Shree Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara
Yoga and Moral Education Project

Dr.  D. Veerendra Heggade’s dream, to mould the budding generation to become strong, well educated and cultured through imparting Yoga and Moral Education and other activities, has won the public admiration. This project, which sprouted in 1990 has spread its ramifications beyond words.

Mobile Yoga Unit

Today Yoga science has got wide publicity and conformity throughout the length and breadth of the world. But the importance attached to it in India seems to be scanty. Dr. Heggade’s dream came into reality, when he set to mobilise this dream through Mobile Yoga unit with an intention to reach the benefit of Yoga for all in the nook and corner of the state. Shanthivana Trust (R) would answer the call of seekers or any request made by the organized body to impart Yoga Science in no time by making arrangements to provide Yoga teachers. More than 1500 camps were conducted in various parts of the state. It is noteworthy that in Bangalore legislaters expressed their candid and best opinion for arranging two camps for them, where they derived much benefit

Thus a five year plan

Besides this mobile unit with a view that children should get this education, our venerable D. Veerendra Heggade chalked out this five year project to put in to practice in the field of Education.
In this project 50 teachers in a year, for five years, are given training in Yoga and Moral Education. It is intended that after their training for 21 days in camp training in this field, pertaining to personality development through syllabus arranged, the teacher has to impart Yoga training and moral education as taught in the camp, in their respective school for minimum 100 students . This is the gist of the project.

There was commendable and good response from all quarters to the intention of  Dr. Veerendra Heggade, the revered. The training class commenced in 1991 for the first time.  This five years project was extended to seven years.
Yoga and Moral Education training  camps for the teachers were also conducted in Chikkamagalore, Uttara Kannada and Shimoga districts with the association of  Zilla Panchayath’s  of respective districts and D.S.E.R.T. Total number of  teachers trained  in all camps is about 3891.

Practice in Schools

After their training, they have to put into practice in their respective school. Regular education after 5th standard. In case there is short fall of students, education for the existing number of students will be kept up. In big schools all students are made to involve in Yoga practice, where they will find peace and solace. Every year more than 1.5 laks of students get yoga training and its benefit in two districts. Special periods have been alloted to practice this Yoga Education in Udupi and S.K. as circular has been issued by Zilla Panchayath’s authorites, which enabled us to handle the classes smoothly.

Refresher camps for teachers :
Trained Yoga teachers will have to attend camps every year for five days in which resourceful persons give the training to refresh their knowledge.
Cultural training for teachers :
Teachers, who are interested in the subect are invited in order to give them special training in cultural activities by resource persons like Folk dance, Yakshagana etc., and also competitions will be conducted, to   display their talents. This is a matter of pride for us to express that these teachers had excelled in the performance and bagged various prizes in Dist. level competition.
Camps to be carried on by teachers :
Experienced teachers trained in Shanthivana Trust carry on Yoga and Asana camps in their localities. There are teachers in this institution who have the experience of conducting more than 100 camps. Teachers of this institution are invited to conduct summer camps of Bharat Sevadal and N.S.S. etc. in such places camps are conducted.
Competitions in Yogasana :
Recently the Trust not only lends it hand to conduct Yogasana competitions arranged by education Dept. It is noteworthy that, well trained students won laurels in competition at Taluk, Dist., State and participated in National level competitions. We have conducted state level yogasana competition successfully at shri Dharmasthala. 36th National Yogasana Championship was organised at Dharmasthala in the month of November, 2011. More than 1250 Yoga Students from different states of India and 150 Judges participated in this mega event.
Personality Evolution camps for children :
Trained teachers of this institution have conducted 10 days camps. These camps are conducted from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. attaching much importance to all round personality development along with activities which are supplementary to it.

The publication of value based books and competition

This is another invaluable programme of Shri kshetra which is duly recognised by one and all. Every year value based books are got written and by erudite persons and printed so as to reach the door of each school, by more than 50% reduction rate.  Competitions are conducted based on the contents of the books supplied i.e. in drawing, recitation, essays and eloquence, certificates and prizes are given away by the trust in order to enthuse the winners. There is a great demand for these books every year more than 1,00,000 books are sold in 4 districts.  Hitherto more than 9 lakhs and 61 thousand books were sold, consisting of 26 books in the series.
This project has been extended to Chikmagalore and Uttarakannada where good response was expressed by the public.

Refresher camps for teachers :
Trained Yoga teachers will have to attend camps every year for five days in which resourceful persons give the training to refresh their knowledge.
Cultural training for teachers :
Teachers, who are interested in the subect are invited in order to give them special training in cultural activities by resource persons like Folk dance, Yakshagana etc., and also competitions will be conducted, to   display their talents. This is a matter of pride for us to express that these teachers had excelled in the performance and bagged various prizes in Dist. level competition.
Camps to be carried on by teachers :
Experienced teachers trained in Shanthivana Trust carry on Yoga and Asana camps in their localities. There are teachers in this institution who have the experience of conducting more than 100 camps. Teachers of this institution are invited to conduct summer camps of Bharat Sevadal and N.S.S. etc. in such places camps are conducted.
Competitions in Yogasana :
Recently the Trust not only lends it hand to conduct Yogasana competitions arranged by education Dept. It is noteworthy that, well trained students won laurels in competition at Taluk, Dist., State and participated in National level competitions. We have conducted state level yogasana competition successfully at shri Dharmasthala. 36th National Yogasana Championship was organised at Dharmasthala in the month of November, 2011. More than 1250 Yoga Students from different states of India and 150 Judges participated in this mega event.


