Unique experience with Yoga

This day, it became special. There are a few instances in life which effect and bring a unique experience with them. This case became one of them.
I take Yoga sessions and counselling (if required) for post-natal & pre-natal ladies in Jehangir Hospital, Pune. This day was a regular day and I went to General ward on 3rd floor. After completing that section, I walked in the Zodiac Ward which has recently been renovated and there is a very positive feeling, generally.
I knocked on the door of a prenatal state lady who I was told had PRoM (Premature Rupture of Membrane) 2 days back. As I opened the door, I saw a beautiful young lady on the bed who had a very anxious and worried look on her face but greeted me with a pretty smile. Although we were meeting for the first time, both of us instantly connected. Her husband offered me a chair and I introduced myself. She then told me her current status- “The Gynaecologist had told that as water was still leaking, she’ll have to terminate my pregnancy which is 25 weeks old!” This being her 1st pregnancy, she obviously was in lot of stress. She had a constant question on her face – “Why Me?” While narrating, she got very emotional.
I sensed her tension which was a big addition to her current state and that it would only worsen her situation.
She nodded almost immediately as I told her about the Yoga Relaxation and how after Relaxation, she would be able to calm down her anxiety. At that moment, I wanted her to relax at all costs. So, I gave her a full Yogic Relaxation and asked her to think of a positive Sankalpa (Resolve)! She completed the whole practice very nicely following each word said by me. Totally Connected!!!
After she opened her eyes with a beautiful smile, her face was very peaceful. I told her that a change of thought pattern mentally, & being positive, would help her situation physically. And she must connect herself to her Baby, feeling the strong connection, direct the Baby. The Baby will listen to Mom’s!
I believe very strongly that we humans, have the capability of overturning any situation from negative to positive and can control any physical state just by using our mental power.
Our talk was a long one! By the time I waved her goodbye, she was happy.
Next day, when I went to see her, she was already waiting and then I introduced Mahamrutyunjaya Mantra to her and told the one important benefit of this life-saving Mantra- the power of reviving health & life. She and her husband were very prompt to learn the mantra. I asked them to do it at least twice every day.
Day next, She had her Sonography and the couple looked very happy as the water level had risen and no infection, which was a great sign of retention. But slight leakage of water was still there. In this day’s practice, I gave her full Yoganidra with her Sankalpa.
By this day, she had grown very strong mentally and emotionally which was healing her physical state fast. Her gynaecologist also told them to wait, as her condition was improving.
Meanwhile, I talked about PRoM condition to one of my childhood friends, who is a renowned Gynaecologist, running her own hospital in Rajasthan very successfully. She explained the situation in detail to me and helped me clear all my doubts. Then, I explored Internet too, which says that premature delivery of about 27-28 weeks success rate is 67% now, but still, each case is individual , unique, and absolutely depends on the new-born Baby’s response to external medical help after it’s premature delivery.
I had to explain this to the couple, so that, they could prepare themselves mentally for the situation that might come up in near future.
So, my communication with the young couple continued for more than a week and we together saw ups-downs in her condition, but two important changes were prominently visible in her:
● One, this young pretty lady gained confidence and was mentally prepared to deal with the upcoming situation.
● Second, she had accepted her condition and was ready for good or worse.
When situation is out of our control, we must connect ourselves to the cosmic power which helps our positive energy to recollect and channelize. So, I gave them the chanting of the “32 names of Durga” which are extremely powerful and have the capacity to remove distress from life.
While she was still in hospital, I had to go out-of-town for some personal work. While I was away, I received the news of her preterm normal delivery which was a pleasant surprise (without inducing epidural), and that the Baby was small but healthy, responding well to the external treatment and care.
‎The couple has been in constant touch with me since then. The Baby is still in Neonatal Care and Doctors have started to give Mother’s Milk feed to the Baby. I sincerely pray every day for good development of the Baby, with the positive hope to hear the news of the Baby coming home soon!
‎I feel extremely blessed to the great knowledge of Yoga!


