Annual Report

Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2015

Another successful and fulfilling year!

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We are proud to claim thirteen years of bringing authentic yoga, ancient wisdom and modern research. As a volunteer-managed global community, we work to foster a better understanding of yoga’s benefits, therapeutic applications, life transforming effects and wisdom traditions.  We bring yoga classes for general wellness, yoga teacher training courses for students who want to teach yoga, and yoga therapy to heal those with chronic ailments.

Volunteers in the community

Yoga Bharati has trained 400 yoga teachers that now volunteer in local communities to offer holistic and research-driven approach to yoga. Just this year, we have delivered about 3500 class-hours of yoga asana sessions in our communities, including special classes for kids, seniors, stress management and therapy. We continued our expansion, adding more public classes in Sunnyvale, Milpitas and the Tri-Valley in the SF Bay Area.

Yoga Therapy

Yoga Bharati has committed to building a world-class research culture that can scientifically validate the benefits of Yoga Therapy, and to bringing authentic Yoga Therapy to our community.

Our New Center:

We have now leased a new facility in West San Jose close to Cupertino, Saratoga, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale. We have been conducting regular yoga therapy classes from 7am until 8pm all 7 days of the week, thanks to our yoga therapy teacher volunteers.

Visit our center at: 20445, Prospect Rd, Suite #1, San Jose

Therapy classes for special groups – we have yoga therapy classes running continuously in Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Milpitas and Fremont. This year, we have conducted workshops on Yoga for back, neck, shoulder and knee pain, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity and metabolic disorders, vision disorders for children and teens, prenatal and postnatal workshops.

Surya Namaskar Yagna (SNY) 2015 – we conducted SNY as both ‘yagna’ and also a pilot cohort study. More than 500 people participated throughout America for the yagna. The theme of the closing ceremony was group practice of 108 sun salutation cycles (yagna). More than 300 people from age 3 to 75 years participated in SNY.

Yoga Centric Lifestyle Intervention Program (LIP)  – Yoga Bharati launched LIP, an integrative therapy for people with various ailments from back pain to anxiety to cancer rehabilitation under the guidance of Dr. Naveen Visweshwaraiah of Yogaksema Bengaluru, India and Sachin Deshmukh, our local Integrative therapy specialist.

Yoga Teacher Training 2015

More than 25 students from age 13 years – 60 years took Yoga Instructors Course (YIC) aka Yoga Teacher Training at Sunnyvale location. It was a 3 month course from March to May 2015 and ended in a yoga retreat at Sivananda Ashram. Sri.N.V.Raghuram, the spiritual founder and Chairman of Yoga Bharati conducted the philosophy course for YIC students.

CSE Yoga Teacher Training 2015

10 students took Yoga Teacher Training at Center for Spiritual Enlightenment’s San Jose location jointly conducted by Yoga Bharati and CSE. It was a 3 month course from Sep-Nov 2015. Rev. O’Brian, the head of CSE conducts philosophy course for the students.

Yoga Therapy Training 2015

More than 15 students have signed up for Yoga Therapy Training. This is a 2 year course, which is self-paced course, aimed at training the yoga teachers to address people with different chronic ailments and empower them towards management and healing of their disease conditions.

Creating lifelong Yogis by catching them young

Yoga Bharati has a unique focus on building youth ambassadors and lifelong yogis. In the past few years we have begun showing special attention to the youth during the YIC course as well as creating opportunities for them to channel their energy and develop their leadership skills.

We also initiated the Project Vision Workshop as a part of Natural Vision Improvement program. We have completed 3 workshops in the past one year. Out of them the second workshop results motivated us to compile and bring a professional paper on Yoga for Vision. 15 children participated in this workshop to improve their vision challenges such as Myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism and Lazy eyes. Some children participated simply to improve their memory, focus and concentration. Below are the significant results of the workshop we have shown earlier in 2014.

Clinical Results

Improved Vision – 20%
Headache Relief – 10%
Easing Burning Eye/ Eye Strain – 10%
Reduction in allergy symptoms – 20%
Improved Sleep – 20%
Improved Appetite – 10%

Subjective Results

Improvement in social skills & participation – 40%

Details of the institutional report can be found at the Link Institutional Report

We conducted two weeks Summer kids yoga camp where more than 20 kids attended and enjoyed yoga classes taught by our high school youth teachers, Bhagavad Gita shloka chanting, art and crafts on yoga theme, Ayurveda, Environment awareness, and stories on yoga concepts, skits performed by the kids, and a field trip to McLellan Ranch park to see the ranch animals.

Promote awareness of Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda

Yoga Bharati hosts prominent speakers in the fields of Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda.

In 2014, we arranged pranayama and meditation workshop and discourse by Shri N.V.Raghuram, Chairman of Yoga Bharati, Dr. Nagarathna, Chief Yoga Therapist and VYASA, Bengaluru, India, Dr. Naveen Visweswaraiah of Yogaksema India, Dr. Prasad Kaipa of Selfcorp among others.

The later part of this  year (November 2015) is a month with Satsangs on Parenting workshops, Viveka Chudamani, Bhagavad Gita, Spiritual Relationship, Patanjali Yoga Sutras by Swami Bodhananda Saraswati.

Active partnership with local organizations

Over the years, Yoga Bharati has passionately served the community and has created a niche position for itself in the local volunteer organization network. We consistently contribute and support local events in various roles – as specialists in yoga and also as enthusiastic participants. This year was no different.

Sevathon 2015: This was held in the month of June Yoga Bharati has been a key partner of Sevathon since it’s inception. This year Yoga Bharati conducted Yogathon in Baylands Park Sunnyvale, California. There were more than 110 participants. The participants practiced 27-108 sets of Suryanamaskars as per their capacities on the day of the event.  Unish Corporation sponsored Yoga Bharati as with every year. Yoga Bharati expects more participants in the coming years.

Yoga Bharati has taken an initiative to collaborate and work in various fields of yoga alongside the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (CSE). We actively partnered with CSE and conducted the Yoga Teacher’s Training at their facility where 15 students took the training.

Roadmap for Future Events in 2016

In 2016, Yoga Bharati will work with greater resolve towards our goals, building on the momentum in previous years. In addition, we’re planning a few new projects that are outlined below.

Yoga for Cancer – A three month active support for Cancer using Yoga Therapy for people undergoing Chemo/Radiation and after the therapy is completed to help them achieve a better quality of life and move towards normalcy. We plan to offer this workshop FREE for low income patients and a 20% quota is reserved for the low-income group.

