Yoga: The art of awakening the force within

As part of the Nipun ’18 camp, the sessions on Yoga and Yoga Nidra were conducted by eminent scholar Dr Sripad H. Ghaligi.

The session was packed with energy, said the participants who considered it as an exhilarating experience. “Sripad ji has beautifully explained the basics of Yoga, complete with practical tips’’, remarked Mr Abhishek A Ahuja with enthusiasm. The practical tips were of great help as they opened a way towards a balanced life, said Mr Arun Ramanathan. The sessions made it possible for many first-timers to easily remember breathing exercises and relaxation techniques with ease and practice Yoga with comfort. This was the case for Ms Vidhya and Ms Preethi P, who were very impressed by the sessions after realizing the potential of yoga to achieve mental peace and stability. The session was an unforgettable, life-changing experience for both of them.

Being a Yogi means being alive every moment, observed many participants. “Even though this is the first time I’m practising Yoga formally; I could feel the results within minutes.’’, said Mr Srivardhan TP. Being fully aware of oneself and the surroundings gave him clarity, focus and peace of mind and the ability to control his thoughts, he remarked. It was pretty much like recharging your soul or experiencing an awakening from within, observed Mr Praveen Raja P. Gaining a clear understanding of the connection between mind, body and breath was the takeaway for him. Mr Kartik Krishnan, Mr Anirudh Muraleedharan and Mr Shakti Subramanian were also agreed upon this fact that Yoga is essentially a technique of energizing the body through mastering the mind.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra was another novel concept discussed at the session but when it was put into practice, the participants were able to realize its power. For many including Mr Arun Kumar S., it was a new concept but he found it to be a wonderful experience. ‘’Yoga Nidra is the best rest we could ever have during the camp because it did not make us sleepy but it energized us.’’, said Mr Ashwin Kumar, a musician. Mr Arpit Agrawal was also got impressed by this novel technique and remarked that ‘’ These systematic power naps helped us to pause for a while, relax so that we could start again with more energy.’’ Participant Ms Gayathri Sarmishta was completely overwhelmed by the experience and remarked that ‘’ I’ve noticed a great improvement from first Yoga Nidra to subsequent Yoga Nidras. When following instruction like ‘come out and witness the body which is a gift of nature’, I could feel absolute peace, complete bliss’’. Ms Gayathri expressed her heartfelt gratitude for such a soulful, spiritual experience. The yoga session by Dr Sripad H. Ghaligi turned out to be an instant super hit with the participants and everyone wanted to attend more sessions by him.


Yoga for mind and body, awareness is the key

Gitamba gave classes every day combining pranayama and mantra to yoga. Boys and girls enjoyed these sessions throughly.


These classes helped me to increase my willpower. The interest to go to yoga helped me get up every morning with a smile, even though the comforting cold climate made me think of sleeping.- Aswathi TS

I enjoyed learning a few Asanas which were useful for flexibility of the body.- Pranav S

She came to our level and taught us. I am sure that the Yoga is going to work out for me well.- Shruti Sreevalsan

She really bent my backbone, but I didn’t get angry with her since she did that for my benefit. Thank you Ma’am.- Prabu Vignesh S

Learnt how to unify various exercises. And I am extremely thankful to Gitamba madam. Performing these exercises gave a new flexibility.- Vasudevan N

Yoga helped us to explore the abilities of our physical body which were hidden for a very long time. It helped us to stay fresh for long hours of lectures and helped us to learn in a better way.- Jayadev H. R

With this we got good flexibility on the body while concentrating on the body motions.- Mopuri Saitheja

Yoga is needed to everyone’s life for managing stress. She instructed us very well. – Miryala Akhil Bharadwaj Maharaj

One of the most sweetest, and most dedicated persons I have ever seen. Gitamba taught me how her philosophies revolved around Yoga. – Daamini Visaalaakshi

She is most free and sweetest person I have met and her style of teaching yoga is way different from any of the yoga class I have attended. It’s totally creative.- Neeraja Valsan

Yoga is something which taught me awareness. Awareness which we learned in Gita can be practically achieved through YOGA!! And Gitamba was really a sweet heart.- Prarthana Shedge

For the first time I felt, “It’s ok to explore yoga, it’s not all hardwired as I thought!!” Gitamba was just great. – Geethanjali.V.S

Waking early in the morning was a difficult task but Gitamba’s dedication let us wake up in the morning and go for Yoga. Nice experience it was. We learned various Aasanas.- Akhila A

Yoga classes were very good for me. Even though we needed to wake up early I enjoyed the class with Gitamba. First days were a struggle. After that she made it a very simple activity and she is such a nice person.- Aarathy ER

Her class was thoroughly effective and a bit bone breaking ;). But am very grateful for her efforts to get up early in the morning just to take classes for us. She is a very charming person too.:)- Anjali Anil

Thanks a lot for not allowing me to bunk classes even on this last day. You gave confidence to me even when I was afraid to do any Yoga due to my back injury. And the first few days of pain became days of relaxation and fun from then on. Thank you so much.- Arjun CB

Yoga was the greatest stress relieving session and I hope to learn more in the future from the same teacher. – Sujith P Shaju

Frankly speaking, I am not interested in Yoga but after attending Yoga classes I felt very good and I thought of continuing it.- Rahul Kowshik R

I’m not flexible enough to do all the Asanas which Gitamba Ma’am was instructing us to do. But I learnt a lot. Among all the Asanas I love Shavasana :P- Nishanth Bhat K

She was great. I use to bunk my Yoga because I didn’t like it. One day I decided to go for Yoga and it was amazing, it help me in many ways. Then I attended Yoga sessions regularly.- Sreeragh

