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Soul Searching

Thirty-six year old Ramneek Bansal is least apprehensive about his future.

Thirty-six year old Ramneek Bansal is least apprehensive about his future. “You have to live for the moment,” says the motivational speaker who has been conducting YES Plus,Youth Empower Skills workshops for over four years. In Chandigarh,he is preparing for a mega workshop that is being organised to mark the visit of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on November 9. The workshop,Bansal says,“ Is designed on scientific principles that ensure both mental and physical well-being.” The schedule will include lessons in breathing techniques,games,meditation,dance and music. “The aim is to empower the young to be more dynamic,focused and successful. It is important to deal with job pressures and be emotionally stable in order to create better relationships. One needs to connect to themselves and find inner solace,instead of searching for it outside.”

Bansal joined the Art of Living organisation while he was a student at IIT,Mumbai. “It had a positive impact on my academic performance and personality,I even pulled along a few friends and soon we had a room filled with students practicing breathing and meditation,” says Bansal. He enrolled for an advanced course while working at Citicorp. While a short stint as an independent consultant in Europe followed,Bansal decided that teaching was his calling. “You have to take the plunge,without fear or apprehension. I had savings that would last me a decade,but I did not worry about tomorrow. There are many others like me. I have been travelling and teaching for the last eight years now and will not trade it for anything.”

The IIM alumnus points out that it is important to speak to the youth in a language that is familiar to them. “We help them express themselves,share a better bond with their parents,deal with break-ups,sustain relationships,discuss career opportunities,lookout for better professional prospects and then balance it all internally by accepting every situation and being secure within,” says Bansal.