Concentration – Avoid mental confrontation


Concentration can be practised in many ways. The object of concentration can be seen or located in any of the many centres throughout the body such as chidakasha (mental space), hridayakasha (heart space), daharakasha (panchatattva meditation), in any of the chakras or in front of the body. Concentration can also be done on the different parts of the body, the physical processes, the stillness of the body, relaxation or tension of the body. The breath is also used as the object of concentration.

Almost any object can be used as the basis for concentration. Once you have selected an object, you should use the same object in your practice day after day. The object should come to your attention spontaneously. For some people the object appears by itself in the form of a vision or a dream. This is the best natural selection. Other people, however, will have to find a suitable object for themselves.

You can concentrate on any great saints, any light, any sound, colour, form, thought, or anything you like, but one thing should be clearly understood. When you take up the practice of concentration it is not necessary to select a religious symbol. Sometimes a thought which makes a greater impression on your consciousness can be used instead. There is no use in fighting with the mind. During concentration practice you may be trying to think of a religious symbol, but your mind does not agree because that is how the mind is conditioned. When you try to concentrate on something which is alien to this conditioning, the mind pulls away. However, when you think about very ordinary things there is no distraction.

When you try to concentrate on the wrong symbol, distraction comes and the confrontation begins. It is very necessary to understand that when you are practicing concentration, there should be minimal confrontation in the mind. There is no use fighting with your own mind. Who is fighting with whom? There are not two minds. Consciousness is one, but for the sake of diversity there are various vrittis, patterns or modifications of the mind. When you confront yourself you are actually creating a quarrel between your own vrittis. When this confrontation between your own vrittis becomes intense, then you have a schizophrenic attack. Most mental patients are the victims of their own mind.

Therefore, if you are not able to concentrate by using any of the suggested methods, then choose your own. The important thing is that the symbol you choose should become so compelling that you mind is automatically drawn to it and completely integrates with it. When you practice in this way then you will enter into concentration easily. When you practice meditation you can also use distractions as objects of concentration, just like the wise yogi in story.

There was once a king who was very attached to his riches, but still he wanted to meditate for he was beginning to see the worthlessness of his vast wealth. A yogi gave this king instructions. The king sat down to meditate in earnest, but whenever he tried to fix his mind upon the eternal it went blank. Then, without knowing it, his imagination began to hover around his beautiful gold bracelet which he was particularly fond of. Before his admiring gaze, the bracelet began to sparkle in all the colours of the rainbow. As soon as he found himself in that fantasy, he fought his way back to God. But the harder he tried to fix his mind upon God, the greater was the frustration that he experienced. God invariably changed into the bracelet in his mind.

With much humility, the king now went to the yogi for further instructions. The yogi knew how to turn the weakness into a source of strength. He said to the king. “Since your mind is so attached to the bracelet, start you practice from there. Meditate upon the bracelet. Contemplate on its beauty and sparkling colour. In essence, the bracelet is a configuration of energy vibration solidified into metal. It is the perceptive mind which lends it its beauty and colour. Therefore, try to understand the nature of mind which created the world as you see it.”

 

-Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

Extracted from “Dharna Darshan”, Yoga Publications Trust, Munger, Bihar, India

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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

prashantpandey6336@gmail.com

Mob-8698242607

 

Preventing Memory Loss


Beautiful research was conducted in the United States in the mid-nineties. The theory that the researchers formulated was that as we age, there are certain hormones of the body that stop secreting, and when they stop secreting, dead brain cells collect in the brain and are not removed by the blood. When they collect within the brain, the electrical transference is blocked. That was their view. They said that every twenty years the body undergoes chemical, hormonal changes. When you are growing up there is endocrinal, hormonal activity, which stabilizes at around the age of twenty. Again a change happens at around the age of forty, at the age of sixty and again at the age of eighty.

