Majja Ni Life – Vasad Ashram

The July edition of Majja Ni Life – મજ્જા ની લાઈફ was held at the incredibly beautiful The Art of Living Gujarat Ashram. With nature in its full glory in the rains, we had a spectacular time in the ashram. Truth and dare to super entertaining team games, Praising and long Sudarshan Kriya below shakti kutir, truly a refreshing and rejuvenating trip. With no phones and internet, we were completely living with the nature. We are eager to be back here with more fun and memories. If you missed it this time, do join us for upcoming events. #MajjaNiLife #refreshing #rejuvenating #relaxing

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Guru Purnima Satsang 2017

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji says, “Any reason is a good reason to celebrate for celebration is the nature of our spirit.” The Yes+ Gang #Vadodara spent a beautiful evening on the day of Gratefulness – #GuruPurnima. The Happy souls joined by thousands others enthralled in the wonderful Satsang with Jitender Saraswat ji after the blissful morning #SudarshanKriya & #TreePlantation Drive. Truly walking on the path shown by our Master #Seva #Sadhna #Satsang. #GratefulFor the same.

Guru Purnima 2017 – Tree Plantation Drive

Guru Purnima is a day for Gratitude, gratitude for all that is received. So as part of Guru Purnima celebrations, like every year, the Yes+ Gang carried out a tree plantation drive planting some 150 trees at an upcoming garden in #vadodara. We never ever realize how a tree humbly growing around us is providing and sustaining our lives. A small gesture towards sustaining and promoting green cover. #GratefulFor

 

Colors Of Life – with Dr. Bhagwati Oza

We had with us Dr. Bhagwati M Oza in the latest edition of COLORS OF LIFE this Sunday. A woman of grit and determination, she shared with us some very interesting stories and incidents of her life which sounded entertaining and were very inspiring as well. An adventurous soul, she still at an age of 82, runs marathon, cycles, swims and takes part in numerous social activities. Glowing and still going strong, She left us all spell bound. We are grateful to her for taking her time out and giving the audience some valuable and life changing inspiration. #ColorsOfLife

Majja Ni Life – June Edition

The June edition of Majja Ni Life – મજ્જા ની લાઇફ witnessed moments of gratitude and gratefulness. With Guru Stories as theme, people shared stories which changed their lives forever. Deepening their faith and making them more stronger and happier. Some funny, some emotional, yet all unique and nothing less then a miracle. And summing up all this with some hot chocolate Ojasvita. A Memorable evening. Do join us for the next edition, on last day of every month. #GrafefulFor #MajjaNiLife

International Yoga Day 2017!

While the whole world is celebrating the spirit of yoga and the ancient Indian teachings and wisdom today, Art of living Vadodara chapter too celebrated the day with some stretches and shakes. With event in each of the municipal ward area, we had a central event at Ved Transcube Plaza – The Family Mall, Central Bus Station too. A good number of people, particularly the youth, joined us here in the morning and performed some beautiful, relaxing and energizing yogasanas. A great way knowing and celebrating the Yoga Day. #IDY #SunNeverSetsOnYoga #IDY2017 #SriSri

SAMYAM Program

Last week we were in Bangalore at our home and the heaven on Earth, Art of Living International Center Bangalore Ashram, to attend the #SamyamProgram along with 3000 participants with Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. And believe me, it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
Also, we were fortunate to catch a bit of His attention and shared our recent works and achievements to Him. And He was quite glad with it. 🙂 BUT, the longing remains eternal. Jai Gurudev

Majja Ni Life – મજ્જા ની લાઇફ (May edition)

The May edition of Majja Ni Life – મજ્જા ની લાઇફ was super amusing. From some cool Bollywood moves to traditional kathak, some soulful songs to shayaris and stories, the performances left each one of us spell bound. Never knew that we had such versatile people around us. Can’t wait for the next Majja Ni Life! Do Join us, don’t miss the fun. Last day of each month. #MajjaNiLife

Invited as guest at a Gurudwara

It was an honor for me to be invited for the chabeel Seva in remembrance of martyrdom of Guru Arjan Singh, the first martyr of the Sikh faith and the fifth of the ten Sikh Gurus. The chabeel seva (sweet water distribution) is a way to offer some relief to the travelers in scorching heat, just as the waters of river Ravi provided relief to shri Guru Arjan Singh from the tortures of Mugals. Moving story behind such a noble act.
वाहे गुरुजी दा ख़ालसा, वाहे गुरुजी दी फ़तेह
#sevatrend

Summer Camp – 2017

We had an amazing summer special Adventure camp Art Excel & YES! programs last week at the The Art of Living Gujarat Ashram, Vasad with teens and children from all over Gujarat. Here are some snaps from the various Adventure activities conducted during the camp in and around the beautiful ashram premises.

