June 18, 2021

Mr Modi…. very strong believer and practitioner of Yoga

Dr. H R Nagendra, is widely recognized across the world as Yoga Guru. This yoga day knows something special from Dr. H R Nagendra.

You’ve graduated in mechanical engineering and secured a doctoral degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and in today’s date you’re recognised for your contribution to yoga. How a mechanical engineer turned into a personal yoga consultant of Prime Minister of India? Mr Modi very strong believer and practitioner of Yoga Tell us about your Journey.

I will describe my journey as ‘In search of Truth

I was doing my Ph.D from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore when I had a chance to meet Professor ASN Shastry. He opened the doors of a new world for me. He combined his brilliant analysis with spiritual wisdom and deep knowledge of the classical teachings to offer a new vision especially to people like me who have perhaps been too focused on scientific thinking. Under his guidance I started searching for reality. I started meditating. Getting deep into the meditation I was convinced this is the way the world has to progress in modern science.
Then in 1987, our honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Mr Modi very strong believer and practitioner of Yoga visited Prashanti Kutiram, Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (VYASA), Bengaluru. VYASA is based on the teachings of Swami Vivekananda and Shri Narendra Modi is also a follower of Swami Vivekananda. He was extremely impressed with our approach and took to the practice of yoga.
How many years have you been associated with Yoga? And Do you see a change in people’s attitude towards Yoga from past to today’s time?
It has been more than 50 years now. Yes, people’s attitude has undergone a sea Change. Yoga has a lot to offer. It is not merely physical. It is a holistic science that strikes a balance between your body, mind and soul. Contrary to general perception and belief, even yoga can offer immediate results.

The Government of India awarded you the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, in 2016. What was going through in your mind at that time?
I was honoured to have received Padma Shri. It is the recognition to Yoga and to our team that has been working constantly for the benefit of the mankind.

Do you think that the current government’s approach gave Yoga a International Recognition?

Yes, of course. It is because of the efforts made by our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi Mr Modi very strong believer and practitioner of Yoga that June 21st is now recognized and celebrated as the International Day of Yoga.

Whenever it comes to yoga, it is a matter of many people’s mind that it keeps the body in the center or the mind or the soul?

Yes. Physical well being is also important.

You’ve authored 35 books and over 100 research papers on Yoga. So the question arises why only yoga? Do you have any interest related to yoga or you want to awaken the people about the benefits of Yoga?

Yes, I want to bring the benefits of yoga to all and help the mankind to meet the challenges of the modern era. Yoga takes us to reality to fullest extent. Yoga practice helps you move towards that God, if you want to call it as God, call it, or if you want to call it as pure consciousness or Moksha. Moksha means infinite freedom, freedom from all tensions, stresses, diseases, bondage of the mind, bondage of the emotions.

To be mentally and physically fit, how many hours do an average person should spend on yoga?

At least half hour a day one should invest on Yoga to seek benefits.

Do you think that people of all religious backgrounds should practice yoga?

Yes, most religious practices have a component of yoga.

Share your experience with Prime Minister? And anything special you learned from him? And tell us about Prime Minister dedication towards Yoga?

His time management is unparalleled; his humility, memory are fantastic – much to learn from him. He is a role model for me. Mr Modi very strong believer and practitioner of Yoga , he knows what he wants and is very keen to see how we are developing scientific research in yoga.

The next question is short but it’s really very important. Why you think YOGA is a need in today’s life.
Yoga brings bliss, health for the individual, harmony and peace on earth.

Do you want to give any message to countrymen?

All should practice Yoga. At least follow the Yoga protocol developed for International Day of Yoga.

The last question is that what is the future of Yoga in India and in the world?

The future of Yoga in India is indeed wonderful. Yoga is the much needed revolution that we all have been looking for. There is a lot happening in India to promote and propagate Yoga. Among many one such example is World Assembly on Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy (7-10th November, 2019) which is being organised in Greater Noida, India. WAAYN aims at unearthing the treasure of ancient knowledge and combine it with modern day advancement to benefit the mankind.

Designation to be mentioned
Dr HR Nagendra, Chancellor, S-VYASA; Chairman, Advisory Committee, World Assembly on Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy; Chairman, IDY (Internal national Day of Yoga) Experts Committee, Task force of AYUSH (Ministry of Health &Family Welfare), SAC of CCRY (CENTRAL COUNCIL FOR RESEARCH IN YOGA AND NATUROPATHY), Government of India.

Brief about Dr HR Nagendra

H. R. Nagendra is an Indian mechanical engineer, Yoga therapist, academic, writer and the Founder Chancellor of Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA), Bengaluru. He is a recipient of Yoga Shri title from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. He has authored 35 books and over 100 research papers on Yoga. The Government of India awarded him the fourth highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri in 2016, for his contributions to society.
Dr. H R Nagendra, is widely recognized across the world as Yoga Guru.
Born on Janauary 1, 1943. Dr. H R Nagendra received his Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Bangalore University in and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore in 1968. Later served as faculty of IISc in Department of Mechanical Engineering. Served as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the University of British Columbia, Canada in 1969. In 1970 moved to NASA Marshall Space Flight Centre, USA as Post-Doctoral Research Associate. In 1972 Moved to Engineering Science Laboratory, Harvard University, USA as a Consultant and also a Visiting Staff at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London.
Dr. H R Nagendra, During 1975, joined Vivekananda Kendra, a service mission, as Honorary Director of Training Centre, Vivekanandapuram, Kanyakumari. Served as Secretary, Vivekananda Kendra Yoga Therapy & Research Committee (VK YOGAS) during 1979-1986. During 1993-2000 served All India Vice-President.
Dr. H R Nagendra, is Serving as President Viveknanda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (VYASA), Bengaluru, since 2000 . Served as Vice Chancellor Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samthana University (S-VYASA) from 2002-2013 and serving as Chancellor from 2013.

courtesy by mahipal singh chauhan – The Speak Today

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