The power of Pawanmuktasana Part 1

In this twenty-year cycle the body goes through hormonal and chemical changes. Scientists and researchers developed an injection for recovering what people had lost: the memory. In those days one injection costed around ten thousand dollars. Of course, this was too much money, for who could pay that much? Therefore, they looked at other methods that could be applied. They tried yoga, and an interesting combination of yoga was applied: it was only Pawanmuktasana part 1. Not Surya Namaskar or other major asanas; only Pawanmuktasana part 1 to ensure that there is movement and circulation, and no blockage.

This happened over a period of three to five years. The scientists came to the conclusion that the practice of Pawanmuktasana helps in recovering memory. As you improve your circulation, and the circulation begins to remove the dead cells, you gradually begin to recover your memory. Slowly but surely. They suggested that no matter what exercises you do – go to the gym, swim, or any other form of physical culture – if, every twenty years for six months you practise Pawanmuktasana part 1, it will clean the pipes of the body. Otherwise you go for the medical intervention, which is the injection.  When I came across this research, I was happy. You know how to do the practice, so why not apply it? Therefore, prevent memory loss with the practice of Pawanmuktasana part 1 for six months as a regular, continuous practice.

-By Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

Recently I received the above important discourse of my Guruji, Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, in which he highlighted the importance of Pawanmuktasana Part 1 in relation to preventing memory loss.

Pawanmuktasana part 1 is one of the very important series of yogic practices. In my teaching experience, I realized that many people do come for Yoga practices with their biased and conditioned mind. When they need to believe on the Yoga program prepared by Yoga Teacher, they get caught in their conditioned mind and prefer to do only those practices which they want to do. They want to do difficult postures and practices. They feel bored or are willing to escape from simple yet very effective practices like Pawanmuktasana Part 1. They don’t realize how effective this series of practice is where we establish the connection between our brain and subtle parts of the physical body.

On the other side, there are people who really like to do Pawanmuktasana part 1. I felt that these groups of people who do Pawanmuktasana Part 1 with full awareness and dedication, have gained good health, have developed high degree of patience level, and even managed severe diseases. Pawanmuktasana part 1 has the capability to turn the restless mind to a patient mental state.

To name a few medical diseases, Pawanmuktasana part 1 is also an excellent practice for rheumatism (arthritis), high blood pressure, heart problem, Parkinson’s disease, reducing blood sugar levels, etc. It is useful for eliminating energy blockages in the joints and outer extremities of the physical body, and works wonders on the pranic and mental bodies as well.

Prashant Pandey

(Yoga Teacher)

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Patient First’ project in Jehangir Hospital, Pune


Jehangir Hospital, Pune is one of the first Nursing setup in the city, with 70 years of serving the society. This Hospital offers quality patient care, excellent medical care, effective nursing care and a humane approach in rendering patient care.

Jehangir Hospital (JH) has always emphasized on quality care. In regard to this, the wonderful project of “Patient First” began, as per the Vision and guidelines of Sir Jehangir & Lady Jehangir! The project is taking a concrete shape with the whole Hospital Staffs’ efforts and everyone playing their part very efficiently. “Patient First” has proudly finished one year of consistent movement.

Yoganidra is one of the most important part of the project “Patient First”. We (Prashant and Ruchira) have been given the responsibility of taking charge of Yoganidra and other deeper subconscious aspects.  We are constantly working on it, as each day passes by. When Yoganidra started for the STAFF in JH, we concentrated more on letting the participants experience the practice – simply going with the instructions, understanding the language and just getting used to following the voice of the instructor. This first phase of Yoganidra brought wonderful results among the practitioners. Their Head -In-charges started reporting about improved working efficiency, much better coordination amongst the staff, reduction in irritation among colleagues, and raised discipline.

In the second phase, with the help of Quality and HR team headed by Dr. Shalaka Sawant and Mr. Akesh Agrey respectively, the staff was shown a visual video clip of the expected activity in relation to the patients maintaining the right attitude, coordination and proper patient care. After the visual clip observation, the group went for Yoganidra and were given the same scene visualisation. This again produced good results (The staff is constantly given practice-drill in the Hospital, time-to-time by the Quality and HR team on Conscious level. Yoganidra works & help them on Subconscious feed and Unconscious improvements).