Funny, tiring, and revolutionary at the same time. You made us challenge ourselves each day with all the Ashta trikon Asana, the Vashishta Asana etc. Going to miss you a lot Amba. Lots of Love.- Hrishikesh Sivanandan

She is a really very sweet person. She taught us Yoga with love and happiness which made us attend the classes even early in the morning.- Balakrishnaveni A

Wonderful.The way she teaches us, was as if we were holding our hands in a beach. So peaceful, restful and calming. I enjoyed the strength of this body and was made aware of the weak parts too. It really pulled us from the sleepy mood and refreshed us to hear morning lectures.- Gayathri PS

She took the classes with great dedication. Felt very calm the whole day and felt more fresh too.- Medhini Menon

Just attended one session. Was good. Came to know about my body limitations and how flexible my body is. Liked the way she took the session. Was great.- Anjanikumar Pathak


Yoga: twisting body, straightening mind

Yoga sessions were held in the morning and evening led by Gitamba. It was conducted outdoor or indoor, according to the weather conditions.


A very good experience because it helped me to calm myself down and become fresh early morning. – Amrtya Rajkumar

In Yoga we increased our concentration level and we like the nature early morning. – G.Preethi

It’s a good refreshment for all of us and Geetamba taught us yoga very nicely and we also did very enthusiastically. – S.T.Aadithya Narayanan

Yoga makes my mind very cool and I learned how to control my breath. – Vishnu Sankar C

I really enjoyed with Gitamba mam. – Kharthick Rham M

Yoga is two wheels of the same chariot. It taught us the importance of both physical and mental health. – Divyadayanand

Yoga gave me happiness. I was really inspired by Gitamba mam. – Varija V

In the early morning, it was giving refreshment. The scenery and fresh air made us fresh. – Amrita.J.M

Yoga is my favorite session, that too learning yoga from our beloved mam was fantastic. – Amrutha Ramakrishna

Yoga is one of my favorite sessions in the camp and I am lucky to have such a sweet yoga teacher who taught me different postures and meditation. – S.Prem Santhosh

Yoga in the morning made me feel relaxed for the whole day. Our heads get clear after this session. – Rishika Rajkumar

We are so lucky to have Geethaamba mam for yoga. She helped us to learn yoga easily and taught us very well. – P. Anandh Krishna

I loved it!!! Apart from the aches all over my body, Gitamba mam was an amazing teacher and I learned a lot about yoga from her. – Vaishnavi G

It was good. I feel like my body is more flexible than before.  – Greeshma P

It helped us to increase our body’s flexibility. It helped me to know more about my body. – Rahul. C. M

This session helped us to relieve stress and it helped us to keep the body healthy. – P.Surat Kumar

It was really fantastic doing yoga in that cool breeze. I did feel a bit sleepy but i had a good feeling over there in the terrace. Thank you Gitamba for coming for us.:) – K.S.Amrita

Gitamba was a superb yoga teacher I had never seen, and I learned new asanas. – B. Bhuvanesh

Ms. Gitamba taught some fascinating yoga steps. – H.Adith

Gitamba really taught that yoga could also be made very easy, joyful and useful. – G. Sathiyapriya

I like yoga. It kept my mind very cool. I liked Shavasana the most. Many of us will go to sleep in that position. – S.Sabarinath

Our yoga mam was a foreigner. I was really astonished to see her chant slokas. She taught us yoga in such a way that I eagerly await our yoga sessions. – K.S.Megha

I learned that yoga means cool. – Srinivasa Raghavan S

We learnt different kinds of asanas which is good for our spinal chord and for our health. – Shree Rengan.S

The yoga class presented by Madam Gitamba was nice. We had to strain our backbone all day long to sit. And our body relaxed during the yoga session only. And it was fun learning yoga from her. Thanks – Srinath. S

Doing yoga in the early morning was a difficult one but is was very good for my health. I had a very dedicated teacher. Thanks to Ms. Gitaamba. – Ajay Sarma

I enjoyed totally. We meditated, we did yoga, and breathing exercises. It was filled with joy and fun. – K.S.Mahalaakshmie

Yoga by Gitamba

The benefit of each and every step in the Surya Namaskara was well explained and demonstrated. She taught integrated Amrita Yoga in a successful manner.

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Feedback from some students…

By doing yoga I feel very much aligned with my body. – Saumya G, Karwar

Earlier I used to do some pranayamas but I found the asanas I learned from this champ worthy and was filled with love, peace and patience. – Sinatra, Karwar

I learned many asanas that will help in keeping my body healthy, strong and flexible. – Sagar SC, Belgaum

Geetamba is a great yoga teacher. – Sourath S Hosalkar, Karwar

We used to wake up at 5a.m and do yoga which was taught by Geetamba ma. I learnt lots from her. She is the best. – Akshay S Prasad, Karwar

Geetamba helped us to kick start the day with exercise. She brought in us a fresh mood. – Shreyas Vernekar, Karwar

She taught us how to respect mother earth and the meaning of yoga, “union with god”. – Abhilasha A Naik, Belgaum

Superb! Both Geetamba ma’am and Amartya ma’am are angles of my life who helped me in overcoming my excessive sleep. – Ananya MS, Mysore

She teaches in a way that attracts any student towards yoga. Giving out instructions and correcting gently. Approval Sreenivasa, Mysore

It gave us a relaxing experience free from all worries and we felt mentally and physically calm, cool and fresh. – Kirti Kamat, Belgaum

It affected me a lot and made my body flexible. By doing yoga I feel refreshed and relaxed. Now, I like yoga very much. – Divya Dayanand, Mysore

From this session I cultivated the habit of waking up early in the morning. From lazy guys, we turned fit and healthy children. – Sannidhi S, Karwar