Yoga for Obesity and Metabolic Disorders – A three month workshop on yoga and lifestyle awareness for people with weight problems, pre-diabetes, diabetes, thyroid conditions and for dyslipidemia – the cholesterol issues and people at risk for heart disease . We plan to offer this workshop FREE for low income patients and a 20% quota is reserved for the low-income group.

Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) 2016 – We invite everyone to participate in SNY like every year, and in addition we are also preparing and training for a competition of practicing 108 Surya Namaskars around Ratha Saptami day on Jan 26th when we conclude the Yagna (Sun Salutations Marathon).

Yoga Teacher Training 2016 – This year, we are likely to have Yoga Teacher Training in March 2016. Venue may be BayVP, Milpitas.

Sevathon 2016: We will be partnering with Sevathon organization and organize Yogathon in big way in 2016.

Support Us

With your generous support, we at Yoga Bharati have been able to take up significant programs to promote Yoga in a holistic way. Your further contributions will strengthen our resolve and initiatives. Please see the link below for ways to contribute generously towards ‘Samājanidhi’.

Donate and Support

Annual Report 2014

A year in review for Yoga Bharati: 2014

Twelve years of bringing authentic yoga, ancient wisdom and modern research

Twelve years of bringing authentic yoga, ancient wisdom and modern research As a volunteer-managed global community, we work to foster a better understanding of yoga’s benefits, therapeutic applications, life transforming effects and wisdom traditions. We bring yoga classes for general wellness yoga courses for students who want to teach yoga, and yoga therapy to heal those with chronic ailments.

Volunteers in the community

Yoga Bharati has trained 350 yoga teachers that now volunteer in local communities to offer our holistic and research-driven approach to yoga. Just this year, we delivered about 3000 class-hours of yoga asana sessions in our communities, including special classes for kids, seniors, stress management and therapy. We continued our expansion, adding more public classes in Sunnyvale, Milpitas and the Tri-Valley in the SF Bay Area.

An Authentic Yoga Therapy and Research fellowship

Yoga Bharati is committed to building a world-class research culture that can scientifically validate the benefits of Yoga Therapy, and to bringing authentic Yoga Therapy to our community.

Therapy classes for special groups – we have yoga therapy classes running continuously in Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Milpitas and Fremont. This year, we have conducted workshops on Yoga for back, neck, shoulder and knee pain, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity and metabolic disorders, vision disorders for children and teens, prenatal and postnatal workshops.

Yoga Centric Lifestyle Intervention Program (LIP) with Yogaksema – Yoga Bharati launched LIP, an integrative therapy for people with various ailments from back pain to anxiety to cancer rehabilitation under the guidance of Dr. Naveen Visweshwaraiah of Yogaksema Bengaluru. We’re glad to report that more than 50 participants consulted Dr. Naveen and took lifestyle intervention and yoga therapy for 3 months. We received a lot of positive feedback on the health benefits of this program. Details about LIP at: www.yogabharati.org

We have conducted conduct corporate Stress Management workshops and Stress and Yoga Breathing workshops at offices, healthcare institutions and education institutions. Our volunteers also conduct free yoga classes in their offices regularly. Workshops were conducted at Dharma and Yoga Fest organized by HSS, NIIT global conference and other events.

Surya Namaskar Yagna (SNY) 2014 – we conducted SNY as both ‘yagna’ and also a pilot cohort study. More than 500 people participated throughout America for the yagna. The theme of the closing ceremony was group practice of 108 sun salutation cycles (yagna). More than 60 people from age 3 to 75 years, donning meditative blue YB T-shirts, participated in the closing ceremony yagna. The published report is presented with details on Yoga Bharati’s website. CLOSING REPORT URL

Yoga Teacher Training 2014 More than 25 students from age 13 years – 60 years took Yoga Instructors Course (YIC) aka Yoga Teacher Training at Sunnyvale location. It was a 3 month course from April-June 2014 and ended in a yoga retreat at Sivananda Ashram. Sri.N.V.Raghuram, the spiritual founder and Chairman of Yoga Bharati conducted the philosophy course for YIC students.

CSE Yoga Teacher Training 2014 Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (CSE) and Yoga Bharati offered the first jointly conducted Yoga Teacher Training course at CSE’s San Jose location which was attended by 15 students. It was a 3 month course from Aug-Oct 2014. Rev. O’Brian, the head of CSE conducts philosophy course for the students.

Creating lifelong Yogis by catching them young Yoga Bharati has a unique focus on building youth ambassadors and lifelong yogis. In the past few years we have begun showing special attention to the youth during the YIC course as well as creating opportunities for them to channel their energy and develop their leadership skills.

Youth in Yoga Teacher Training Eight youth, 3 boys and 5 girls, ranging from 8th through 12th grades participated in our Yoga Teacher Training in April. The youth were not new to yoga since 7 of the 8 had previously attended Explore Yoga 2013, Yoga Bharati’s youth summer program. The youth participated very enthusiastically in the practical sessions and enjoyed their stimulating group discussions during the breakout sessions conducted in class and at the Sivananda Ashram retreat.

Summer Kids Camp 2014 Five day long summer kids yoga camp was conducted early 2014 and well attended. Below are some fun facts about 2014 Summer Kids Yoga Camp.

· 22 number of participants · 40+ number of kids camp hours · 200+ hours of yoga camp volunteering · 1500+ minutes of yoga, meditation, chanting · 7920+ number of wheat seeds sown during camp · 8640+ square inches of drawing and coloring activity · 15872+ square inches of art and creative yogic activity Details available at: GOOGLE DOC FOR KIDS CAMP REPORT Natural Vision Improvement for Children through Yoga

We also initiated the Project Vision Workshop as a part of Natural Vision Improvement program. We have completed 3 workshops in the past one year. Out of them the second workshop results motivated us to compile and bring a professional paper on Yoga for Vision. 15 children participated in this workshop to improve their vision challenges such as Myopia, Hyperopia, Astigmatism and Lazy eyes. Some children participated simply to improve their memory, focus and concentration. Below are the significant results of the workshop.

