Friday, June 30, 2017

Temple Yoga - Purpose and Philosophy

The main purpose and philosophy of Temple Yoga is promoting functionality of our devotees and all others interested. This means that devotees, regardless of age should be able to carry on the DALs - daily activities of life such as sit, walk, cook, think rationally, play chess or tennis, travel, drive, solve all kinds of problems, help humanity, worship and also stand on one's own feet even if one is 90 or 100 years of age. Yoga helps in achieving this objective. No one is condemned by nature to suffer loss of functionality just because he or she is growing old. Life styles could impact our health to a surprisingly great extent, more than our DNA.

We are glad that there is a sizeable outreach community participating in our weekly yoga class and finds our classes very secular. The Inter-Faith Coalition of Fulton County's Health Promotion Department organized a Workshop at HTA in April 2014. Temple Yoga has been organizing the annual Yoga Workshop when leading physicians, specialists and others interested participate on a voluntary basis.

 First Temple Yoga gives students the fundamentals of Yama and Niyama without which there can be no yoga. Then under the Asthanga Yoga of Patanjali there are Asana and Pranayama. The other four following steps viz., Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi are learnt intuitively by anyone who has mastered the first four, and so we don't instruct them lest we insult human intelligence.

 Over these decades we have had hundreds of persons learn physical and breathing exercises to promote their cardio-vascular functionality, to obtain cures from body aches such as neck pain and back pain, asthma, cancer management, diabetes, mental depression, migraines,  monthly menstrual cycles, menopause,  and so forth. Can we put a dollar-value on such cures and health restoration? More importantly, yoga is the best preventive or prophylactic medicine and has proved itself over two millennia as the best evidence-based medicine. It is great in promoting homeostasis and helps people appreciate what a miraculous biochemical and biomechanical factory the human body is. SMART or Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques, a program promoted in Boston in the Sixties by Harvard Medical School professionals was very much based on good old Yoga.

Our students come to appreciate how the human body is a hologram of the universe, containing every one of the dozens of elements found in the chemical periodic table. This knowledge together with exercises helps anyone interested to come to get rid of even stubborn sicknesses and enjoy radiant and robust physical and mental health which alone can ensure better quality of life like Patanjali and other savants envisaged. Without health humans pay a heavy price (such as $2,5 Trillion in America alone) and their quality of life suffers, and  become a burden to society. Our faulty decisions under sickness cost society some more. We become "Prithvi bhara" as in "Prithvi bhara nasho Mukandaha" like Kulashekhara Alwar states in Mukundamala.

We invite all devotees and others to join us weekly and help us spread physical and mental health. 

The principal instructor is Sudhanva Char who obtained his Yoga Teaching Certification in 1984. He has been practising yoga for several decades and has trained several others in teaching yoga. He has published technical papers on yoga in refereed journals. He wrote a book on Agricultural Income Tax, published by Commerce in 1969.  Currently, after retirement in 2012, he serves as adjunct Professor, Biostatistics, Life University. Atul Khorana is the manager of Temple Yoga and communicates with yoga persons and others, besides running the YOGAHTA website.He too teaches yoga. Dr. Tulsi and Dr. Raju Vanapalli facilitate and adviseTemple Yoga.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sat June 18 Norcross Flyer update

This is the updated flyer for the Saturday Yoga event at Chimaya Niketan.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

19 June IDY at HTA








People of all age groups are invited to attend

It is Free


Dr.SUDHAVANA CHAR will do a presentation on the Health benefits (physical and emotional) of Yoga.  Also, he will teach the basics of yoga, breathing techniques and about advanced Yoga positions.  There will be sessions for beginners and people with experience in Yoga. He will have a QA sessions to clear any doubts



Wear comfortable clothes

Have light breakfast before the beginning of the sessions

If possible, bring a Yoga mat or towel

Monday, May 11, 2015

Yoga as a business

Time to implement it in the Temple and get the Yoga Building constructed soon! See the following:

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Yoga rooms at some airports

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

June 21 International Yoga Day participation

United Nations International Day of Yoga (IDY) June 21, 2015

On September 27, 2014 Prime Minister Narendra Mody called upon the United Nations to adopt June 21 as the International Day of Yoga. That day happens to be the Summer Solstice and also the longest day of the year in earth’s northern hemisphere. As many as 175 countries cosponsored the resolution including USA, Canada and China, underscoring the overwhelming importance of yoga for robust physical and mental health, for sustaining high energy levels, fostering a resilient immune system and inherent homeostasis, and otherwise overcoming numerous health problems associated with the body and the mind.

