Last week, our company offered a short course for relieving stress in partnership with The Art of Living. An email blast was sent to all employees with an offer of a short yoga course which is free when you sign up. Though the offer is only limited to 20 people I think. I love how our company cares for our well-being. You seldom find a company who offers such things like this one.
This is the first time I’ve heard about this type of yoga. I tried Bikram yoga and hatha yoga at Golds gym and currently, I’m studying the Raja yoga (which is for the mind) but Sudarshan Kriya? After reading the email I instantly signed up and tried it.
The Art of Living is located at The Antel Corporate Center. I’ve never heard of this organization as well so I googled it.
The Art of Living is a stress-free and violence-free society; to encourage people from all backgrounds, religions, and cultural traditions to come together in celebration, meditation, and service
They offer different courses like Sahaj Samadhi which is the art of meditation. Art of Living part 1 course ART Excel Course(8-13 years), Y.E.S! Course(14-17 yrs), Y.E.S Course (18-30 yrs), Sri Sri yoga, The Art of Silence, Wisdom Series and DSN.
What we had was the Part 1 Course which consists of
- Practical knowledge to deal with the daily challenges of life
- Interactive exercises
- Yoga, stretching, and relaxation exercises
- Meditation and powerful breathing techniques
- Sudarshan Kriya, a unique breathing technique
What I love most is the Sudarshan Kriya, which aims to teach you how to control emotions through your breathing. The method also helps relieve stress and detoxifies the body. Suitable for us employees who work in a KPO/BPO/Call Center industry.
Honestly, I felt so relaxed during the course especially when the teacher lets us rest in Savasana after the asanas. All of us were put into slumber and we would be awakened by Ms. Bernadette afterward. I also love the Omkar. This mantra is so effective that it releases a balanced energy. It’s like fueling your chakras.
in my meditation studies, we don’t meditate with Omkar and we do not have a mantra. It’s totally different. But in The Art of Living, they practice the regular yoga that involves chanting mantras and meditating with your eyes closed. The teachings are also different. But I enjoyed it nonetheless.
All of the pilot members are from our company except for one. We came from different departments and it was really fun getting to know people from other business units.
.We were asked to practice being vegetarian for 4 days. On my part though, I’m already starting it since it is required in my yoga meditation class.
On our last day, we had a potluck of vegetarian lunch. Teacher Bernadette brought a vegetarian kare kare which I have tried and tasted at the BK University. Some brought fruits and salads and bread. Jayjay, the Spanish guy brought some vegetarian Carbonaro made of Cashew cream sauce with mushrooms. I had three helpings of it.
This is the Spanish guy I’m telling you about. Such a nice guy and very outspoken. The one beside him on his left is Teacher Bernadette Suarez. On his right is our Receptionist.
There was also some falafel from Starbucks, vegetarian bagoong and kimchi.
We were so full and after our power lunch. We had our exchange gifts.
Anyways, It was a very, uh should I say relaxing experience. I’m still thinking if I should continue this to the next level or not. I’m still doing my regular yoga and gym but if I think it would help with detoxifying, I can squeeze it in on my schedule.
To those of you who are interested in trying Sudarshan Kriya, or any courses from the Art of Living Foundation, you may visit them at the Antel Building Valero Makati.
Check out their website at www.artofliving.org