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Security concept - Keyhole digital screen - Image Credit Free Range Stock - Jack MorehThat title could almost be a mantra 🙂

So I’m back from the retreat and what an extraordinary time it was.

It was organised by the Yoga Biomedical Trust (YBT) and was taught by Dr Shrikrishna Bhushan, who recently retired as Director of the Kaivalyadhama Institute of Yogic Health in Mumbai.  This organisation was founded 70 years ago and is affiliated to the University of Mumbai.  Dr Shrikrishna has been teaching for YBT for nearly twenty years, here in the UK and in Germany.

It is very difficult these days to find trustworthy and bona fide practitioners and teachers in the field of yoga and spirituality – the internet is awash with people offering all sorts.  Luckily for me, my late father was a trustee of YBT for several years and knew the Director, Dr Robin Monro, very well, as a friend and colleague, so I knew I would be in good hands.

As the days passed, in silence (apart from sneaky whispered calls to my partner and family), Dr Shrikrishna took us deeper and deeper into the practice of pranayama, yogic breathing techniques.  I’d come across some of these practices before and have been doing them daily for a year or so now.  But nothing could have prepared me for what I experienced during our thrice daily sessions.  Dr Shrikrishna’s expert knowledge, combined with his superb teaching approach, opened up a whole new dimension in terms of what these techniques can bring when practiced properly.  I was able, for the first time in my life, to get breath into parts of my lungs that have never been properly filled before, and the effects were remarkable.

The teaching, both theory and practice, along with the peaceful environment – a convent run by Indian nuns – not to mention the excellent vegetarian food, has given me enough to get on with for goodness knows how long into the future.

Please feel free to visit the YBT website (see ‘useful links’), to find out more about its work on the scientific and medical applications of yoga.  Bringing these ancient healing and health techniques into 21st century medical practice is at the core of its mission and I wish it, with sincere thanks, every success.

Om Tare Tuttare Ture Soha

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