In America several events have been planned to celebrate IDY such as at the Times Square, Florida State University, Broadway and many others. In Atlanta it is inspiring and heartening that Mr. R. Srinivasan, Acting Consul General of India, Atlanta 30342, has seized the initiative and proposed a Congregation of all Yoga enthusiasts, and others inquisitive or interested, on the morning of June 21, 2015.  We are proposing that the event be held either at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta (HTA) with a large banquet hall permitting large gatherings and yoga demos, power point presentations and other media events including annual Yoga Workshops.

HTA pioneered free Yoga classes almost a quarter century ago and continues to impart yoga training for both Hindus and to the outreach non-Hindu communities in Atlanta. Evidentially, over these years, hundreds have benefitted from such training both in a prophylactic sense as well as in overcoming numerous health problems including asthma, arthritis, cardio-vascular hassles, diabetes, high and low blood pressure and body aches, not to mention stress management. It has helped women regularize monthly cycles, and helped pregnant women have natural delivery of healthy babies. Menopausal women have found relief in yoga. Yoga has helped with migraine headaches too. Several persons wanting to visit mountainous pilgrim locales with such as Manas Sarovar, Kedarnath, Badrinath and others have taken training in breathing exercises before visiting them so that could cope with the serious challenge of fewer oxygen molecules at high altitudes. Yoga provides perhaps the very best remedy for depression and for promoting positive feelings.

We wish to highlight and publicize the immense benefits of Yoga for health and for shoring up high energy levels. Yoga contributes significantly to rationalize health care expenditures in a favorable way. Please join and help.

Let us have your practical strategy/suggestions how we may go about organizing this event such that it has the maximum positive outcome.

Sudhanva V. Char, (Certified Yoga Instructor)

(, 770-381-6208)

Hindu Temple of Atlanta (

5851 GA Highway 85, Riverdale, GA 30274

Thursday, March 26, 2015

May 10 Sunday movie at HTA

Movie at HTA on May 10. Contacts are in flyer attached.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Yoga at Aetna

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ancient Science

22 Reasons To Believe ancient Bharat Is Based On Science

People are advised to worship Neem and Banyan tree in the morning. Inhaling the air near these trees, is good for health.

If you are trying to look ways for stress management, there can’t be anything other than Hindu Yoga aasan Pranayama (inhaling and exhaling air slowly using one of the nostrils).

Hindu temples are built scientifically. The place where an idol is placed in the temple is called ‘Moolasthanam’. This ‘Moolasthanam’ is where earth’s magnetic waves are found to be maximum, thus benefitting the worshipper.

Every Hindu household has a Tulsi plant. Tulsi or Basil leaves when consumed, keeps our immune system strong to help prevent the H1N1 disease.

The rhythm of Vedic mantras, an ancient Hindu practice, when pronounced and heard are believed to cure so many disorders of the body like blood pressure.

Hindus keep the holy ash in their forehead after taking a bath, this removes excess water from your head.

Women keep kumkum bindi on their forehead that protects from being hypnotised.

                 हस्त ग्रास
Eating with hands might be looked down upon in the west but it connects the body, mind and soul, when it comes to food.

Hindu customs requires one to eat on a leaf plate. This is the most eco-friendly way as it does not require any chemical soap to clean it and it can be discarded without harming the environment.banana; palash leaves

Piercing of baby’s ears is actually part of acupuncture treatment. The point where the ear is pierced helps in curing Asthma.

Sprinkling turmeric mixed water around the house before prayers and after. Its known that turmeric has antioxidant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities.

The old practice of pasting cow dung on walls and outside their house prevents various diseases/viruses as this cow dung is anti-biotic and rich in minerals.

Hindus consider drinking cow urine to cure various illnesses. Apparently, it does balance bile, mucous and airs and a remover of heart diseases and effect of poison.

The age-old punishment of doing sit-ups while holding the ears actually makes the mind sharper and is helpful for those with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, learning difficulties and behavioural problems.

Lighting ‘diyas’ or oil or ghee lamps in temples and house fills the surroundings with positivity and recharges your senses.

Janeu, or the string on a Brahmin’s body, is also a part of Acupressure ‘Janeu' and keeps the wearer safe from several diseases.

