MPA Life from a Student Perspective

 





We are an inclusive school grounded in the exploration of consciousness and the human experience. 



Who does well at MPA? 

Someone who has a passion for adventure, personal growth, and challenge. Someone who thrives in environments that foster independence, grit, curiosity and creativity. Someone who is interested in self-development through the practice of yoga, meditation, reflection, prayer, and service. 

 

 

What you will experience?

Lifelong friendships. Unforgettable trips and adventures. Challenging classes with a global perspective. Opportunities to learn to play kirtan and learn tablas. 3am Seva at the Golden Temple. Kundalini Yoga teacher training. Many, many competitions (basketball, kabbadi, bhangra, yoga, skits…). 

 

 

When you graduate, you will be able to ….

Pick and practice whatever meditation or yoga practice you need to navigate your life. Get stuff done. Let go of things you can’t control. Do well in chaos and persevere through the unexpected. Advocate for yourself and ask for what you need. Make choices that support your goals. Understand the components for living a conscious, prosperous life. 

 

 




Student Stories


Premnath Singh

I’m really into yoga. I practice by myself a lot and it’s amazing. Last year, near the beginning of the year, me and a friend of mine, got into trouble at school and were given a 40 day yoga set to practice called ‘Harnessing the Animal Force’. It was my first real experience of yoga and I really applied myself. I took the forty days as an opportunity, instead of a punishment, and it helped me so much. Every day it was challenging but it was amazing.

After about thirty to thirty five days of the yoga set, I felt something shifting. I used to say things without thinking a lot. One moment I’d be saying something and the next moment I’d realize what I’d said was super stupid and that I shouldn’t have said it. After about thirty five days, I realized that the words were in my head but I wasn’t speaking them; that I could control that now, which was amazing.

Nova, Germany, Grade 11, 3rd year

At MPA you always get pushed harder and you feel that you always need to do better. At home, you have your mom telling you that you’re doing alright and that you’re that perfect little girl but you don’t have that here. Here, you have to be self-reliant. You have to take care of yourself and learn your own limit. You need to learn when you need to take a break and at what point you need to keep pushing. At times you have to pick yourself up and keep going. Even though you have other people telling you you can do it, it’s always yourself that picks you up and not the people around you. Sometimes that’s hard, but you get through it with everyone behind you.

MPA has taught me to be myself. I’ve always been myself but I lost it a little bit before I came here. When I was younger, I was really open. I had so much energy and suddenly it all changed. As I got older, it mattered what you looked like, what you wore, and how much money your parents made. It suddenly didn’t matter anymore what you did. It was really important for me to come here and find myself again because that’s who I am and that’s who I want to be and that’s what makes me happy. That’s something that MPA taught me and if I hadn’t come here, it really could have gone differently.

Nova

Shamayam, USA, Grade 10

What I like best about the school is the dedication that everyone puts into everything. I don’t always agree with everything but I truly appreciate the dedication. From the sadhana, to the banis, going to the Golden Temple, cleaning it and getting fully involved; I really love that. Depending on the yoga set, I really enjoy the yoga and the evening meditations. I like to hear about the meditations, what they’re for, it really makes me think.

What I feel I’m learning the most here is responsibility and self-assurance. I’ve grown a lot since being here and discovered some of the strengths I already have. What I’ve learned about myself is that I have good planning skills and I’m responsible and cautious. But even though I’m responsible, I procrastinate a lot. I’ve also learned that I have more patience than I thought. I didn’t think that I would coming from back home where everything is so hustle and bustle.

When I leave here, I think I’ll go home with a better knowledge of myself and I’ll be more self assured. I feel like I’ll grasp opportunities knowing when they come, rather than getting side-tracked and impressed by the bling of American culture. I’m going to miss the people and India. I’m glad that I got to experience a different way of living and see how people can be so devoted to spirituality.

Shamayam

Gyan Preet Singh, Italy/Brazil, Grade 12, 5th year at MPA

My favorite aspect of MPA is the 40-day seva. It’s the most awesome MPA program. I also like the challenges that Miri Piri puts to me. Each year, I put more effort into the program. At first, you don’t really want to do it but for the last two years, I’ve been trying everything. It’s challenging. It’s a challenging program. I like the fact that it’s made me self-disciplined. That’s very important for me. I like the friendships that we make here, the contacts we make. A whole new world of contacts has opened to me. I would have never imagined having friends from China when I was living in Brazil.

