When I joined Gyan Darshan Yogashram and learnt from Swami Devshankaranadji about the effectiveness of Yoga in increasing memory and concentration through very simple practices like OM CHANTING , GUNJAN PRANAYAMA and TRATAK. I was motivated to help those students who desperately needed help in memory and concentration. Since Swamiji was completely selfless and sincerely devoted to the cause of Yoga. He encouraged me greatly and guided me with great enthusiasm when I decided to teach Yoga to children in summer vacation. Though I wanted children to go to Sect0r 10 Yogashram, but due to their immobility I was forced to accept this responsibility. Little did I know that it was going to prove immensely beneficial for me as well! I was not having any formal training and my confidence was all time low. But with Swamiji as my guide, I ventured out. The moment I started teaching, I started enjoying and children’s response motivated me further. The first class was for One month. Many children left in between but there were others who practised sincerely and were very happy with their own inner calmness and happiness and were keen to extend the class. Motivated by this response, I tried to persuade many children as well as parents to try Yoga for their problems of memory, concentration. Tension, worry and anxiety were the main culprit in making their recall impossible during exam time. Under a lot of pressure it became even worse. So taking refuge in the simple practises like deep breathing or mental Om Chanting helped many who practised. Once they realised that they were intelligent not dull or moron as declared by their parent/teachers/peers. And sometimes they also accepted it and lowered their own confidence, so low that they even stopped trying to come out of that. But Yoga helped them a great deal and many of them who had been failures inspired many others into these practices by their own example. And me! I was delighted to the core of my being! Looking at their radiant beaming faces, my joy knew no bounds.
And this adventure of mine has become a passion in me now. When I started on this adventure, Swamiji said. “ You are not teaching yoga to these children,you are sowing the seed of yoga in their minds.”
At that time I did not realise the importance of his statement, but later on when some of my students came to me for help in their studies in higher classes i.e. 10th or 12th through Yoga, I instantly recalled Swamiji’s statement. These students have paid little attention to me in the regular classes of maths and were highly disinterested in Yoga classes.
Many parents on the way liked the idea of Yoga and sent their children even for weekly classes but my heart pains to say that even after that many children did not take it seriously. And also if children opted out or stopped practicing, parents did not persuade them. The main emphasis we as parents put on only school and college education which can enable them to earn a lot of money but no one is really alert and aware of mental development what to say of the spiritual development. As the soil is soft then only any seed can sprout, grow and become a big tree and give fruits and gives shelter to many passer-bys. Similarly the seed of spirituality if sown in these young minds will definitely ensure their all round development. They all will grow physically, mentally well balanced individuals with good moral values on which any parent would be proud of! So I request all parents to give this golden manure to your children along with the water of your love and care so that they can make our nation enricher both materially and spiritually. A citizen who would be able to inspire many others and make India a great country.
Oh!! Dear parents let us all befriend our children, try to learn their likes and dislikes, their dreams and goals, their strengths and weaknesses. Let us help them to improve their own strength, weave their own rainbows with the golden colour of the dreams which are their very own. Let us all step back and let them bloom into beautiful flowers and trees of which along with us even they will be proud of themselves! Be bold and courageous to accept the precious little flower which the Almighty has given you. Never forget even for a moment that you only can nurture this flower till the time it is with you in your own garden. Let us not forget the Swami Satyananda’s statement which says, “We are only the custodians of this soul.”
Let us all help these little souls in achieving their ultimate goals according to their basic nature and not according to our own ambitions and desires.