Decorating the main door with ‘Toran’- a string of mangoes leaves;neem leaves;ashoka leaves actually purifies the atmosphere.

Touching your elder’s feet keeps your backbone in good shape.

Cremation or burning the dead, is one of the cleanest form of disposing off the dead body.

Chanting the mantra ‘Om’ leads to significant reduction in heart rate which leads to a deep form of relaxation with increased alertness.

           हनुमान चालीसा
Hanuman Chalisa, according to NASA, has the exact calculation of the distance between Sun and the Earth.

The ‘Shankh Dhwani’ creates the sound waves by which many harmful germs, insects are destroyed. The mosquito breeding is also affected by Shankh blowing and decreases the spread of malaria.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Fall session

Fall session yoga at HTA 1045 to 1145.

Yoga classes will begin on Sunday, August 10th.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Yoga Workshop by K. Vijayaraghavan on Sunday July 27th, 2014

                           Hindu Temple of Atlanta                                                                                                                     
Yoga Workshop by K. Vijayaraghavan
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Venue: Banquet Hall, HTA, 5851 GA Highway 85, Riverdale, GA 30274     (Phone: 770-907-7102)
Shri Vijayaraghavan, Yoga Expert, Chennai, conducted Yoga Worshop Part I last Sunday. He is a prolific writer and his thinking is crystal-clear thanks to his relentless practice of Yoga. He is the author of about 400 articles for “Economic Times”, a leading daily of India, on issues concerning life, living and creativity with specific reference to yoga, meditation and writings/teachings and epics of the East and the West. We are fortunate to have him amidst us and let us learn from his wisdom.
Yoga is a vast topic, but he will focus on the following in Part II:         
        - Patanjali Yoga
         - Yoga Nidra: The Full Sequence
        - 3 Pranayam (Breathing) Techniques
     - Address Queries by audience
     - Documents will be emailed to attendees.

Please attend in large numbers and benefit from this Workshop.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Summer Yoga at HTA

Hello Everyone

As you know it is summer time and kids take their families on vacation and away from the temple. However the temple is open and Dr Char has kindly agreed to organize Yoga classes during summer too if 5 or more students are willing to come during summer. The classes will be conducted in the Banquet Hall (Bal Vihar Building).

So if you are interested please email to the addresses below.

Dr Char
Naren Nagarur

Friday, November 29, 2013


Classes will begin Jan 5th.

Message from Dr Char:
Also Atul let us wish on our website a happy 2014 to all and wish them robust physical and mental health during the year.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Medical articles

There is urgent need for a review of alternative medical systems.These systems come complete with clinical tests and several millennia of anecdotal success stories. I do simple Yoga exercises. Believe it or not, I never had to take any medication, not even aspirin for over four decades, yes forty years. I am now on the wrong side of my sixties. Thanks to the exercise, and discipline I am not overweight, seldom suffer from a fever.

Because of drinking tap water even when I visit foreign countries, I do occasionally have suffered colds and runny noses. But when that happens, I resort to grandma's medication: Drink hot milk with turmeric powder boiled into it. My recovery time is hardly 12 hours.

I work some 16-17 hours and have had my share of roller coaster rides of life. But Yoga helps me stay cool and the mind stays clear. No confusions or clouds about what to do. Many persons have gotten cures for various health problems.

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Atul Gawande's New Yorker article <>


Hello Friends:
Please read the attached Wall Street Journal article by an alumnus of Harvard Medical School. It is circulated with no bad intentions, but just to spread  awareness among the Public so that they may ask the right questions when they go to the Hospital, instead selecting the Hospital on the basis of what the author states "parking space" availability! There are, according to the author, guys of that variety too. 
The best policy however, for us laymen, is to live a robust healthy life, not let life's problems worry us, and always on the daily basis do some exercise or the other, including walk or jog till you sweat even in cold weather. Or you could do the worst possible exercise, the four-letter word thing, starting with Y- - - !

Yours in health causes,
Sudhanva Char

Monday, June 17, 2013

Interfaith Summit

Dear Interfaith Summit Participant,

Thank you for your participation on ‘Barriers & Bridges: Integrating Faith, Science & Policy to Promote Health' Interfaith Coalition Summit on April 18, 2013. Together we have laid the foundation for a dialogue on faith and health and defined opportunities and roles to a healthier community.

