplines, physical postures, breath
control as well as meditation.
there are eight different stages of yoga, Hatha Yoga
is common among the western civilizations. Hatha yoga
seeks to promote health and well-being through physical exercise. “The regular
practice of postures and breathing exercises makes the body strong, supple and
healthy,” says Ram Chhetri of Burke who always does
yoga in the morning before setting out to work.
a physical education teacher back home in Nepal, Mr. Chhetri
has to say from his experiences of doing yoga that it has a profound effect on
the circulation and on the smooth functioning of the inner organs, glands and
nerves, keeping all systems in radiant health and leading to greater energy, better
concentration and a happier and more fulfilling life.
yoga practitioner Mr. Chiranjibi Sapkota
says that many common physical ailments can also be improved through the
regular practice of yoga.
the scientifically proven benefits of yoga to life, the teacher says, “Deepa says it can have all the physiological, psychological
and biochemical benefits in a person’s life if he/she regularly practices this
oriental method of exercising.”
best thing about it is that it teaches people to love their body and mind, it
teaches to self-trust, realize the flexibility of the body and mind thereby
helping him/her experience the real beauty of life,” Narayanan told the crowd
before the yoga sessions started.
in 1998 with the active initiation of the likeminded yoga practitioners in Lanham,
Maryland, the organization was very small in size and informal
in manners in the beginning. Handful of yoga lovers used to meet at the
premises of Shiva Vishnu Temple in Lanham then. Later Dr. Narayanan was invited to
teach breathing and meditation techniques at the University of Maryland by the student association group. It was then realized that young
generation was also attracted towards this practice. Over the years it spread
significantly and in 2005 the foundation decided to produce yoga teachers with
formal licensing. It has now silently and saliently spread from east to west
and from north to south of America and has won the hearts and minds of many people who
are tired of the noises of the machines and are in search of peace for both the
body and mind.
finding of an internet study that there are over thousand yoga related
organizations in the USA alone speaks for its growing popularity.