After working in the telecom industry for over 40 years (including both India and the US), I decided to call it quits and retired in 2005 in favor of pursuing my deep interest in Yoga. I had completed my yoga teacher training in 1996 from the Swami Satchidananda Institute in Yogaville,VA. As time went by, I realized that I was deeply committed to learning more about yoga as well as teaching others so they could derive the benefits from their yoga practice. Currently I devote my time studying yoga and also teaching several classes during the week.
My goal is to help my yoga students develop every aspect of their individual personality: physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. In my teaching, I use different aspects of yoga – physical postures (asana), breathing techniques (pranayama), relaxation, meditation, chanting and an understanding of the underlying philosophy of yoga – in an integrated approach. I encourage my students to develop a regular home-based practice so they can achieve: a body of optimum health and strength, senses under control, a mind well disciplined, clear and calm, an intellect as sharp as a razor, a strong will, a heart full of unconditional love and compassion, an ego as pure as a crystal, and a life filled with supreme peace and joy.
– inspired by Swami Satchidananda
As stated in my mission statement, my objective in teaching yoga is to help my students develop their personality at all levels – physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. As yoga has gained in popularity, its original message has been watered down to make it more accessible to larger and more diverse groups of people. As such, for most practitioners , yoga involves simply practicing some physical stretching (asanas) and deriving benefits only at the physical level.
“Yoga is not about how good you ‘look’ in a pose but how good you ‘feel’ in the pose”
My Yoga Training
My yoga training began in my early childhood while watching my father practice a few yoga poses every morning. I started practicing these poses myself in my late teens. Essentially this routine consisted of a few warm-up stretches and some simple asanas like forward and back bends and some triangle type poses. One of the main asanas that my father practiced regularly was the Shirshasana (head stand). He used to stay in this pose for about ten minutes. My father always talked about this incidence while he was travelling from India to UK in a ship, a 21-day journey. While on the ship he would practice his shirshasana every morning out on the deck. People would later come by and tell him, "what are extraordinary feat! We have trouble standing on our feet on this boat and here you are standing on your head!".
My Journey from Technology to Yoga
One of my friends who lives in Pune, India and teaches business management programs, asked me to write a guest post for his blog. In this post, he wanted me to write about my transition from a professional, corporate career to a life devoted to the study and teaching of yoga. Here is a link to that post – hope you will enjoy reading it.