Amazing art and craft activities painted the whole summer camp with colors and fun. The young artists gracefully created some super unique and creative stuff. What a way to bring out the creative talents! Some snaps from the activities which included windmill making, paper flowers, coffee painting and clay modeling, in the beautiful ashram premises. #summerfun #artncraft

The kids had a rocking time with ABCD – Any Body Can Dance fame Sumeet Pendam and DID Show fame Nidhi Patel at the summer camp. From knowing the life journeys of the two celebrity dancers to learning some quick steps, the children had a memorable time with them. Truly Rocking! #summerfun #dance

Talent infinite! Yes, that’s what can be said in case of these children. The children showcased there talent like singing, dancing, story-telling to skating and taekwondo. Each of the child had a unique talent and skill. Superb show put up by these kids. Catch the snaps from the super-entertaining talent nights we had at the Summer Special Adventure Camp 2017. #summerfun #talentshow

Teens and the teenage. Everyone one knows and have experience how difficult but important it is to deal with teens in a right way. The Summer Special Adventure Camp 2017 YES! program saw teens learning and understanding various concepts about themselves, their life, their body, their skills and talents, their strength and weakness and the Sudarshan kriya. All with fun, masti and dhamaal. Few snaps from the beautiful life transforming course

Few snaps from the wonderful Art Excel course for the kids at the Summer Special Adventure Camp 2017. Super cute kids, super cute processes. The kids can’t get a better learning environment then this. So much of fun, dance, dhamaal, nautanki combined with profound learning and self-development. #summerfun #artexcel

The fun and the masti, the dhamaal and the nautanki, the learning and the self-development ended with certificate distribution to each of the super kids. The volunteers were also presented with gift for their dedication and commitment. Super smiling and charming faces says what the 4 days must have been like. Eagerly waiting for the next summers! #adventurefun #summerfun #ArtExcel #yes! #untillnextsummer

Vadodara Clean Sweep

Today, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation celebrated the top 10 finish in Swachhta Sarvekshan by breaking Guinness World Records with ‘Vadodara Clean Sweep’ – Highest number of people cleaning a single venue. 5058 people cleaned the Fun Street venue and this was witnessed by a whopping 50,000+ audience! The Art of Living Yes+ Gang #Vadodara is proud to be a part of this world record. All the volunteers and teachers enthusiastically took part in this wonderful event. Congratulations to the Mayor of the city Shri Bharat Dangar & thanks to our PM Shri Narendra Modi to inspire the nation towards making a cleaner & better #India #GuinnessBook #WorldRecord #FunStreet #Vadodara #SwachhBharatMission #CleanVadodara

NAVSRIJAN winner

Recently The Art of Living organised a competition ‘NAVSRIJAN’ from 3rd April 2017 – 15th May 2017 for the most creative, innovative & interesting Long Kriya follow-up. Teachers across India participated and came up with creative & innovative ideas. Of this, it is an honor and a moment of pride that our follow-up have been selected the winners (1st prize) across whole of India in this competition!
It is inspiring for us all and we shall continue this tradition of conducting interesting follow-up, imparting millions across, a stress free life. Grateful to Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Smile, Laugh, Meditate!

“Smile, Laughter & Meditation are privileges of human Life” – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Sunday mornings have become a reason for the people of Vadodara to experience these privileges of human life, as The Art of Living Yes+ Gang #Vadodara continues to spread the happiness around with absolute zeal & enthusiasm! Join us Every Sunday 6 to 7 am @Band Stand, Kamati baug #ArtofLiving #SpreadingSmiles #LetsMeditate

Youth Happiness Program – May ’17

While we are always striving to make some changes in our lives, improve the quality of our living, most of the actions are external and short lived. We fail to keep up with our own expectations and go back to the same routine, mindset. So what does it really takes to make a significant change?! The answer lies in understanding oneself. And The Art of Living Happiness Program teaches you, makes you live that. Amazing to see how life transforms in just 6 days. Few glimpses of this beautiful journey of transformation from my recent youth program held at #vadodara #spreadingsmiles

तेरा में – Tera Mein – 2017

Tera Mein – The day to acknowledge the presence of a living master in our lives. The day when we celebrate the one who is the reason for millions of lives to be a celebration. He who is a light house to millions across the globe. From peace-making to reviving and spreading the authentic concepts and teachings of yoga and spirituality to whole world. For whom the whole world is a family. The Art of living Vadodara chapter celebrated the 61st B’day of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji with Gurupuja, followed by a soulful satsang with shri Viresh Chapte from Aurangbad. Also a blissful meditation followed by maha-prasad. We were also joined by shri Bharat Dangar, Mayor Vadodara city. Few glimpses from the event. #HappyBirthdayGurudev #Teramein

Sunday Meditation – Turn Questions (?) into Wonder (!)