Gyan Preet Singh

Harpreet Singh/ Daniel Prado, Grade 11, Brazil, 3rd year at MPA

This year was actually really challenging. Teacher training made me see my own challenges, my own mess. I had to face myself and all of the trash that I didn’t even know about. As a result, my mindset changed a lot this year. I feel that I’m much more aware of myself and my surroundings. Teachers Training and the meditations helped me to see what’s actually happening; it aided my awareness. I used to manipulate people. I didn’t see that before but I did that a lot. I’m super polite and nice and I used that to manipulate people. This year, I noticed that and now I need to be careful about it.

Harpreet Singh

Felix, Grade 10, Germany

What fascinated me the most about the school was the community. In my old school, we were 1000 people and I knew about 10% of those people. Here, I know everyone. I know what’s wrong with them, I know what’s right with them, I know them. They’re my brothers and sisters. I live with them every day. It’s just something you don’t get anywhere else in the world. What keeps me here; why I want to come back every single year is the friendship, is the community. I really enjoy having that here and nowhere else in the world can you find a place like this.

What I like about school is the whole thing. Only sports wouldn’t work, only yoga wouldn’t work, only academics wouldn’t work; it’s the whole package that you get. Even though you hate parts of it, you do them because you know they’re good for you in the end. Like right now I’m doing academics because one day it’s going to be helpful.

Whatever I do next, I really want to get experience. Experience outranks everything. You can know everything in the world but what really gives you power is an experience. I want to get experience. I want to work as much as I can and make as many mistakes as I can and get experience.

Felix

Shamayam, USA, Grade 10

What I like best about the school is the dedication that everyone puts into everything. I don’t always agree with everything but I truly appreciate the dedication. From the sadhana, to the banis, going to the Golden Temple, cleaning it and getting fully involved; I really love that. Depending on the yoga set, I really enjoy the yoga and the evening meditations. I like to hear about the meditations, what they’re for, it really makes me think.

What I feel I’m learning the most here is responsibility and self-assurance. I’ve grown a lot since being here and discovered some of the strengths I already have. What I’ve learned about myself is that I have good planning skills and I’m responsible and cautious. But even though I’m responsible, I procrastinate a lot. I’ve also learned that I have more patience than I thought. I didn’t think that I would come from back home where everything is so hustle and bustle.

When I leave here, I think I’ll go home with a better knowledge of myself and I’ll be more self-assured. I feel like I’ll grasp opportunities knowing when they come, rather than getting side-tracked and impressed by the bling of American culture. I’m going to miss the people and India. I’m glad that I got to experience a different way of living and see how people can be so devoted to spirituality.

Shamayam

Vladimir, Grade 11, Russia

When I came here, I wasn’t the person I am now. I was a really depressed, really non-social, super introvert. Then somehow people started talking to me and I found it really weird and then it kind of built up and I found a few friends and I started talking, I started learning English more and I started really enjoying the process. And I started disciplining myself more each and every day I try to improve. I started doing sadhanas everyday and my negativity and depression just started to float away as the time passed on.

I feel like I’ve changed so much since last year. From the beginning of last year to the end of last year. I came out a different person. And I was so shocked at myself of the result. I didn’t try as hard as I thought I did now that I look back but still, I got the result, which is incredible. And that’s why I decided to come back. There’s still so much to improve. And this year I’m just going to try harder.

The main point of the school is to motivate yourself to do things. You cannot be motivated from the outside by slotz. There’s no way. If you come here you have to have a purpose to change something or to improve somewhere or do something with yourself.

This is the best place I’ve known so far.

Vladimir

Dharm Kaur, France, Grade 12, 3rd year at MPA

Being at home I always felt out of place; like I didn’t have a place to be. I felt like I was always different for not having the same energy as everyone, for not being interested in the same things. So when I came here to visit and spent a day at MPA, I thought ‘wow, I want to be here.’ It feels like a huge family. It’s great to see everyone changing all the time and working on themselves to become more conscious.