Clinical Results

  • Improved Vision – 20%
  • Headache Relief – 10%
  • Easing Burning Eye/ Eye Strain – 10%
  • Reduction in allergy symptoms – 20%
  • Improved Sleep – 20%
  • Improved Appetite – 10%
  • Subjective Results Improvement in social skills & participation – 40%

Details of the institutional report can be found Here

Promoting awareness of Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda

Yoga Bharati hosts prominent speakers in the fields of Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda. In 2014, we arranged pranayama and meditation workshop and discourse by Shri N.V.Raghuram from VYASA on Bhagawat Gitaa Saara.

Dr Naveen KV of Yogaksema Stress and Lifestyle Clinic visited San Francisco bay area during the month of March. Yoga Bharati organized workshops and seminar on Evidence Based Yoga and Integrative Therapy during this time.

The later part of this year (November 2014) is a month of Satsangs, Parenting workshop, and workshops on Viveka Chudamani, Bhagavad Gita, Bhajagovindam and Atma Bodha by Swami Bodhananda Saraswati. Active partnership with local organizations

Over the years, Yoga Bharati has passionately served the community and has created a niche position for itself in the local volunteer organization network. We consistently contribute and support local events in various roles – as specialists in yoga and also as enthusiastic participants. This year was no different.

Sevathon 2014: This was held in the month of July. Yoga Bharati has been a key partner of Sevathon since it’s inception. This year Yoga Bharati conducted Yogathon in Baylands Park sunnyvale, California. There were more than 110 participants. The participants practiced 27-108 sets of Suryanamaskars as per their capacities on the day of the event. Unish Corporation sponsored Yoga Bharati team as with every year. Yoga Bharati expects more participants in the coming years.

Yoga Bharati has taken an initiative to collaborate and work in various fields of yoga alongside the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (CSE). One such area is Suryanamaskar Yagna (SNY). Volunteers from Yoga Bharati have continually attended various programs offered by CSE during the course of this year. We actively partnered with CSE and conducted the Yoga Teacher’s Training at their facility where 15 students took the training.

Roadmap for 2015 In 2015, Yoga Bharati will work with greater resolve towards our goals, building on the momentum in previous years. In addition, we’re planning a few new projects that are outlined below.

Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) 2015 Competition – We invite everyone to participate in SNY like every year, and in addition we are also preparing and training for a competition of practicing 108 Surya Namaskars around Ratha Saptami day on Jan 26th when we conclude the Yagna (Sun Salutations Marathon).

Yoga Teacher Training 2015 – This year, we are likely to have a Yoga Teacher Training in March 2015, either in Sunnyvale or Hayward. Another Yoga Teacher Training may be held at CSE during the second half of the year.

Yoga Therapy Teacher Training 2015 – We are set to launch the next batch of Yoga Therapy Teacher Training in Feb 2015.

Yoga Retreat 2015: We will be conducting a yoga retreat in Sept 2015 that is open to public.

Retrospective Study on various different ailments including Back pain, Diabetes, Hypertension, Asthma/Allergies will be undertaken. Another study will focus on the retrospective study on Prenatal Yoga for more than 300 women we have given yoga and made a difference in their lives.

Support Us

With your generous support, we at Yoga Bharati have been able to take up significant programs to promote Yoga in a holistic way. Your further contributions will strengthen our resolve and initiatives. Please see the link below for ways to contribute generously towards 

Annual Report 2013

A year in review for Yoga Bharati: 2013

Eleven years of bringing authentic yoga, ancient wisdom and modern research

This year was the eleventh since our founding as a non-profit, volunteer-managed global community. We promote yoga in its authentic form, combining ancient wisdom with modern research. We work in the interest of the public to foster a better understanding of the benefits of yoga, its history and traditions.

Volunteers in the community

Yoga Bharati has trained 300 yoga teachers that now volunteer in local communities to offer our holistic and research-driven approach to yoga. Just this year, we have delivered about 2,500 class-hours of yoga asana sessions in our communities, including special classes for kids, seniors, stress management and therapy. We continued our expansion, adding more public classes in Sunnyvale, Milpitas and the Tri-Valley in the SF Bay Area.

An Authentic Yoga Therapy and Research fellowship

Yoga Bharati has committed to building a world-class research culture that can scientifically validate the benefits of Yoga Therapy, and to bringing authentic Yoga Therapy to our community.

Surya Namaskar Yagna (SNY) 2013 – we conducted SNY as both ‘yagna’ and also a pilot cohort study. More than 500 people participated throughout America for the yagna. More than 100 people signed up for this research study, with 53 successfully completing it. 

Distance Education (Yoga Therapy) – we successfully conducted a distance learning Postgraduate Diploma in Yoga Therapy (PGDYT) jointly with Bengaluru’s VYASA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthan). This 3-month program was led by Ashwini Surpur and ten students participated this year.

Therapy classes for special groups – we have yoga therapy classes running continuously in Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Milpitas and Fremont. This year, we have conducted workshops on Yoga for back, neck, shoulder and knee pain, diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity and metabolic disorders, vision disorders for children and teens, prenatal and postnatal workshops.

Workshops with VYASA faculty – We routinely send folks to visitVYASA’s campus in Bengaluru (called Prashanthi) from the Bay Area for both therapy and educational purposes, with the numbersincreasing every year. This year, VYASA’s Dr. Nidhi Ram conducted an infertility workshop in the SF bay area, led by Savita Joshi where more than 30 people participated. We’re glad to report that some participants have subsequently been able to conceive while others are enjoying their family time with the little ones !

We have conducted conduct corporate Stress Management workshops and Stress and Yoga Breathing workshops at offices, healthcare institutions and education institutions. Our volunteers also conduct free yoga classes in their offices regularly. Workshops were conductedat Philips Healthcare, Sutter Healthcare Institution and at West Valley College in 2013, among others.

Creating lifelong Yogis by catching them young

Yoga Bharati has a unique focus on building youth ambassadors and lifelong yogis. In the past few years we have begun showing special attention to the youth during the YIC course as well as creating opportunities for them to channel their energy and develop their leadership skills.

We also initiated the President’s Challenge workshop. The President’s Challenge focuses on making kids healthy and active for life. The President has called for 60 minutes of fitness activity for 5 days a week to fight childhood obesity and to establish good health in America. Yoga is one of the activities included by the President. Yoga Bharati took this idea and implemented it for Bay Area youth. More than 20 YB teachers volunteered in summer of 2013 providing more than 100 classes – a total of $12,000 worth of free classes for kids and, we hope, habits that will keep them healthy for the rest of their lives.