Why do we need to meditate? What are the ways to meditate? How can we meditate successfully? What are the different types of meditation? What are the secrets of meditation? How do you prepare yourself for meditation? Is meditation a foreign phenomenon? Have such questions dwelling up in your mind about meditation?! Then here’s your chance to turn all this questions into wonder. WOW! Yes, this will be your immediate reaction once you experience it. Join us and turn your hooks (?) into wonder (!). Every Sunday, 6.00 am – 7.00 am at Bandstand, Kamatibaug with trained and experienced faculties. Free and Open for All. #sundaymeditation #vadodarameditates #spreadingsmiles

Colors of Life – with Gautam Dabir ji

The latest edition of Colors of Life had Shri Gautam A Dabir ji, a highly regarded singer and music composer. The audience were lucky to know a few amazing things about music from him with some practical experience also. He also shared his journey with us which seemed no less then a miracle. And of course, a live performance from him was the cherry on the cake. Mesmerizing session! Do join us for the next edition of Colors of Life with another wonderful speaker. #coloroflife

Yoga at Fun-Street

Yoga with fun?! Yes, Indeed! Fun Street – Vadodara – An energetic, lively place bustling with hundreds of people every Sunday morning made more lively, energetic, and rejuvenating with some cool yoga by the Art of living Vadodara chapter. Making the mind and body fit and going with some yoga twists. So wake up and join us for some cool yoga moves every Sunday 7.00 am at the #FunStreets.

Sunday Meditation – #spreadingsmiles

Like every Sunday, we had a beautiful relaxing and rejuvenating meditation last Sunday too. A fun energetic warm-up, a couple of yoga asanas and a peaceful relaxing meditation following it, a perfect rejuvenation for the upcoming week. Amazing, isn’t it?! Do join us every Sunday 6.00 am @ Bandstand, Kamatibaug and get yourself relaxed, rejuvenated and ready to take on the world! #sundaymeditation #vadodarameditates #spreadingsmiles

Majja Ni Life – મજ્જા ની લાઇફ

The April edition of Majja Ni Life – મજ્જા ની લાઇફ was like always, full of fun, laughter and this time, delicious too. We had a potluck party with a variety of dishes like spicy Biryani to yummy cake. With chilled strawberry Ojasvita following it, Majja Ni Life couldn’t get any better. Missed this time?! Join us for the upcoming editions, on last day of each month. #MajjaNiLife #yesplusgang

Cleanliness Drive – Swachhta Abhiyan @ Kamnath Mahadev.

Today volunteers of Yes+ Gang, the youth wing of Art of living Vadodara chapter carried out a cleanliness drive in and around the premises of Kamnath Mahadev. The volunteers, joined by deputy mayor Vadodara city Shri Yogeshbhai patel, carried out the task of cleaning temple premises including the steps leading to vishwamitri river. A tough task done swiftly with a smile and commitment on each of the faces.
स्वच्छ मन से स्वच्छ भारत | Clean Minds, Clean India #sevatrend#swacchbharat #spreadingsmiles

p.s The temple located on the banks of river Vishwamitri Nr. Bal Bhavan, is one of the Nav-Naths (One of the 9 Shiv temples established by Maharaja Sayajirao III) and hence a place of archaeological and heritage importance. But most of this temples are in dilapidated state requiring urgent maintenance and revival.