Ruchira Pandey

Yoga Teacher, Therapist & Consultant

Mobile no- 9766375479




Sunderban Yoga Studio (Group Class)

Sunderban Yoga Studio is a part of Sunderban Resort & Spa at Koregaon Park, Pune which is surrounded by greenery & positive vibes. It has been dedicated for traditional Yoga with the purpose of benefitting the people for physical health & ailments, mental distress and also for spiritual seekers.
Sunderban Yoga Studio, Pune is a great location for Yoga lovers as well as those who are in trouble and suffering whether on physical or mental level. The kind of packages, practices, capsules and techniques that we introduce, allows a Yoga practitioner to open up, and let the purification of body and mind take place.
Prashant Pandey and Ruchira Pandey are there as Yoga Teachers, Therapists & Consultants. They have profound and vast teaching experience of 22+ years with various groups & individuals in Pune and in the country. They are also working as Yoga Therapists in Jehangir Hospital, IT Companies and Educational Institutions and are dedicated to spread the message of YOGA.

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Days: – Monday, Wednesday, Friday
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The Concept of Wellness in Jehangir Hospital, Pune

The purpose of Yoga is three-fold: – 1. Curative, 2. Preventive, 3. Promotive. Likewise in Jehangir Hospital, there is one practical approach which is called WELLNESS CENTRE which starts with preventive aspect and ultimately link with curative and promotive aspect of health.

There is a common tendency in many people that they become aware about taking care of their health only when they get sick and unwell. Before that, they don’t even bother to reflect and think that the way their lifestyle is, the way their thinking process is, the way they are running blindly towards success which can make them sick. Many people are not even aware about the preventive aspect of health that how important it is.

The concept of Wellness plays an important role over here. In Jehangir Hospital’s Wellness Centre, there are different need based health check-ups packages with the objective to find out the health issues and deficiencies in the physical body. Once all the tests are done and if any health issue or deficiency is indicated in the report then the purpose of wellness is automatically linked with curative and promotive aspect by consulting the respective doctors which is provided by the Wellness Centre itself and accordingly, right form of treatment is provided. Through this process, not only a person becomes satisfied and confident but it has a positive impact on his professional and family lives as well.

Recently I had suggested one of my friend to go through the wellness program. He understood the importance and went through one of the Wellness test programs. After all the process was complete, I thought of taking his feedback. So I asked few questions and received his answers which I am presenting over here:-

  1. What is your opinion with the concept of wellness?

Answer: – Concept of wellness entails aspects of holistic health and wellness. In modern age loaded with immense stress and life style issues one needs to go through a regular monitoring and check-ups of the body and mind. Any medical intervention should highlight the issues manifesting in the person related to one’s lifestyle and health related problems and suggestions.

  1. How was your experience with the staff of Jehangir Hospital and wellness centre?

Answer: – I got the opportunity to avail platinum package at the wellness centre in Jehangir hospital. My experience with staff of Jehangir hospital and wellness centre was very pleasant and comforting. I found them very compassionate and professional in their approach. I noticed they were catering to the needs of every patient very passionately and with care.

  1. How was your experience with the Doctors of Jehangir Hospital in coordination with Wellness centre?

Answer: – I found there was high level of coordination between Doctors and wellness centre. Doctors were briefed properly prior to patient’s examination which saves a lot of time and repeated queries and examination.

  1. How is your overall impression with Jehangir Hospital and wellness centre?

Answer: – My overall impression with Jehangir Hospital and wellness centre was very nice and pleasant. I want to give one instance that during my Platinum screening I was found positive on stress test. And then subsequently we were advised to meet Cardiologist. Then we got the appointment of Dr. Ajit Mehta. When I met him, he suggested to go through angiography to confirm whether stress test is false positive or true positive. Having seen and heard about corporate doctors and their unethical medical practices in big cities like Delhi and Mumbai, initially I was a bit hesitant to go through the test. But after meeting Dr. Ajit Mehta I was convinced that he is a genuine doctor and I trusted his words. Then next day he conducted angiography on me and mentioned that stress test was false positive. In today’s world this kind of honesty and selfless advice is very rare. This incidence has increased my faith in Jehangir Hospital.


Prashant Pandey

Yoga Teacher, Therapist & Consultant





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.”


