Isha Yoga programs have been available in Hindi for a few years now, and have been well received. Recently, a 7-day class at Ahmedabad from 17th to 23rd July saw the largest participation for a Hindi class as yet.
Ramachandran, an engineer with Adani Group, volunteered at the program and shared his experience.
Ramachandran: The feeling of going through the class right from the stage of planning till the final day was an opportunity I did not want to miss. We printed and distributed brochures for almost 2 weeks before the program began. I met people from various backgrounds, some who almost instantly recognized Sadhguru and thus were more inquisitive, some who had been regularly watching Mahashivratri celebrations at the ashram on TV, and some who had not heard about Isha and Sadhguru. Each time I interacted with people, I explained about the program and its benefits in terms of physical and mental wellbeing. Yet, every time, I was at a loss for words to explain the immense possibility in terms of spirituality that lay ahead through the classes.
After all our efforts, we had 60 participants registered the day before the program. July 17th was the day of the Introductory Session and as we all waited for the start of the session at 6.30 PM, we were taken aback by the number of people that kept pouring in to hear the introduction. As the teacher began the session, we had as many people as the hall could take and people were still streaming in. Finally, we had a jam-packed house and the class started with 134 participants. We were thrilled to know that this was the highest number of participants for a Hindi Class anywhere.
Now came the task of making the necessary arrangements and supporting the teacher for the 7 days of the class. I had volunteered to make myself available for the morning batch (6.00AM to 9.00AM), since I would usually return late from office. It was a completely new experience for me to get up at 4.30 AM every day for 7 days. In fact, I was thinking that this would probably affect my office work since I would not be feeling fresh in the office. But I was pleasantly proved wrong, as I could easily go through my office activities without feeling tired. I realized that I needed only 4-5 hours of sleep daily.
We thought the Initiation day would be a challenge for the volunteers since we had to make the necessary arrangements, including food for nearly 200 people. But the task was simplified with as many as 50 volunteers arriving on that day. Some came from as far as Surat and Mumbai.
As we moved into the last day, it was clear that the participants were touched by Shambhavi and Sadhguru’s Grace, with some shedding tears as they shared their experience.
Ashok Bhagdev, a participant at the program also spoke of his “mind-blowing” experience after being initiated into Shambhavi Mahamudra.
Ashok: My experience of the initiation session of the Isha Yoga Program was mind-blowing. I will never forget yesterday. I felt so much energy in my body after doing Shambhavi Mahamudra. And today, when I woke up in morning and did Shambhavi, I felt a big change in myself. My thoughts have really changed. I feel fearless and courageous and I am ready to live a happy and prosperous life.
Laziness was my biggest weakness. But after attending the program, I feel very energetic, as if all the laziness has gone out of my body. I am really thankful to the Isha volunteers and Sadhguru for providing this beautiful and magical gift of Shambhavi Mahamudra to me. I feel like I am newly born again and find drastic change in myself.