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This jet-set Yog group surely rocks

?OUR DHYAN group rocks!? This is what Viveik Mishra, a model and upcoming actor says after two years of merging his ?life in the fast lane? with spirituality. This Saturday, at the MB Club, there were many young boys and girls robed in ?orange? robes?but somehow they looked hep with their accentuated English and Hindi that had a dash of English. On a closer look, it turned out that the young man Gautam, who was teaching Yog to the party-hoppers, happens to be the country head for one of the top multinational IT-products brand.

india Updated: Mar 26, 2006 00:45 IST

“OUR DHYAN group rocks!” This is what Viveik Mishra, a model and upcoming actor says after two years of merging his ‘life in the fast lane’ with spirituality.

This Saturday, at the MB Club, there were many young boys and girls robed in ‘orange’ robes—but somehow they looked hep with their accentuated English and Hindi that had a dash of English. On a closer look, it turned out that the young man Gautam, who was teaching Yog to the party-hoppers, happens to be the country head for one of the top multinational IT-products brand.

And the girl, Ruchi Kale, who had set the tone for the ‘spiritual journey’ actually in her professional life is Vice President (Marketing) of two magazines—Parenting and First City.

After the first hour of the ‘spirtual journey’ by the Dhyan Foundation at the club, descended on the scene the founder of the foundation Yogi Ashwiniji who did not look even remotely like a businessman in construction and export business—but that’s what he is in his corporate avatar of Ashwini Wadera.

Annu Kalra, an adwoman says, “My children used to run for a cover when I used to get back home after work. I had such an attitude and temperament. Now, four years of integrating spirituality into my life, my children call me the coolest mom in the world.” Kalra is a sadhak with the foundation that teaches Yog, including ‘Sanatan Kriya’, to people. Dhyan Foundation also conducts Yog classes for cancer patients at the Army’s Research & Referral Hospital, Delhi and was sent by India to Berlin International Tourism Festival to spread awareness on Yog and Ayurved. Gautam says: “The work that I used to do from 9 am to 9 pm, now I accomplish in two hours. He is one of the leading trainers of Sanatan Kriya.”

Viveik Mishra’s life has changed as well. He was an alcoholic, drug abuser, anguished and short-tempered boy as he himself puts it. “Then I met guruji (Ashwiniji) and Yog changed my life. It’s not that I have stopped drinking or smoking. Now, I know how to enjoy life in the right manner. I am at peace with myself without losing ambition in life.” Divya Johar, a sadhak who also is a teacher at Delhi’s famous Shriram School said: “Yog makes people emotionally strong. It makes you tolerant. It makes you realise the importance of looking around and reaching out to people.” And Kalra adds: “It makes one more aware of life. Now I have lot of gratitude in me towards life.”

The sadhaks say Dhyan Foundation does not tell you to quit smoking or drinking or tea or non-vegetarian food. Ashwini Wadera says: “Yes, we do not tell people to quit this or that. God has made things for us to consume or enjoy. And when you do Yog, you on your own know what to leave, when to leave and to what extent to leave a thing. Yog is not about turning away from ‘life’. Yog also is not also about stress relief. It leads you to ‘atm-saakshaatkar’ (understanding self and life). It takes you to higher levels of consciousness. It improves physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.”

Ashwini Wadera says it was 15 years ago that he took up Yog when he met his guruji. And this concept of integrating Yog into his daily life without abandoning his work and living life at a higher level is what the participants liked.

First Published: Mar 26, 2006 00:45 IST