Life starts at 60

Took a session titled ‘ Life starts at 60’ for soon to be retiring personnel of one of the leading banks, Bank of Baroda in #vadodara. The usually stressful faces had glowing smiles as we had some games, meditation and #ArtOfLiving tips for their upcoming new journey! Bank personnel do need some meditation-after-demonetization. Isn’t it?! #meditation #yoga #SriSri #happiness

Yoga on the streets

Every sunday #vadodara immerses in celebration across streets at the #Funstreet on the Akota-Dandia bazar bridge. We too had an amazing time with some Yoga on the streets. With a large pool of people from all age groups, joining the yoga challenge, it was super fun. Some dance and some music, some yoga and some twisting, some poses and some clicks, everybody enjoyed the yoga challenge to fullest. And with Shri Bharat Dangar, Mayor Vadodara city paying us a visit, we were all pleased to have him. Amazing way to celebrate your Sunday mornings! Do join us on every Sunday for some yoga fun at the #Funstreets. #sundayfun #yogaonthestreets #artofliving

Let’s Meditate Vadodara!

A cool cloudy morning and a perfect canvas of heart capturing flora and fauna around the timeless architecture. The Band stand – kamatibaug seemed to be in full glory today as the Yes+ Gang volunteers with equally cool visitors added the charm of meditation to it. The glowing faces after the meditation says the whole story. Everybody wants such glowing faces, don’t we?! So let’s join the fun and smiles every Sunday, 6.00 – 7.00 am at Bandstand Kamatibaug #vadodara. #spreadingsmiles

 

Let’s Meditate Vadodara! #SpreadingSmiles

The Sunday Mornings are all set to become the reason for ultimate bliss as the The Art of Living Yes+ Gang Vadodara has taken up the initiative to spread the smiles all across the city! Making people experience what meditation is all about and hence its benefits, is the motto of this initiative. The first session was conducted last Sunday which saw people being curious to know more about meditation and very happy to have an experience of the same. Join us Every Sunday 6 to 7 am @Bandstand, Kamatibaug FREE ENTRY! Open for All #SpreadingSmiles #LetsMeditate #Vadodara

Fun With Yoga!

The The Art of Living #Vadodara chapter made the #youth of Vadodara do #yoga with a twist at the Fun Street – Vadodara organized by the Vadodara Mahanagar Seva Sadan (VMSS) All the young hearts readily took up the #Suryanamaskar challenge and had great fun, with the kids adding to the enthusiasm as well! The smiling faces tell the rest of the story…. #FunStreet #Vadodara #Youth #SpreadingSmiles

Talk on Business Ethics and Life Skills

What do ethics mean to you? What are ethics in Business? How to cultivate or inculcate ethics in Business? These are some big questions being raised in conference rooms of big corporate nowadays as the world moves towards sustainable development. With such scenario, it is equally important to teach and let the upcoming generations of entrepreneurs and managers understand its importance. The role of spirituality and ethics in Business and Nation development. It was great to give a talk on such eccentric topic to a batch of budding management students of a leading university. Hope the students got a good insight about it and would take this aspect into consideration when they’ll be in such capacity. His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji is the co-founder of World Forum for Ethics in Business, a foundation that pursues and aims to establish the indispensable ethical foundations of business in today’s globalized world.

Sunday Follow-up with Kamlesh Patel

We had an amazing surprise yesterday in the Sunday follow-up with DID fame Mr. Kamlesh Patel visiting us. The hall filled up with cheers as he entered. Sharing some of his life stories, he inspired us to stay positive and work relentlessly towards the goal. He wrapped up this short intimate conversation quoting one of Galib’s most famous works which says, हाथों की लकीरों पे मत जा ए ग़ालिब, नसीब उन के भी होते हैं जिन के हाथ नहीं होते. Inspiring and moving, isn’t it?! #yesplusgang #kp #danceonhands

Talk on Life Skills

Here are few glimpses of an interactive seminar conducted by me today for the students of a prominent university on the subject of ‘Life Skills’. With the college faculties too joining in, the talk was well received. Knowing, understanding and developing ‘Life skills’ is a very very important thing this days. The Art of Living have always been at fore front to include and teach this important aspect in education and have special workshops for it. With educational institutes too recognizing this very important area, the future holds bright for our youth. It was great to be back in college and interact with so many young bubbling minds.

