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Yoga makes you aware of how much unaware you are

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Dr Vinod Kumar is the Director of School of Yoga and Naturopathy, Shoolini University, Solan. Shoolini student Khyaati Sharma in-terviewed him. Here are few excerpts from the interview

Dr Vinod Kumar is the Director of School of Yoga and Naturopathy, Shoolini University, Solan. Shoolini student Khyaati Sharma in-terviewed him. Here are few excerpts from the interview:

Q. Sir tell me something about you. What are your work experiences and what all Institutions have you worked with?

I am an MBBS doctor and did MBBS from Dayanand Medical College Ludhiana under Punjab University. I went to UK after working for two years in India. In UK, I worked for National Health Services. My experience varied from general medicine, haematology to renal medicine. I worked there for 28 years. While I was working there I got an opportunity to do my Masters in Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga from London. I did that in two disciplines one being the Hatha Yoga other being the White Kundalini (Tantric) Yoga. In addition to that, I have done yoga therapy from Chinese disciplines and Tibetian Chinese medicine.

Q. How long have you been working with Shoolini and how is working with it different from other institutions?

I am here in Shoolini from past 1 year and 5 months and it is the very first educational institution I am working with in India so it’s good here. There are several future opportunities coming up here. Moreover my teammates are really very encouraging.

Q. How is School of Yoga emerging in Shoolini?

It is emerging gradually and we are at the horizon of presenting something great to the neighbouring states and we are stretching our-selves at the international level also. We have been to China and other places and we have got many MOUs.

Q. How can yoga be useful for people?

The significant thing which I can mention is that it heightens the awareness. Yoga makes you aware of how much unaware you are. Once you think systematically, your precision into the things goes so far that you feel like knowing everything even beyond the sen-sation of your five senses.

Q. Yoga is one of the most admired subjects now-a-days in the country and the world as a whole.

So how do you think that it is offering more job opportunities for the youth?
This is absolutely true and students know it too. Even the government is taking a keen interest in promoting this. They have made it compulsory for every school to have a yoga instructor. Otherwise also, you can walk in different corporates now or can turn into an academician and even at an individual level can run your own business. One can even make it task specific like yoga for children, yoga for old people, yoga for pregnant women or even yoga for disabled people, etc.

Q. Do you have any plans to provide yoga classes to the students of other departments as well?

Yes, the doors are always open since every science and stream is interlinked and none of them is independent. The faculty members and students from all streams are most welcome to approach us and learn yoga.

Q. How do the students in school of yoga look forward to yoga as a profession?

Students need to have a vast knowledge for being a yoga instructor. We are gaining momentum and making the students walk on the right track. Otherwise students are really good and they cooperate a lot and give good responses too. They are being trained with the skills required to compete and perform well interna-tionally as well.

Q. Does meditation really help in achieving the inner peace?

Meditation is the process of vacating and unifying consciousness systematically in which mind is held effortlessly. But, in the real sense of teaching and delivering, I think nobody can teach it to the full extent. One can do it by trying first for a short period of time by focusing strongly on your senses. It does not matter how many times you get distracted, even if you succeed for ten times out of hundred, you are doing it great.

Q. How do you oversee the growth of each and every student in your school of yoga?

The University is very well organised and many personality development programmes apart from the regular academic programmes keep taking place. Students are gradually having an all-round development here.

Q. What are your long term plans with the School of Yoga and Shoolini?

Well, we have the B.Sc. and M.Sc. programmes and I am quite sure that very shortly we will get permission for starting the PhD pro-gramme too in the campus. Also, the ministry of Ayush has already sanctioned us finance for the initiation of the hospital of Natur-opathy and Yoga in the campus. Once the hospital is completed, we will be providing services to the people of Himachal and the country as a whole too. Hopefully, it will be ready before one and a half year. Yogananda Village is also under construction and will provide a retreat in the natural surroundings.

Q. What does leadership mean to you and how do you categorise your leadership style?

Leadership has to be exemplary. Also, discipline is the key. A leader should always be disciplined and should walk with people. He or she should be capable of weakening the weakness and strengthening the strength of the followers. As a leader a person should have the ability to bring everyone together.

Q. What is your message to the students?

Be inquisitive and don’t be dumb driven. Ask questions always otherwise the other person believes that either you know everything or you are disinterested. Write, speak and share your knowledge with your friends. Knowledge should never be bound.