Sayings of Paramhamsaji-Good and bad

images-15Question: – Do you believe in good and bad, or just in conscious and unconscious action?

Sw. Satyananda Saraswati: – Surely, there is good and there is bad. Firstly, if someone is cheating someone, or if somebody is murdering someone, or if someone is taking poison, it is bad. Good and bad are the two traits of the mind, body and individual, but they are, of course, not absolute.

Secondly, you have to believe, for some time, in good and bad. If you go deep and analyse yourself properly, or if you introspect, you will realize that virtually everybody does believe in good or bad. One may not know, or he may not acknowledge, or in his ignorance or arrogance, he may say that he doesn’t believe in it, but he does.

However, for one who has transcended the realm of duality, for the person who has developed equal vision of mind, there is no consciousness of good and bad, because he has transcended all notions of duality. If I say that I don’t believe in good or bad, it means that I have transcended duality, and if I have transcended duality, then I am not an ordinary man. However, it is necessary for every ordinary person to have clear-cut awareness about good and bad, in relation to society, to his body, to his mind, and to his spiritual progress.


congratulationsFirst of all, I would like to congratulate Indian Cricket team for the superb victory against England which brought confidence in the team and made all of us proud.

The partnership between Skipper Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav was worth seeing. Virat Kohli again made all of us realize and also the opponent team of his determined attitude. On the other side, when I was watching the game of Kedar Jadhav, time to time while watching him play, I was remembering the memorable time spent with him, when he was a doing Yoga with his Maharashtra Ranji Trophy team mates and I was the Yoga Teacher of Maharashtra Ranji Trophy Cricket Team. I would like to share few memories which are interesting as well as inspiring.

I was the Yoga Teacher of Mr. Ajay Shirke, who was the Chairman of Maharashtra Cricket Association and I used to go to watch the matches of our Maharashtra team. One day, when I was watching the match, and at the same time, explaining the importance of Yoga Nidra to one of the committee members of Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA). He suddenly requested me that soon it would be lunchtime, players will have some time, why don’t you give one small Yoga Nidra session to them. I accepted and they all went through Yoga Nidra session. After the session their feedbacks were motivating. From there, my journey of Yoga Teaching started with MCA.

One day, when I was watching a friendly match, I saw one batsman was performing wonderfully well, he hit 6 sixes in 6 balls. The way he was batting, appealed me a lot and in the evening I mentioned it to Mr. Ajay Shirke that this player has something special. He told me the name of that player, he was Kedar Jadhav.

When I started official Yoga session, Kedar Jadhav was one of the best and sincere practitioner of Yoga. I remember when he used to come to me, and ask “what to do Sir, since long time I am not able to complete the century. Sometimes, I am out on 99, sometimes 95, what to do!”

I found the solution in Yoga Nidra practice. If you (Reader) have done Yoga Nidra ever, then you must be aware of one of the aspect called visualization in Yoga Nidra. Myself and my wife Ruchira, discussed a lot on how to make yoga Nidra effective for the players and the team. Finally we prepared Yoga Nidra with specific visualization practices. We prepared the visualization practice for the batsmen and bowlers separately, in which the batsmen used to do batting and the bowlers used to do bowling in Yoga Nidra visualization process.

I explained the players about the concept of doing Yoga Nidra properly and rectifying their weaknesses in subconscious mind, then they needed less effort through conscious mind, as subconscious mind is the powerful and the obedient mind. I am happy to share that this project was a successful one. Players used to play cricket in Yoga Nidra visualization and they noticed minute details also. When I asked for the feedback, one of the batsmen told me that he saw Pravin Kumar bowling in his visualization. When I asked the reason why he saw Pravin Kumar, he mentioned that he found it difficult to compete with Pravin Kumar due to his ability to swing the balls. And like that different players had different experiences in Yoga Nidra. So in this way the Yoga Nidra practices were going on and gave a very deep, positive and creative impact on their minds.

Yesterday when Kedar Yadav was at 93 runs, just 7 runs short for a remarkable century, memories came flashing by which I shared with my wife, Ruchira, about when Kedar Yadav used to be sceptical about scoring a century and I told my wife to see whether today he is able to complete the century or not…AND HE DID. 🙂