In response to Amma’s guidance to start a yoga program for students, Amrita Sanjeevani, a student seva organization of Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus, India http://www.amrita.edu/association/amritasanjeevani started weekly Amrita Yoga classes for all students.
Every Sunday morning, ‘Sanjeevanites’ jump out of the bed and make their way to the Sanjeevani Hall in the Engineering building for the yoga classes. The classes are led by Brahmacharini Shobhana, Amrita Yoga instructor who has a certain vivacity and passion for yoga which makes the classes not only beneficial for mind, body and spirit, but an enjoyable extracurricular activity as well.
Shobhana Ji emphasized that yoga for young adults is not just about being calm and collected, but is also about having a good time. Her ‘fun’ twist on yoga had the students transitioning from a tranquil ‘Surya Namaskarah’ to an energetic and dynamic jumping exercise between various asanas.
The student participants have greatly appreciated this opportunity to learn Amrita Yoga in the university. In fact, on the first day of class, the hall was so full with more than 100 participants that extra mats were needed to accommodate everyone!
Reshma Reghu, a first year B.Sc. Microbiology student, expressed her new found excitement for yoga by stating, “I was just so interested in what I was doing I could hardly wait to get up in the morning to start class.”
Author: Brahmacharini Shobhana