Rajabhat University in Lampang, Thailand has embraced Neohumanist Education’s YES program with over 400 students choosing to practice yoga and kaoshiki regularly. Three professors from the University attended a Bio-psychology workshop at CNS-Sweden in Ydrefors.The University completed a million baht study last year that lasted over six months and found that the Neohumanist approach to yoga is
good for students’ all round well being and concentration. Prof. Nuntaka Taweepkul, Prof. Yupa, Dr. Tipawan and colleagues are teaching a course on Self Development and Quality of Life using Neohumanist techniques including Yoga. 1500 students in the university have taken the classes. Eighteen persons are trained to give the training to the 1500 students. Now, a yoga club is also being started under the guidance of Professor Surachai and his colleagues from the Faculty of Education and Psychology.
Dr. Shambhushivananda who brought yoga and Neohumanist Education modalities into Lampang and the surrounding areas eight years ago participated in a special performance given by students of the University during his visit last November, 2007.In January, five weeks of yoga were provided as a supplemental activity to about 400 students who study science as a quality of life subject. A brief lecture about brainwaves and positive thinking was included. Dada Shiilabhadrananda also conducted a workshop for staff and students.
Recently, Mumfort College in Chiang Mai invited Prof. Kitiawan from Bangkok due to a growing interest in Neohumanist Philosophy among its staff and students in Northern Thailand. As a result of the yoga-kids program of Rakrook Neohumanist Nursery, the Assumption School has also included yoga training in its curriculum. The graduates of Neohumanist Yoga Centre are teaching yoga and neohumanist methods at different places now.Sangklabhuri
Dada Ramakrsnananda’s project now has 50 children. 40 volunteers passed through his project last year. With a donation he received from Norway he built a weaving center. During his recent visit, Dada Shambhushivananda inspected Didi Ananda Anuraga’s school. She will build a three story building for more space for the school within the same campus. 250 children are currently in the school. 80 of them are from the children’s home run by Didi Ananda Devamala.
On his recent visit to Bangkok, Dada Shambhushivananda initiated CNS Thailand with it’s center in Bangkok. Jayadhiira and Nandita are coordinating the proposed centre in Bangkok under the guidance of Dada Krpamaya.
Cirebon, West Java By Didi VaniiI have been here since May 2002. We have a Play Group and Kindergarten.
The school is using a 315m2 building on a 603m2 piece of land which is located in a quiet section of the city. Normally we have 20-25 students and last year we had 25 students. This year we have 15 students. We have 4 teachers including a principal. The children have morning circle, asanas or PT exercises alternately, and do a simple meditation with kiirtan totalling 30 minutes. All the activities are led by the teachers. Last November the Education Department came to school for Accreditation, and we got an A (89, 43) mark.To help with the finances I started teaching a Free English Course for everybody; 1 class for kindergarten, 1 class for elementary, Junior and senior high school and also for adults (one class for each grade). In this way, I also utilize and refresh my English since Indonesian is my second language. One class is for an hour, some twice a week, some once a week. Beside that, I have private class. In this way I am also earning some money. The other purpose of the free class was to promote our school since many people didn’t know about ourAMSAI school. In the beginning many people didn’t believe
that there was a free class. I started in January 2008 with 1-3 students. Now I have 14 students for the private class, and about 50 students for the free class.The school program runs in the morning, so I utilize the place for the private and free class in the afternoon. I am planning to get more English teachers and a Mandarin teacher, and then expand it to an English and Mandarin course. In this way we can help people to earn their living and teach them to do some service by teaching a free class to those who can’t afford to pay.