In Sanskrit, arogium™ means health or "without illness". My parents would tease me by calling me their Arogyam (Sanskrit transliteration) Swami throughout my childhood. To their surprise, it ended up being my life's calling.
I developed arogium™ after having to give up my Wall Street wellness startup in NYC because I needed rehabilitation from a sequence of events:
- I had major back surgery (removal of 60% of my L-5, S-1 disc) after injuring my back during a random pickup basketball game and finding out that I had a dead and ruptured disc.
- One year later, I was involved in a car accident with a gentleman who was going into diabetic shock. This accident left me in excruciating pain which was far worse than before my surgery.
When you have a chronic back condition and refuse to have back surgery again or take prescription medication, you will try anything and everything to relieve the pain. Even though I had practiced and experienced multiple modalities, there was a driving intuitive urgency to understand movement and therapy. This led me to the crossroads of having a productive, healthy, and happy life.
How did I get started? I had a common sense epiphany:
All forms of movement (yoga, tai chi, neuromuscular training, et. al., therapy, dance, etc.) have merit. Instead of using just one form, why not combine the concepts found across the spectrum and complete range of movement? I create individualized sessions based on needs, wants, and learning styles. This is performed utilizing organic or natural intelligence-based technology that creatively avoids the need for most traditional exercise equipment.
The sessions are given a structure with a clinical protocol for improved accuracy, safety and record-keeping. Combined, these ideas and techniques allow for efficient and convenient sessions leading to accelerated and optimal results.
In arogium™ you find:
- The meditation, variety of movements, and lifelong education found in yoga.
- The slow controlled movements of Tai Chi.
- The healing of physical therapy.
- The grace associated with dance and athletics.
- The flexibility and intensity of the martial arts.
- The adaptive mindset of jazz.
All of the above are combined with the measured accuracy, safety, science, and record-keeping found in a clinical environment. arogium™ essentially is an ever-evolving exercise art form.
As my client, I teach you that physical education can be joyful yet disciplined and requires dynamic lifelong learning. The uniting of mind and body results in an improvement in:
While that is the direct benefit of arogium™, your indirect benefit is becoming a more alert, engaged and alive human being.
Exercise gave me a living, arogium™ gave me my life back.
Physicians, amazed at my recovery, encouraged me to teach my art form and help others in my predicament. The process of helping others has been directly connected to my own healing. I strive to be open-minded, a focused listener, and constantly learning in my endless journey for, optimal health.
To hear more about my journey, in 2018, I was featured in:
“Renjit Varghese has worked with clients for over twenty years to enhance their physical and mental performance and well-being. In 2001, Varghese founded Time Labs™ (New York Magazine, Best Doctors), a five story urban country club with a one-on-one instruction-based, human performance laboratory in the Wall Street area of Manhattan. Time Labs™ individualized exercise programs combined a clinical mindset with highly advanced custom designed exercise machines. This unique, highly effective approach made Varghese one of the more sought after exercise consultants in the city. His client list not only included high level Wall Street executives but also some of America’s most successful individuals in the arts, media, and fashion industries for whom physical fitness and attractive bodies were a de facto job requirement.
“In 2001 and 2002, Varghese experienced two major accidents that left him immobile and in constant pain. The first accident required major back surgery with doctors prescribing a lengthy rehabilitation. After the second accident, unwilling to go through surgery again, take pain medication, or to rely exclusively on the prescribed physical rehabilitation, Varghese leveraged his knowledge of the human body and exercise to aid in his recovery. After having to give up a reality he had never dreamed of, through trial and error, he developed a holistic program that used a combination of elements from a variety of exercise, therapeutic and movement art forms found around the world. By following the program, Varghese accelerated his rehabilitation and experienced improvements in body strength, flexibility, and control that put him in the best condition of his life. Physicians, amazed at Varghese’s recovery, encouraged him to teach discipline to others. Varghese formalized the program, which he called arogium™ (are-o-ghee-um, “without illness” in Sanskrit) and started a new boutique, one on one exercise practice under the same name.”