Now, in the third phase, we have started working on Noise Reduction at subconscious level. This we are doing in 2 stages: First, before the session begins, we explain the specific kind of practice they would do- the importance and necessity of Low Noise. Second, they are given the practical session of Yoganidra.

During Yoganidra, we use and give different inputs of Breath Awareness, Colours, Shapes, Forming of Mandalas, experiencing calmness, peaceful, serene in their respective work area, in between family members, amongst colleagues, in a quiet beautiful garden, by seaside/riverside, and many more.

It’s noticeable that now the practitioners are mostly awake & aware during the whole practice, as compared to sometime back when most of them fell asleep. The Staff enjoy coming for Yoganidra sessions. We make sure to tell them a few Asanas too, which they can follow at home without any difficulty.

We also cover In-patients from all various wards of Jehangir Hospital. In-patients are given relaxation practice on their respective beds without disturbing their space and comfort level. We council them on their daily practices, Right & Positive attitude awareness, and correct lifestyle with proper diet. We suggest In-patients according to their constitution, the medical issue they are facing and selection of things as per their nature.

We feel privileged to be a part of the project “Patient First” which has the philosophy and practical implementation for helping people and society.

Thank You.

 

Ruchira Pandey

(Yoga Therapist)

ruchira999@gmail.com

 

 

Health Management Portfolio for Hotels & Spa


Hotel industry is a place where the management aims to provide the best services to the guest, who comes to stay in the hotel. According to the capacity and services, hotels are rated 5 star, 4 star and so forth. The hotel management provides their best services to the guests to keep up their hotel’s reputation high in order to maintain, establish and improve their business. When the guests are treated well, they (guests) feel happy and satisfied, come again to the same hotel as and when required.

According to me, the services provided by the management of hotels, is mostly for physical comfort of the guests, which definitely gives mental satisfaction but satisfaction is on a superficial level which does not bring any major or lasting change from within.

If the services given by the hotel management, include few important aspects, it will not only bring about physical satisfaction but also mental and emotional satisfaction within the guest. The guest will experience a positive change within themselves and their stay in the hotel will bring to their life a different perspective which will give a glimpse of moving towards positivity and good health. If we see from psychological perspective, then, the guest or the group will always give their choice to the same hotel as and when required because the higher level of satisfaction took place in their mind in the premises of that hotel.

Keeping these aspects in mind, I have developed a program called HEALTH MANAGEMENT PORTFOLIO (HMP). The objective of this program is to understand the nature and personality trait of a person through Astrology and plan a suitable and personalized Yoga program for him by keeping every observation in mind.

In most of us, there is a tendency that when we report about our health, we usually talk only about physical discomfort or illnesses. Mostly, people try to avoid or hide to discuss about their mental framework and conditionings. Many of us are even totally unaware about the emotional injuries which Yogis have found the root cause for many disease.

These type of limitations can be overcome smoothly by HEALTH MANAGEMENT PORTFOLIO (HMP). A beautiful and the convenient part of this program is, that all the important aspects of one’s personality can be known without much discussion and accordingly a very specific Yoga program can be constructed for the individual. A proper Yoga practice is that when we work on the subtle aspect of our nature.

This Health Management Portfolio is applicable most effectively where one to one Yoga session is possible. I see an opportunity for hotel industry to improve their connectivity with the guests by offering HMP program. I’m sure, Health Management Portfolio is going to play a very important role in achieving the inner strength and good health for your guests.

 

Thanks & Regards

Prashant

 

* If you want to move further with this program, I can forward my resume and we can sit for program details.

Please contact :

Prashant Pandey         +91-8698242607

Email – prashantpandey6336@gmail.com

Yoga Project in Jehangir Hospital, Pune


images (11)When the TIME decides to change its course, it takes a complete U-turn!

