Breakfast Yoga Club Houston Holds its First Session at Arya Samaj

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HOUSTON: “Anybody can serve… all you need is a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

A hall full of yogis congregated at the Arya Samaj Greater Houston Center on Saturday, January 19, morning for a free two hour class of Yoga to the community. In observance of the National Day of Service, the Arya Samaj Greater Houston collaborated with Houston Breakfast Yoga Club for this session. Serving the community and offering Sewa with a heart full of love is one of the main objectives of the Houston Breakfast Yoga Club. These objectives align with those of the Arya Samaj, whose motto is to make the world noble.

The session began with an opening gratitude speech focused on Sewa, by Jennifer Plessner, a BYC ambassador, followed by an eruption of great laughter, as a means of “letting go” of stress and negativity, and inviting positivity and relaxation to the mind almost instantly. The practice commenced with experienced yoga teachers of the Houston area, who took the students through a full series of various “Asanas” supported and guided by volunteers to help facilitate the mind body connection. During savasana, the yogis relaxed to an enlightened state accompanied by the melodious tune of Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu, played by Jeff Newton on the harmonium. The practice ended with a full guided “Pranayama” and a brief meditation practice.

The Breakfast Yoga Club is a grassroots organization sustained entirely by volunteers, with its mission to unite the yoga community by offering donation based yoga that honors all traditions of yoga. The BYC is yoga without borders and is not affiliated with any particular studio. BYC creates monthly yoga events at different locations around Houston by inviting a variety of teachers from different styles to participate in teaching a round robin style practice. This month, the featured teachers were: Sangeeta Barwey, Dana Nicole Sweet, Mia Shikapwashya and Shekhar Agrawal.

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For more information regarding the next BYC event, visit http://www.breakfastyogaclubhouston.com/index.html

Each month BYC features a local charity to raise awareness and support with the intention of inspiring seva and cultivating activism in our community. This month’s featured charity was Young Texans Against Cancer (http://ytac.org)

Arya Samaj Greater Houston, founded in 1991, aligned itself with the great mission and has been serving the children, youth and adults in the Greater Houston area with the spiritual and cultural enrichment by spreading the knowledge ofVedas.

Arya Samaj offers various opportunities for vedic knowledge in the form of weekly havan and satsang which includes acharyaji’s enlightening pravachans and melodious bhajans.  DAV Sanskriti School held on Sundays introduces vedic values in the school age students, DAV Montessori school held on weekdays imparts Vedic values at the beginning of education and Arya Yuvak Mandal engages in cultural networking.   Seva and Shraddha programs, adult education classes, seminars on a variety of topics including Yoga, Meditation, Scriptures and Healthy living and free yoga classes on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 to 9:30am are highlights of the activities Arya Samaj is involved in reaching out to the community.

 

For more information, visit www.aryasamajhouston.org

Hassan

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