On the weekend of March 26th, over 80 people had the chance to participate in the first Chicago Yog and Pranayam Training Workshop, held by Patanjali Yogpeeth USA, at the Bharat Sevashram Sangha temple in Aurora. The workshop trained new teachers in the form of yog and pranayam popularized by Yogrishi Swami Ramdev Ji which emphasizes pranayam, using breathing techniques to control and balance our life force. Swami Ramdev Ji believes that “good health is the birthright of all human beings” and the workshop was meant to encourage the spread of yog and pranayam throughout the Midwest area.
Attendees came from all over the Midwest, and some from even as far as Boston and Houston. They included doctors,housewives, massage therapists, yog teachers,IT specialists, and others who wished to experience the difference yog and pranayam could make in their lives and communities. The workshop was organized by Dr. Brij Kumar Kamboj, who teaches free weekly yog and pranayam classes at the Ramakrishna Universal Temple in Homer Glen. It was led by the instructors Mr. Shekhar Agrawal, trustee of Patanjali Yogpeeth USA, and Dr. Dilip Sarkar, renowned vascular surgeon and preeminent scholar in yog therapy and ayurved. Under their guidance the participants spent over 25 hours learning about different topics ranging from Ashtang Yog, acupressure, mudras, ayurved, and to anatomy.
By the end of the camp most seemed ready to take their new found knowledge and spread it to others. Gaurav Kamboj, a participant at the workshop, said, “The camp has given me the tools to improve people’s lives through yog and pranayam, and I look forward to spreading the many ideas I have learned here.” A committee was formed to guide this new found community of yog teachers into the future and plan additional activities. Many of the attendees were also making plans to start free classes in their local communities. Further information can be found at the websites: http://pyptusa.org and www.pyptchicago.blogspot.com or by calling 630-579-4745.
Brij K. Kamboj
Coordinator, Patanjali Yogpeeth Chicago camp