We conducted a 2 week summer workshop for youth titled Explore Yoga. The workshop was led by Savitha Nanjangud working closely with 6 youth leaders, Vedant, Vinay, Maya, Chinmay, Devaki and Renuka. Over 20 youth ranging from middle schoolers to college students attended the workshop. The program exposed the participants to various fields such as Yoga therapy, Ayurveda, Yoga for Leadership etc., in addition to the regular yoga practices. Several guest speakers shared their knowledge of yoga and Ayurveda with the youth including Dr. Prasad Kaipa, experts from Vedika Global – an Ayurveda School in Berkeley, and the Youth Spiritual Education Manager of Center For Spiritual Enlightenment, San Jose – a spiritual organization of Paramahamsa Yogananda Lineage.  Several of the workshop attendees have now enrolled in the upcoming YIC 2014 course.

Three day long winter kids yoga camp was conducted early 2013 and well attended by over 35 kids. A similar Summer camp was conducted at Safari Kids by one of our youth yoga instructor Renuka. Kids became familiar with the right way to move their body with awareness while practicing various Asanas, and also got to understand the concepts of Yoga. They enjoyed learning to chant various Shlokas. Details available at: 

Promote awareness of Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda

  • Yoga Bharati hosts prominent speakers in the fields of Yoga, Vedanta and Ayurveda.
  • In 2013, we arranged a series of talks by Prof NVC Swamy from VYASA on the Life of Swami Vivekananda as a part of Swamiji’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations.
  • Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali Yoga Sutra workshop were held by Shri.N.V.Raghuram, the Chairman and spiritual founder of Yoga Bharati, during the month ofApril.
  • Dr H.R.Nagendra and Dr.Alex Hankey of VYASA, Bengaluru visited San Francisco bay area during the month of August. Yoga Bharati organized various talks and workshops during this time, along with adinner get together with local community leaders.
  • The later part of thisyear (November 2013) saw Satsangs on Yoga /Stress Free Parenting , Brahma Sutra, Bhagavad Gita and Mundakopanishad by Swami Bodhananda Saraswati.

Active partnership with local organizations

Over the years, Yoga Bharati has passionately served the community and has created a niche position for itself in the local volunteer organization network. We consistently contribute and support local events in various roles – as specialists in yoga and also as enthusiastic participants. This year was no different.

Sevathon 2013: This was held in the month of July. Yoga Bharati has been a key partner of Sevathon since it’s inception. This year, we doubled the runner registration and also conducted special yoga sessions during the Marathon runners’ training and also on the day of the event. Unish Corporation has sponsored the Yoga Bharati team over the last few years.

Dharma and Yoga Fest: This was organized by Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh, Fremont and Sunnyvale Hindu temples along with many non-profit and social organizations in bay area in 2 locations (Santa Clara and San Ramon) during the month of September and was attended by 15,000 people on that single day. Yoga Bharati was Raja Yoga track organizer and sponsor. As a part of this track, weconducted a Stress Management program, Kids Yoga formation/ dancechoreographed by Madhavi Jain and Ashwini Surpur. There was a special talk at the end of the Raja Yoga track by Shri N.V.Raghuram of Yoga Bharati who has taken up the role of the President of Hindu University of America. Shri N.V.Raghuram was also specially invited to speak in Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga tracks.

In September, we participated in the Livermore Temple Health Fair, and worked on raising awareness on the benefits of yoga and announced the availability of free classes all over the bay area.

Yoga Bharati has taken an initiative to collaborate and work in various fields of yoga alongside the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (CSE). One such area is SNY research. Volunteers from Yoga Bharati have continually attended various programs offered by CSE during the course of this year. The next year will see this relationship strengthen even further when we actively partner with CSE and conduct the Yoga Teacher’s Training at their facility.

Roadmap for Future Events in 2014

In 2014, Yoga Bharati will work with greater resolve towards our goals, building on the momentum in previous years. In addition, we’re planning a few new projects that are outlined below.

Youth Science Fair – Yoga Bharati wants to promote research, and has a focus on youth. We combine these interests in the form of a science fair project involving research on single nostril breathing on brain hemispheres. This involves providing a platform, the network of research subjects, monetary sponsorship and connections with yoga and research experts from universities like VYASA Bengaluru and San Francisco State University.

Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutations) 2014 Competition – We invite everyone to participate in SNY like every year, and in addition we are also preparing and training for a competition of practicing 108 Surya Namaskars around Ratha Saptami day in February when we conclude the Yagna (Sun Salutations Marathon).

Yoga Study 2014 – We are planning to conduct a pilot study on the effect of yoga on Symptom and Medicine scores on people with minor chronic ailments. It will be conducted over a period ofsix weeks’ yoga intervention program. Participants will be a part of two group practices and have three home practices aided by a video in a given week. They report their symptoms and stress index before and after the intervention.

Yoga Teacher Training 2014 – This year, we are likely to have an additional Yoga Teacher Training as we are running housefull on our Yoga Teacher Training courses.

Yoga Therapy Teacher Training 2014 – We are set to launch the next batch of Yoga Therapy Teacher Training (VYASA’s PGDYT course) contact hours in Sept 2014.

Winter Kids Camp: We will be conducting a camp for the children during their winter recess, at Sunnyvale Hindu Temple. For details please visit our website.

Annual Report – 2011

Yoga Bharati brings a wealth of knowledge about yoga and its philosophy through Yoga Teacher’s training and its Diploma courses. The courses are brought from Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation (SVYASA), Bangalore, India. We are now an affiliate center of the Hindu University of America in bringing Diploma in Yoga Wellness to our yoga teachers, a course that focuses on Therapeutic Applications of Yoga.

We are excited about the new yoga wave that Yoga Bharati is creating by bringing holistic yoga with its grand heritage and its depth of philosophy into the western world. With your help and support Yoga Bharati will further increase its pace of progress.

Presently Yoga Bharati has chapters in the following locations:

USA:

  • SF Bay Area
  • Detroit
  •  Los Angeles
  •  San Diego
  •  Seattle

Outside USA:

 

  •  Istanbul, Turkey
  •  Bengaluru, India
  •  Canada:
  •  Calgary
  •  Edmonton
  •  Vancouver


Accomplishments
We are proud of the great leap that Yoga Bharati has taken in its mission since its inception in 2002. In its efforts to spread its wings far and wide, Yoga Bharati has taken up various tasks and progressed in many areas. Below is an attempt to highlight some of the achievements

Yoga Alliance (YA) Registration:
We are now a Registered Yoga School (RYS 200) with Yoga Alliance for our Yoga Instructors Course (YICC), a 200 hour course, enabling the teachers to become Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200). We also have plans to register for RYS 500. This is great news for the whole organization, as it will put us on the national map of yoga training in USA & elsewhere.

