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Published: Saturday August 17, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday August 17, 2013 MYT 11:38:14 AM

Expat@Home: Engineer and yoga instructor feels relaxed in Malaysia

AFTER living in Malaysia for two years, Art of Living Sudarshan Kriya teacher Vaibhavi Fukey loves the pace of life here.

Malaysia, according to her, is as relaxed as the two-hour Sudarshan Kriya and yoga sessions she teaches on weekends.

Sudarshan Kriya practised in the Art of Living (AOL) Foundation worldwide is a combination of several de-stressing breathing and yoga exercises which harmonises the body, mind and emotions.

“This unique breathing technique eliminates stress, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration and depression, leaving you calm yet energised, focused yet relaxed,” said Vaibhavi, 39, from Nagpur, India, who is a process oil and gas engineer.

She lives in a condominium near KL Sentral, the transportation hub located in the heart of the city.

“In a true sense, I believe Malaysia is truly Asia as it has embraced all the diverse regional cultures. Malaysia’s rich biodiversity fascinates me.

“The nature walk at Lake Gardens is really refreshing. It is like having a mini forest in the middle of a city, which I find very unique. I feel at home in Malaysia.”

During her free time, Vaibhavi loves the nature walks and practices yoga with her husband amidst the fresh and clean environment of the Lake Gardens.

Sudarshan Kriya was first discovered in 1980 in Shimoga, India when Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a humanitarian and spiritual leader, went into a 10-day period of silence.

Through various breathing techniques, Sudarshan Kriya allows stress to leave the nervous system, making one at peace with oneself.

When one is at peace with oneself, one feels at home in any place, situation or circumstance.

In this respect, she has found Malaysians a peace-loving people.

“I have also found Malaysians love celebrating and socialising. Their warm and friendly mannerisms make them very approachable.”

Malaysia, is a place where you can find “cool” hideaways in the highlands as well as sandy beaches and rich, humid mangroves.

Vaibhavi believes that maintaining good health has become a challenge.

Stress, anxiety and depression are known to be significant factors in the onset and progression of a wide spectrum of illnesses ranging from back pain to asthma, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer.

For health benefits, Vaibhavi said the AOL Foundation promotes stress management techniques that have been validated by modern medical science. These simple, yet powerful breathing practices can cut the costs of healthcare. It is also easy for Malaysians to learn and practise in their daily lives.

Before coming to Malaysia. Vaibhavi spent six months in Bangkok. Prior to that, she was in Aberdeen, Scotland for two years and before that, in Paris. Her job takes her on a globetrotting mission and she has not been in India for six years.

She has also stayed in Abu Dhabi for a year and spent six months in Jakarta. Vaibhavi holds a Masters in chemical engineering from the prestigious Mumbai University.

She has worked as a process engineer in the oil and gas industry for the past 15 years.

Currently, she works with an offshore mooring operations in Kuala Lumpur as a principal process engineer.

Her husband, Kishore Badrinath, runs an organic food business.

Vaibhavi actively practises and teaches Sudarshan Kriya with AOL on weekends. AOL is an educational and humanitarian movement engaged in stress-management and service initiatives.

For more on AOL, go to www.artofliving.org/my-en. She can be contacted at vaibhavi108.aol@gmail.com

Tags / Keywords: Lifestyle, Central Region, Health

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