13 Oct Improving Lives through Samattvam (WHY Convention 2012)
Samattvam started around 28 years ago. It is a programme where people suffering from various ailments come to The Yoga Institute, every Saturday from 2 to 5:30 pm to meet a special group of doctors and yoga counsellors. About 50 to 80 people visit Samattvam every week.
Samattvam begins with registration where the patients inform about their past and current health conditions. The blood pressure of all patients is checked. “Many people have high B.P. but are not aware of it or do not take it seriously. This can lead to more complications in health like kidney failure, etc. These patients are not supposed to do certain Asanas,” informs Mr. Ghurye.
After medical assessment, patients are taken for yoga counselling. A problem’s root may be elsewhere, for example, in the relationship or anger, etc. Through counselling, patients can then understand and relate to how these are affecting their health.
Those who live very far or cannot travel often to the Institute on accord of their health; can come for free follow-up sessions over a week, fortnight or even a year. There is strong emphasis on following the suggestions given. “Follow-up is a very progressive method. A couple of instructions are given; the patients do it and find that it helps them. Then the next time, something more is told to them. The focus is not just on Asanas, but also on daily habits. Some people who followed it have seen tremendous improvement,” explains Shri Sharad Chauhan who handles follow-up cases.
Following the meetings with doctors and counsellors, each patient is explained how to make small practical changes in his/her lifestyle, based on the recommendations made by Dr. Jayadeva Yogendra. They are then taught specific Asanasand Pranayamas that would help them personally.
In this way, through the combined effort of the Gurus and dedicated doctors and Sadhakas, a wonderful, selfless and life-changing programme like Samattvam is created.