There is something common about P Chitran Namboodiripadu, 101, and TS Kalyana Raman who is 68 years old. Both of them begin their day, with their minds filled with serene calm and felicity. Though they are forced to stay inside home due to the lockdown, they make sure to get inspired by only the positive vibes. The news about the COVID-19 situation around the world sure is distressing and they are concerned about the wellbeing of the society. However, they try to relax their mind and body by regularly practising yoga.
Chitran Namboodiripadu who had travelled to the Himalayas more than 30 times, visited the valley last year as well, after he had tuned 100. It was Namboodiripadu who played a major role in designing the organizational set up of the school youth festival, when he was working as a deputy director in the state education department. He was also in the news when Namboodidripadu handed over the school owned by his family to the government by receiving Rs 1 as remuneration.
Namboodiripadu has been practising yoga for the last 70 years. He wakes up at five in the morning. He used to do intense yoga for at least an hour until recently. However, he now sticks to half an hour of just breathing exercises following the advice of his doctors. The centenarian, who has not complained of any breathing difficulties or lung diseases until now, owes his wellness and health to yoga.
For TS Kalyana Raman, the chairman of the Kalyan Jewellery group, yoga has been a vital part of his daily life since the last 40 years. No matter how late he sleeps, Kalayana Raman makes sure to practice yoga the next morning. He never complains of knee or joint pains, back ache or fatigue. The business honcho says that he does at least a few asanas or postures even when he suffers minor colds or run a fever. He believes that his immune system has improved due to regular yoga practice.
Chitran Namboodiripadu and Kalyana Raman say in unison that one would succumb to lethargy and ennui, especially during the lockdown days, if he/she wakes up without feeling energetic and optimistic. Their advice is to begin the day on a positive note by filling the mind with happiness, peace and amazing thoughts.