Ten years ago Savitri’s happy life was shattered when she discovered that she had a cyst in her uterus. After the operation things got worse, the pain was so intense that she lost her will to live. It was then that her husband advised her to try yoga. Savitri was skeptical. How could yoga and breathing exercises relieve her pain? “If yoga and breathing exercise could cure illness then nobody would be sick in this world!” She thought.
But her husband persisted and she thought, “I will do this for a month, and the pestering from my husband will stop!” But to her utter surprise she could feel the difference within a month. Impressed she decided to spread awareness of yoga.
Her life completely transformed. From being in pain and helpless she went to feeling energetic and empowered. “I could feel such positive energy. I didn’t know yoga had this power,” she says.
She developed a passion for yoga and began learning new postures by watching yoga DVDs. Then she began going door-to-door in her village explaining the benefits of yoga. She had credibility because people could see her remarkable recovery, and so they began following her. Soon she was teaching yoga to the entire village. This has now grown to a movement that includes surrounding 15-20 villages!
Savitri is now completely transformed. From a shy housewife she has become an extremely busy person with no time to spare. As the word has spread thousands come to her to learn yoga and she embraces them with all her heart, not charging any money for her yoga lessons.
It has been 10 years since Savitri began her work to spread Yoga. She has been travelling to nearby villages and teaching the poor and the needy Yoga for free. All those who have followed her and practiced regularly have found their lives transformed. “It does not have any side effects and it helps you stay focused too. Also yoga has cured some serious illnesses in some cases. You just have to be regular,” she says.
There is no stopping Savitri. She now has set her sights higher. She wants to spread yoga to every village and street of India. She believes yoga is the perfect way to a healthy lifestyle.
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Credits: This has been written by Raj Shah and edited by Ketna Shah. We found the original story here.
John Hardy had a difficult childhood as a Dyslexic kid. Ultimately he escaped to Thailand where he met his wife and raised a wonderful family. Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” moved him and he decided to open a “Green School”, even selling his thriving business to make it happen. The school has been based on the ideas of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner and has struggled through some difficult times since its inception in 2008. But now has 200+ children from 25 countries and it has become a magnet for green living. An entire community of green homes and businesses are coming up in its vicinity. John Hardy is devoting his life and treasure to raise a new generation of kids that will become the transformative green leaders of tomorrow and he is inviting everybody to use his example as a template to create similar schools and institutions all over the world.
Related: greenschool.org official web site.
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I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) over seventeen years ago. I was fortunate to discover hatha yoga soon after when my body demanded attention and was no longer one I could take for granted. I started to learn the virtues of taking control of a body that seemed to have its own agenda. Then in 2007 I had the unique opportunity to learn to be a yoga teacher in a program designed for accessibility that was newly developed by the Integral Yoga Institute. This program was specifically for a teacher who wanted to go through a 200-hour training but could not imagine doing this in the 30 day intensive that this program was usually offered. I was absorbed in the teachings of yoga for 9 months. Here I was given the gift of understanding the true meaning of yoga. I discovered that distractions, doubts, and fears are makings of the mind. Those won’t go away, but I can witness them and stay afloat. I uncovered what lies beneath the layers that I have spent a life covering over, my true self. Graduating from this first program and as a person with a chronic disability I naturally began by teaching others with disabilities. This led me to continue my training to better serve this community. Eventually this led me to completing the training necessary to be a yoga therapist.
I continue to teach to those who can also benefit from these teachings, physically and spiritually, who may feel uncomfortable in an average yoga class. Many of my students also have MS. I welcome them into this practice without promises of reversing or stopping the progression of their disease. It certainly has not done that for me. This past year I have witnessed increasing loss of ability, both mentally and physically. But yoga has taught me that I don’t have to be at war with my body or this disease. I can witness the changes with compassion and embrace those things I still can do well. And I keep yoga as a close companion, even as my practice becomes more and more subtle to the onlooker. My movements may be smaller, but the impact is still the same as I nudge my abilities to the surface. Maybe it is just feeling my feet grounded on the floor and a sense of lifting from the spine. I can still slow down my breathing and watch it move slowly through the body, subtly controlling it. I can sense the prana moving through the body and into areas that may not have much sensory awareness. And when I am too fatigued for movement I can guide my mind through the hatha practice, slowly and deliberately, so my body feels it from inside. I continue to let go of the attachment of my body performing as it should and just witness where it is without judgment.
As Mark Bertolini contemplated the downhill run, on Feb 18 2004, little did he realize that his life was going to change forever, and that these changes would eventually snowball into something that would change thousands of lives.
Soon Mark lost control and hurtled downhill on his skis at increasing speeds. Ricocheting of a tree he tumbled down a 30 foot ravine. When his daughter eventually found him he was lying motionless in the snow. Five vertebrae in his neck had fractured. Most of the nerves that connected his left arm to the spine had detached. His injuries were so severe that he was read the last rites on the helicopter that took him to the hospital.
For most people these injuries would lead to death or permanent disability and most certainly an end of career. But Mark T. Bertolini is no ordinary person and he was not going to allow these injuries to stop him from progressing his career. To the utter disbelief of his doctors he was able to leave the hospital in 12 days. Less than a month after the accident he was seen giving a presentation at an investor conference!
In about 6 years since his accident he became CEO of Aetna, a 58B fortune 100 company with close to 50,000 employees and 46 Million customers, and in another six months he assumed the role of chairman.
But the turning point for Mark came about a year after his accident. He had spent the year on OxyContin, Vicodin, and Fentanyl and yet found little relief in the burning pain in his arm. He felt as if somebody was burning his arm with a torch all day long. He then turned to alternative remedies and that is when he discovered yoga. His inner turmoil soon turned into inner transformation.
Mark Bustos cuts hair in an upscale salon in New York City. But on Sundays, his only day off, he roams the streets looking for anyone in need who would appreciate a haircut. What started as a response to the poverty he saw in the Philippines while on vacation, has become a weekly habit of giving back to the people that need it the most,
Credit: Video from KarmaTube
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