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Yoga and Meditation – Oct 10 Class

The fifth monthly class at Venture Inward was done on Oct 10, 2016 from 6.30 to 8.00 pm (1). Four women attended, 2 new comers and 2 continuers. Summary of feedback  is shown below.

Scanned images of the feedback forms from 2 “Newcomers”

Scanned images of the feedback forms from 2 “Continuers”

Newcomers

I will practice this technique for my (concern) 

Overall health – Diabetes, Breast Cancer

My ‘Take home’ points

No rules – breathe

Seminar evaluation

Very satisfied – 2

Comments

Would like a mono guided meditation

I recommend this seminar to (specify the group with contact details if possible)

Receive Annual Updates?

Yes – 2

Enroll  for ‘Follow up classes’ on this technique?

Yes – 2

Join a ‘Support group for Meditation’?       

Yes – 1

 

Continuers
Meditation on breathing

When did I practice? 

Falling asleep: A few times -2

When sleep was disturbed: –

Waking up in the am: –

During the day: Driving & At work -1

How did it help me? 

Helped me relax – 1

Gentle Yoga

I practiced

A few times – 2

Future classes

I want to continue: Yes – 1

(1) ‘Venture Inward’ Call #477-6566 to register.

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Seminar – Castleton Library

The third seminar at this library was on May 11, 2016, organized by Melissa Tacke, the Director of the Library (1). Attended by 2 adults. Each of them was given a select set of my handouts in a folder (2). Their feedback is summarized below.

Scanned images of the Feedback forms

I will use this technique for my

  • Stress
  • Thought change, Sleep, Quit smoking

My take home from this seminar

  • Breathing in any situation: driving, waiting in lines, always concentration on breathing
  • Plant seed, Clear the mind

Seminar evaluation

  • Very satisfied – 2

Comments

  • May follow up with class.
  • Thank you for the lesson.

I recommend this seminar to another group

No response

(1) Castleton Public Library
(2) Documents

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+ Relief from anxiety, insomnia, & more

Pam attended 4 of my classes (her name changed). She knew about this technique and my classes from the handout I keep at the East Greenbush Library (1). Her acute stress was due to her husband’s late stage colon cancer, now being treated by chemotherapy.

Pam’s condition before the classes

I chose to do classes as I had become quite anxious. My husband was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. I felt pretty much out of control, constantly worrying & getting along on not much sleep. I needed help.

The techniques she practiced (2)

The methods I’ve been using are: counting mode, folding mode, tip mode, segment mode, 911 mode and feeling modes.

I used the 911 and the folding quite a few times when things were crazy.

At bedtime, I do normal breathing in and breathing out with counting mode and if still not sleepy enough switch to feeling mode.

In morning I use normal breathing, then segment mode and folding modes.

When driving I tend to use feeling mode a lot and if riding I’ll use counting and tip mode.

How did the practices help Pam?

When I was extremely anxious, I tended to make myself ill. I would also get a headache. I did the 911 and folding method. I slowly calmed down. My stomach settled and my headache eased.

CS I’m glad to give you this info.

(1) The Breathing Solution for sleep problems
(2) Focusing on breathing – different modes

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* Dramatically helped me when driving

Testimonial from a client who attended 3 of my classes. 

“My husband and I recently completed three classes on stress management and “focusing on breathing” with Suryanarayana Chennapragada (C S) (1).   I can’t recommend it enough.

In addition to helping me sleep better, it has dramatically helped me when driving.   I practice my breathing when I am stopped at red lights as well as when I am caught in traffic (2).   It really helps relax me and slow down.

I also practice my breathing when I am cooking, while at work and at night when trying to unwind from a stressful day. I practice my breathing on a daily basis in all types of situations and the more I do it the more I love it (3).

It is so simple and yet so effective.   Hard to believe that something so easy could be so helpful.

Try it.   I guarantee you will be pleasantly surprised.  C S is very personable, friendly and informative.”

(1) Seminars and classes by appointment
(2) Focusing on breathing during driving interruptions
How to drive like a Buddha
Staring mode
(3) Daytime practice

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* Incredible difference in my life

E-mail from Shelli (not her real name), a participant in my  seminar held for a spiritual group in 2012 (1). She responded to my Annual Update – 2014 (2) with this message. 

“I met you one of your seminars in 2012. I use your breathing exercises constantly (3). It has made an incredible difference in my life !!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!! “ 

I was thrilled to get this unbelievable comment and requested her to offer more details to inspire visitors to this website. She was kind enough to share these wonderful experiences.

“I use groups of 3 breaths, aloud upon breathing out, in all different combinations, depending on what I am doing, and where I am, and for how long.

