After my retirement from the post of Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa in Feb 2008, I joined Dhrti Yoga BTM 2nd stage, Bangalore on 28.07.2009 as a yoga practitioner, in the classes meant for elderly persons, conducted by Yoga instructor Vijaya. Initially I attended only two classes (1 hour each) in a week. From September 09, it became three classes and then from October 09, five days in a week right from Monday to Friday.
I was one of the participants to visit SVYASA University, Jigani campus, Bangalore on 30.08.2009 in a visitor’s trip arranged by Dhrti Yoga Studio for Detox program. Our yoga instructor, Vijaya, accompanied us in the trip. There were demonstrative lecture, practical demonstrations of yoga practices, visiting arogyadham & spiritual talks by students & faculty members of the institution for the visitors.
As an honorary physician, I participated in collecting and recording measurements of blood pressure & pulse rate of practitioners of different sessions, which is part of Dhrti’s health checkup program to understand how the practitioners are progressing.
On 10.01.2010, I as a diabetic and yoga practitioner of Dhrti yoga attended Mega Diabetic Awareness Camp at Jayanagar organized by SDM project undertaken by SVYASA. I have been registered in case study in the project “Stop Diabetes by Yoga”.
On 26.01.2010 at 10 A.M. a guest lecture was arranged by Satya, Director of Dhrti Yoga studio, delivered by Dr. Ramu on the subject “Astrology is Science”. I had the opportunity to felicitate the guest speaker on behalf of audience and Dhrti Yoga studio at the closing ceremony being called upon to stage by the Director, Satya.
By practice of yoga, my diabetic status is now under control and I have again become physically & mentally active in my post retirement life. During the last seven months since I resorted to yoga practices, yoga & spirituality have become the ways and means of my life.
Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.M.D.
Yoga Practitioner, Dhrti Yoga studio BTM 2nd Stage, Bangalore