Foreword to the
4th Edition (2012)
by Ken Cabral, Sunita’s Son
… in the early 1960’s to have laid the foundation for Yoga as we know it today. “Living in the present” and “doing one thing at a time’” we say now. She was saying and teaching this philosophy 50 years ago.
During the 1960’s, articles and pictures of my mother promoting Pranayama Yoga regularly appeared in local and occasionally national newspapers (Page 78) together with appearances on local television. On 10 March 1963 she appeared on national television in “What’s my Line?” (Page 79). My mother dressed in a Sari and was allowed to give one clue, the panel then had to guess her occupation via a series of questions – they didn’t !
As a teacher in local education, she managed to ‘coax’ children from different nationalities to come together through Pranayama Yoga and dance and was in the process of promoting this concept through other schools in the Midlands (Page 67).
Looking forward, there were plans for a series on Pranayama Yoga on national television, a lecture tour in America, and research into the influence and benefits of Pranayama Yoga on the spinal column at the Neurosurgery Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Sunita introduced a unique form of Yoga. In order to relax both physically and mentally, one had to move correctly, breathe correctly and think correctly. She put together a series of postures (her words) which became the ‘First Movement’ – unique in Yoga. When practised at one’s own flow and rhythm, with each posture held for a moment, it does indeed become a movement.
Asthma, panic attacks, depression, temper, palpitations, were not talked about openly 50 years ago, but the breathing exercises which could help reduce these symptoms were included in the First Edition in 1965.
Do read through the philosophy. There will be a sentence that will relate to you and when you find it, you will experience what I mean. Let it become part of you. Use it at times of emotional difficulty and it will hold you together – always.