When I am driving, I have to be careful to take breaks from doing it on long drives, as it leads me into meditation which makes it hard to stay focused on driving. The more I use this breathing practice, the more quickly and more deeply I am able to travel into meditative trance. (4)

I also use this in times of the need for more patience, for more empathy, for more understanding, to stem anger and any frustrations arising from situations, – basically, to regain my objectivity. (5)

I also use it during exercise–walking, cross country skiing, and kayaking. It increases my stamina and is calming during exertion. (6)

I’m not sure how well I am able to articulate how this simple breathing technique has changed my life. It has affected every aspect of my life, by changing me inside – both physiologically and metaphysically. I’m sure the chemical properties of breathing properly enhance better health and I feel wonderful. In conjunction with my spiritual readings and other practices, it is enabling my spirit journey. I feel much more in touch with my soul.” (7)

(1) About my seminars and classes
(2) Annual Update – 2014
(3) How can I focus on breathing
(4) How to drive like a Buddha?
(5) Relief from Anger – Success stories
(6) Walking and ‘focusing on breathing’

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@ The beginning of a journey

Feedback from a remarkable client, a Chiropractor who attended 4 of my classes over a period of 6 weeks. Immediately after the the first class, he reported big changes in his way of looking at daily experiences and his new style of responding to them. 

“It began with a chance meeting with a stranger, leading into a conversation of meditation and counting breaths (1).

Shortly thereafter, I was called to action after a road rage incident prompted me to move forward with exploring the possibility of living in the moment, being aware of all my actions.

Since beginning counting breaths (2) I began to notice the color of the autumn leaves for the first time in over 50 years.

An inner peace was overcoming me while driving to the extent the radio playing my favorite music was perceived as noise.

At home, a more peaceful time was experienced, reading rather than watching the television. A sense of clarity and focus began to evolve.

My leisure time now is spent in quiet, conscious of breath with a sense of awareness I have not experienced in the past.

I’ve become comfortable with peaceful time, reading, which is now part of my daily life.

My counting breaths these days consist of calming and happy thoughts. I no longer think about the past or worry about the future. I work on living in the present, experiencing what happens in the now.

Through ongoing practice, awareness and an internal peace have been the one of the greatest accomplishment in my personal life…..and the journey continues.”

(1) This is another classic instance of ‘everything falling in place’ when the person is ready for change. As he explained in person – let me call him Frank, (not his real name), was at a party and heard two other people talking about meditation and counting breaths and joined the conversation. One of them – let me call him Alfred (not his real name) talked about my classes and techniques. Frank was interested and gave his e-mail ID to Alfred for sending my reference. Frank did not get the e-mail. But for some mysterious reason, Alftred followed up with something unusual. He printed his e-mail message and mailed it to Frank. When Frank got my information, he visited this website and felt this is something he would like to try. He has been coming to my classes and “thus began his journey” into the world of reality!
(2) How Can I Focus On Breathing? For different modes of breathing.

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@ Seminar at the Castleton Library

I offered the first seminar at this library on May 2, 2013. Five people, all women, attended including the Director Amy Peeker. Four of the participants offered feedback which is summarized below.

Scanned images of the feedback forms

I came to know about this seminar from

  • Amy Peeker – the librarian – 3
  • ‘C S’ (my short name)

The seminar was …

  • Very useful –  3
  • No Comment -1

I will use this technique to relieve my (concern)

  • Exercise, Sleeping and Driving
  • Relaxation, Anxiety and Stress
  • Stress management, Anxiety
  • Difficulty some nights in falling asleep

Comments/ Suggestions (if any)

  • Very enjoyable, learned a lot
  • Just using breathing techniques can be so beneficial
  • Very clear explanation on the techniques and provided helpful tools to help individuals implement the techniques
  • Very helpful to actually practice the techniques while being observed to make sure we are doing them correctly. I am going to tell my daughter and mother  who both have sleeping difficulties about the counting techniques.

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Honorarium: I am thankful to the library for voluntarily offering me an honorarium.   

Parent page: Past seminars

* Sadness, Anxiety & Tiredness reduced

Feedback from a client who attended 4 of my classes over 2 months (1).

What did she practice? 

  • She mostly practice d the ‘Segment mode’ (2) and ‘Waking up postures on the bed’ (3).
When did she practice? (4)
  • Bed time and on waking up
  • Driving
  • Walking
  • Working
  • Exercising

What benefits did she gain?

  • Confidence: “I feel stronger than at any other time in my life”
  • Weight: “My appetite has improved and I gained back the weight that I recently lost due to the tremendous stress”
  • Assertiveness: “Slowly improving with various people in my life”
  • Anxiety: Reduced by 75%. (5)
  • Tiredness: Reduced by 75%. (6)

(1) Her previous report
(2) How can I focus on breathing?
(3) Waking up practices
(4) Day time practice
(5) Relief from Anxiety – Success stories
(6) Relief from Fatigue – Success stories

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* Improved on weight, blood pressure, moods, and neck & back pains

Feedback from a client, a patient of my daughter Padma Sripda MD (6), who has done 12 classes over the last one year and eight months. She gained weight (from almost underweight to a healthier BMI), lowered her persistently high BP  and gradually lowering her anti-anxiety medication per her doctor’s advice and made more improvements.

