My experiment with Isha Yoga
Posted by Saipradeep on February 26, 2009
Yoga, this mystic word seems to simply spell bound every individual who wants to do something about his mind and body. I am no different. I have been having the urge to take this up as a quest for better attainment for many months now. In my search for the best road, I came across many, few of which were as weak as a Chennai road which erodes away in one downpour. There were also a few which seem to be as high as the mighty Himalayas, demanding not just time and effort, but also a lot of determination and guts to reach the peak. They all had a lot of glamour, but not the radiance I was looking for. Then, I came across a path, a path in which many seemed to have travelled and reached the places they wished to go. I hoped that this would lead me to my goal. I had heard about it many a times, but never gave it a second thought until I saw the man behind the show on Televison program. His answers to the questions on life and spiritualism seem to be simple at the outset, but it carried so much inner meaning. It is this simplicity that was giving power to the mysteries it held. It seemed to have a charm that enticed the onlooker into its realm. That day, I decided to learn Isha Yoga and understand the teachings of the Sadguru. Since I am calling this as my quest in the world of Yoga, I have chosen to call this post as my experiment rather than my experience.
Once I made this decision, I started hearing about it from all corners. There seem to be a huge community around me which was dormant right before my eyes and erupted in full throttle when I made my decision. Friends, colleagues, newspapers, posters where ever I turned, I saw Isha Yoga. I visited their website and learnt about the various types of sessions they hold and made my mind to join in their foundation course in Inner Engineering (Isha Yoga). After a couple of deliberations, I enrolled myself yesterday, 25th of Feb 2009, into a session in West Mambalam, Chennai. After the first session, I understood that this is not just about physical exercises but also learning’s that can help one in self realization and inner peace. At times, I was amazed to see that things so minute in magnitude have much higher meaning behind them. I was enthralled by their concepts and teachings which were so basic in nature yet enormous in their significance.
With all this said, I do have to confess about a few blemishes that I noted. Somehow I was not impressed by the delivery mode they followed. I am not writing about what they speak because, like I told, their concepts are enlightening, however how they speak and how long they speak seem to impact you. The speeches seem to take away 60 to 70% of the time spent in the session, something that is pretty difficult to take. If I am in for speeches; all I need to do is buy CDs that are inline with these concepts. What I was actually in there for was a more practical approach which seems to have been missing. It is also hard to understand why they have to take the 3 hour long sessions without a single break. There were a lot of old people who were squirming in their seats, unable to sit on the floor for such long period of time. Beyond all this, one thing that further hit my mind was the track the speeches took. They seem to ooze out negativity making you feel as if one is living in a world filled with nothing but filth. I am sure that is not what people expected to hear when flocked to these classes. Yes, this world is filled with evil things. Yes, this world is filled with negativity, but that is why I am here. I am here to listen and learn positive things about this world and not to reinforce my belief that the world is bad. I was also taken aback, by the tone of the trainer at times. Though she was soft spoken in most parts of the speeches, there were times I felt that we were being mocked for our ignorance on concepts. I am sure that it was not her intention but I think, it is a by product of having a preset mind on the knowledge levels of the participants coupled with the years and months she had spent taking similar sessions across various places.
Though I was a little disappointed because of the above mentioned reasons, I am elated to be a part of Isha Yoga and am looking forward to go these classes simply because it is opening a new window of learning and understanding of life. I am still enticed by the offering of knowledge that lies for a take away at the end of these seven days.
I am writing more on these sessions in the days to come, not to preach people but to share my experience in my experiment with Isha Yoga. These will be day by day accounts of these sessions and it is available at the following Blog.
Click here for “Day by Day account of Isha Yoga Program”.
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