Yoga Classes:

  • Public yoga classes have taken a big leap. We have a total of six locations in the Bay Area where free classes are conducted, thanks to all our volunteers. In Sunnyvale alone, we are conducting 15 free classes per week. So a total of 20 classes, with a value worth $4000 given out to the community per week by Yoga Bharati Bay Area chapter alone!
  • In Los Angeles, free yoga classes are conducted in four different locations.
  • In Detroit chapter, apart from free yoga classes, yoga is also given to Multiple Sclerosis patients on a biweekly basis. Free yoga classes are conducted in San Diego chapter on weekends.


Yoga Teachers Training (YICC) 2011
As with every year, Yoga Bharati conducted YICC 2011, its flagship course. In Bay Area, LA and Detroit chapters, we conducted this course this year.  As with every year, our Chairman and spiritual founder, Shri. N.V.Raghuram was the faculty for Yoga Philosophy Course(YPC) that is a part of YICC.

Partnership and Collaboration:
In Bay Area Chapter, Yoga Bharati worked with other organizations to help build network, spread the awareness and as a reach out program.  We collaborated with Sambodh Society for conducting annual workshops on Meditation, Yoga Philosophy and Vedanta. We provided volunteers for yoga classes at Chinmaya Mission Balavihar programs, at India Community Center (Milpitas, Bay Area) and other locations. We also worked with Samskrita Bharati in providing yoga for their Sanskrit Workshops and with Chinmaya Mission OM run volunteers in conducting yoga class for Marathoners.

Yoga Therapy sessions:
 Bay Area:
Yoga Bharati Bay Area chapter has made a great leap in therapeutic applications of yoga. Yoga classes have been running for the last three years with significant results.  We conduct yoga for kids, yoga for back/neck/shoulder pain, arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, weight loss and stress management, to name a few. This year, we conducted many workshops and presentations on Yoga Therapy. In June 2011, we conducted a workshop on SMET and Yoga Evidence Based Yoga Presentation by Dr. Naveen. Vishweshwaraiah ofFAITHS, who has worked extensively on research in the field of yoga therapy. We conducted Prenatal Yoga workshop in collaboration with Dr. Vidya Mhamunkar and also Yoga and Ayurveda for Expectant Parents in collaboration with Vedika Global, a premier school of Ayurveda in Emeryville, CA. The goal of Yoga Bharati’s yoga classes for ailments is three-fold:

  • Help people with their ailments
  • Spread the awareness about therapeutic benefits of yoga
  • Develop and support research on how yoga can help in achieving positive health for individual and society


 Detroit (MS Society)
Since 2006, Yoga Bharati certified instructor, Ms. Sudha Rao has been devoting two hours on a bi weekly basis to teach yoga to people with Multiple Sclerosis at the MS society in Southfield, Michigan. The MS patients  have noticed a significant improvement in their flexibility and movements.  Ms. Rao intends to conduct a research study on the benefits of Yoga in MS patients in the near future.  She is joined in this effort by Dr Deepa Parikh has been working with the group since the summer of 2011 on a biweekly basis.

Diploma in Yoga Therapy (PGDYT)
The Bay Area chapter successfully conducted the contact program for Diploma in Yoga Therapy (PGDYT), a course for higher studies in yoga and its therapeutic applications. This course is brought in collaboration with SVYASA. The diploma course will be registered with Yoga Alliance as RYT 500 level course. SVYASA’s Arogyadhama (Prashanti – a health center of SVYASA at Bangalore), a premier Yoga Therapy Center provides our students, the required training for practical study of Yoga Therapy.

Apart from the diploma course, we are also conducting certification courses for teachers who can conduct classes for specific ailments such as back pain, diabetes, etc.

Sevathon 2011
On On July 17th, 2011, Yoga Bharati SF Bay Area chapter joined hands with India Community Center to participate in Sevathon 2011.  A free yoga workshop for runners was conducted by Yoga Bharati volunteers. Yoga Bharati was able to collect some donations towards its seva projects.

Satsangs and Workshops:
 SMET Workshop 2011
Yoga Bharati Bay area chapter organized a workshop for doctors and medical practitioners along with interested yoga community in Sunnyvale Hindu Temple on June 18th, 2011.  The workshop was well attended by over 100 people including doctors.This workshop was presented by Shri N.V.Raghuram, the spiritual founder of Yoga Bharati and a faculty member at SVYASA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation), Bengaluru, India, and Dr.Naveen Vishweshwaraih of FAITHS (Foundation for Assessment and Integration of Traditional Health Systems). Both these institutions are working on bringing research papers on the therapeutic effects of yoga. SVYASA has published over 150 papers on yoga applications for various ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, backpain, autism, cancer and many more. The program was extremely well received and the doctors got to understand the research that SVYASA has conducted in yoga and its benefits in addressing various ailments including cancer.

  Yoga Philosophy by Shri N.V.Raghuram

This year, Sri N.V.Raghuram taught the theory part of Yoga Teacher’s Training in Bay Area and Detroit chapters. He also conducted workshops on Pranayama, SMET and gave discourses on Bhagavad Gita and other topics in Bay Area, Detroit, Los Angeles area and Canada. The sessions were well received in all the chapters of the US.

Prof. Sastry Memorial 2011

Once a year, Yoga Bharati Detroit chapter celebrates the life and teachings of Prof. Satyanarayana Sastry in the form of a day- long spiritual workshop.  Prof. Sastry was the mentor of our own beloved guru, Raghuramji.   This year’s topic was the Concept of Fullness. Raghuramji discussed the concepts established in Ishavasya Upanishad.

 Workshop by Swami Bodhananda Saraswati
Bay Area chapter conducted annual meditation programs by Swami Bodhananda Saraswati of Sambodh Society. This year, he conducted workshops on Meditation I (Beginners) and II (Advanced) in Sunnyvale Hindu Temple and Meditation Basics in Fremont. The weekend workshops included Vedanta and Parenting and Gita and Management. The program were well received and well attended.

  Study Groups:
In an attempt towards our own Self Growth and our progress in spirituality, Yoga Bharati conducts study groups in its various chapters for its yoga teachers and volunteers. In Bay Area, regular monthly study groups are conducted where discussions on Bhagavad Gita shlokas, asanas and pranayama techniques, meditation practices, etc are carried out.  Detroit Chapter conducts monthly study groups on Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali Yoga Sutras.

