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Art of living for old capital

Priya Chand
Thursday, March 07, 2013

ABOUT 100 members gathered in Levuka Town hall for a session of multicultural songs and knowledge celebration with International Art of Living teacher and renowned singer Praveen Mehta.

Mehta's musical celebrations are very divine and Levuka Town was filled with spiritual music as villagers from Vuma, Tokou and Levuka gathered for an Art of Living (AOL) event.

Recently, 105 Ovalau residents attended the breath, water, sound courses conducted by AOL volunteer teacher Asenaca Ashwini Prabha.

A special free course designed for rural settlements which focuses on health, happiness and empowerment, a champion rugby team on the island also undertook the training to help them with sports.

Businessman Bhupen Khatri said he didn't think it was possible to have such an event in Levuka.

"I'm grateful that AOL courses are now accessible to the rural community here," he said.

Lesi, one of the participant said he no longer woke up angry and handled his emotions calmly.

"The AOL helped me appreciate simple things and take responsibility for my health, my family and my community," he said.

The AOL Foundation is a not-for-profit, educational and humanitarian NGO engaged in stress management, trauma relief and service initiatives; operating globally in 152 countries.

Training in special breathing technique, tips on food and water consumption, community projects by students and light meditation are some of the courses offered on Ovalau.