Jehangir Hospital of Pune happens to be one of the oldest and reputed medical set up of nursing home in Poona which started in 1946 by Sir Cowasji Jehangir.

Prashant had built-up a strong bond with Lady Jehangir and Sir Jehangir, as he takes Bihar Yoga sessions for them. One fine day, he put up this thought of conducting Yoga sessions for the In-patients and the Hospital staff in Jehangir Hospital. They liked this initiative. It took almost 2 years to execute this project with all the logistics on paper.

For these 2 years, we all were constantly working on how to move with YOGA in Hospital, as for us too, it was the very first time. Before, we had successfully conducted Yoga sessions for Indian Army, Indian Railways, Maharashtra Cricket Association, amongst Children, Ladies, IT sectors etc., but in a Hospital, one thing is of utmost concern that the In-patients cannot leave their bed. So, a short session of YOGA which would allow them to still be on their bed, without disturbing their space, yet something which would help them experience a very peaceful mental and physical state within a short time. With discussions, the concept of YOGA & RELAXATION came in. Lady Jehangir & Sir Jehangir were already practising it with Prashant and they immediately agreed on it.

In the month of April 2015, the YOGA project was introduced by the Honourable Jehangirs’ (one of the most humble couple we have met), Prashant being the YOGA COUNSELLOR & TEACHER.

On one hand, Prashant was covering the In-patients of Oncology (Chemotherapy), Nephroplus (Dialysis unit), MICU, NICU, CCU, General Wards etc., and on the other hand, Hospital staff, which consisted of groups of Housekeeping, Nursing, Front Office, Back Office, Catering (F&B), Administrative Staff (Blood Bank, HR etc.) and HOD’s.

After a while, when response started to come, it was overwhelming. All the people practising YOGA in the Hospital started to notice changes in either their physical condition, mental condition (less irritated, dealing of matters with calm etc.), OR even at the level of thoughts. {YOGA has a tremendous power to reverse your thoughts from negative to positive}. Slowly, all the staff started helping this project-either on the action level (like the Nurses, Sisters would quieten everyone around when the Yoganidra was given in ward) or Silently (if some patient was in the middle of the Yoga session, the housekeeping staff patiently waited outside to take the patient for a test, X-ray or scan).

The enthusiasm In-patients show towards Yoga relaxation session is outstanding. They are experiencing tremendous change in their work area as well as family & personal lives which reflect on their faces too. Many patients have build-up a special bonding with us and their faces glow as they see us.

While the whole program was moving smoothly in Jehangir Hospital, Prashant had to go to Bihar School of Yoga, Munger for some important work. Prashant told Sir Jehangir about the situation and he immediately got hold of the situation, and suddenly, I came to know that I had to continue with this project which was certainly a delightful moment for me.

Until now I was helping the project from background. Within 2 days, I got my ID, went through a short but very useful orientation with Mr. Akesh Agrey (HR Head), and my journey into hospital started. Prashant came back and meanwhile, I had an extremely remarkable experience working with Jehangir Hospital.

This whole project of YOGA in Jehangir Hospital comes under the concept of “PATIENT FIRST”, which is a very wise Vision & Dream of Sir Jehangir. As the name suggests, the Wellness, Care & Safety of the Patient comes first. I was totally amazed to hear the kind of depth of Sir & Lady Jehangirs’ thoughts for their patients who get admitted. The whole hospital has come together to fulfil this initiative of “Patient First”. It collectively works on

  • Reduced Noise Levels
  • Happiness Factor
  • Yoga Nidra (Total Well-Being)
  • Improved Communication.

Now YOGA has entered its 2nd phase in Jehangir Hospital. We want everyone to know that, this YOGA project is one of its kind, and Jehangir Hospital is the first Hospital to sponsor such a project in Pune. It is a great honour and privilege to become the instrument in operating this project with the hope that it will keep growing constantly and the thought continuously ringing with the prayer to Our Guru and The Almighty to make us the medium of help to as many as is possible.

Blog written by Mrs. Ruchira Pandey