It was often thought in olden days that Yoga is for Yogis or for those who have renounced the world. However, The Yoga Institute Founded by my master, Mr. Yogendra in 1918 was the first to teach Yoga for the householder as a way of life making it convenient and practical for all of us to learn the techniques while performing our day to day activities in a healthier manner. Yoga doesn’t mean just “asana” or physical exercises or “Pranayama” breathing techniques. It’s a combination of all activities we do right from the time we wake up till we sleep in a conscious manner so that we are fully aware of what we are doing in order to keep ourselves healthy (physically, mentally, socially, psychologically and spiritually). Yoga is for all human beings and doesn’t discriminate on basis of caste, creed, religion, sexuality, etc.
The course I propose is for 1.5 hour duration with the following flow Introduction of the workshop and definition of Yoga: 10 min Stretching exercises: 5 min Conditioning Asanas: 5 min Standing Asanas: 10 min Sitting Asanas: 10 min Sleeping Asanas: 10 min Pranayama: 10 min Kriya: 5 min Relaxation asana: 5 min Talk about Diet: 5 min Talk about healthy routines: 5 min Q&A: 10 min
Manvendra Singh Gohil is the Crown Prince of Rajpipla in India and the 39th direct descendant of the 650 year old Gohil Dynasty in western India. He is the first member of the royal family in the world to openly come out as gay. He is the Chairman and co-founder of Lakshya Trust, the first non profit organisation in Gujarat State of India working for the empowerment of LGBT community. He was also the founder member of Asia Pacific Coalition of Male Sexual Health representing India as a Committee member from 2006 to 2010. He is currently the Ambassador Consultant for AIDS Healthcare Foundation for India which is the world’s largest and oldest non profit organisation working for HIV testing and treatment.
He did a certified 7 months residential teachers training course as a Yoga Teacher in 1992-93 from the Worlds, oldest Institute, called The Yoga Institute in Mumbai founded in 1918. With the help of the Institute he founded the first Yoga Centre in Rajpipla in 1995. Since then through Lakshya Trust, he has conducted several yoga workshops not just all over India but also in the USA (including Fire Islands, near New York). He was the first person to start Yoga for Police and Government Department. He was also appointed by the Forest Department to teach Yoga to the students of Forest College in Rajpipla. He has been invited by several schools, colleges, Rotary clubs, senior citizen organisations, etc to conduct workshops. He has been regularly teaching Yoga to the Visually Impaired in the National Association of the Blind in Mumbai. He developed a 2 days certified residential course for students of a computer hardware institute and has taught more than 1000 students. He has also taught Yoga to HIV positive persons, Transgenders, other sexual minority communities. He developed a 7 days residential course for senior executives of Corporates focusing on stress management. He has used his mastery as a trained musician of Indian classical music to play Live musical instruments for students to make them experience relaxing yoga techniques based on sound. His Yoga activities have been featured in documentary films, one of them called him “The People’s Prince”.