Plans for 2012
Apart from further progress in the above programs, we will be planning the following:
Commemorating 150th Birthday of Swami Vivekananda & 10 years for Yoga Bharati
Yoga Bharati plans to conduct a Conference on Yoga commemorating 150th Birthday of Swami Vivekananda who kindled the spark of East meeting the West. This spark has gathered a huge momentum and yoga is a word of mouth in the west today. Yoga Research is gaining momentum and the world is looking with hopes towards yoga to solve the growing epidemics such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancer. With this conference, we hope to spread awareness of yoga and its depth to wider audience and to connect like minded people and to build the community. Details will be available soon.

Surya Namaskar Yagna (SNY-2011)
  (Sun Salutations Marathon)
Yoga Bharati conducts Suryanamaskar Yagna every year to spread the benefits of Surya Namaskar (SNY) on yoga participants.  The event starts on Jan 1st and ends on Ratha Saptami Day Jan 30th. Details will be announced soon.

Yoga Teachers Training 2012

Yoga Bharati Bay area and LA chapters will be conducting Yoga teachers Training (YICC) during April – June months.

Innovation - Yoga Bharati 2011 Report

Yoga Bharati – Yoga With a Difference

While there are a host of yoga studios mushrooming in every street in America these days, there are very few of these studios or organizations that provide yoga for the body, mind and spirit making it a wholesome and holistic practice. People perform strenuous acrobatic poses, toning the muscles, sweating and stretching in the name of yoga. Very few of them focus on mental and spiritual aspects of of yoga.

Yoga Bharati’s very foundation of yoga classes is to provide health at five dimensions of human existance (pancha koshas) – the physical, the pranic or life-force level, the emotional, intellectual and spiritual levels. With the technique of stimulation and relaxation and with the focus on building awareness, ours is an integrated approach to yoga geared to be holistic. We bring subtle aspects from the ancient wisdom of Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali Yoga sutras with its stress on Asthanga Yoga. This makes our classes very popular and people who attend our yoga classes are simply awestruck by their simplicity and effectiveness. Our goal is to achieve positive health for individual and society (Vyasthi and Samasti as said in Upanishads) combining the best of East with the best of West as envisioned by Swami Vivekananda.

In the same spirit of combining head, heart and hand in all its activities, Yoga Bharati provides many avenues for our trained teachers to offer community service (sewa) whether it is through providing free yoga classes to the community, connecting the community with various aspects of yoga philosophy or instilling in the younger generation a spark of curiosity in yoga practice and philosophy. There is increasing demand for our teachers training program among high school children to help them handle the stresses of high school and college.

Yoga Therapy with Research (Evidence based Yoga) - Yoga Bharati has made a great leap in therapeutic applications of yoga in association with SVYASA, which has immense background on research in Yoga Therapy. SVYASA has published over 100 research papers that are catalogued in pubmed and are peer reviewed. SVYASA houses 250 bed Yoga Therapy Health center called Arogyadhama. We have been conducting yoga classes for common ailments and special groups such as kids and pregnant women in SF Bay Area for the last three years with significant results. We conduct yoga for kids, prenatal and postnatal yoga, yoga for back/neck/shoulder pain, arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, weight loss and stress management, yoga for infertility, to name a few. The goal of Yoga Bharati’s yoga classes for ailments is three-fold:

  • Help people with their ailments by giving them regular classes where they learn to relax better and to get relief on their ailments.
  • Touch the hearts of people with the simple and profound yogic concepts so they understand how to manage their condition as well as they become better in their overall personality – physical, mental and spiritual outlook
  • Develop research so that we practice Evidence based Therapy.

Yoga Teachers with depth of Yoga Foundation - Yoga Bharati conducts Yoga Teachers Training every year for three months as a weekend course. We bring this course from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation (SVYASA), a premier yoga university in Bengaluru, India with its focus on yoga research. Our course conforms to the Yoga Alliance RYT200. It is however, different from many other courses because we focus on holistic aspects in our course. We bring the best of yoga masters from India and US and give the most authentic yoga concepts along with scientific explanation of the concepts where needed. Yoga Philosophy is taught by Yogashree N.V.Raghuram of SVYASA and Spiritual founder and Chairman of Yoga Bharati who has more than 20 years experience in teaching Yoga philosophy in over 30 countries all over the world. Yoga Bharati also provides a platform for all the yoga teachers to further enhance their yoga skills and for their self growth by providing year round study groups, discourses by yoga masters, yoga retreats, Suryanamaskar yagna (Sun Salutation Marathon), Stress Management and other such workshops.

Stress Management using Yoga - Yoga Bharati brings Stress Management workshops to various communities. Just to name a few,

  • Yoga Bharati recently conducted a *free* SMET (Self Management of Excessive Tension, a SVYASA technique) in June 2011 at Sunnyvale Hindu Temple Auditorium for public and the doctors in the Bay Area. More than 100 folks participated in the event and enjoyed the wonderful discourse and SMET practice. This was presented by Shri. N.V.Raghuram of SVYASA and Dr.Naveen of FAITHS, Bengaluru.
  • Conducted Stress Management workshop for Foster Parents at the department of Family and Child Services.
  • Collaborated with Breathe California to bring Stress Management workshop for Senior Centers in the Bay Area.

Research Awareness for Medical Practitioners - One of the important initiatives of Yoga Bharati is to facilitate collaboration and awareness programs to bring research work on yoga in India to American medical community. Yoga Bharati arranged a Doctors Workshop in Sept 2010 where more than 30 doctors from various fields participated. Dr. Nagarathna, the chief of Medical staff at SVYASA chaired the event and shared the research work on Yoga in Diabetes, Cancer, Autism and many other ailments. A similar workshop was done in June 2011, where Dr. Naveen of FAITHS (Foundation for Assessment and Integration of Traditional Health Systems), Bengaluru, presented enormous data on research in Yoga Therapy. Doctors and research scientists at UCSF appreciated the presentation and agreed to work with Yoga Bharati and FAITHs in considering possible research collaborations.

Yoga for Kids with a difference - Our children’s yoga classes are also special in that we not only focus on yoga poses, but we do teach them to chant shlokas to build harmony of the mind and to root them into yogic tradition. Children of Yoga Bharati classes participate in Chinmaya Mission Gita Competition, Samskrita Bharati’s shloka competitions and bag awards! They are proud to be little yogis and to chant their Sanskrit shlokas.

