Redefining Lifestyles…… the Indian Way

Dr. Navniit Gandhi
Sunday, February 19, 2017

There could not have been a name more apt than Harmony House, for the place that it is.

Rabindranath Tagore would certainly be pleased that many decades after he would cease to exist, some wise lady thousands of miles away would truly understand the meaning of Harmony. Founded by Wajeeha Habib in her house and co-founded by Aruna Ladva , Shaikha & Mona Al Arfaj --Harmony House has quite understood the essence and depth of Tagore’s words, who had said: “The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence.”

Nestled in a serene neighbourhood of Rumaithiya, the Harmony House Meditation Centre was founded 14 years ago, and claims (very correctly so), on its web-page that ‘Everything you need is right here inside of you’. It is a network of local and International facilitators who have been meditating; delivering lectures; conducting classes and seminars and engaging in activities that aim at enhancing one’s ‘awareness’ of oneself. Inspired by the thought of giving something back to the Community, this HH attracts aspiring learners from all nationalities. There are courses offered in English, Hindi and Arabic. It regularly holds meditation hours, lectures, workshops and seminars. And, it does not charge its participants.



Some wise soul has described Yoga beautifully: ‘When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.’ And, it is this sense of peace that is written large on the calm face of Shaikha who herself teaches Raja Yoga to the seekers, some of whom happen to be Indians. Shaikha quips with a laugh: “Some find it very amusing that I, a Kuwaiti, am teaching Yoga to Indians”. A Civil Engineer by profession, with maternal roots tracing back to India, she beautifully manages her professional and spiritual pursuits. While truly living her goal of an elevated and conscious existence, she also chose to eat healthy food and offered the same to others in her entrepreneurial venture: The Ginger Restaurant at the Al-Muthanna Complex, which offers Vegan and Satvik Thai food. She has combined the teaching of Raja Yoga which makes one non-violent in thoughts, with Satvik Food- which is non-violent food, at Ginger.

Shaikha invites Yoga Experts and Speakers to speak on Nutrition or Spirituality, from India and devotes herself too whole-heartedly. “Earlier, I believed that India was a rich nation, owing to all its jewels and palaces and material resources. However, I am convinced today that India’s richness lies in her spiritual wealth. Cutting across religious lines, there is an overwhelming treasure of spiritual beliefs in India. Every year I go to India, and even organize retreats for inner peace, for the Arabs”, says Shaikha. Having initially faced opposition to the ideas and practices she chose to follow, she now calmly declares that, “I do not believe in obstacles. I not only believe that things happen and they take their own course when they have to, but I also have understood that when your objectives are pure, everything falls in place.”

A firm believer in the Karmic notion that ‘the more we give to the society, the more we receive’, Shaikha Al Arfaj’s life is synonymous with healthier ways of living and eating. In the process, she may not know it but she has become a strong and a sturdy bridge between India and Kuwait…

Dr. Navniit Gandhi is an academic, an author, counsellor/trainer and a freelance writer/columnist. She writes extensively for several newspapers, magazines, web-portals and academic publications and has authored six Books till date. Raindrops — a collection of usual and unusual short love stories— published and released in Feb 2018 is her latest literary endeavor.
View Profile

Express your comment on this article

 
sb
Posted on Sunday, April 16, 2017

wow, I have been in Kuwait since last 12 years. never heard about this facility. Thanks navneet to inform us regarding this. I am very much interested. thanks a lot.

Ram Bhat
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dear Dr. Navniit, Thank you for bringing out this nice article. We are very happy to know about the great lady, Shaikha Al Arfaj and her Yoga activities for the public benefit. We wish her all the best.

Ram Bhat
Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Dear Dr. Navniit, Thank you for bringing out this nice article. We are very happy to know about the great lady, Shaikha Al Arfaj and her Yoga activities for the public benefit. We wish her all the best.

