Sudarshan Kriya is a process of physical activity and mental activity to help you calm your body. Itś a course developed by the Art of Living Foundation. I took the YES course in 2020 during the lockdown, and since then I haven’t really utilised Sudharshan Kriya as a process to calm my body through some physical activity. But with all the metal stress of Grade 11 increasing with this new year, made this a driving force for me to follow this activity as to calm my own mind.I planned out that I will do the Sudharshan Kriya for 2 months for the start 40-50 minutes daily, as this is a long process itself, and the main goal was to not allow a gap as if you do that you have to repeat the course again for 2 months.
LO1 – Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth
I have always been weak be it my physical health or mental health, so this was a weakness of mine which I wanted to cater to, and I found that Sudarshan Kriya is one of the best methods to do so. But practicing and following Sudarshan Kriya is hard and time consuming and I being a lazy and easily distracted, concentration for me on the set guidelines set by the Art of Living foundation was gonna be hard for me. Knowing this weakness of mine helped me plan this activity or my timetable for me, like to develop my concentration. I thought it would be best if I do the activity in early evenings as environment noise is less. Knowing my weakness in the start definitely gave me a head-start of this process.
LO2 – Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process
There were mainly 2 challenges in this course time management and concentration, as I said earlier as if I even miss a day I had to repeat the process, so I had to be really careful that I had to allocate time for this activity, and other than that if I didn’t develop concentration, the efforts and the pain I take to do this activity will not be that fruitful so both of these skills were really important and challenging for me to develop. So developing my concentration I did my Sudarshan Kriya, when I was fresh and environment noise was the lowest in my surroundings, this helped me better focus during the task, and I had created a timetable for me to follow, which helped me follow the time-management issues. Other than this Sudarshan Kriya can only be done with an empty stomach which was another problem for me, so I catered that through following a strict timetable. Being able to learn these 2 skills will really help me in the future as I can complete tasks on time and effectively as I am fully concentrating due to which time waste will even be less.
LO4 – Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences
Commitment was the one of the 2 keys I had to have before I could complete this activity and I had to follow the same till the 60th day as the process would have been restarted due any miss. So commitment was hard to commit as there was a lot of school pressure but commitment I think is an inbuilt criteria of this task already. Moreover, being committed is hard, as our mind does not allow us to be at one place itś constantly moving and trying to find ways to skip activities which are regular, so controlling your inner anxiety is hard but being committed to something makes the task easy and more fruitful and rewarding at the end.
I was a more balanced person at the end of the task, as knowing the skills of concentration and time management basically make you more balanced at the end. After this task I even felt good each time, and I was able to reduce my mental stress, which was a very good benefit which accompanied this CAS experience. It definitely feels happy to have completed this task and a sense of accomplishment and relief is there but other than this after doing this course you feel light-headed and less stressed, which is altogether a plus point. This activity has helped me become more balanced, which will help me on a daily basis as I will work effectively and quality wise at a given point of time.