Greater Noida: Every morning, as the sun rises, a few residents of Samriddhi Grand Society and neighbouring societies come together to greet the sun with a suryanamaskar. Further follows a yoga session where people, through breathing exercises and asanas, try to keep up with the spiritual quotient of themselves. The group calls itself 'Divine Yoga Group'. Along with giving a respite from the daily humdrums of metropolitan life, these sessions not just bring people closer to each other, but also to themselves. The group has been at it for the past one year and on May 25, 2022, the group decided to celebrate the occasion with a havan coupled with a yoga session. All the members of the yoga group were present at the occasion.
The Divine Yoga Group was started by Manish Pal and Manisha Singh, both residents of Samriddhi Grand Society in May 2021. Manisha had the urge to keep herself fit and maintain a healthy lifestyle while Manish had already learned yoga and it was already a part of his daily routine. Together, they both started doing yoga in the open park of the society.
Gradually, several residents became a part of this and now, it's been a year these people have been doing yoga together. The group provides free yoga training to the residents of the society to stay healthy, physically and mentally.
Manisha Singh says, "The purpose of the group is to keep as many residents healthy and active as possible through yoga practice. Daily, 15-20 women do yoga together. All the core members of the group make sure take out at least one hour out of their busy lives for yoga, everyday. People can always go to gym, it's something which gives fast results. However, yoga helps you feel good from within and there are no side effects to it."
Manish Singh, the amateur yoga instructor of the group learned yoga a around a decade back in an ashram in Banglore from Rishi Mohan Puri, a student of Ashutosh Maharaj Ji.
He says, "Yoga is the base of a healthy life and soul. It is also a way to explore the spiritual side of yourself in the form of meditation, so we practice yogsadhna + Brahma Gyan. It was gifted to us years ago by our rishis and maharishis so that we can meditate and feel the divine power within us." He also tells us that the yoga sessions are absolutely free and anyone can join them.
While talking about the group's yoga sessions, he tells us, "We perform seven different asanas on seven different days. All members of our group have experienced a change within themselves."
Shipra Gupta, a core member of the group says that there is a lot of enthusiasm in the group regarding the 108 Suryanamaskar challenge. "We start by warming up our body and then we perform asnans and meditate. The main motive behind this was to ensure that women can get at least an hour in the day for pampering their own health" tells Shipra.
On completion of one year, all the core members of the group- Manish Pal, Manisha Singh, Krishna Prabha Dalai, Shipra Gupta, Preeti Chaudhary, Kanchan Tiwari, Prabha Mishra, Khusbu Ranjan, and other society residents participated in the havan.