By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 21 Jun: On the occasion of International Yoga Day, in the manner of all previous years, a Yoga session was held at Swami Rama Himalayan University in which students and staff members participated enthusiastically. Experts state that Yoga means a ‘union’. Through Yog a practitioner can achieve the union of breath and body, the mind and muscles and, most importantly, union of the self with the divine. This was exhibited at the SRHU campus this morning.
“With the adrenaline flowing faster, given the high level of Yoga activity, the need to conserve and utilise energy is felt stronger than even before,” stated the Pro Vice Chancellor Dr Vijendra Chauhan. “Increasingly more individuals are recognising the ability of Yoga to boost our energy levels considerably. They are taking to Yoga in the light of the knowledge that they need to efficiently produce and consume the body’s inherent energy in order to remain healthy. Yoga makes us feel re-energised, rejuvenated and revitalised to the core. Yoga in today’s frenzied lifestyle is a real saviour. It creates a correlation between ‘mana’ and the human body. Simple asanas and pranayams can help us overcome everyday ailments and problems. And all this can happen in a very uncomplicated and undemanding environment,” he added.
Legacy of Swami Rama
SHRU’s special connection with Yoga can he traced back to the legacy of Swami Rama, HIHT’s founding father. HIHT is SRHU’s parent body. Swami Rama is regarded as amongst the greatest Yogis, teachers and humanitarians of the 20th Century (1925–1996). Born in northern India, he was raised from early childhood by the Himalayan sage, Bengali Baba. Under the guidance of his master, he travelled from monastery to monastery and studied under numerous Himalayan saints and sages, spiritual training, Swami Rama received higher education in, both, India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952, he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in South India. Thereafter, he returned to his master to receive further training at his cave about these feats by an interviewer from The World Book Science Annual, 1974 Science Year, he explained that he could control his heart and blood vessels, and consciously produce various kinds of brain waves at will, because, “All of the body is in the mind, but not monastery, and finally, in 1969, went to the United States, where he founded the Himalayan Institute. His best-known work, ‘Living with the Himalayan Masters’, reveals the many facets of life experience. He was the first yogi to subject himself to modern scientific methods including his grandmaster, who lived in a remote region of Tibet. In addition to this intense of testing his state of consciousness while at the highest level of meditation. When questioned all of the mind is in the body.” Through his work with the Menninger Foundation he helped to pioneer the use of biofeedback as a therapeutic modality, to lay the foundation for stress management and holistic health programmes, and to generate interest in the human capacity to experience previously unrecognised levels of consciousness.