Slumdog Yogi

In the back alleys of South Bombay, a small Municipal school gives shelter to a “paper bag” making unit and a Dream. A dream, that’s growing slowly but steadily over the last 3 years. A small batch of 12 boys from economically difficult backgrounds started building steps towards empowering themselves through the path of Yoga. Over the last 3 years hope was baked in the furnace of diligent practice and hard work, and sincerity nurtured the spirits of these boys who have achieved the stuff dreams are made of.
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Wandering in the Himalayas – Part 2

(Continued from Wandering in the Himalayas – Part 1)

The days went by and one day around the people I knew in Rishikesh I heard about a Mahatma (realized soul) living in the jungle of Haridwar. Unlike my city life, I had all the time in the world over here and didn’t want to lose any opportunity to meet such a highly evolved person, so I quickly jumped at the chance to join the group visiting the Mahatma.

The forest in which this man lived is a closely guarded nature reserve with restricted entry. As our group made way through the terrain, the freshness of the wild forest started enveloping us, the sharp noise of the city was left way behind only to be welcomed by the late evening chirps of birds waiting to fly back home. Peacocks seemed to care less of the group but the bird atop the tree did sound a little curious of the arrival of handful of men in this dense forest. The might and grandeur of the forest was evident, humbling us as we walked through the winter chill, reminding me all the time how we humans try hard to dominate the nature and yet how tiny we are in front of her vastness and power. Pondering over this I made my way through the uneven ground.

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Centering in Yoga

Dear friends,

I hope you all are fine and doing very well with your life. Life! Isn’t it exciting? One of the reasons I love life is because of the excitement of new challenges it brings. With confidence and centering we all can face these challenges easily. “Centering” in yoga is the search for balance between the two polarities of our human life, the outgoing, extrovert, active side and the ingoing, introvert, receptive side. With most of us we manifest one predominant personality. For instance, one person is more of an outgoing personality, while another one is quieter. The centering methods mentioned in ancient yoga scriptures help us in balancing our personality thus balancing all variables of our life in turn.

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