Tuesday, 20 October 2009
The oldest Organized Yoga Centre at Santacruz.
Last week, Yoga Institute at Santacruz organized two-day yoga-cum-activities camp for children (normal and special) at their centre. Founded in 1918 by Shri Yogendraji, this is the oldest organized centre in the world, which is situated in the center of the crowded market place, just opposite Santacruz railways station.
While the children were busy with activities like yoga, art and craft, singing and dancing, and other recreational activities, parents, teachers and I attended different counseling sessions where parents and teachers of special children discussed their problems while dealing with their children and their families. The volunteers were very helpful and were willing to guide us happily with all the queries that we had.
This was the first time that I was visiting this centre and I was enthralled by the peace within its walls. I immediately wanted to be the part of this institute where I could improve my health problems and bring some disciple into my life. On Saturdays, the centre has visiting doctors, who can guide people on which type of exercises would be suitable to the patient. All through the year, yoga institute has different camps and workshops for imparting knowledge of yoga to meet the requirements of health care.
There is separate hostel facilities for gents and ladies. I saw many foreigners, who were attending seven-day intensive course, take deep interest in the activities like singing Indian bhajans and discourses during their relaxation hours. There is also a bookstall selling books on health care and cooking, which is sold at subsidized rates. During the lunch break, satvik food was served that was rich in nutrition and taste. I specially liked the drink that was served after the meals and it had a tangy flavor of ginger and lemongrass.
Although I spent whole day at the centre, I was still feeling vitalized and had enough energy to walk through that crowded market place, outside the centre and also do some shopping on my way home.
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