22 visually impaired students benefit from weeklong course
CHENNAI: Impaired vision is no deterrent for 22 school and college students of Nethrodaya to attend a course in self-improvement, confidence building and breathing techniques of the Art of Living. A weeklong Yoga and Sudarshan Kriya programme for members of Nethrodaya concluded recently. C. Govindakrishnan, founder Nethrodaya said it was a golden opportunity. "Yoga courses never reach the underprivileged. This programme has helped them to know about themselves and the importance of living in the present and not be burdened by past worries or future anxieties," he says.
Sitting in the Vajrasana pose and performing the Bastrika Pranayama and the Sudarshan Kriya practice has given many a sound night's sleep after a long time. "My dream is that students among them should be able to teach this art of living to others ," he says.
The group began with the three stages of Pranayama, moving on to the Nadi Shuddhi and then Sudarshan Kriya. "The feedback has been positive," says Sumathi Rajan, Office Superintendent, Southern Railways, who is a volunteer at the programme "All these days they said that they were worried. Now many say that their mind was free and they felt very energetic," she says.
V. Mariselvi, one of the participants says that now she is not affected by anger and there is clarity of mind. V. Sudhakar found the breathing exercises brought peace of mind. For N. Kamal, the effect was good blood circulation and sound sleep.
The team has asked for follow-up sessions and there are many among them who wish to take this ancient art to other visually impaired persons.