Spreading Dimensions & Awareness of Yoga

With everyday passing, I am observing that Yoga in Jehangir Hospital, Pune is becoming more relevant. New aspects and dimensions are appearing to which Yoga has appropriate answers. I have started a series of blogs, under “Spreading Dimensions & Awareness of Yoga” to share my experiences in Jehangir Hospital with In-Patients & Staff while taking their Yoga sessions. Through these shares, people will become aware of many aspects and dimensions where Yoga is playing a revolutionary role.

Few days back, I went to take Inpatients Yoga sessions as usual in Jehangir Hospital. I went to this lady who recently had cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal surgery) and was suffering with lot of pain. By seeing her, I made out that a few practices could be given to her. So, I told her to do Toe bending, Ankle bending, & Ankle rotation which is a part of Pawanmuktasana part 1 – the practices for joints (Anti-Rheumatic Series). These practices are very gentle in nature yet very effective and when done with awareness, releases the stagnant energy, removes the toxins, and helps to move calf muscles and blood circulation. After the asanas, I explained the benefits of Pranayama practices and told her to do Nadi Shodhan stage II – 7 rounds & Bhramari Pranayama – 5 rounds.

While she was practicing Nadi Shodhan, she experienced pain. I cleared my instructions that she should stop immediately if she finds it difficult to do. She asked almost instantly -” You said this is going to help me, so I’ll do”. And with this talk as if her pain vanished and she completed all her rounds comfortably. I gave her a Relaxation practice of about 8-10 minutes after all her previous practices, and she experienced a deep sleep during that. Before leaving, I asked her to do these practices 3 times a day of her own –

Morning: Asanas, Pranayams & Relaxation.

Afternoon: Asanas & Relaxation.

Evening: Asanas, Pranayams & Relaxation.

Next day when I visited her again, she was sitting on a chair. I said, “You are looking much better today”. She looked at me with surprise and said smiling, “That may be your perspective, but I still have pain. But even then, I did all the practices as you had told to do”. Then we again repeated the same practices as previous day.

First day, when I introduced the concept and objectives of Yoga session to the lady, she started crying and asked me – “Are these practices going to help me and cure me?” This Lady had taken few Chemotherapy sessions before going into cholecystectomy and seeing her condition, her family had decided now that they wouldn’t go for any more chemotherapy as she wasn’t able to tolerate them. Knowing her history of treatment, I only said -” Yogic practices help”.

So, she practiced Yoga with me for 3 consecutive days. After that, for the next 2 days I couldn’t visit her. The 3rd day, as I was about to leave the hospital, I received a call from this lady’s Son. He said-” My mother has given her feedback to Jehangir Hospital that the best time in the hospital was when Yoga Sir would visit her. She could relax just by your visit Sir! She was able to relax during the session and sleep. I would request you to please continue her Yoga sessions at home too after she’s discharged “. I told him that I couldn’t commit for home visit due to other commitments but I would visit her that same day positively.

Same day, when I went on 4th floor (where this lady was admitted) nursing station and was looking into ‘Round book’ in order to take Yoga session for other patients, I was pleasantly surprised when almost every nurse came to me and requested to visit that lady for Yoga session. When I went to meet this lady, she was a transformed lady with a smiling face and a cheerful gesture. I enquired her if she felt hungry, had appetite, she said- “Yes, my appetite is coming back. I feel hungry during the morning but not much during evenings”. According to me, this was a good and positive sign. Because with disease, loss of appetite takes place; appetite coming back is a sign of health returning! In this Yoga session, I added Shoulder socket rotation keeping rest of the practices same. She looked very peaceful, satisfied and relaxed after the completion of Yoga session. From her room, when I came back to nursing station, another nurse came and requested me to take that Lady’s Yoga Session (which I had just completed). As I heard the nurse say this to me, I smiled and thought that this Gentle Lady had conveyed the message of YOGA to all the Nurses! 😊


Prashant Pandey

Yoga Teacher & Therapist




Yoga & Student Life

I read a quote of Swami Satyananda Saraswati, the founder of Bihar School of Yoga – “Come to Yoga. Give Evolution a chance.” From my understanding, this is the essence of Yoga which needs to be understood.

Today I am publishing a blog with the theme of “Yoga & Student life”. This blog is based on a feedback of a practitioner who I consider one of the best Yoga practitioner in my Yoga teaching.

Personal experiences and feedbacks play an important role to inspire and motivate a person who is in need of help of positive changes in the life.

Though from one angle it seems that I am her Yoga Teacher and taught the principles of Yoga to her, whereas from another angle, it is her destiny which brought her into Yoga practice, and I have become an instrument.

This is the feedback from Veeni Awatramani, who has practiced Yoga for last many years in a group class at Sopan Bagh, Pune. I remember, during her entire Yoga sessions, I never sensed any kind of dissatisfactory feeling in her, in regard to the set of Yogic practices, selected by me. She practiced with trust whatever she has been instructed.

In Veeni’s words:

“Before I joined Yoga, I used to be very self-critical and under confident. I just did not like myself, although I could never pinpoint the reason for that dislike. The only things I used to focus on, whenever I thought about myself were my weaknesses. My attitude towards life was pessimistic – surrounded by negativity.

