LIFE

A fine way to a healthy life

CAN A person leading a normal life attain spiritual enlightment? Why not? It can happen without a change in lifestyle, belief or religion and irrespective of one's age or occupation. But how? Through Yoga, of course.

The public satsangh, which Jaggi Vasudev, Founder of the Isha Yoga Centre, Velliangiri Hills, Coimbatore, will be conducted at the Race Course Grounds at 6.00 p.m. on June 29. It will provide a unique opportunity for Maduraites to look inward and sustain the joyous balance in their lives.

Similar satsangs were held in Coimbatore, Erode, Salem and Chennai in the past few years and the venues were teeming with crowd. K. Sekar of the Isha Foundation, Coimbatore, expects a crowd of 70,000 to turn up for the entry-free event to be held in Madurai.

Isha yoga, says Jaggi Vasudev, easily gets integrated with one's life. A proven tool for preventive health, it has helped thousands find relief from chronic ailments such as asthma, obesity, hypertension, sinusitis, migrane, arthritis and many other ailments, which modern medicine can only help to manage. Further, it enhances one's memory, decision-making capacity and ability to concentrate.

Particularly, practising this yoga does not require any physical agility or previous knowledge of yoga. Against the backdrop of the reverence with which India is held for its spiritual and cultural heritage, the founder of the Isha Yoga Centre embodied the universal truths of spiritual masters of east and west, transcending religious divide. For him, spirituality does not mean running away from the stark realities of the world. Through his spiritual and social programmes, he has been teaching peace and love.

His concept of attaining spiritual liberation through yoga has been accepted worldwide and his prison outreach programmes have had a definite impact on life-term prisoners.

The Isha's rural rejuvenation programme, networking like-minded individuals and organisations with the villages to revitalise the rural society, seeks to strengthen the roots of the nation.

Set to rekindle the spirit of the rural population by establishing a library, computer centre, yogasala, gymnasium and herbal garden in each village, the programme is aimed at restoring indigenous and local health traditions, afforestation and empowerment of women.

Similarly, the `Vanashree Eco Centre' is an ecological initiative of the Isha Foundation to preserve the environment of the country.

By Krishnamoorthy R.

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