Breathing: I practice the breathing exercises while driving, walking and at work. I mostly do the ‘Counting mode’ but when driving I do the ‘Tip mode’. (4)

Hypertension: Last week I had a really great blood pressure reading 126/86. This is one of the lowest I have had. (3)

Diet changes: I have been having breakfast every morning and a better lunch and dinner. I am working to cut out sugar. Instead of soda I have been drinking juices and water. I gained 25 lbs from these changes. I added a multi-vitamin, vitamin D, Vitamin C in the powder form and the milled flax seed which I put in smoothies or a salad every day.  That was a lot of work to change my eating habits but well worth it.(1)

Sleep: I have been waking up fresher in the mornings but still getting great sleep.

Moods: I find that my moods are more even. I don’t have as much anger or depression. I feel things are easier to deal with (5).

Anxiety medication: I have been cutting down on the anxiety medication very slowly but I think I have made great progress. I used to take 2 a day. I am now down to 1.25 to 1.5. I think I feel better now cutting back on this medication.

Chronic neck and back pains: My neck pain has greatly improved from the stretching as well as my back. I can’t remember the last time I needed pain medication for these problems. (2)

I am going to continue to practice all the above items. I would like to start hiking and maybe working out a little in the gyms at the hotels I stay at.

(1) She was very lean for her height with a BMI of 21 (normal range is 19 to 24), her cheeks were shrunk and her face was looking sick . She was working out of  town and on her feet for hours. She was not eating any breakfast and hated to have any. It required lot of persuasion over many classes, for her to change her long established habit.  She neither had any good lunch. She was feeling fatigued and low in moods by afternoon. After the diet changes, her weight has improved and she is feeling much better overall.
(2) She had chronic neck and back pains and taking pain medications and sometimes even shots for acute neck pain.  Her back pain dramatically improved after practicing the “Focusing on breathing’ modes (4) and the waking up routine.
(3) She had persistently high BP (Hypertension) for at least 6 years. During the visits to her doctor, the systolic ranged from 136 to 219 and the diastolic ranged from 94 to 129.
(4) Different modes of ‘Focusing on breathing’
(5) For many months from the time she attended the classes, she was bitterly complaining about her employer’s treatment of her – not paying fair wages, not appreciating her high quality work etc. In last six months she did not say one thing on this issue.
(6) Padma Sripada

Related pages
Her previous feedback
Relief from Hypertension – Success stories
High Blood pressure and Heart disease – Books I like

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* Fibromyalgia pains mostly come down

Here is a remarkable report from a woman who suffered from Fibromyalgia pains for about 10 years and got mostly relieved from them by practicing the breathing and other techniques of this web site. She also experienced significant behavioral change. She attended only my introductory session and then practiced on her own, using the content of this web site.

“I am a very hyperactive person and have been fighting Fibromyalgia pains for about 10 years. For my fibromyalgia, my doctors suggested medication and advised me to be active. I do not like taking medications, hence I ruled out that option. I heard from friends that Yoga would help. I tried it but I kept spraining myself. I also tried meditation but couldn’t control the brain activity.

We live in New Jersey. Our family visited Albany NY in March2012. When our friend there heard about my Fibromyalgia pains, he suggested to talk to Suryanarayana Chennapragada (C S) about the technique called “Focusing on Breathing” that he was teaching. I had not heard of this technique before. When I called C S, he readily offered to teach this technique to me and my husband. During his two hour session, we were taught different ways of concentrating on our breathing.

I have been practicing the breathing technique every day, for the past 3 months. I practice it when I feel like I am getting stressed out. I always practice before going to bed. I use it during work, on my way to work, while driving kids around and when I go to bed. I also practice the ‘Level III – Meditation’ technique described in C S’s web site countingbreaths.com.

I gained these benefits in the last three months:
I have seen a tremendous change in me. It has helped me to be calm. Most of my fibromyalgia pains have come down. My family and friends have also commented about the change they saw in me. What I like most about the technique is that by using it, I can now calm myself on my own and take the stress away.

Even though I was at first apprehensive about trying this unknown technique, I am a big fan of it now. It gives me the independence from pain. It has also taught me to rely on myself. My husband also uses the technique and he says it has helped him as well.

I thank C S for teaching me this technique and having the patience to follow up with me.”

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Related pages
Relief from chronic pains – Success stories 
How to relieve chronic pains by ‘Focusing on breathing’ PDF