Yogic journey of Mr. Paul

images-7I am sharing a feedback cum an experience of Mr. Paul who is a 78 years old gentleman, lives in UK. At one time he suffered from a severe disease. Through the intense treatment and surgery he recovered but found himself in a very weak and dependable state. With his weak physical & mental state, he came to India to spend few months here as it was too cold in UK for him. He came to my Yoga class and discussed about his overall state. When I heard and saw his state, at one point I was not sure how long the Yogic practices will take to bring him in a comfortable state. But most of the time it happens that when a person is honest, sincere and has willingness to come out from suffering, Yoga helps a lot to such people very effectively in such a way that the person can see the glimpse and feeling to become healthy. With that light and hope which is true and real, Yoga becomes a part of their life.

The first time I saw him practising Yoga, he was not able to do the practices in a group class. So he gave up and sat on the chair. His state was such that he was unable to stand up without help if he sat down on the floor. His mental state was also the reflection of his physical state. But few days of Yogic practices took him in a different plane where not only can he now do most of the practices in group class, but we can see a satisfying smile on his face as and when there is a light talk to smile and laugh.

One day after the class, he invited me for a tea and during that time I had the thought to request him to tell his story of the Journey of Yoga. I recorded his statement, and with his permission, I am publishing it in this blog so that it can help many people who have lost the hope to become healthy.

So here is what Mr. Paul went through. If you find it appropriate to share with your friends and relatives, please feel free to do so, because who knows a positive and motivating experience of someone can become a light for many.

I’d heard and read about Yoga and Meditation, and what it can and can’t do. But I never ever came to believe that it could change my life or anybody’s life. So it was delayed and delayed until I happened to meet a friend who by chance came and saw a book that was given to me by a priest. During my conversations with the Catholic priest in the school, I used to express to him my doubts, my fears about the future, about the present, my insecurities and uncertainties of my life. He told me that I have to stop worrying and start living, and gave me a book. I accepted the book, but didn’t believe what he said. In my mind, I said “What a silly man. How can a book change a man’s life?” So the book stayed on my desk, until this friend of mine came and he was pleasantly surprised that I had read that book. He said “You know, I have read this book ten times and this book has changed my life.” And that was an eye-opener to me. I have been well-phrased with Meditation, Yoga and Ayurveda and unknowingly, it has helped me through my strife, ill-health and my grief. But I never could put it as a tool, as a survival kit, until I came to a place called Koregaon Park in Pune, India, and a place called Dario’s where I, by chance, was introduced to the Yoga teacher, Mr. Prashant Pandey, via a friend, who was living here and had joined his classes and recommended them to me by chance. It was, initially, to be together with that lady who had recommended me the classes and spend some time with them, but as we gradually entered into this something started changing. My back used to pain, my concentration was poor, my whole thinking was muddled in some places, I used to seem to search for things but I didn’t know what I was searching for. And these Satsangs, if you call it, or sessions, or meditation, or classes, started having some influence. There was this resistance at the beginning – pushes and pulls – my comfort zone would take me back and my other side would say “No, no, no, let’s try this at least.” And during this, Mr. Pandey was very sympathetic and he agreed to take one-on-one classes at much reduced price than he would normally charge – and we should remain grateful to him for that – and then he gave his personal time to talk. And now I feel that my journey has begun and how it will transform me will depend on tomorrow. But at the moment, I am standing on crossroads, hoping that something positive will come.







Spreading Dimensions & Awareness of Yoga

Jjh-logo2588ehangir Hospital, in it’s logo says: “WE ADD CARE”, which I immediately liked. In our usual talk we say- “We take Care” or “We Care”! 

But when an institution such as Hospital which in itself is a place where care is taken, says “We add Care”, it certainly means that they emphasize on this extra element of empathy to their regular services. 

On 72nd Founder’s Day of Jehangir Hospital (6.2.2017), I heard a very inspiring sentence from one of the Reverend Trustee Speakers: “Mind has different aspects, but it is true that we all have Mind. It is possible to control our Mind and train it in a particular manner. It is necessary to inculcate this to become a better worker, employee, a better human.”

And this is what we, as Yoga Teachers, are doing in the Hospital. As a person grows up with a particular mannerism, thoughts or personality, it becomes difficult to change a habit or thinking pattern at conscious level. Too much of effort  is required without any guarantee of success.

YOGANIDRA has the sure solution. I’ve known people who quit chain-smoking with just one single practice of Yoganidra, which would not have been possible otherwise. Yoga Nidra helps tremendously to those who have the inner intensity to change a habit or thinking pattern for the upliftment in life.This amazing practice quietens the body-mind complex within few minutes, allows the awareness to enter the subconscious arena, and here an auto suggestion is given, which effortlessly lets the change take place in the practitioner.

We are also using VISUALISATION  in Yoganidra which opens all dormant faculties of mind, and gives way to discover our inner potential, which in day-to-day life we simply tend to loose or the least, forget. 

Visualisation is a very powerful section in which the inner layers of mind get activated and start to concentrate spontaneously on the aspired subject giving out great positive results.

The groups of Hospital Staff that are attending sessions already report good changes, and as this positive individual energy grows into group energy, collective outcomes would show & shine.

