TRAIN THE TRAINER PROGRAMME: A group of 24 participants from different parts of India participated in 4-day ‘Train The Trainer Programme’ in Noida from June 9 to 12, 2016. The programme discussed issues of leadership, importance of engagement with the youth, importance of spiritual quotient in modern life and the role of the youth in building India as a world leader. The participants deliberated to understand the evolutionary past of humanity and thus capable to take stock of the present to boldly launch themselves into a glorious future.
INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY CELEBRATION: On June 19, 2016, to commemorate International Yoga Day, a seminar on ‘Integral Yoga & Happiness in Life’ was conducted by Shri Arun Naik, Chairman, Sri Aurobindo Society, Noida Branch.
PROGRAMME OF YOGASANA & PRANAYAM: Regular sessions on Yogasan & Pranayam for one hour daily from Monday to Saturday are being held by Yogacharya Gopal Singh Kathayat at Sri Aurobindo Bhavan, Noida. A total of about 10–12 participants are taking part in the programme.
MONTH-LONG YOGA CAMP: Delhi branch has successfully concluded one-month Free Yoga Camp on June 21, 2016, coinciding with the International Yoga Day. The Ministry of AYUSH (the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy, abbreviated as AYUSH) partnered SAS to conduct this camp.
The aim and objective of the camp was to inculcate the habit of practicing Yoga as this is a scientific way of life that focuses on bringing harmony between soul and body to attain self-realization. It was a month of physical Yoga exercise, workshops and talks. The talks conducted during the workshop were on self-awareness, lifestyle diseases and their prevention and cure through physical Yoga.
A day’s conclave was also organized on Sri Aurobindo’s Integral Yoga. Dr. Suresh Tyagi reflected on Sri Aurobindo’s message that the practice of Yoga is for not self alone but for the Divine. Its aim is to work out the will of the Divine in the world to effect a spiritual transformation and how it is different from other forms of Yoga. In that physical yoga is the first step. Dr. R. P. Singh conducted a workshop titled ‘Know Your True Self and Three Powers’ and Mr. Pulkit Sharma (a clinical psychologist, writer and healer based in Delhi) gave a talk titled ‘Break From Suffering Through Yoga’.
Over 160 people participated in the event.
WORKSHOPS ON MANTRA YOGA AND UPANISHADS: A workshop on ‘Mantra Yoga’ was conducted on June 10, 2016. Another workshop on the ‘Understanding the Upanishads’ with a special emphasis on Isopanishad and Kenopanishad on June 11 and 12, 2016, was conducted by Dr. Sampadanada Mishra, Director of SAFIC at the SAS Coimbatore Branch. A total of 31 persons attended the workshop on Mantra Yoga and 24 persons attended the workshop on Upanishads. The participants were a mixture of SAS members and general public.