Yoga for a better life
Before I start narrating my experiences and how yoga changed my life forever, let me give some background. I am a 33 year old female who was diagnosed with two chronic auto immune diseases – SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) and Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was just 15 years of age. 18 years of living with the disease and multiple toxic medications led to me being diagnosed with Osteopenia when I was 29 years old. These are conditions which affect women mostly post 50 years. Living with these conditions that lead to severe joint pain, fever, fatigue, nausea and in extreme conditions joint deformations is not easy. While life was still manageable with medicines it was very often depressing and least to say challenging in terms of carrying out even daily routine activities.
When I met Shiva sir through a friend, I was suffering from chronic back pain caused by “Compressional fracture” of my spine. Having lost faith in western medicine, when I heard of miraculous effects of yoga in altering conditions such as osteoporosis I thought it was worth a shot. My disease was mostly in remission and I was trying to have a baby. Shiva sir came like a messiah giving me hope when I had none. A journey of two and half years of doing yoga has not only made me stronger physically but more so mentally. Its not just me, even my test reports say that. My latest x ray results have shocked the doctors who cannot seem to now find a compressional fracture which existed few years back. I am also proud mother of a one and half year old son who is also a yoga child as I was practicing throughout my pregnancy. While I am still on medication, due to after affects of the disease being back from remission post pregnancy, I feel lot of positive energy with yoga. I can now take road trips I could not imagine because of my back pain few years back. I manage work, take care of my home and son and live a fuller life. I look forward to every new day as it bring in new possibilities and a chance to a healthy living with a fitter body and a calm mind and I cannot thank Shiva sir enough for it.
A group of us have been taking a yoga class with Shivachittam from thebeginning of the last year. For those of you looking for a true yoga experience with a master, Shivachittam is your answer! Through his guidance each individual learns at their own pace. The members of the current class have each been able to improve their flexibility, their strength, and their breathing through his teaching. Shivachittam is a very focused and patient teacher, encouraging all members of the class to achieve the physical postures and proper breathing techniques correctly and at their own pace.
Lynn Holdhusen & Catriona Macleod
I have been practicing the Bihar School of Yoga for two years under the able guidance of Guru Shivachittam. I am 51 years old. I am a successful technocrat and am Chairman of Quest Group of Companies. I was following the typical urban lifestyle balancing the family, work and social life and was therefore having the typical symptoms of urban living having slightly elevated BP, stiff body, aches and pains, allergies, short temper, irritation, stress etc. I had practiced other schools of yoga before but not had much impact. However after following Shivachittam thrice a week for two years, I notice a significant charge for the better in all spheres of life.Physical
My body was extremely stiff like a wooden plank. I had problems even sitting with my feet stretched out in the front. I could barely lend forward and could bring my arms a little in front of my knees.
Today I can touch my feet! It is an accomplishment for me. My body is still stiff compared to others but I am able to do all my asanas. I used to have a lot of stiffness in my shoulders and neck muscles. Today they are relaxed. The constant aches and pains have disappeared. During the initial 6 months the manifestations of years of stress were appearing as painful symptoms around my feet. I had stretched tendens, could not walk etc from time to time but I kept up with the yoga classes. Today all these symptoms have disappeared.
My golf swing which was erratic has become much more relaxed and smoother. My body is able to turn from the waist. Hence my game has improved.
My B.P. has normalized. I had begun to develop prostate problems with frequent visits for urination. I had a dull pain in my lower abdomen for years which could not be diagnosed. The pain is now gone.
I have always been spirituality inclined yoga has helped my meditation sessions. The connections are longer and deeper spiritual progress is taking place.I am indebted to Shivachittam from Bihar school of yoga. The regular practice of yoga has improved the quality of my life.
Quest Group of Companies
Once the back started strengthening Shivachittam introduced me to various other asanas which at that time seemed impossible for me to perform with my physical state but now 3 years down the line I am doing all the forward bending asasnas and have never felt so better in my life. Yoga also helped in toning me down & I got rid of all my excess weight thus gaining in confidence & not shying away from the public eye.
I was also going through a bad patch emotionally but every time I performed my asanas, did my pranayams I was transformed into a different world. I had a lot of sleep disorders & nightmares & negative thoughts just kept plaguing my mind. I was introduced to Yoga Nidra & Antarmouna meditation where I could come to terms with my thoughts & also learned to eliminate these rather than hold on to them. Now I look forward to my practice with him every now and then because yoga has not only given me physical strength but mental & emotional abundance.
Chief Wellness Officer
Vedic Collection Pvt Ltd.
My heartfelt thanks and gratitude for mirroring the secrets and power of YOGA to me, during our 19th Cutting Edge program at IIPM, Gurgaon. I extend my thanks to IIPM for giving opportunity to attend a training program.
The program started on 4th Dec’08 with the practice of “Joint series”. I was highly enthusiastic since day one, but I resolved to follow the YOGA practice schedule religiously everyday .My commitment was further juxtaposed by the incremental benefits that I experienced during the process and it made the whole experience a rejuvenation of my youth.
I came to IIPM with a weight of 90.2 kg. Today as on 31st Dec’08, I am at 77.8 kg, which I have reduced during this period of mere 25 days.
I had been suffering from nose blockage and my doctor had recommended for surgical treatment of the problem. You taught us NETI on 14th Dec’08and I am doing it daily since then. My nose blockage has disappeared and I feel very comfortable now.
Sir, the practice of kunjal and shankhaprakshalana were really helpful and the feeling of calmness which pervades after these practices is ecstatic.
Among the numerous other benefits bestowed by your graceful teachings are peacefulness of mind, sound and deep sleep, improved length of breath, better stamina etc.
