The workshop had many objectives, which included development of students and providing them with guidelines to success. “We were pleasantly surprised to understand that Art of Living is not all spiritual; it is actually a deeper understanding of self that empowers us to compete and get better results for ourselves,” said Niharika. The sessions introduced students to important techniques like relaxation exercises, breathing exercises, yoga and meditation.
“From a very early age, we have been told about the importance of academic excellence and social recognition. I have spent my entire life trying to achieve both, and feel completely daunted by the need!” shared Sanjay. Academic rivalry and social pressures have created a lot of chaos and disharmony in the lives of the young, as well as created dejection and hopelessness. The sessions were particularly helpful in eliminating stress and depression among students, thus enabling them to balance their lives in a better manner.
The students claim to have benefitted from the workshop. “This workshop was invigorating and helped to raise our confidence levels”, said Sana. After attending the workshop, the students could clearly discern between right and wrong thoughts, habits and emotions. At an overall level, it was quite enriching and aimed at creating better citizens. The students reported a general feeling of well-being and empowerment. They felt that UMA should organise more such workshops in the future.