We thank our session speakers for their participation and sharing the knowledge. Throughout the presentations and discussions, innovative ideas and suggestions were generated, new friendships and partnerships were formed and everyone in attendance learned the real impact of the health disparity and economics in our community. Throughout the discussion also was the need to integrate and foster the faith community collaboration and partnering skills necessary to achieve the objectives of healthy communities.

We are committing ourselves to this health movement working alongside the faith community. Interfaith Coalition is not just a campaign that has a beginning and an end but a continuous unceasing health movement envisioning us to be the healthiest county in Georgia. We  could be a part of the solution that fixes the hole on the bridge as it focuses on policy, systems and environmental changes to reduce the financial burden and the unnecessary suffering from chronic diseases.

Please click the links below for presentations and information from the speakers.

Ø  Speakers & Presentations

1.      Nazeera Dawood Presentation ( Why are we here & Paradigm Shift)
2.      Ken Lazarus & Dr. Taraz Samandari on HIV prevention. Click the link to view the Baha’i Community’s statement on HIV prevention. (Thank you Dr. Samandari)
3.      Affordable Care Act – Timothy Sweeney 
· - Health related blog entries 
· - Health policy briefs and fact sheets
·         Cover Georgia, a coalition of individuals and organizations working on the Medicaid expansion
4.      George Harris – Farm in Faith
Press release on the campaign
Facebook Page
5.       Open Hand Representatives (Laura & Tammy)
6.      Combating Asthma in the faith community  – Dr.LeRoy Graham
7.      Yoga & Health Benefits  – Dr. S.V.Char
8.      Leslie Magnum stretching exercise
9.      Mediterranean Cuisine  (Thank you United Health Care)

Ø  Pictures link to the Summit
Summit Pictures  (thank you Gilford Watson)

Ø  Interfaith Coalition 2012-2013
We thank the interfaith coalition members of 2012-2013 for their one year participation in the Collaborate for Healthy Weight national Initiative. For more information on the collaboration, click the link.

Ø  Panel Discussion
An interfaith dialogue is not a debate, it is an opportunity to listen and to share the foundations of what is important for each religious tradition while learning to understand the common elements inherent in each religion. We thank the following faith community panelists
·         Rev. Frank Cornelius Brown ,President, Concerned Black Clergy
·         Soumaya Khalifa, Executive Director, Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta (ISB)
·         Mr. Narendar Reddy, President, Hindu Temple of Atlanta
·         Rev. Dennis Meredith, Tabernacle Baptist Church
·         Simon Chu, Representing the Chinese Buddhist Community
·         Rev. Robby Jackson, Minister of Youth and Education
for their presence and we believe their voice and journey will advance us in achieving a healthier community.  And this is a journey that we all agreed we had to take. A journey that shows community power in numbers and diversity. A journey, where we must work together to create a healthier Fulton.

Ø  Feedback from you on the Summit (~30%)

·         85% of you felt that the summit objectives were clearly defined at the beginning of the event
·         90% of you felt that the summit helped you better understand the work of the interfaith coalition
·         93% felt that they understood the importance of integrating faith, science and policy to promote health
“ I was pleasantly surprised to see such a huge gathering participating with great interest in the discussion.  Hope this kind of frank discussion would help our communities.”  Narendar Reddy

“ I wanted to stand up and say before I left, that fear is the opposite of love, not hate. And that just spending time together is what the greatest dissipater of that fear.  But by the end, you and the panel had said everything. ” Lee Lambert

“ I learned so much, I couldn't seem to stop taking notes. Thank you for making some important steps and outstanding progress. ” Cornelia King

“  It was clear that the level of enthusiasm generated was high, and the good will in the room was palpable.” Don Rubin

Ø  Media Coverage: (Thank you AIB Team)
AIB Metro:  The segment featuring the Fulton County Interfaith Summit will air on Thursday, May 2nd at 6:30pm on Comcast Channel 5 and AT&T U-Verse Channel 6. You may also view AIBTV programming here online and broadcast air schedules are the same. The program will reair for the entire month of May at the given days/times below:
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., Fridays at 12:00 p.m., Saturdays at 12:00 p.m., Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.

