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+ Blessed to have you in my life

Latha (name changed) was severely affected by insomnia. A brief background about our association: She worked with me for a few years in the company I worked for in India when she was in her twenties. She was sincere, hard working and smart. Her husband who also worked with me sought my help for her insomnia. I worked with her by email and whatsapp calls.  We managed to be in touch, in spite of the time difference between USA and India. On my request she sent this testimonial.

“Thank you so much for your time to help me with my insomnia (1). It is almost 10 months now that and I must say that being guided by you every moment with your regular follow ups has helped me get better by at least 80%.

Post counseling sessions from you, I learnt and practiced the following

1. Focused breathing: Counting mode, Segment mode, Tip mode, 911 mode (2). This practice has now become a habit, happening automatically.

2. Handling stress: Being mindful of the thoughts and penning down the same on a piece of paper for a thought free sleep! (3)

In addition to this, I am back with my Isha kriya, Yoga and Walking too (4).

I believe that any association during one’s life adds meaning and this is what our almost 2 decades of association has done. Added meaning to my life! Blessed to have you in my life. You helped us grow professionally and personally too.

I assure you that I shall continue to practice and overcome the problem completely!

With Gratitude!’

(1) Relief from sleep problems – Success stories
(2) Focusing on breathing
(3) Thoughts are like …
(4) Isha Kriya

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‘Practitioners’ Feedback 12/19/17

The first ‘Practitioners’s meetup’ was off to a good start with 3 people in attendance. A summary of the feedback is posted below.

My purpose in joining this group

– Review and reinforce focus on breathing practice and learn new ideas, also remind anything I have lost.
– Peace of mind, Better health
– To take advantage of the energy of a group – together for the same purpose.

Today’s ‘Take home’ ideas

– Positive affirmations
– Tongue tip positioning to relax the lips and jaws, Sitting on a pillow to keep the back in a healthy posture, Yoga
– Chanting “May we all be happy” on the out-breath, Sitting posture, Tongue tip positioning, Keeping the resting hand fingers in the meditation finger lock.

Overall evaluation of the session

– Very useful  2
– Useful  1

Suggestions for the future

– Explain more on improving relationships
– Dim the lights if possible? (Organizer’s response: My apology for not taking care of this aspect though it was pointed in the last meetup.  I have made a special note for the next meetup.)

I plan to attend the next meetup

– Yes  3

My sources of stress

– Work  2
– My health
– Relationships
– Home 2
– Things I can’t control
– Family member’s health

I cope with my stress by

– Exercise  2
– Meditation – 3
– Yoga 2
– Getting busy with reading
– Breathing deeply

Books on meditation taken with deposit

– ‘How to talk to kids so they listen and how to listen so they talk” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish $7

Total love donations offered – $15

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‘Beginners’ Feedback 12/5/17

The first meetup was off to a good start with 4 people in attendance, two were new to ‘counting breaths meditation’ and two were already practicing it. A summary of the feedback is posted below.

My purpose in joining this group

– For relaxation
– Explore new techniques
– Progress in my process of learning
– Always trying to learn

Today’s ‘Take home’ ideas

– Counting method
– Counting breaths with fingers
– Practice more often
– Need to relax my mind more

Overall evaluation of the session

– Very useful  3
– Useful  1

Suggestions for the future

– This looks god to me, no suggestions
– Dim the lights? (Organizer’s response: Certainly this will be taken care of in the next meetup.Thank you.)

I plan to attend the next meetup

– Yes  3
– May be  1

My sources of stress

– Work  2
– Taxes
– My health
– Relationships
– Home
– Lot of school work pressure

I cope with my stress by

– Exercise – 4
– Meditation – 3
– Yoga
– Getting away

Books on meditation taken with deposit

– ‘The art of happiness” by Dalai Lama

Total love donations offered – $15

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+ Endorsements for the new meetup group

Practitioners and friends offered encouraging endorsements on facebook and in private messages for the newly created meetup group for ‘Counting Breaths Meditation’  (1).

Emily Marynczak, AAHCC and Bradley Method Certified Birth Instructor #(AAHCC is for American Association for Husband Coached Childbirth.) on facebook

“My friend Suryanarayana Chennapragada is a wise and compassionate teacher. If you’re available and interested in connecting to your breath for all the amazing benefits of mindfulness PLEASE check out this generous offering.”

“Go if you can! In these dark times learning to tune and calm yourself is more important than ever. CS is a wonderful teacher!”

Cindy Wheeler – Physical Therapist (PT) at Spotted Zebra Learning Center; Creator/Instructor at Columbia Physical Essentials on facebook

“Highly recommended local/E. Greenbush, NY area event. Breathing & meditation with “CS”. He’s a great resource & practitioner of his methods of meditation. Try to attend one of his sessions. Contact him directly as needed, or ask me.”

Anna McMahon DirectorLinton, Cambridgeshire Linton Children’s Book Festival UK, on facebook

“The simple breathing techniques helped a friend of mine through a period of depression/insomnia, and have helped me cope during difficult dentistry. Highly recommend.”

A participant of my past seminar at the East Greenbush Community Library in an email message

“I enjoyed your class at the library. You are a very good instructor. However, I don’t like to drive in the dark. Let me know if you start again in the Spring, please.”

(1) meetup group for ‘Counting Breaths Meditation’

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