Partnerships and Reach Outs - Yoga Bharati works with other organizations to help build network, spread the awareness, to bring the best of yoga research into our practice, and as a reach out program.

  • Research: We collaborate with SVYASA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation), Bengaluru and FAITHS (Foundation for Assessment and Integration of Traditional Health Systems), Bengaluru for bringing evidence based yoga into our yoga classes and therapy classes.
  • Community Service and Outreach: We provide free classes at various locations in the SF Bay Area, prominent temples, public libraries, community centers, Chinmaya Mission Balavihar programs, at India Community Center (Milpitas, Bay Area) and other locations in USA.
  • Vedanta: We collaborate with Sambodh Society for conducting annual workshops on Meditation, Yoga Philosophy and Vedanta.
  • Sanskrit: Since Sanskrit and Yoga go hand in hand, we refer our yoga students to Samskrita Bharati for Speak Sanskrit Course, and for higher studies on Sanskrit and also provide yoga classes for workshops and retreats of Samskrita Bharati.
  • Ayurveda: Working with Vedika Global (a Ayurveda School in Berkeley) to provide Yoga Darshan course as a part of their curriculum.
  • Yoga for Sports: We work with non-profit organizations like Sevathon, Ekal Vidyalaya and Chinmaya mission to conduct yoga sessions for their Marathon programs. Marathoners have given a feedback that they were able to improve their speed from 10%-30% after they took the yoga class. They also said they get less pain and less injury after taking yoga classes.

Making a Difference – A New Way - Instead of providing fish to the needy, Yoga Bharati teaches them how to fish. Due to modern life style, extreme competitions, economic instability, relationships issues of fast paced individual-centric American society, etc, people are under tremendous stress. Lifestyle disorders such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases are becoming epidemics. To address this and to help people manage their lives better, Yoga Bharati conducts free classes in many locations in the Bay Area and different chapters of America. Our goal is to help people help themselves. Yoga Bharati has provided more than 400 yoga classes per week in various locations in the Bay Area alone (worth $4000 or more).

Simply by attending our regular free classes, people have made their lives better and are living in health and harmony. Many come to Yoga Bharati yoga teachers at the end of the class and explain how stressed they were just a couple of years ago and how peaceful, they feel after attending regular yoga classes.

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Annual Report 2010

Yoga Bharati brings a wealth of knowledge about yoga and its philosophy through Yoga Teacher’s training and its Diploma courses. The courses are brought from Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation (SVYASA), Bangalore, India. We are now an affiliate center of the Hindu University of America in bringing Diploma in Yoga Wellness to our yoga teachers, a course that focuses on Therapeutic Applications of Yoga.

We are excited about the new yoga wave that Yoga Bharati is creating by bringing holistic yoga with its grand heritage and its depth of philosophy into the western world. With your help and support Yoga Bharati will further increase its pace of progress.

Presently Yoga Bharati has chapters in the following locations:

USA:

  • SF Bay Area
  • Detroit
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego

Outside USA:

  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Bengaluru, India
  • Canada:
  • Calgary
  • Edmonton
  • Vancouver

Accomplishments

We are proud of the great leap that Yoga Bharati has taken in its mission since its inception in 2002. In its efforts to spread its wings far and wide, Yoga Bharati has taken up various tasks and progressed in many areas. Below is an attempt to highlight some of the achievements.

Yoga Alliance (YA) Registration:

We are now a Registered Yoga School (RYS 200) with Yoga Alliance for our Yoga Instructors Course (YICC), a 200 hour course, enabling the teachers to become Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200). We also have plans to register for RYS 500. This is great news for the whole organization, as it will put us on the national map of yoga training in USA & elsewhere.

Yoga Classes:

Public yoga classes have taken a big leap. We have a total of six locations in the Bay Area where free classes are conducted, thanks to all our volunteers. In Sunnyvale alone, we are conducting 15 free classes per week. So a total of 20 classes, with a value worth $4000 given out to the community per week by Yoga Bharati Bay Area chapter alone!

In Los Angeles, free yoga classes are conducted in four different locations.

In Detroit chapter, apart from free yoga classes, yoga is also given to Multiple Sclerosis patients on a biweekly basis. Free yoga classes are conducted in San Diego chapter on weekends.

Yoga Teachers Training (YICC) 2010

As with every year, Yoga Bharati conducted YICC 2010, its flagship course. In Bay Area, we conducted this course for three months from April to June months.  Anil Surpur, Venkat Reddy and Shailesh Basani were the coordinators of this course. As with every year, our Chairman and spiritual founder, Shri. N.V.Raghuram was the faculty for Yoga Philosophy Course(YPC) that is a part of YICC. Twenty-five students took this course and it was very well received, especially Raghuramji lectures.

In Detroit, YICC was conducted in April and Raghuramji conducted the theory sessions (YPC). YICC will be conducted Bay area Chapter, LA chapter and Detroit chapters in 2011.

Partnership and Collaboration:

Yoga Bharati works with other organizations to help build network, spread the awareness and as a reach out program.  We collaborate with Sambodh Society for conducting annual workshops on Meditation, Yoga Philosophy and Vedanta. We provide free classes at Chinmaya Mission Balavihar programs, at India Community Center (Milpitas, Bay Area) and other locations. The children of Yoga Bharati’s “Yoga and Gita for Kids” class participated in Chinmaya Mission Gita Competition and bagged awards! We also work with Samskrita Bharati in providing yoga for their Sanskrit Workshops and with Ekal Vidyalaya, training Ekal Marathon volunteers and conducting yoga class for Marathoners.

Yoga Therapy sessions Bay Area:

Yoga Bharati Bay Area chapter has made a great leap in therapeutic applications of yoga. Yoga classes have been continuously running for the last two years with significant results. What started as a simple yoga activity in Anil and Ashwini Surpur’s garage (Yoga Bharati headquarters) has now turned into a bigger program and we have moved to a new rented facility. We conduct yoga for kids, yoga for back/neck/shoulder pain, arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, weight loss and stress management, to name a few. Ashwini Surpur is heading the Yoga Therapy division and is conducting this program with the help and advice of Dr. Nagarathna, the Chief Therapist at SVYASA Arogyadhama. The goal of Yoga Bharati’s yoga classes for ailments is three-fold:

  • Help people with their ailments
  • Spread the awareness about therapeutic benefits of yoga
  • Develop research on how yoga can help in achieving positive health for individual and society

 Detroit (MS Society)

Since 2006, Yoga Bharati certified instructor, Ms. Sudha Rao has been devoting two hours on a bi weekly basis to teach yoga to people with Multiple Sclerosis at the MS society in Southfield, Michigan. The MS patients  have noticed a significant improvement in their flexibility and movements.  Ms. Rao intends to conduct a research study on the benefits of Yoga in MS patients in the near future.  She is joined in this effort by Dr Deepa Parikh has been working with the group since the summer of 2010 on a biweekly basis.

