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6-14 June 2017
Founded by Shri. Adinarayanan and Smt. Smrithi , Anaadi Foundation is a Socio-spiritual organization dedicated to Self-Unfoldment of individuals . Anaadi in Sanskrit means "beginningless". It represents pure consciousness which has neither beginning nor end. Anaadi Foundation is named so as the organisation does not have a "characteristic" beginning. It flowed as a natural next step in our lives. Anaadi Foundation offers a platform where those connected with us can experience their beginningless nature and lead a life of happiness, fulfillment and selfless service.
With rich experience in academia, Anaadi's founders are committed to the enhancement of student and teacher motivation, access to education and enhancement of the quality of education. Our programs for teachers and students encompass insights from various domains.
Adinarayanan and Smrithi have been in academia for over a decade. They have interacted with more than ten thousand students during their tenure at Amrita University. Interacting with these students have helped them develop an eye for factors that motivate students and challenges students face inside and outside the classroom. The rich exposure in academia has provided the necessary background to design programs that are relevant to students and teachers Not only do students face challenges, but teachers too experience a great deal of stress trying to manage multiple aspects of their profession. On one side, students need to be motivated and prepared inorder to receive the education that is offered to them and on the other side, teachers need to be equipped to play their roles effectively. With deep understanding of the teaching and learning process from the perspective of psychology, cognitive sciences and pedagogy, Anaadi Foundation has designed various interesting and relevant programs for teachers and students. In colloboration with EduSeva Technologies , which was started under the mentorship of Adinarayanan and Smrithi, high-end technology workshops are offered at schools and colleges. This equips students to get better career opportunities by enhancing their programming and problem-solving skills. The Joy of Learning and Joy of Teaching program appeal to the intellect and emotions of students and teachers by combining concepts of goal-setting, self-reflection, motivation and leading a purposeful life. So far more than 5000 students and 300 teachers have been impacted by these programs. Anaadi Foundation sincerely believes that high-quality education should be available to everyone without any barriers and a scientic temper has to be inculcated in children during their developmental stages. Exciting technological solutions and programs have been planned for the future.
Exposure to the Indian tradition and principles from our culture can help lead a self-reliant, successful and happy life. We have designed a number of programs, deep rooted in Indian principles, offered in a very contemporary manner.
One key challenge that our society faces is that many youngsters are cut off from their roots. This distancing does not happen only because of migration but largely due to lack of exposure to indigenous principles. World over there is a movement of youth rediscovering and reconnecting with their traditional ethos. The reason why this is important is civilizational best practices passed on from one generation to another form the culture of the land and it is important to preserve this continuum In all aspects of human endeavour, the Indian tradition has attained great amount of refinement through thousands of years of practice and we have numerous ways of handing these best practices down to generations. Guru Shishya parampara is one of the most powerful ways of imparting this valuable knowledge. Samanya dharma, or societal discourse has also been prescribed to imbibe these customs and traditions.
Recognizing that exposure to principles from Indian Culture can transform the lives of young people, we have adopted a multi-modal approach for youth to know, understand and apply the principles.
One principal approach we have adopted is that of story telling combined with modern scientific frameworks. Our Mahabharata sessions are immersive and imaginative providing deeper insights into the rich traditions of ancient India. The Yatras and retreat programs have also been designed to make youth aware the geographical, ecological and cultural diversity of India. The culture based programs are designed with the aim of making traditional knowledge accessible and relevant to modern times.
In this fast paced world, health and well-being need to be cared for. Simple yogic practices can help take care of most issues we face today. Our yoga and self-reflection based programs have a deep impact on the physical, mental and emotional dimensions
Many of the ailments that people have can be traced to poor lifestyle habits. Improper diet and lack of exercise can pose serious issues when continued for a long period of time. Awareness and simple yogic practices can go a long way in maintaining proper balance in our system.
The Indian Yogic system, after years of experimentation, practice and refinement has reached a stage where its essence can be of benefit to all who adopt it. Regular practice keeps the vital energy intact in the body and can keep one away from most ailments.
Yogic practices are woven into every program offering at Anaadi Foundation. Tailor made for people of all ages, including children, the practices impact the body, mind and emotions.
The Soukya yoga program includes simple and easy to integrate postures and breathing practices.
Dynamic yoga is ideal for children and youth as it keeps them active.
Advanced asanas are taught in a personalized manner.
Having spent more than 100 days in mouna, Adinarayanan strongly felt the need for young people to spend some time in silence and self-reflection. Silence helps to cleanse the system and rejuvenates it.
Anaadi is working towards taking these simple practices to a large number of youth mainly to channelize their energies and help them lead a more meaningful and vibrant life.
At Anaadi, we envision a learning space for sustainability and self=reliance. We also envision creating sustainable businesses that can transform the entrepreneurial landscape. In tune with the UN's Sustainability Development Goals, the sustainable living space will serve as a scalable and replicable model.
A world renowned spiritual leader and mother Mata Amritanandamayi shared recently at a gathering that “Education without any emphasis on values, Sophistication without any emphasis on culture, Development without any concern for nature, and Lifestyle that disregards health” are the root causes of many problems faced by humanity. More and more people are realising that the problems that face us in current times are interlinked systemically. A compartmentalised approach to solving each problem has given way to looking at it as a whole system. This change in vision and approach has a fundamental transformative effect especially when the worldview is inclusive and holistic.
Sustainability has been an underlying theme of all the activities at Anaadi, Be it the integration of holistic food in our programs or the exposure to a variety of ecosystems through our Yatras. The Childre's leadership Awakening Program (CLAP) has also been designed to make children more compassionate towards and conscious of ecology.
More about our vision for sustainability HERE
Adinarayanan, founder, Anaadi Foundation is a Tapasvi and visionary teacher. With a decade of teaching experience at Amrita University, he co-founded Anaadi Foundation for societal well-being. He has an MS in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University and was with the Software Industry before moving into academics. At Amrita University he has reached out to more than ten thousand students through his Computer Science, Yoga and Cultural Education based courses. In December 2015, he offered a week long experiential retreat program based on Yoga and Mahabharata at Rishikesh. In May 2016 Adinarayanan presented his thoughts on Shakthi Worldview at the Integral Ecology, Earth Spirituality and Economics conference held at Bodo, Norway which was attended by business and economics professors from across the globe. He also led a meditation session there. He conducted a yoga and meditation retreat at L'Aquila, Italy. In June 2016 Adinarayanan offered discourse on the Mahabharata and it's relevance in modern times at a week long summer camp organized at Rikhiapeeth, Jharkhand associated with Bihar School of Yoga. About 500 children were part of this camp. He has spent more than 100 days in Mouna Tapasya for the well being of all.
Smrithi Rekha Adinarayanan is the co-founder of Anaadi Foundation. She is pursuing research on Cognitive Science and Education Technology with CREATE Labs. She was a faculty at the CSE Department, Amrita University from 2005-2013. She has an MS in Information Systems from University at Buffalo, USA and Amrita University. Before moving to Amrita, she was with Infosys Technologies, Bangalore. With a rich experience in teaching and research, Smrithi has inspired several teachers and students through her insights on the teaching and learning process. In 2015, she was at the University of L'Aquila, Italy as Visiting Professor. A regular practitioner of Yoga and a technology enthusiast, she blends meditation, technology, humor and stories in all her sessions. She devotes her energies in designing the various initiatives and programs of Anaadi Foundation.
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