AYUSH-Isha Yoga Programs
As planned in the Project, a seven-day yoga program had been envisaged at Semmedu. The program was organized from November 17 till November 23, 2010. This first program was meant for the local leaders, officials of various departments, village leaders, members of the Panchayati Raj, and the village elders. Hoardings were put up in two places and advertisements were broadcast on the local cable TV to mobilize and encourage enrollment.
Yoga Program – Opening Session
The opening introductory session began at 5.30 p.m. on November 17, 2010 at the Block Development Office (BDO) office in Semmedu. Though there was heavy rainfall that day, 40 people came in for the introductory session. Out of the 40, 27 registered their names to attend the program. Information was shared as to how yoga rejuvenates the body and the mind, after which those practicing yoga shared the many health benefits they have derived from the program. Shri Boopathy, a Yoga Teacher from the Isha Yoga Center, conducted the session and was assisted in the arrangements by Isha Yoga volunteers from the surrounding areas
Upon conclusion of the program, the participants shared that the seven-day yoga class had been highly beneficial. Participants expressed their happiness at having had the opportunity to participate in the yoga class and thanked the yoga teacher for the lively and participative methodology adopted. All have shown interest in doing the yoga daily. Many also expressed that they enjoyed the naturopathy session.
Participants were also informed about the follow-up session that would be conducted after a month to refresh practice and to clarify doubts.
A few sharings from the participants illustrate the feelings and the first experience of the class:
I could understand the various unknown aspects and truths of the human body and I felt rejuvenation in my inner-self after yoga” – V.Buvanesan (Semmedu)
“My back pain has been reduced. I am able to feel the reduced level of anger and stress and I got a high level of self-confidence”- P.Thiyagarajan (Semmedu)
“I enjoyed the natural food which was served on the initiation day and I felt it is different from my regular food” – B.Banumathi (Perumapatti Colony)