Two weeks ago, I was away in India, Bengaluru adheenam (monastery) with my son to attend a 10-day meditation workshop called ‘Nithyanandam for NewGen’, a program designed for children and youth age 8-21 years old to awaken their higher possibilities and manifest powers (Shaktis). I was there as a parent volunteer together with a group of children and parents from Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
In the first 3 days of the program, all the children were guided to complete with the past hangovers such as non-integrity with the words they gave to themselves and others, inauthenticity in stretching themselves to higher possibilities, the pain memories and irresponsibility using the Science of Completion (Poornatva). To manifest powers, kids must be in the space of completion with self, others and life. While facilitating the completion process with the children, I realized how the original pure inner space of children got tainted by the conditioning and judgments of unconscious parents and society. With incompletions, children became opinionated, powerless and arrogant that they experienced emotional breakdown and mood swings. It was literally churning the dust out of their inner space.
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Last May, I was tasked to design a foundation yoga module for kids and in the process, one of the discoveries I made was brain yoga. This work which I took up created a deeper understanding of another dimension of yoga and opened up a new possibility for me to help children with special needs.
What is Brain Yoga or Yoga for the brain?
Yoga for the brain is a set of postures or movements designed to integrate the left and right side functions of the brain and break our mental patterns or unconscious habitual way of responding to life. It also encourages the development of new brain grooves so that we start experiencing new possibilities. The activities are rooted in ancient Vedic practices that have been refined over time.
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I was tidying up my bookshelf this week and I found my little black notebook from 2007-2008 in which I kept many spiritual gems I experienced from my master, Paramhamsa Nithyananda (fondly known as Swamiji). In that book, I remembered a mind-blowing discourse titled “Vedic Renaissance” which he delivered in USA in 2007. That extraordinary discourse resonated with me and awakened the seeker in me – a time in my life stage when I was suffering from spiritual poverty.
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