Situated amidst the interiors of the Vaderahalli village, the Art of Living’s De-addiction centre in Bengaluru is creating uproars since its inception in November 2015. Having patients from pan India especially Northern regions, the centre has treated over 140 patients with a success rate of more than 70%. The centre houses over 14 dedicated employees including doctors, yoga trainers and counsellors among others. “We have a tight schedule for the inmates. The day usually starts at 6 in the morning until 10 pm. Proper recreation activities are also conducted to enhance the energy levels and keep them busy.” claims Mr Vedamurtha Char who heads the centre. The centre has a 3(minimum)-months residential programme.
The centre runs on an ashram lifestyle and the inmates are not allowed to go out of the campus during their tenure. A typical day at the centre follows Morning yoga and Chantings, followed by Meditation and Pranayama including Sudarshan Kriya, Padma Sadhana, Yoga Nidra among others. Post breakfast, the inmates are required to do some mandatory service activity such as Cleaning, Gardening, moping among others. After lunch, regular medical check ups are performed including individual counselings and knowledge talks etc. The centre also boasts of a dedicated recreational unit for the inmates to cheer up the mundane routine.
On being asked about the challenges involved, the yoga instructor, Mr Nagabhushanam told us that, “Patients comes in very poor condition. They have multiple addictions including drugs, alcohol, weed, smack among others. Violence, anger, frustration comes ingrained into them. Initial days are tough here, but gradually it all settles for well.” “It takes courage and persistence to train them. Special type of Yoga including Suryanamaskar, Padmasadhana, Sitting and Standing asanas, Animal Poses yoga among others. Furthermore, i counsel them on a daily basis to help them overcome their worries,” he added.
“I hail from Bellary, Karnataka. In my early childhood, I took to drugs and alcohol. My life whole was a mess, until last month when I joined the centre. I couldn’t even walk properly when I came but now am much better. I have improved a lot and the whole credits goes the faculties. They cooperated a lot and now I feel much energised and confident.” claims Mahesh, who had been in the centre for a month now.
Another such inmate whose mother brought him to the centre around 45 days ago is a happy person now. “My son took to drugs and narcotics. With someone’s advice, i brought him here and he is much better now. He do all his work on his own. Doctors cooperate a lot. All the employees are very good, kept my son very happy. I would suggest all mothers who is suffering from the same trouble to bring their child to the centre.” she exclaimed.
When talked about the major reasons behind these addictions, several came to light. “Sexual insecurities, ego issues, relationship troubles, lack of respect and belongingness topped our list” said the centre incharge.
“To maintain their emotional balance, we make them do various mental and psychological exercise regularly. 3-4 long Sudarshan Kriya is been conducted weekly. Medicines are rarely used and even if needed only ayurvedic medications are used.” he added.
To further purify the environment, regular chantings and Poojas such as Rudra Abhishek, Guru Pooja and other such spiritual activities are conducted inside the centre. “Pooja and chantings have been scientifically proved to provide an improved healing process.” encapsulated Mr Char.
The centre has a tie up with Sri Sri Ayurveda Hospital and the centre has plans for upgradation which shall soon be implemented. The new centre will have a capacity of over 60 patients with separate unit for female.
For more information, contact undersigned:
Sy No 135, Vaderahalli,
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560082
Contact: +91- 97390 94453
– Jeetendra Ajmera