Sewa International & VYASA Conducts Stop Diabetes Movement (SDM) Yoga Camp


By Noopur Sapatnekar

HOUSTON: Sewa International and VYASA in collaboration with Jain Society of Houston, organized a 10-day yoga camp from May 13 to 22 at Jain Society of Houston. This was the 4th camp for the year and 9th such camp in last 2 years. The camp is specially designed for diabetic and pre diabetic people to help them manage and control diabetes with Yoga routine and holistic approach. SDM camps are being conducted all across the country.

The 10 days of camp included Yoga Routine on daily basis, Lectures from Doctors and Specialist on Diabetes, Stress, Food Habits and how to manage better. At the closing ceremony held at Keshav Smruti participants shared about the transformation the yoga camp brought in their lifestyle and in managing diabetes. One of the participants Nat said “Our experience has been very positive and I will definitely recommend it to friends. Overall I will give 99 out of 100 “.  Vik mentioned “It (SDM Yoga) will definitely reduce the dosage of medicines I take. I believe in it and will definitely recommend it to anybody I know.”

Dinesh Shah presented information on VYASA and Kavita Tewary (SEWA Houston’s Project Coordinator) informed audience about the wonder community work which SEWA has been doing locally, nationally and internationally.

Arun Kankani highlighted about the need to step up and help others by volunteering. The program concluded with the camp lead coordinator, Nikhil Jain, offering vote of thanks to all the participants, doctors (Dr Satyanarayan Chilukuri, Dr Sejal Desai, Dr Ulupi Choksi), Camp yoga therapists Daksha Shah, SDM core organizing team (Vibhuti Shah, Arvind Thekdi, Anuja Deshpande, Naina Patel & Noopur Saptnekar), VYASA Houston Directors Vishwarup Nanjundappa & Smitha Mallaiah, Urvashi Jain of Jain Society of Houston and to all the volunteers. A delicious and nutritious potluck meal was served to end the program on a high note.

The yoga camp was extremely successful and the participants are now looking forward to the ten weeks follow up sessions. We will conduct the next set of camps, in various parts of Houston, from September 16 to 25. All these camps are free of charge and have a small deposit which is refunded once participants complete all the sessions.

Those who want to know more about SDM Diabetes Yoga camp or want to participate or volunteer, email us at  or contact 713-834-4909/832-517-5866.