A Yoga Workshop with the 240 energetic bunch of Symbiosis Internationa University, Lavale, conducted by Acharya Samita Rathor
Individualised Yoga- The Essence of Healthy Living:
By: Priyanka Chakrabarti
Located among lush hills, Lavale offers a chance to coexist with nature as it stands over a valley surrounded by clouds and painted green in its best season. Powered by solar sources, its eco-friendly functioning makes for a perfect setting for contemplative and incisive study far from the worries and hustle of the city. Designed to conserve natural resources, the Lavale campus incorporates a rain water harvesting project to conserve water and re-use it effectively for various purposes. Envisioned as a green zone, students are encouraged to walk and bicycles have been provided for transport. Known as the Symbiosis Knowledge Village, Lavale is home to Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication (SIMC)
October 7th, 2009, at the fag end of the semester, when the threshold of the exams had just passed, the students of Symbiosis Institute of Media & Communication were exposed to a scintillating experience of yoga. Samita Rathor conducted this session, and enlightened about 240 students about the importance of the practice of personalized yoga and how it helps one to regulate the inner self.
Samita Rathor has been a student of yoga , under the guidance of Sri T.K.V. Desikachar son of Sri T Krishnamacharya, who happens to be one of the greatest yogis of contemporary times from a 9th century Yoga lineage. Her primary focus is to educate people about different kinds of healing techniques from physical, mental and emotional trauma, through the implication of Individualised Yoga.
Students were projected to six hours of authentic informative session, where different kinds of yogic postures and breathing techniques were unveiled. These help one to accomplish sync between the body, mind and soul. But most importantly prominence was laid on formulation and connotation of individualized yoga.
Samita Rathor chanted “Samatvam Yoga Uchyate ( from the Bhagwad Gita),” which means equilibrium of the mind is yoga. She believes in the fact that every human being is composed of different components and hence each one of them is unique. Every individual have distinctive mental, physical and emotional stratum, thus to cure the various sections of the body and mind, a very explicit and detailed form of yoga, catering to the essential needs of a person is to be appropriately designed. This is the time when the need for a personalized instruction is required for attaining best and incorrigible form of yoga training. In fact, this is the customary yoga philosophy and faith of Sri Krishnamacharya and his son Sri Desikachar.
Yoga helps one to enhance one’s intuitive powers. A personal yoga practice is a very private experiential course of action, which leads to the inspiration of higher senses. It helps to build up awareness on emotional level; whereon it leads to obliteration of negativity. Moreover yoga essentially helps one to focus more, get distressed, it slows down the pace of aging and lastly it helps one to totally get detached from one’s own body and get connected to the universal energies. After certain age yoga needs to be individualized, hence all these results cannot be accomplished in group practice.
Samita portrayed different forms of asanas, which eventually is a course of journey from noise to silence, self-adherence and composition. She imparted the knowledge imbibed with rationality and logic.