Hongkong, June 5 : As part of his initiative to popularize Yoga around the world, the famous Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev isproceeding on a week-long trip on cruise.
People from 15 countries besides India and the Indian Diaspora are participating in this six-day cruise that will connect ports in China and Halong Bay in Vietnam. The cruisetarted from China.
The event has been orgainsed by the Vishwa Jagriti Mission that seeks to promote Yoga while sailing on sea.
Talking to the media Baba Ramdev said: "This attempt to teach Yoga on cruise will help in mitigating geographical, religious and all boundaries and develop a feeling of oneness among all. Learning Yoga will also enable everyone to control their urges and live a more controlled everyday life. It will also help in promoting the concept of Yoga tourism being promoted by his Patanjali Yog Ashram in Hardwar."
Meanwhile, learning yoga from Baba Ramdev in a completely pollution-free environment of the sea and surviving on a strict vegetarian and non-alcoholic diet on a cruise is likely to remain an unforgettable experience for yoga enthusiasts taking a week-long trip here.
All the yoga enthusiasts on the cruise hope that the Asanas (Yogic exercises) learnt from Baba Ramdev will enable them to practice yoga in daily life for a better healthcare.
The first day of the cruise started from Hong Kong to Sanya city in China with over 400 participants.
People of all age groups and social milieu belonging to different countries have confluenced to learn yoga from Baba Ramdev. On the first day, Ramdev taught different Asanas like "Pranayam" that everyone could practice with ease despite official routine. He also taught various breathing exercises like, "Kapalbhati" and "Alom Vilom" and other yogic methods to enable practitioners to overcome depression and anxiety problems.
Baba believes that yoga can transform a person's life thus diverting him from different negative influences like addiction to alcohol and gambling. In the long run, yoga would help them to change lifestyle. It will help them take on a stressful lifestyle in a better and health mindset.
Many of the practicing individuals have found the yoga on cruise as a rejuvenating and distinct experience.
Every morning, the yoga session starts at five o'clock and continues for three hours. Baba Ramdev teaches different Asanas and methods to overcome chronic ailments and also warns that that if left untreated, can cause a lot of harm to the human body irrespective of one's age.
On Tuesday, the cruise reached Halong Bay in Vietnam, and Baba Ramdev after his Yoga session spent time in personal interactions with the learners.
Swami said that the mother nature has blessed them to make the six day course of Yogic exercises a success despite obstacles of rain which interrupted the first day for a while.
The group members also visited the Vietnam's caves.
Learning yoga from Baba Ramdev in a completely pollution-free environment of the sea and surviving on a strict vegetarian and non-alcoholic diet on a cruise is likely to remain an unforgettable experience for yoga enthusiasts taking a week-long trip here.
Many practitioners or students on cruise have admitted having realised the value of a healthy living that is possible through natural exercises and a balanced lifestyle.
One of the passengers on cruise is Shashi from the U.K, who said that Yoga holds the power to overcome stress and other problems.
Tarun Dabey, who once got confined to a wheelchair due to some problems in his bones, claims that he could walk properly because of the help of yoga.
Tarun narrated how he fell ill and met Baba Ramdev for help. He started performing yoga everyday. It showed brilliant results for him. And, today, he feels grateful to Baba Ramdev for the 'miracle' took place with him.
Talking to ANI over phone Hardwa-based Acharya Balkrishan of the Patanjali Yog Peeth described the yoga on cruise experiment as a first of its kind attempt to popularize a vegetarian and non-alcoholic culture through Yoga at a place (cruise) where it is generally believed to be unthinkable or impossible.
"One should view it as an endeavour to spread Sativkta (spiritualism) amidst Bhautikta (materialism)," Balkrishan said.
The cruise, on Wednesday, was on its way to Hong Kong from where it would again go to a bay in China called Xiamen.