Published: 19th June 2018
Breathe in, breathe out: Meet Roopa M who healed over one lakh people with Yoga
Roopa came to Ballari thirty years ago and began teaching yoga here. Today, she is the most sought-after yoga expert in the district.
Five years ago, 13-year-old Jeevan was a handicap with crooked legs and a hunch back. The doctors had given up on him, but he wanted to lead a normal life. His father, a salesman in a private cloth shop took him to Sadana Yoga and Prakritika Chikitsa Kendra, (SYPCK) run by C Roopa Muralidhar. Today he can run, walk and is on his way to become self-reliant.
Latha, a housewife and a resident of Ballari suffered from meningitis and was even unable to stand. She suffered a lot due to pain, cramps in her fingers and other related problems which made her life miserable. A couple of years later, now she finds improvement in her health. As she spoke, she was full of gratitude towards her yoga teacher.
With a rich experience of teaching yoga and naturopathy, Roopa came to Ballari thirty years ago and began teaching yoga here. Today, she is the most sought-after yoga expert in the district. Today she proudly says she has helped at least one lakh people through yoga.
For Roopa, who has learnt yoga from noted expert B K S Iyenger and Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthe, says: "Yoga is a way of life. It is not just an exercise. The students who come here learn the way of life and have successfully begun training others about yoga.”
Roopa, who is also trained in Naturopathy, says her institute instils confidence among the people, who are suffering and will go with optimism, by means of yoga. Pointing out that yoga has helped people who are suffering from chronic illness; she says at SYPCK, people are not used as guinea pigs for an experiment.
She says the Central government’s push for yoga day has popularised it in such a manner that every household has people, who is either learning or teaching yoga. On doubts of a few yoga teachers regarding the expertise in teaching, she pointed out to her Guru B K S Iyengar, who learnt, experienced, perfected and taught.
“A teacher will not teach anything, which does not work. He will teach only what he has mastered and transmit the same to his pupils,” she said.