State level activities

Yoga - Arogya Shibira :

Every year Yoga - Arogya Shibira   activities  are conducted for 10  days in several cities with an intention that Yoga should reach to all classes of society by making the best use of vacation of the trained teachers. During this period one of the cities will be selected to be the center to other colonies and suburb area, where Yoga camp is organized, through which training in Pranayama and Yogasana is   imparted. In the end all are brought under one umbrella where ceremony is celebrated with pomp and splendour. These activities have been conducted in several centers like Davanagere, Mysore, Chikkamagalore, Dharwad etc. During this period, personality evolution, special discourses, picnic for children and teachers, introduction of 'Natural therapy' for the public activities are conducted, where more than 60,000 people got benefit of Yoga - Arogya Shibira

Anchekuncha-Competition

Here artistic genius of children is made to express in postal card with brush, by drawing delectable and beautiful pictures. This competition is conducted at state level under four categories, namely, Primary school, High school, College section and the public. This competition is being conducted from 1999 with a view to draw out the dormant state of artistic talents of children and the winners are duly honoured. 1,43,393 numbers have participated in this competition for past 12 years. The fact, that one of such honoured pictures, which was enlarged in size, has been highly esteemed and has got its place in our President's Bhavan at Delhi, is note worthy.  Every year different subjects are given to artists and collection of those cards will be completed at the end of December which will be judged by judges, later winners are honoured in the ceremony.

Soorya Namaskara yoga yajna:

This is a state level programme. Special training is given to students and the public in connection with the subject. This programme is conducted for 108 days daily 14 times, along with the recitation of the mystic words by which they are enthused to perform this Soorya Namaskara. Once, if anybody is accustomed to the practice of this programme, participating in it, participants would get inspiration for continuous practice, by which one can achieve sound health, mental equipoise, memory power, will power, knowledge, volition etc., which will bring about all round personality      reconstruction. This yoga yajna programme has been conducted in various parts of the state namely in Hubballi, Davanagere, Mysore etc. The fact more than one laks participants actively participated, is a matter of pride.

M.R.P. Training Programme
Yoga Training Camp for Teacher of D. K. & Udupi Dist.

Other activities

Every year children's literary conference is conducted at Vivekananda Kendra Barkoor by the co-operation of Shanthivana Trust (R.). Dasa Sahithya conferences were successfully conducted by the co-operation of Hampi University. Karnataka music camps (conforming to shastras) were conducted by the co-operation of Mangalore Bharathiya Vidya Bhavana and Sangeetha Parishath. Under the able guidance of Bhadragiri Achyutha Das, the revered "Harikatha" camp (work shop) has been conducted by our trust. By the co-operation of Rural development scheme 'Bhajana training work shop' has been conducted successfully . A programme under taken by Mangalore Samskara Bharathi, under the title "Dharmasthala Varna Vybhava" ("The glory of picturesque of Dharmasthala") in which thousands of artists were brought together to exhibit their artistic genius by drawing beautiful pictures of delectable and lovely places of Dharmasthala. By the co-operation, Moodabidre Ramanjaneya Vyayama Shala (Trust) Yogasana competition was      conducted at state level. By the co-operation of yoga teachers "Bhakti Mala" (The garland of devotional songs) cassette, consisting of patriotic songs was brought to light. 'Bhakti Sourabha' Book also released. All trained yoga teachers were invited to Kshethra where "Yoga inspiration conference" was conducted with pomp and splendour. Thus a good number of activities have been conducted in the name of "Shanthivana Trust" which is extending its scope.

A Practical approach :
At present Shri B. Seetharama Tholpadithaya and Sri I. Shashikanth Jain are  guiding all activities of the project in the capacities of Secretary and Director respectively. Shri M.S. Nagaraja Rao is State Yoga Resource Person and Shri Ashoka Poojari is an organizer of Udupi Dist. were deputed by the education department to the services of the trust. Shri Narendra Kamath is working  as  organiser  of South Canara District.   Organisers  of taluks have been appointed through the education department. All these persons are  rendering yeomen service at their best.

As Resource Persons :
Shri M. S. Nagaraj Rao and Sri I. Shashikanth Jain of the trust participated as resource persons in preparing the books published by DSIRT for the students of primary school called "Jeevana Vijnana" and for the students of highschool called "Sadhana Patha". They have also rendered their service in producing book on Yoga, Value and Physical education published by "Bharath Sevadal".

Shriguru Yoga Sangha

Shriguru Yoga Sangha :
All the trained Yoga teachers formed an association called 'Shriguru Yoga Sangha' with service mindedness under the guidance of Dr.D. Veerendra Heggade, which appointed officials to carry out all the activities of the trust at the hour of need at their best.
A great deal of positive results have been achieved by the implementation of this project. Good results in schools, improvement in health, transformation in their behaviour, positive thinking augamentation of memory power and concentration, so also good achievement in teachers profession, association of  the good, for the public, as result of this contact with the center of pilgrimage (Dharmasthala) etc., thus, have been witnessed by one and all.
If all these activities are extended through out the length and breadth of the state, by the co-operation of the govt. and the public, Dr. Veerendra Heggade's dream to build up strong and cultured future generation in the days to come will be doubtlessly be materialized.

 

 

 
 
 
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