Spreading Smiles – The Happiness Program

Yet another six days of happiness and transformation concluded yesterday at #vadodara. Everyone seeks peace and happiness in their lives, by so many means, all their lives, but hardly find it. It’s amazing to see how a program of merely 18-20 hours brings a vast difference in ones’ life, bringing new hopes, commitments, enthusiasm, discipline, love and of course Happiness. We all keep thinking of bringing some change in our lives but fail to. I would suggest that just drop this thinking and attend one of such courses. You’ll find what you were looking for all your life. Grateful to Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for giving us all such means and opportunity to be #Happy

Majja Ni Life – March

 

The March edition of Majja Ni Life – મજ્જા ની લાઇફ was much more fun and with much more people joining this time. From sharing our ideas and suggestions for upcoming events to some hilarious stand-up comedy moments by our volunteers, we all enjoyed being there. With chilled strawberry Ojasvita following the fun, Majja Ni Life couldn’t get any better. Missed this time?! Join us for the upcoming editions, on last day of each month. #MajjaNiLife #yesplusgang

 

 

DSN Program with Atika Dhandhia ji

We had a TREMENDOUS, BLASTING and BREAKING youth DSN program with Atika Dhandhia in #vadodara. Each one of us, shackled with a lot of barriers, inhibitions and mindsets before the course, broke away all of them and emerged as new dynamic persona. With things like organizing and executing a house-full 1000 people concert in just 36 hours, we all had a time of our lives. Surely, the DSN program has pulled us all to a new heights of Dynamism, of the Self and Nation. Be ready #vadodara! #DSNTransforms

Colors of Life with Shalin Desai

Last Sunday we had another fun-filled and illuminating session of ‘Colors of Life’ with Shalin Desai ji. He is a multifaceted personality working with an automobile MNC in US, and also as an international faculty with The Art of Living in the Americas. It was great to have such a guest with us, sharing his journey with the master and life lessons with the audience. A witty, funny and illuminating session. Do join us for the next ‘Colors of Life’ coming soon. #colorsoflife

Guest Talk on LIFE SKILLS

A few shots from my talk today at faculty of social work Parul University. I was there to speak on the subject of “Life Skills” as part of a 2-day workshop on re-inventing Entrepreneurship, Education, empowerment organised by the faculty. It was a great experience to interact with students and faculties and help them understand the idea of Life skills and how to develop few of those. I appreciate the initiative taken by the faculty members and Parul University to help students understand and learn something out of the books.

The Power of breath at workplace- Health & Happiness session

With growing economy and market, the workplaces are becoming more and more competitive as well as stressful. Little is thought about the mental and emotional well-being of employee, and its importance in driving the company growth. The so called second homes, offices are nowadays becoming a place of survival instead of progress. So what can be done about it?! The answer is in our breath.With taking care of the mental well-being and increasing the overall happiness ratio in the employee through The Art of Living programs, it’s a win-win situation for company as well as employee. Increase in employee bonding, low stress levels, greater focus and commitment, happy faces, etc. are some of the benefits of such programs. It was great to conduct one such introductory session for the employee of a leading MNC and help them realize this very important aspect. Grateful to Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji for such amazing programs and of course the opportunity to facilitate it.

Kirtan and langar seva at Gurudwara

The Yes+ Gang vadodara was fortunate to be a part of and offer service at Gurudwara Nanakwadi, Khanderao Market Vadodara on occasion of the Prakash Gurpurab of shri Guru Har Rai Maharaj ji, the 7th Sikh Guru. Kirtan and langar seva experience was one of its kind for all of us. #grateful #sevatrend || जो बोले सो निहाल, सत श्री अकाल ||

Health & Happiness for the pride of our Nation- The Indian Army

It was a great morning conducting a Health & Happiness seminar for the pride of our Nation, the Indian defense force personnel. From explaining them the importance of and keys to mental fitness, to making them experience the peace and tranquility through yoga and meditation. It was an hour full of fun, learning, laughter, happiness and an amazing new experience for them. It was a moment of honor and pride for me too, to be of help to our soldiers, to our nation. Grateful to Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Jai Hind! #indianarmy #vadodara #happiness #health #artofliving

Majja Ni Life – A monthly dose of fun, masti & Ojasvita!

Yes+ Gang #vadodara had a super fun and running in the 1st ever ‘મજ્જા ની લાઈફ’ – a monthly meet up of all volunteers and teachers for some Fun, Masti & Gupshup over a glass of lip smacking hot Ojasvita in these breezy evenings! From playing our favorite childhood games to knowing each other and discussing some wow facts, it was one of the best evenings spent together. Nostalgic, isn’t it? 🙂 Do Join us for our next ‘Majja Ni Life – મજ્જા ની લાઈફ’ meet up on the last day of every month.

Happiness Program for Youths

Another batch of lucky young souls bubbling with energy and faces shining, completed the Happiness Program at #vadodara. Each of these carefree smile inspires me to do even more to bring transformation in more and more lives. Indeed, Happy Days are Back! Grateful to Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for this beautiful journey of spreading Love & Happiness.

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