"We have an ancient body subjected to a modern problem: living with chronic stress." Judith Lasater.
When Manju first visited the West in 2005 he was shocked to see how stressed people were despite all the material advantages they had. Realising that the greatest medicine people living here need is an antidote to stress, he went back to India and began to develop a style of yoga that would induce a deep state of physical and mental relaxation.
When Sian asked Manju what he was going to call his style of yoga he immediately said ”Sanjeevani" which was the name of the healing herb found in the Himalaya by the Indian monkey god Hanuman in the famous Indian tale "The Ramayana”. At the time he said this was a good name as it payed tribute to the Himalayas which had played a key part in his life (see “Teachers” page) and as starts with the first 4 letters of his father’s name Sanjay. However, over the years the deeper meaning of his choice of name has been revealed to him. On a literal level the story is about the Sanjeevani herb bringing Lakshman back to life after having been killed by his brother’s enemy. Reading the letters Manju has received from students over the years describing the transformations they have experienced by attending his classes has made him understand the many ways that stress destroys people’s experience of life and how yoga offers a way back to a positive and fulfilling experience of life.
Yes, yoga does of course have a multitude of physical, mental and spiritual benefits (see "Benefits of Yoga" page) but our main goal when teaching is simply for people to find that by the end of class they are happier, calmer and more relaxed than when they entered the yoga studio. Many of the other benefits of yoga will flow naturally from this happy, relaxed state.