Advanced Diploma in Yoga Wellness

(RYT 500 Advanced Yoga Teachers Training) Inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor of SVYASA and President of HUA, Dr. H.R.Nagendra, the Bay Area chapter launched Diploma in Yoga Wellness, a course for higher studies in yoga and its therapeutic applications. This course is brought in collaboration with HUA and SVYASA. Six students have registered for the first batch and classes are regularly conducted in Yoga Bharati HQ.  The classes started with Dr. Nagarathna giving us an in-depth course on Yoga for Ailments – a three day intensive workshop in Sept 2010.

Apart from the diploma course, we are also conducting certification courses for teachers who can conduct classes for specific ailments such as back pain, diabetes, etc.  We have three students registered for this course. The diploma course will be registered with Yoga Alliance as RYT 500 level course.

The yoga classes for ailments help us in providing a training ground and opportunity for case studies for our diploma students. Some of our diploma students are going to SVYASA’s Arogyadhama (Prashanti – health center of SVYASA at Bangalore) for the first round of clinical observation. Ashwini Surpur, Director of Yoga Therapy, is conducting the Diploma course, both as a faculty and as a coordinator. We have a faculty of doctors who teach Anatomy classes for our diploma students. Sri N.V.Raghuram and Swami Bodhananada Saraswati are our faculty for Philosophy and Vedanta. We have also lined up a host of experts in various yoga and Alternative Therapy fields locally, to give our students a quality education and in-depth knowledge in yoga.

Yogathon 2010

On August 29, 2010, Yoga Bharati chapters all over the US joined hands with the Hindu American Seva Charities to participate in Yogathon 2010 at US level. This was a faith based initiative by Obama government. A free yoga workshop for youth and adults with an introduction to the traditional concepts of yoga was conducted in various locations such as temples, community halls, etc. This effort was spearheaded by Anil Surpur in Bay Area Chapter and Mahaveer Khetawat in Detroit Chapter, Shankar.N at San Diego Chapter and Sharad Dandekar at Los Angeles Chapter

Satsangs and Workshops:
   Doctors Workshop 2010

Yoga Bharati Bay area chapter organized a workshop for doctors and medical practitioners at India Community Center (ICC) Milpitas on Sunday, Sep 19th, 2010.  The workshop was well attended by a group of over twenty-five healthcare professionals. There were specialists in all fields of medicine such as cardiology, oncology, obstetrics, internal medicine and therapists. The workshop was arranged to generate awareness on yoga therapy and its benefits on the patients.  Dr. Nagarathna, the Dean of Health Sciences and Chief Therapist of SVYASA chaired the panel. Other panelists were our Chairman N.V.Raghuram, Dr. Naras Bhat the Cardiologist and faculty at UC Berkeley, Dr. Raji Ayyar, the oncologist at Kaiser and Smt. Pratichi Mathur, Ayurvedic practitioner and founder of Vedika Global. The program was extremely well received and the doctors got to understand the research that SVYASA has conducted in yoga and its benefits in addressing various ailments including cancer.

  Yoga Philosophy by Shri N.V.Raghuram

This year, Sri N.V.Raghuram taught the theory part of Yoga Teacher’s Training in Bay Area and Detroit chapters. He also conducted workshops on Pranayama, SMET and gave discourses on Bhagavad Gita and other topics in Bay Area, Detroit, Los Angeles area and Canada. The sessions were packed with 60-90 people with Canada program topping the list where more than 200 people attended the program and the feedback was marvelous.

   Prof. Sastry Memorial 2010

Once a year, Yoga Bharati Detroit chapter celebrates the life and teachings of Prof. Satyanarayana Sastry in the form of a day- long spiritual workshop.  Prof. Sastry was the mentor of our own beloved guru, Raghuramji.   This year’s topic was the Concept of Fullness. Raghuramji discussed the concepts established in Ishavasya Upanishad.

  SMET and PET workshops by Dr.Nagendra

Dr. Nagendra (Guruji), the Vice-Chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation (SVYASA) visited Bay Area twice in 2010, each time giving us various programs in different locations of Bay Area. His programs were very well received with more than 100 people attending his event in April at a very short notice. Guruji gave us insight into how yoga helps in addressing different ailments, with SVYASA’s comprehensive research data.

  Workshop by Swami Bodhananda Saraswati

Bay Area chapter conducted annual meditation programs by Swami Bodhananda Saraswati of Sambodh Society. This year, he conducted workshops on Meditation I (Beginners) and II (Advanced), and weekend courses on Patanjali Yoga Sutra and Brahmasutra Bhashya of Shankaracharya. The program were well received and well attended.

  Study Groups:

In an attempt towards our own Self Growth and our progress in spirituality, Yoga Bharati conducts study groups in its various chapters for its yoga teachers and volunteers. In Bay Area, regular monthly study groups are conducted where discussions on Bhagavad Gita shlokas, asanas and pranayama techniques, meditation practices, etc are carried out.  Detroit Chapter conducts monthly study groups on Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali Yoga Sutras.

Plans for 2011

Apart from further progress in the above programs, we will be planning the following:

   Surya Namaskar Yagna (Sun Salutations Marathon)

Yoga Bharati is planning to do a research on the benefits of Surya Namaskar (SNY) on yoga participants. We will be collecting baseline health parameter data such as their blood pressure, BMI, weight, pulse rate, etc., from the participants and we will be tracking the progress that they make through the practice of Surya Namaskars and some simple asanas and pranayama. Participants can get baseline reading from the supporting medical practitioners before and after the entire Sun Salutations marathon for 6 weeks. We will compile this data & present it as research data to show the benefits of SNY practice.

Yoga Teachers Training 2011

Yoga Bharati Bay area and LA chapters will be conducting Yoga teachers Training (YICC) during April – June months.