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





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


Spreading Dimesions & Awareness of Yoga

As the time is passing, I am observing that Yoga in Jehangir Hospital, Pune is becoming more relevant. New aspects and dimensions are appearing in which I see that in those situations Yoga has an appropriate answer.

I am starting a series of blogs to share my experiences in Hospital with In-Patients & Staff while taking their Yoga sessions. Through these shares, people will images94CB4AC7become aware of many aspects and dimensions where Yoga is playing a revolutionary role. Recently, I went to take Relaxation session on 6th floor in Hospital, when I noticed a patient walking here and there in the corridor. I recognised him as an Inpatient because of his uniform. I felt him anxious. I went to him, introduced myself and insisted him to do the relaxation session. He said- “I can do the relaxation practice but have to go at 2 PM for Angioplasty”.  

He came in his room and we started the Yoga session. As I sensed his physical state, we started the practice with Abdominal Breathing in lying position. Abdominal breathing is a very effective practice which calms down the para sympathetic nervous system. After few minutes of Abdominal breathing, Yoga session gently shifted in Yoga Nidra, a practice of relaxation.

After 10 to 15 minutes of Yogic practices, when that gentleman opened his eyes, he was a different person. He was now very relaxed and calm. When I ask, how he felt after relaxation,  He said – “Before Yoga session, I was worried due to Angioplasty which was scheduled at 2 PM. I was waiting anxiously for 2 PM. But now I am relaxed. I am not worrying about anything rather I have left everything in the hands of God.”

While listening to his compliments, I saw a very genuine smile on his face.



Prashant Pandey

Yoga Therapist & Consultant