Yoga is one of the several great contributions India has made to the world. The fame that Yoga has enjoyed over the past few years is unparalleled. This beautiful art which originated in India is now learned as well as taught by people almost all over the globe. Is it as easy to learn Yoga in other parts of the world as it is in India? Do people in the western world enjoy the benefits of Yoga equally as their Indian counterparts?
Yoga guru Santosh Maknikar, the founder of Santosh Yoga Institute, has observed a specific pattern that follows the teaching of Yoga in the U.S.A. He noticed that people residing in India have easier access to learning Yoga than Americans do. Being an ardent follower and expert teacher of Yoga, Santosh has made it his mission to undo these changes. He works selflessly towards spreading the teachings of Yoga to an extent that the highest number of people can benefit from it.
Santosh Maknikar has never focused on monetary gains or material fame through his journey as a Yoga guru. He truly believes that the art of Yoga should be freely taught and learned by anybody who wishes to. Combining his beliefs and his mission together, he came up with the initiative ‘Yoga for People’ which is a non-profit organization.
The motto of this initiative is to make teachings of Yoga available to as many people as possible without any restrictions. People often tend to miss out on fabulous Yoga sessions due to money problems, travel constraints, health issues, etc. ‘Yoga for People plans to overcome these issues by roping in more yoga teachers who are willing to donate their time for a good cause. People who are willing to become yoga teachers are also offered training under this initiative at Santosh Yoga Institute.
Santosh Maknikar is of the opinion that depression, anxiety, suicidal tendencies, chronic physical health issues are some of the evils many people are silently battling. Yoga can be of great help to such people. Organizations like ‘Yoga for People’ will help more people to participate in Yoga classes and reduce these problems for many.
Yoga guru Santosh Maknikar has collaborated with Live Be Yoga ambassadors Laura Cohen and Brandon Spratt who share his vision of spreading the knowledge of Yoga far and wide. Selfless service to society without craving wealth is a rare virtue seen in a handful of people. This very virtue held by Santosh Maknikar has been the source of inspiration behind ‘Yoga for People’.
Yoga teaches to imbibe and promote positivity. This principle can be applied in real life too, to encourage more friends and family members to take up Yoga and see a beautiful and healthy side of life.