When I decided to join Yoga, I had no specific reason (such as weight loss, peace of mind, flexibility) to do so. I just wanted something new to do and so I decided to take up Yoga. In the beginning, I just used to attend class as though it was a normal lecture like the ones we have in college. Listen to what the teacher says and do what he tells you to do. Gradually, it became a weekly routine – attending class from 6:30-7:30 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

After about a year of practicing Yoga, I realized the impact it was having on my life. Not only did I see a difference with respect to physical aspects but I could also feel a change in the emotional aspects.

Now, it has been 32 months since Yoga came into my life. I dont exactly know when this happened, but I respect my life much more now. Yoga has taught me to value everything God has given me and not take anything for granted.

As a student, I have experienced a significant increase in my focus and confidence. The same person who used to consider exams as “most important and would sacrifice sleep, food and family time during exams, now sleeps tension-free, spends time with the family and eats all her meals properly even during exam days ! Now, I consider exams as a part of my life and not my life. I dont take any tension and instead enjoy studying for the exams and writing the papers with a calm mind.

Yoga teaches one to adapt to changes easily. No matter what problem comes your way, all we need to do is have confidence in our abilities. No situation can then remain a problem for too long. Not only situations, even the people around us might change. People might break our trust or leave us stranded, but even in such a case our inner strength remains intact and gives us the spirit to fight and not let such people or situations break our confidence.

When I am practicing Yoga, all problems just vanish! You feel that there is so much more to life, than just that little problem thats preventing you from being happy. That same problem that appears to be big before the practice of Yoga, shrinks to just a small problem. And it is that feeling that helps us tackle the problems with ease. Yoga teaches one to control the mind. We learn to keep away negativity and even get a grip on ourselves with respect to temptations and greed.

My attitude towards life has become much more optimistic now. I had read in a book that the universe works by the “law of attraction the thoughts in your mind attract what comes into your life. I see this law working today. If we think positive, we definitely attract positivity. Today, I am aware of my strengths and weaknesses. With that I have also learnt to appreciate my strengths and not just focus on my weaknesses. My self-confidence has increased and now I feel confident to express my thoughts and simply be myself, without worrying about what others think.

With respect to the physical aspects I have experienced weight loss, increased flexibility and higher stamina. My posture has improved and I can sit steadily for long hours without having to adjust my position constantly. My breathing has also significantly improved – now I take deeper and longer breaths and dont get out of breath even when I need to climb the stairs or walk a long distance.

All the meditation practices we do also have something to teach us. I remember the meditation practice we performed in the sitting position for 10 minutes sometime in November. We were given the instructions “Feel like you are a tree rooted in the earth… Even if you feel like moving, you should resist the urge…. ”. That was very thought provoking. It made me feel how important it is to be rooted to our traditions, our loved ones and our core selves. Times may change, everything around us may change, but we can survive it all when our roots are strong, just like a big, old tree.

I am still discovering the wonderful world of Yoga and thoroughly enjoying my journey. This year I have adopted the resolution to incorporate Yoga in my daily routine. I have already begun with that and hope to devote more and more time to it.

All this wouldnt have been possible without you Sir! Thank you for being our teacher You not only teach us the Yoga practices but you also tell us their significance on the physical and mental level. That gives us a greater boost to devote ourselves to Yoga.”


Friendship – A strength and beautiful aspect

Friendship – when I hear this word, I feel to know the essence of it. This is the word which is one of the most common word in terms of relationship and there is different meaning for all of us. In other words, to understand and realize the connection with the word ‘Friendship’ there are different levels of understanding which take place as per the evolution and understanding of people.

From my understanding every relation whether it is the relation of Son, Daughter, Wife, Husband, Friends, Disciple – each and every relationship has layers and levels but there has to be one essence, one core point. We need to understand that essence of relationship. If I am a disciple then what could be the essence of discipleship, if I am Son to my father and mother then what could be the essence of being a Son, if I am a friend to someone then what could be the essence of friendship… Realization of Friendship is one of the fulfilling aspects in life and from my understanding it happens with grace of God and Guru.

By intellect, we can understand the meaning of friendship but to realize the essence we need grace and support of God and Guru in the form of faith and living in their teachings. I am saying this because in the course of experiencing friendship, many hurdles and obstructions come in the form of ego, doubt, and difference of opinions. These hurdles are the testing ground and we need to overcome them as we grow in our relation. An understanding should take place in our life with acceptance that we have difference of opinions with our friends but above all, there is a point where these obstructions cannot reach. That is the point of faith.

In the friendship, faith plays an important role. When we develop faith, we feel that we can share anything with that person to whom we see as our real friend. On this point, it is a reality that there might be many friends but amongst all there is one person with whom we experience the essence of friendship. Once we realize this fact then friendship takes the form of freedom. There is possibility where we feel the golden word, “UNCONDIOTIONAL”. The essence of friendship can only be unconditional. With this realization, we may reach at that point where it can be said and felt that I am his or her friend rather he or she is my friend.

With love “Happy Friendship Day”

Prashant Pandey

Yoga Teacher & Therapist