A National Level Trainers Camp for the Integrated Amrita Meditation (IAM) Technique, Amrita Yoga, and Amrita Yuva Dharma Dhara, AYUDH, was organized in Amritapuri from the 25th of December, 2015 to the 31st of December, 2015. Trainers from all across the country participated in the camp with enthusiasm. Participants came all the way from Uttarakhand in the Himalayas up north to the southernmost tip of Kerala and Tamil Nadu in the south, and stretching from West Bengal in the east to Gujarat in the west.
Swami Amritaswaroopananda Puri, the Senior disciple of Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (also known as AMMA), inaugurated the camp and encouraged the trainees to lead a spiritually centered life and carry forward the message of Sanatana Dharma in the light of Amma’s teachings.
The trainees were exposed to a variety of inspiring talks in English, Malayam as well as Hindi language. The talks included topics like The Importance of Guru and Sanatana Dharma by senior monks of the ashram, including Swami Poornamritananda Puri, Swami Amritageetananda Puri and Swami Jnanamritananda Puri.
These sessions also highlighted the fact that science and spiritually can go hand in hand. Brahmachari Sivamrita, Brahmachari Shraddhamrita, Brahmachari Amit, Bimal Majumdar and Janardhan also delivered talks related to Yoga, Meditation and The Importance of Guru. Brahmachari Amitabhan spoke about the Sanatan Dharma, and Brahmachari Shubhamrita spoke about AYUDH activities. Both Sister Nivedita and N. Somashekharan (external speakers) gave inspiring talks on the path related to Sanatana Dharma. Ramesh Babu spoke about Healthy Life with Natural Remedies.
A typical day for trainees started with early morning meditation and yoga classes, followed by talks and then detailed practice sessions. Participants also got the opportunity to spend time meditating with Amma on the beach, get Prasad from Amma and sit nearby while Amma was giving darshan. During the fun filled event called ‘Campfire’, a wonderful amalgamation of people from across the country came together and showcased their respective local ethnic art forms, like songs and dances.
For the duration of the entire camp, participants familiarized themselves with in-depth details of how to be the trainers for the IAM Technique and Amrita Yoga. In addition to this, talks and discussions related to various AYUDH events were also held from time to time.
Brahmacharini Shobhana lead the Amrita Yoga sessions and Brahmachari Sasi and Brahmachari Sudheer mentored the small groups.
Sivakumar, Brahmachari Vipin and Brahmachari Jaishankar conducted the IAM technique sessions in Malayalam and Brahmachari Amit and Brahmachari Mukesh conducted in Hindi.
Brahmachari Prajith and Brahmachari Vivek conducted AYUDH sessions.
An informative campus tour helped participants apprise the research projects undertaken by the Amrita research teams, and their effects on the common masses. Dr Vandana Balakrishnan, from the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, gave insights into her scientific research done on the positive effects of Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique and related research papers.
At the conclusion of the camp, all the participants shared their feelings about how this national level camp inspired them to carry the light of IAM, Amrita Yoga and Ayudh forward to all corners of the country.
Ranjana, from Uttarakhand, said, “I do not know how Amma managed to bring me here from the far flung Himalayas to the other end on the country. I only want to become Her instrument now.”
Nilesh, from Pune, said, “I feel blessed to be part of this camp. I hope to regularly practice what I have learnt here and also be able to teach it to others.”
More than 94% of the participants rated the overall camp as excellent or very good. The highlight of the camp was the special Divine hug that each of the participants received from Amma.
If you are interested in becoming a trainer for Amma’s Integrated Meditation Technique, or Amrita Yoga or AYUDH, stay tuned to check our prerequisites and to enroll for the next National Level Trainers’ Camp.