20170211_212729Ruchira Pandey

Yoga Teacher & Therapist



jh-logo2588img_0385YES, when I heard this word, it was a new word for me too, which indicates one of the creative aspect. Yogathon took place in Jehangir Hospital, Pune, on 26th January 2017, before Flag Hoisting. In the management meeting for the preparation of 26th January, the members decided that Marathon was organised every year, why not Yoga this year! They named it ‘YOGATHON’.

On the morning of 26th, whole management group and staff gathered, & practiced Yoga. All the participants went through the sessions of Asanas, Pranayamas, Relaxation and Meditation and experienced a refreshed & rejuvenated state.

It was a wonderful initiative to do Yoga, experience a calm state and then do the Flag Hoisting. Usually many people relate Yoga with physical exercise because they are shown and taught in this way. But the real purpose of Yoga is to purify the mind, balance the emotions so that we can become aware of our existence and the real purpose of the life in order to experience fulfilment and gratitude. The process of Yoga starts with the body and goes to the mind. We can also say that it is a journey from Hatha Yoga to Raja Yoga. 

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My experiences with Jehangir Hospital, Pune

jh-logo2588On the occasion of 72nd Founder’s Day of Jehangir Hospital, I’m starting to pen down my personal experiences as a Yoga Teacher, Therapist & Consultant at Jehangir Hospital, with the In-patients and the  Staff of JH. This will come in series as and when I experience something new and inspiring, which may help others also.
In our profession, when we interact with a person, we can understand  the person to quite an extent- on physical appearance, his/her mental state,  emotional state and then knowledge of Ayurveda helps a lot to decode the inherent prakriti (nature) of the person.  When we meet an individual , have respect for him/her, with the ability to live in the present moment, we connect to the person instantly.
I want to narrate an incident which shows how Yogic Relaxation helps a person in need. This instance occurred when I  visited Gynecology ward on 3rd floor on my daily visits. This young lady had delivered her baby 2 days back through C-section. Her son would sleep as soon as she started to feed him, and she was all confused that even after 20mins of feed, why was her baby crying so much? The baby had cried the whole previous night and the mother couldn’t sleep. I told her to fix the time for feed (10mins) and the time-gap between 2 feeds (at least 2 hours). I asked her to be very attentive while feeding the baby, keep patting or rub gently on baby’s arm so that he doesn’t fall asleep and takes his feed properly. If she felt that the feed was not satisfactory for her baby, after withdrawing from herself, immediately feed the milk provided by the hospital. When the baby’s stomach is full, he’ll sleep peacefully.
Then, I gave her a full Yogic relaxation, with deep breaths counting. After finishing I asked her to feed her baby. She and her mother-in-law followed, and the baby slept so quietly as if he never cried. She was very relieved and was thankful.
 Now, how does relaxation works?
As soon as the awareness starts following  its own breath or body parts, it withdraws itself from every superficial experience, recollects the self energy and distributes it evenly into different layers of an individual in a positive form. Therefore, after each relaxation session, a person feels fresh, energised and focussed. This is a technique which helps new mothers in properly feeding too, as relaxation allows the newly active mammary glands to function at their best.

Ruchira Pandey

Yoga Teacher, Therapist & Consultant

Saraswati Pooja & Basant Panchami

img-20170201-wa0022Today is Saraswati Pooja.
It is one of the most important annual events of India going back centuries – a wonderful festival of art, learning & education that can awaken the higher consciousness and creativity within us.
Maa Saraswati is the goddess of Art, Knowledge, Music, Wisdom and Learning. The Goddess is often depicted as a beautiful woman dressed in pure white, often seated on a white lotus, which symbolizes light, knowledge and truth. She not only embodies knowledge but also the experience of the highest reality. Her iconography is typically in white themes from dress to flowers to swan- the colour of Sattwa Guna or purity, discrimination for true knowledge, insight & wisdom.
Goddess Saraswati’s four hands hold items with symbolic meaning –
• A Pustaka (book or script)
• A mala (Rosary or garland)
• A water Pot
• A musical instrument (Veena)
☆ The book she holds symbolizes the VEDAS representing the Universal Divine, Eternal and True Knowledge as well as all forms of learning.
☆A Mala of Crystal represents the Power of Meditation, Inner reflection and Spirituality.
☆ A pot of water represents the purifying power to separate right from wrong, the clean from unclean, and the essence from the inessential. Also the pot of water symbolizes Soma, Amrut, Nectar- the drink that liberates and leads to knowledge.
☆ The most famous feature of Maa is a musical instrument called Veena which represents all creative arts, and Sciences, and her holding it symbolizes expressing knowledge that creates harmony.
☆ Maa Saraswati is also associated with true expression of feelings and emotions in Speech or Music.
☆ Saraswati is also referred to as HAMSAVAHINI whoch means “She who has a Swan as her vehicle”. The Swan is also a symbol for spiritual perfection, transendence and Moksha.

A Peacock is shown besides her which symbolizes colourful splendor, celebration of dance and – as the devourer of snakes – the alchemical ability to transmute the serpent poison of self into the radiant plumage of enlightenment.
She is usually depicted near a flowing river, which is a reference to her as a river goddess – The Saraswati River.

Today is Basant Panchami too, which falls on the fifth day of Spring. This is the celebration of Harvest, Kites and the yellow Mustard Fields. People wear shades of yellow today and prepare sweet yellow rice as prasad.
Happy Saraswati Pooja & Basant Panchami to all of you.


Ruchira Pandey