of the Padma Shri Award for the Year 2004, Dr. Nimbalkar personifies
the practice of Yoga in his talk and demeanor. When I meet him at his
daughter's home in Waltham,
his conversation is interspersed with topics such as Yogic Science,
Yoga therapy, naturopathy and the benefits of this practice for a
healthful living. Soft-spoken, gentle and patient, he says his ultimate
dream is to bring yoga to every doorstep’ where it becomes a part and
parcel of every household. To spread this message he founded the Yoga
Vidya Niketan (YVN) in Mumbai along with wife Shakuntala who assists
him in this endeavor. The Government of Maharashtra has recognized it
as a Special Institute for Yoga Education & Research.
S. P. Nimbalkar is retired Vice Principal of Junior College in Mumbai.
His Guru Swami Kuvalayanandaji, Founder-Director of world renowned Yoga
Institute Kaivalyadhama, at Lonavala, India
has been a pioneer in research work in Yogic Science which adopts a
scientific approach towards Yoga. Formally a Physical education
instructor, Nimbalkar learnt form his Guru the benefits of Yoga and
soon adapted it to his lifestyle. As a teacher himself, he realized
that the best way to impart this education is to teach to the teachers
themselves. So he developed a Diploma in Yogic Science – a Teachers’
Training Course (One Year Part-Time) and a Short Duration Teachers’
Training Course (Residential) at the Institute.
emphasize breathing, meditation, and relaxation. Teachers receive
individual attention and are encouraged to work within their individual
capacities. Classes often focus on a specific theme such as a yoga
posture, a yoga sutra, breath adaptation -- or on particular parts of
the body such as lower back, spine, neck and shoulders. Other courses
such as a Diploma in Yoga Therapy and in Natural Living &
Naturopathy (N.D.) are also offered.
Nimbalkar has written a number of books on Yoga. His book 'Aarogyasathi
Yoga' won the National Award in 1978; also this book has achieved a
record sale of over one lakh copies. His other book on 'Pranayama' was
honored with a state Award in 1979. His book 'Swasthya Ke Liye Yoga'
got the financial assistance for its publication from Government of
India, Ministry of Health and Education and this book was the main
attraction in 'Mystic India' Exhibition held at New Delhi in 1997.
On his numerous visits to the US to his daughter’s home who resides in Boston,
he has conducted workshops on Yoga for Health and Peace, Yoga for Women
and has given talks at Doctors’ meet in various states within the US.
His plans for the future: “To develop a diploma in Natural Living and
Yogic Therapy. In the end, I hope that just as people get together in
each other homes for dinner and festivities, they should get together
for Yoga in the same way. It should be a subject for pleasure”.