One of Aparna ji’s classic and most enjoyed workshop is ‘What is that by Knowing which Everything is Known’ which is enough to enthrall the listener with a combination of deep science and layman understanding. The inferences of this class are drawn by findings of Stephen Hawking and teachings of Krishna is Bhagwada Geeta, which are then related to everyday objects and stories. This class was taken in two sessions, one for youth and one for adults both of which were a huge success as members understood the concept of Universe and Spirituality.
Depression is that pothole of our mind in which we find ourselves falling into whenever we forget to realize ourselves or get aware of our surroundings. In India alone, 6.5% of the population suffers from some form of mental disorder which goes unnoticed by their peers because of lack of awareness about this mammoth problem. Aparna ji took an initiative to open dialogue about depression and also suggested some ways to the members so that they find themselves falling in that pothole again. She told some spiritual ways to harness the environment in their mind, stabilize it and also provide oneself clarity. She expressed that the dark clouds of our thinking will faze our understanding but we have to find the silver lining which will help us cope. Aparna ji is an advocate of mental health and always suggests meditation to take care of mind and soul as you would go to the gym to take care of your body.
This year Aparnaji has started taking sessions at the CFL branch of Study Hall which is aimed to be the spiritual workshop for children aged between 14-18. It will be package of six workshops spread evenly throughout the year. The development came after Dr. Pratima Srivastava, Principal of Study Hall (CFL) and Ms. Shivi Shah, Coordinator of Study Hall (CFL) invited her to initiate spiritual workshops for the school children. The blueprints of the sessions are designed by Aparna ji with aim to remove stress and anxiety from the mind of youth and discuss spiritual matters with the growing children who have thousands of questions, most of which remain unanswered. It was a great pleasure to see the youth interact with a Spiritual Leader with such aplomb, giving bright answers and asking smart questions only after a few classes. In a workshop some children became emotional and burst into tears while learning ‘love’ amid rising hatred within people. One of the sessions was taken by Guruma for making the children realize that ‘God is everywhere’ and the workshop, indeed, made them feel and see Him in every aspect of life. All of these workshops were filled with fun activities, interaction and lasting knowledge. Each time one is exposed to such kind of teachings connected with spirituality, one is pulled towards the divine.
Chetna- an institution for differently abled children was also added as one of the centres for introducing the kids to spirituality. Ms. Alka Bansal, one of the trustees of Chetna, invited Aparnaji to spread the conviction that they are loved by all and feel the confidence missing from their lives. Aparnaji took an extremely fruitful session, she tried to use the technique of light and sound to make the session friendly for the differently abled and it was an awakening for the children as they grasped the idea of meditation.
Aparnaji was invited by Mrs. Kumkum Khosla, Ex-Principal of City International School and also a Volunteer to conduct Summer Workshops in the schools. Sir Arun Kumar Chaudhary, who worked under Rejuvenation’s banner, taught little kids Yoga for 21 days. These yoga classes were vivacious and full of vigor. Aparna ji took the workshops on ‘Mindful Moves’ wherein she taught Moves of Body, Hand Postures and Breath to the little tots of 3 years to the smart kids of 14 years. Kids enjoyed her friendly stories and were pumped throughout the class. The session for ages 7-14 was full of great interaction, body movements and divine meditation. The class was enjoyable and fun for both kids and the onlookers. Aparna ji taught them the true meaning of Mindfulness and technique to achieve it. Next session was for tiny tots of ages 3-6, they were as adorable as they can be. Vedanshi sang a song ‘I Have a Dream’ and the children sang along, it was a beautiful sound to hear. The kids were taught the Mindful Moves of Hand Postures by Aparna ji and it was so fun to watch the children meditate at such a young age. They were fast to grasp the Nine Mudras and enjoyed reciting Om. The energy in the room was blissful as these young souls had seed of spirituality sown in them.
Understanding the need for spiritual connect at a young age, Rejuvenation has started the Youth Workshop on a fortnightly basis. The workshop was demanded by children themselves who loved to come and interact with Aparna ji and also make use of the joyous platform provided by Rejuvenation. Children come to these workshops to learn more about spirituality and what role it plays in day to day life. These workshops are non-religious in nature. By coming to the workshop and exploring their spiritual self children become more expressive and comfortable with the company of other kids, these workshops are interactive in nature and help children come out of their zone and thrive.
Spiritual knowledge at a young age helps children to become more grounded and gain values that are mostly overlooked in school. Volunteers make sure that these classes do not restrict to a moral science lecture but actually becomes a pedestal for kids to enjoy themselves and interact with each other; this is done by organizing fun activities and games.