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- 'Gaga over Yoga'
Hindustan Times (Editorial by Meeta Chaitanya)
ATLANTA, Georgia, USA (August 1, 2006): America's fascination with
Yoga is anything but superficial. In fact, a few months back, we had
seen how this appeal had found its way into the consciousness of
even the most peripheral cross-section here.
As the trend grows and wins over many enthusiasts, Atlanta, along
with many other cities in the United States continues to play host
to several renowned propagators of this ancient practice.
In this context of Yoga's bulging popularity, Sri Swami
Adhyatmanandaji Maharaj's visit to Georgia as a part of his sojourn
in the continent assumes great significance.
Equally educative for dabblers as also advanced learners, this world-
renowned yoga master's advent, albeit for a brief period is being
hailed with gusto.
Swami Adhyatmananda of the Sivananda Ashram, Ahmedabad is a
distinguished Yoga teacher in the Divine Life Society tradition,
working for the most part in Gujarat, India.
Currently on tour in America, he kicked off the excursion in Chicago
on June 9, 2006.
After spending time in nearly half a dozen other cities in the US
and Canada, he is now in Atlanta to impart his teachings to zealous
The Swami is conducting a series of classes from July 28-31, 2006.
These classes, unlike many regular metro gigs and workshops are free
and open to all.
Held as a bi-part series the morning classes are being organized at
the Indian American Cultural Association, Smyrna while the evening
classes are being conducted at the Global Mall, Norcross.
Practiced for over 5,000 years, Yoga has won many fans across all
sections of society in India and abroad.
Men and women across age groups here too have excitedly embraced
this workshop, which just goes to endorse the fact that the spurt in
this Indian practice's patronage is indeed meteoric.
Scores of fitness centres in this area have started including Yoga
in their course curriculum to accommodate the growing demand for
This particular format does not require cataclysmic change of
lifestyle, faith or religion and yet it promises to improve one's
sense of general well-being.
A disciple of HH Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj, Adhyatmanandaji has
continued to enthral audiences with a singular combination of
insightful knowledge and charisma.
Universally regarded as a dynamic yogi, he is known to posses a
Inspiring confidence in even the most stoic of skeptics he has gone
from milestone to milestone in emitting and conferring upon his
audiences the timeless kernels of wisdom ingrained in the practice
of Yoga and meditation.
It isn't surprising therefore that he is fast becoming one of the
most sought after speakers globally.
A qualified Yogacharya, he has to his credit more than 600 yoga
shibirs or camps in India and abroad for a slew of audiences such as
universities, private sector companies and free-for-all camps.
An exponent of Hatha Yoga, Adhyatmananda has been an expert in
Yogasanas, Pranayama and relaxation techniques for over 25 years. He
has also authored a series of articles on the medical benefits of
The Atlanta camp, open to all in essence, does require tacit
adherence to certain basic tenets of 'Yoga Gyan', such as
disciplined and punctual attendance and practice of some fundamental
principles as being on a minimal fat diet that contains plenty of
fresh vegetables and fruits, abstinence from fried food, oil, butter
and ghee and a general sense of finding peace within oneself before
committing to the sessions.
Basic Yoga programs do not require special physical agility,
knowledge or experience and are therefore extremely alluring for the
While it has been sold variously as an infallible mantra to achieve
unity of mind, body and soul and alleviation of almost all physical
ailments, its day-to-day benefits for all are probably the most
significant part of its pervasive appeal.
Aside from the piquant interest that Yoga aficionados have espoused
over the years, its resuscitation as a practice open to all has made
it even more endearing and endurable.
Like many other hidden gems of wisdom it could have been curtailed
as an esoteric art reserved for the privileged few.
Instead, it has become a healthy, holistic, permeable and flexible
way of life, for one, for all.
'Gaga over Yoga'
SOURCE: Hindustan Times. Indians Abroad. Gaga over Yoga
ATLANTA DIARY | Meeta Chaitanya August 1, 2006