Swami Ramdev, is founder of the Patanjali Yog Peeth, a world-class Yoga residential centre in Northern India dubbed as ‘the World’s largest Yoga Institute’. It has comprehensive facilities for intensive, extensive scientific research and development into Yoga and Ayurveda. Educational degree and diploma courses at the Institute accommodate over 1,000 students, also offering treatments for up to 5,000 patients per day under the able observation of 150 Vaidyas, Ayurveda practitioners and scientists. The objectives for the ‘Patanjali Yog Peeth (UK) Trust’, registered by the Charity Commission of England and Wales, is to promote and develop the ancient sciences of Ayurveda and Panayama Yoga in the UK in order to protect and alleviate mental and physical illness.
Aastha TV has had exclusive broadcast rights for Swami Ramdev’s Indian Yoga workshops since 2003 via two dedicated timeslots in over 160 countries on the global Aastha TV networks. Due to this, they have become synonymous household names in India. Swami Ramdev has the ability to simplify Yoga techniques for the masses, validating its benefits: the ancient art and science of purification and strengthening of the body, mind and soul – and Pranayam – a series of breathing techniques combined with Aasanas [postures] from ancient Indian Vedic Sciences.
Swami Ramdev himself was paralytic with knee problems, a slip-disc and bulging stomach before he practiced Yoga. Not only did he revive his own health through these methods, he now assists millions of people to improve their own health and achieve a healthy, fit mind,body, heart and soul.
Swami Ramdev’s immense popularity in India is proven by him conducting over one hundred, week long Yoga workshops attended by over fifteen million people with an average of 50,000 participants per session. His unique contribution in helping people lead a healthy life through Yoga is astounding and proven true by various investigations. According to medical scientists, Yoga and Pranayam therapy balances the nervous and endocrine systems which directly influences all the other systems and organs of the body. Pranayam techniques practiced in Swami Ramdev’s workshops can promote:
· Weight loss – 8 to 16 lbs of weight if overweight in ten days
· Weight gain – 4 to 8 lbs in ten days if underweight
· Asthmatic relief
· Diabetes control without insulin
· Lowers High Blood Pressure without consuming medicines
· Relief from ailments including: Migraine, depression, sinus, allergy, arthritis, cervical sodalities, sciatica pain, acidity, constipation, gastric disorder, backache and weakness
· Physical and mental cleansing
· Swami Ramdev has also demonstrated that Yoga assists character building, positive thought, self-acceptance, confidence and decision-making processes.
Aastha TV portrays India’s strong heritage of the Panchtatva of nature and how it relates to the human body and soul. The belief and understanding of spiritualism arousing immense power within to aid peace and tranquillity, is key in finding a life beyond material existence. Aastha TV aims to uplift human life in all its spheres by exposing and reminding people all over the world of the traditional Indian culture of faith and health. In supporting these workshops, Aastha TV has spread the good work of Swami Ramdev. As Aastha TV is the exclusive broadcaster of his workshops, it was an easy and natural progression to present him to the UK with no gains other than a worldwide mission to “eradicate mental and physical illness”.
Attendance to each workshop is mostly through donor passes, with all monies raised going to support the activities of registered charities in India and assist in establishing Patanjali Yog Peeth in the UK. Donor passes entitles one to attend either all morning sessions or all evening sessions for the whole week. Swami Ramdev has made it clear that he wishes to meet as many sick and needy people as is humanly possible throughout the course of his workshops.