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There is a need to further strengthen ayurvedic sciences and practices, said Saraswati Vasudevan of Yogavahini, a training and healing centre.

Yogavahini held its graduation day where many got their certificates in different levels of learning —Yoga Vaidya (therapists), Yoga Acharya (teachers) and Yoga Sadhaka (practitioners).

“We have some kind of a revolution going on which is shifting the consciousness of world towards becoming more self-reliant and independent, two characteristics which Indian yoga teacher T. Krishnamacharya thought defined yoga,” she said.

Lekha, one of the students said, “Yoga has transformed my life for the better.I also realise that putting in efforts alone is not enough; but quality work is what counts.”

Srivatsa Ramaswami, one of the oldest students of T. Krishnamacharya, recollected how his guru always harped on the importance of yoga. “He was very compassionate. I vividly remember how he splendidly taught an 8-year-old girl. He always said knowledge is of no use if its not shared,” he said.