IAYT recognizes 2021 Seva Award recipient

Each year the International Association of Yoga Therapists celebrates selfless service through its Seva Award, which recognizes individuals bringing yoga therapy to unserved populations. Seva translates to selfless service and denotes acting out of service for others, with no expectation of reward in return.

This year IAYT, with the support of Give Back Yoga Foundation, recognized Arnab Bishnu Chowdhury, C-IAYT, for Project Susthiti: an ongoing initiative blending music therapy with yoga therapy to help healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients in India.

In this video, Chowdhury discusses his motivation for the project and its positive impact on healthcare workers in hospitals.

Susthiti denotes stability and wellness,” explains Chowdhury, and this project “helps with stress, anxiety, burnout, and depression so that we can heal the caregivers in order to raise their caregiving capacities.”

Chowdhury incorporates into online and recorded sessions light asana (physical yoga postures), pranayama (breathing techniques), and the guided meditation of Yoga Nidra. Trained in classical Indian music, he incorporates original therapeutic compositions to support healing and deep rest.

Watch the video to learn more and listen to an excerpt from one of Chowdhury’s Yoga Nidra sessions.