Umesh Sharma
Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017

This article / interview with Shaikha Al Arfaj appears to be an extension of your article 'A Satvik restaurant in Kuwait with its name 'Ginger'. Message of both articles is 'we are what we eat' and Yoga brings the harmony in life. Moreover, we come to know about wonderful Kuwaitis such as Shaikha Arfaj who are so nice and open in their perceptions and attitudes. Dr. Navniit! you have adopted an Extra ordinary approach to pass the message across. Congrats. Keep it up. God bless you.

Submit your comments...
     
Disclaimer: The views expressed here are strictly personal and IndiansinKuwait.com does not hold any responsibility on them. We shall endeavour to upload/publish as many of the comments that are submitted as possible within a reasonable span of time, but we do not guarantee that all comments that are submitted will be uploaded/published. Messages that harass, abuse or threaten other members; have obscene, unlawful, defamatory, libellous, hateful, or otherwise objectionable content; or have spam, commercial or advertising content or links are liable to be removed by the editors. We also reserve the right to edit the comments that do get published. Please do not post any private information unless you want it to be available publicly.
Image

India - Global host of 2018 World Environment Day

India is the global host of 2018 World Environment Day which is taking place on June 5, 2018. The t

Image

Students should proactively indulge in co-curricular activities - Raghavi Vishwanath an alumni of FAIPS Kuwait

When youngsters reach a pinnacle it is always a pleasure to learn more about their lives and how th

Image

A thought for Ramadan

Sunday, the 13th of May, 2018 Festival greetings, Happy Sunday greetings Mother’s Day greetings

Image

Kuwait Cricket - A Sense of accomplishment: Herschelle Gibbs

In the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20 Asia Qualifiers ‘A’ , the Kuwait's national crick

Image

Raindrops - Usual and Unusual Stories of love by Dr. Navniit Gandhi

Dear Readers, Dr Navniit Gandhi has penned a collection of 19 true, usual and a little unusu

Image

Love is in air when he sings, Shahbaz Aman

What could be the appropriate adjective to describe this man; singer; composer; or an unusual embod

Image

Don’t Want a Day… Want a Deal!

I am a Woman and like me, there are countless other women out there who do not want Days to commemo

Image

My heart, my soul and all my sincerity is for this country – Ajiaz Ahmad Sarfaraz

“By serving this great country for more than three decades, I feel that the word ‘great’ fully appl

Image

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work! – Nomaan Sidiq Budroo, Captain of Kuwait U-19 Cricket Team

Kuwait Cricket’s National U 19 team returned home after their best ever performance in the ICC U 19

Image

A Walk in the Garden…

Our garden in Salmiya is an exciting learning-place… Every walk in it, teaches something every time

Image

True sense of Indian luxury at Asha’s Restaurant

Who doesn’t like a luxurious dine out once in a while with families and friends? What if it is coup

Image

Zafran Indian Bistro with innovative Indian Cuisines

Indian Cuisines are packed with interesting ingredients and enticing aromas that make it super deli

Image

New Menu at Zafran Puts Contemporary Spin on the Traditional

Fans of Zafran can rejoice as the popular Indian bistro launches a new menu this week. The front

Image

A nostalgic and delicious train journey in Kuwait at Kerala Express Restaurant

A train journey during our annual vacation in India is definitely a nostalgic experience for many o

Image

22 Yards Cricket Academy Summer Camp For Cricket Coaching

22 Yards Cricket Academy, a professionally run Cricket coaching center having its 16th year of succ

Image

KCWA organized ‘Play on Indoor Sports’

Kuwait Canara Welfare Association (KCWA), for the first time organized an Indoor “Play on Sports” e

Image

Don Bosco Oratory (DBO) Beat Kuwait Independents Hockey (KIH) 1/0 in The First 2018 DBO Hockey Tourunament

Kuwait, Ahmadi – 12 May 2018, in what would one say “breathless showpiece” DBO and KIH. It was anot

Image

Kuwait Cricket set to host ICC World Twenty20 Asia Qualifier ‘A’

Whilst this is not the first International tournament to be hosted in Kuwait, this particular editi

Image

Himanta Biswa Sarma elected BAI President

Assam Health and Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was on Tuesday unanimously elected the Badm