Ø  Action Steps

      Interfaith Coalition is committed to carrying this effort forward. That said we want to hear from you further on some of your efforts underway to build the momentum generated in the summit. To do this effectively, we have to continue our dialogue on bringing the prevention to the forefront. We hope you will take time to share the information with your colleagues, families and friends who were not able to join us at this session.
      We are compiling the suggestions and ideas that participants raised throughout the presentation for improving local participation.
      In the near future, we will coordinate the efforts with the coalition members who are interested to be a part of this movement.
      We are in the process of planning a date, time and location for our next interfaith coalition meeting to form committees and create action plans.
Thank you to all the participants, speakers and the panelists. We would like to thank Dr. Patrice A. Harris and Dr. Matthew McKenna for their continuing support. We thank our coalition co-chairs for their dedication , FGTV, Strategy Group and thanks to our volunteers and behind the scene employees who helped us get the summit through successfully. Last but not the least; I thank my Health Promotion team Carolyn Atwater Wooten, Patricia J. Jackson, Lynnette Allen, Carla Williams, Elise Lockamy and interns Rachana Thakker & Courtlandt Fouche  for the team work and our friends, Walter, Bo Beep and Jerome from the Boulevard Corridor community.

Thank you once again for your participation. Do not hesitate to email or call us with questions.

Thank you,

Nazeera Dawood MBBS, MPH, CCRC
Health Promotion Program Manager
Fulton County Dept of Health & Wellness
265 Boulevard NE, Suite 423
Atlanta, GA 30312
Office:    404-613-1685
Cell:       404-583-7138
Efax:      404-893-6360  

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Articles on cancer, cells, veterans, botox, chairs, superbrain, White House...

Super brain yoga

Aeroplane yoga

White House Yoga and CA dispute

Hidden life of the cell

The following link emphasizes how prevention of cancer through strengthening the immune system is lot more important than trying to cure Cancer. The doctor also emphasizes more iodine input to ensure natural death of cells, called apoptosis. This is distinct from cells that don't die naturally and become cancerous.

5 signs of cancer

Veterans learning to teach yoga. Problem: We know yoga works but we do not know why it works? More research/data is needed to prove the point.  Maybe a breath/oxygen analyzer test? How to measure the peacefulness you feel?

Veterans learning to teach yoga

Here is an interesting video on the yoga botox method. It is close to the Narasimha asasna (Lion pose).

Yoga Botox

New kind of chairs in classroom

Sunday, February 17, 2013


The Hindu Temple of Atlanta
5851, GA HWY 85, RIVERDALE, GA 30274
Phone Number 770-907-7102
Dr Sudhanva V Char (, Atul Khorana ( 

Date: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Time: 10:45 AM - 1 PM (2+ hours)
Venue: Banquet Hall (Bala Vihar Building)
Cost: FREE
1: Invocation: Vande Gurunam Charanaravinde.... Pranamami Patanjalim (All can join).
2: Welcome: Temple President
3: Human Anatomy and Physiology and Yoga: Dr. Mangaraju Vanapalli
4: Speakers: Dr. Srinivas Gangasani, Dr. Jayanthi Srinivasiah, and Dr. Tulasi Vanapalli, and others
5: Scientific Evidence from Controlled Studies in Yoga: Presentation by: Dr Sudhanva Char
6: Anecdotal Evidence: Individual Presentations: Dr. A. Abhiraman. and others
: Tertium Quid
        The workshop is FREE to attend
Yoga Positives:
1. Stress management is made easy, and stress is the mother of 80% of all illness
2. Improves cardio-vascular efficacy and hastens homeostasis
3. Skeleton-muscular system is strengthened
4. Helps menopausal women manage change
5. Helps regularize monthly cycles and during pregnancy/delivery
6. Yoga hailed as the best prophylaxis and even as future medicine
7. Slows the Aging process, prevents arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis
8. Yoga assures enduring physical and mental fitness and spiritual progress.
9. Millions Practice it routinely worldwide, 20 million in America alone
10. Yoga has stood the test of time and proved itself for several millennia.
11. Regular Yoga practice guarantees that you  seldom fall sickness, otherwise enjoy robust health
12. Helps develop objectivity, positive feelings, Yoga-depression become an oxymoron!
Yoga Negatives:
1. Needs to be practiced habitually!
2. Devours about 20-30 minutes of your precious time each time!
3. Makes a practitioner maladjusted amongst non-practitioners making you more efficient than non-practitioners!
For over 21 years regular Yoga Classes are conducted at the Temple between 11:00 AM and 12 PM every Sunday.
The classes are FREE to attend. Registration can be done on the day of the event.

References: Yoga Articles by Dr S Char ( Dec2005, Jan2006 , Feb2006, Sep2005, Sep2006, and more.