I come from a family of hairdressers. Last week, I attended the “Yoga For All” program in Delhi with two of my brothers and nephews. This was my first-ever yoga program. After my experience at the program, I can safely say that this is the best thing that has happened to me in my life.

People across religious backgrounds – Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian – and across financial backgrounds, were there. Spending those two hours with all of them and learning the practices is the turning point in my life.

We reached the venue and after a warm welcome, were led to a playing field. We began to play dodge-ball. On my left was a cab driver Mohammed. On my right was the great cricketing legend Virender Sehwag!

I was amazed at the sheer variety of people that had assembled together. We are a star-struck country and the moment we see a star, we just pounce upon him. But here I could see and feel a sense of oneness with everyone, even people who I don’t notice in my daily life. I saw a celebrity, a watchman, a street kid, a driver, an electrician, businessman and engineer with the same sense of oneness. I have never seen such a wide variety of people play and learn anything together at the same time.

At times, just to enhance our business we tend to be extra-sweet towards affluent customers and think we are doing a favor to the financially weak people. But this “Yoga For All” session has changed this approach in me.

People across religious backgrounds – Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian – and across financial backgrounds, were there. Spending those two hours with all of them and learning the practices is the turning point in my life.

My thanks and gratitude to Sadhguru ji and Isha Foundation for helping me experience the beauty of the diversity of our nation, which I missed earlier.

Pavan,
Hairdresser,
Prince Haircutting Saloon, Noida

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