Namaste dear yoga family,
From the 27th till the 30th of March, we had the honour to receive a very special and lively group in our ashram. Thirty-one boys, ages 10-15, travelled to SRSG from The Lawrence School in Sanawar, India, located near the hill station of Shimla. Sanawar is a co-educational boarding school, one of the top schools in India, and has students of varying backgrounds from all parts of the sub-continent.
The idea to visit our ashram came from their yoga teacher, Dr. Sanjay Sharma, a sadhaka who lived in an ashram himself for a few years and visits Rishikesh often. It was an exciting though challenging event as this was the first large group of young people we have stay at our ashram. One of the big challenges was to offer them an educational programme which was both fun and interesting. The first day we noticed that the programme was too hard for the boys. After a few changes and with help of Pamela Khudan from Trinidad and Tobago, we were able to make our classes more interesting and child friendly. Classes like Science of Breath and the Yamas and Niyamas were offered in a more playful way. We blew up balloons to feel how the diaphragm works and the boys created skits to illustrate what Ahymsin means to them in their daily lives.
I am happy to say that it turned out to be a great success, with both groups, the ashram teachers and the boys, learning a lot from each other. Most important of all, we had a lot of joy in the process.
At the end of the four days we had a small evaluation with the children and asked them to share something about their experience with us. The following are a few remarks from the boys.
It was a lifetime experience which I will never forget all I have learned. The teachers are very different and loving. I would like to stay and learn more things. - Gobind-
The experience in this ashram was really fun. I have learnt many things here. Especially the meditation, yoga etc. I learnt the different exercises of yoga I also liked the teachers here, they teach whole heartedly. We have also gone for a little walk. We also went to Rishikesh main market and bought different things and collected Ganga Jal. The trip to this ashram was the most interesting trip out of my whole trips and I wish I can visit here again!! – Tarush-
My experience in this ashram was actually amazing. Because we had two days silence and relaxation which was a cut from our school busy and stressing routine. I really appreciate the motto of Ahimsa and peace followed by the swamis, teachers and every member. By listening to stories about Swami Rama’s life I really got very impressed. The most I liked was that before we started doing anything we did the two minutes silence, which really gave me peace for my short temper. I thank Mr. Ramparkash for being such a wonderful Big brother. Even the teachings of Swami Vachanananda and Gian Carlo. – Saurav-
It was a lifetime experience which I will not have again in my lifetime. I never forget the Big Brothers and Sisters. I loved going for every class willing to learn something new every day and I was so lucky to meet Swami Veda Bharati and to talk to him and know about his and Swami Rama’s life. After this experience I would share the experience with my relatives, parents and friends. I will suggest them to come and I will also try to come here every year. I would like to tell you that I do not feel like going. I am sure that my life will be better after this experience. Thank you. – Indereshwar-
Personally I am most pleased to see how our SRSG family worked together as a team, helping each other wherever necessary; in planning, serving, teaching and playing with the children. I think we became like children ourselves, more spontaneous and joyful. For me it was a great improvement in my sadhana. It was nice to see how all the people at the ashram, guests and ashramites alike, have a strong affection towards children, and each teaching them in their own special way.
I believe that our SRSG family has learned a lot from this event and is ready for the upcoming Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat in December 2011.
Looking forward to it!
In service of the children,
2nd year Gurukulam student from The Netherlands
Editor’s Note:Swami Veda Bharati invites families within our Spiritual Family to attend the Yoga Youth and Children’s Retreat, 22nd – 31st December 2011 at Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama. For more information, please visit: https://www.ahymsin.org/main/index.php/2011-Youth-and-Children-s-Retreat/yoga-youth-and-childrens-retreat-december-2011.html