The practice of yoganidra and meditation have been helpful in promoting a peculiar feeling of tranquility during the entire day.
Sir, I am really thankful to you, for the metamorphic changes affected in my life, through your teachings of yoga practice.
Dy.Manager (Information systems)
North East Integrated state office
Guwahati,IndianOil (Marketing Division)
I am continuing with the Asanas for my slip-disc/ lower back ache problems as was instructed by you and virtually there is no pain. I have also improved upon my sitting postures in the office thereby reducing the risk of future attacks. As you had asked me to inform you from time to time about the progress, I am able to confirm you now that it is 90% cured. I say it is 90% as there was a bit of irritation (not pain) one day while I was doing Kapal Bhati. I tried Surya Namaskar this Sunday and did not have much difficulty in doing it two rounds. Nevertheless, I will wait for your instructions to go ahead further the other Asanas other than those instructed by you. An added reward has been the curing of my routing cold (perhaps due to Mumbai Pollution) on account of doing the Jal Neti regularly. Regards
Manager (IS), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd, Head Office, Mumbai
I had really drawn lot of renewed energy when I talked to you today over phone. I would like to inform you once again that my life has changed completely after the last Threshold programme, the best part of which was more than one hour daily YOGA session under your able guidance. I acquired a lot of skills in practicing different yogasanas and pranayams. After returning from IIPM Gurgaon I have been regularly following yogasanas, pranayams and NETI. This has become part of my daily life now. I am thankful to God and you for giving me such a beautiful opportunity to learn Yoga under your able guidance for more than a month. You will be further happy to know that I have started teaching these yoga/pranayamas practice to my children too. They are also taking lots of interest. I would like to keep in touch with you regularly……. Hari Om
Indian Oil Corporation Limited,IBP Bhavan
No words can ever express my gratitude to you for helping me to get back to good health so I could continue my Sadhna.
Many many thanks to my yoga guru Shivachittam…
I would like to share my journey and experience with my back problem for awareness of all. I have disc bulge in L4/L5 and L5/S1 discs. This started almost an year back with symptoms of slight pain and stiffness while playing and driving. Over a period of time the condition worsened and I realized that I could no more play or drive comfortably any further. Being in the UK I visited NHS, even private consultant and have had 3 rounds of injections and several physiotherapy sessions already but in vain. The injections gave a temporary relief however never resolved my problem completely until finally the consultant suggested a spinal surgery. To be frank I had no belief in any other methodologies of cure however for the first time was determined to reduce weight and believe in yoga practice as a cure to my problem. I was introduced to Shiva through a common friend of ours. I am currently one month down in my journey of yoga practice and I can evidently see an improvement in my left leg / calf by 60% and on the right side by almost 25%. I have now kept any notion of a spinal surgery aside and dedicatedly doing my yoga practice twice a day. My belief has only grown with practice and meditation every day and quite positive that 2 months down the line I should / will be in a much better position and frame of mind than I was ever before.
Problem : Back pain & neck pain and stiffness in back & neck due to slip disc & disc bulging at L4/L5,L5&S1
Tried physiotherapy Epidural block injections to spine and few exercises
Result : it was ok for few months and pain has come back,
now I have started yoga exactly one week back with help of my yoga guru Shivachittam Mani. after 2 days i felt 10% change now after doing for a week i am very confident that it will be healed if i practice for 3 months. My neck pain is healed by 50-60%..Back pain is by 25-30%.
I had severe cervical spondylitis and lower back pain and discomfort which would go down the leg. My neck and shoulder were quite stiff and pain would go to the arms and head as well. Thanks to Shiva , now my pain has been reduced drastically and now I know how to maintain the good posture.
Yoga during pregnancy
Weight creeps up on you slowly and stealthily like a thief is what everyone said. I always thought this happened to others and would never happen to me. And then, when I hit my forties, I realised that that is exactly where I stood. The demands of a satisfying but gruelling job, the pace of living in a metro, multitasking – all this and more- had manifested itself in the form of hypertension. Diabetes was threatening to enter my life. Every visit to the doctor ended with a grim reminder – “lose weight”
Then started the trips to the gym, experimenting with diet changes, battles between high protein and low carb fads. The scale turned into a yo-yo. On good days a kg was gone and on bad days two were back. All around me flew suggestions on what was the best way to manage weight. I needed to manage not just weight but health. The most frequently heard advice was “YOGA”. The turning point was a fellow gymmer who had been visiting the gym regularly and was an epitome of fitness. After she had been missing from the gym for a few months she showed up looking fitter, happier and healthier. She said “Yoga is a hundred times better than gym”. The penny dropped.
Then started the hunt for a yoga guru. There were horror stories about people who had developed back problems because of yoga, and many other stories. A friend who practiced yoga at Laburnum told me about Shivachittam. Fortunately he agreed to make time for personal classes and thus started my tryst with yoga.
When we started out, I felt like I would never be able to master the twists, the turns, the forward and the backward bends. The body was stiff and felt like a plank. Slowly but surely he started ironing out the kinks in the system. He built the practice brick by brick, according to the response of the body. I never felt tired or exhausted – the opposite – I felt rejuvenated after each session. However I never believed I would be able to practice it on my own. Shivachittam encouraged me to start practicing on my own and convinced me that I would be able to do it. Small diet changes were all he suggested – light food, avoid hard drinks, avoid very cold water – nothing that one couldn’t do.
One year down the road – I am 7 kgs lighter, the body is flexible, the joints have opened up. The breathlessness I experienced while speaking long sentences has disappeared. Blood pressure is normal – something that I have not experienced in 10 years. Blood sugar is under control. All clothes had to be altered – the inches, especially on the abdomen, have melted away. I am a convert. I practice yoga 5 days a week and it has become a way of life.