I can see that I’ve changed a lot since my first year. I’m much more confident about who I am and the things I do. I also saw that I was much more confident with myself when I went home after my first year here and hung out with my friends. Before, I wouldn’t really talk. I was really shy but now I’m totally fluent. I’m also more disciplined. If I have to do stuff, I’ll do it. We don’t really have a choice here so we may as well do it with a smile.

Another thing that’s changed in me is that I trust more in life. Before I used to question everything all the time and think a lot. At the beginning of this year I was reminding myself to trust in the universe. Trust in the universe. And everything just worked out; every single time. For example, I had a business test and I didn’t study much for it. I was worried that I wasn’t going to pass but when I got to class and looked at the test, it was the exact thing that I had studied. So, I’ve learned that you don’t have to worry all the time. You can trust that it will be taken care of. God or the Universe or whatever you want to call it, will take care of you.

Dharm Kaur

Elis, Grade 9, Brazil

This is my third year at MPA and the year that I’m developing myself the most. I’m applying myself in yoga and it’s making a big difference for me this year. During the forty day seva, I did the meditation “Learning to Meditate.” That one helps a lot with focus, which has been helping me with my studies. I’ve been getting really good grades because I’ve been able to focus in class and ignore my friends who are talking. I didn’t have that control before and now I do.

Being away from your parents is hard but it teaches you a lot of things. For one thing, it gives you a lot of independence. Before I came here I was totally dependent on my parents and I’m not anymore. The school changes how you think and it helps you in a lot of ways. It makes you not only physically strong but mentally strong.

You also learn a lot about the culture here. We go to many gurdwaras each year and the Golden Temple. These are experiences that not everyone can have and we can have it twice a week. I remember the exact feeling I had walking into the Golden Temple for the first time and seeing that beautiful place. It was amazing. The energy you feel there and in India is a totally different energy.

Elis

Manjot Singh

Being here has allowed me to learn how to live independently of my family. It’s good for my future to be independent. I’m also learning about a lot about other countries from being at this school. I have roommates from different countries: one is from Germany, one Russia, one from China. I’m really happy with them. We talk a lot; we mess around a lot. It’s really good! It also expands my English.

Manjot Singh

Joti Kaur

I love the physical aspect of the MPA program. Before I came here, I never really played team sports but now I play basketball and I’m a goalie on the soccer team. PT is also really fun. When you’re doing push-ups next to each other, it’s a good way to bond.

Joti Kaur

Hari Simran Kaur

My favourite thing about being at MPA is that it’s a family. Of course, kabaddi is awesome, gatka is awesome, the art program is awesome but my favourite thing is that all the boys are my brothers and all the girls are my sisters. We go to movies, we share food, clothing. We’re one big family. For the first time in my life, I feel like I’m part of a normal family. Before I came, I had expected it to be a typical high school situation but that’s not what this is. We’re literally going to school with all of our best friends and our brothers and sisters. That’s my favourite part.

Hari Simran Kaur

Satinderpal Singh

I’ve started reading my banis since coming to MPA. When there’s free time during school or when I’m on the bus, I’ll read my banis. I feel good when I do that. It’s good for me and it’s a good start for my day.

Before coming to MPA, I used to go to the Golden Temple on Sundays with my parents but it wasn’t that fun. We would go for an hour and then come back. With the school, it’s a lot of fun. We do seva, roam around; it’s a different experience. I have come to know about new places. I found two new chai places, some old buildings and some new temples and gurdwaras that are nearby.

The most challenging thing about coming here was the PT at the beginning of the year. I never did a lot of exercise back home so that was hard at first. But now I do everything and put my best in everything. I’m skinnier now and in good shape.

It was also hard at the start of the year to live in the dorms. I didn’t know how to live alone because I have my mom back home and I didn’t know anyone here. The first month was hard but then I started making friends. Now we mess around and have a lot of fun. Living at MPA has also taught me time management skills. I’m the type of person that doesn’t have time management but MPA has taught me that.

Satinderpal Singh

Jerry

I came to MPA to give myself a challenge and to try something new. Before I came, I would sometimes get really angry and couldn’t control myself. But now, I have more control. I still have anger but I have more control over it. I realized that when you’re angry it only hurts yourself. Nobody cares if you’re angry or not. The only person it hurts is you.

Jerry





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