A Certified Yoga Acharya.
My yoga journey started 10 years ago with a trial yoga class in 2007. The classes by Shri Sanjeev Pillai were an eye opener. He is an ardent disciple of one of the most acclaimed yoga gurus of recent times, Shri BKS Iyengar. I was regular at his yoga classes as I began to see good progress and benefits in my yoga practice,which kindled the fire of yoga. I felt this great state of physical and mental wellness.
I then started contemplating acquiring a formal degree in this field.
I acquired a diploma in yogic sciences from Barkatullah University Bhopal in 2010, during which time I learned about yogic scriptures, detailed human physiology, anatomy and mental health. I followed up with a Teachers Training Course (TTC) at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre at Netala Uttarkashi in May 2013. A residential course in a serene and beautiful ashram at the foothills of the Himalayas on the banks of the river Ganges, proved to be a life changing experience.
The TTC provides a fantastic opportunity to awaken or deepen your yoga practice, and to be a part of a global yoga community which is growing each day. The best part is learning that everything we need is already within us and how the practices can lead us to access our gifts and beauty from inside out. The experience provides a great way to find long lasting happiness, peace and the ability to share a yogic lifestyle with other people.This course is recognized as a 200hours course at the Yoga Alliance in the US, an international body for yoga certification.
My own practice and teaching were going on smoothly, but I soon felt the need to deepen my knowledge and practice. This led to my enrolling for an ATTC (Advanced Teachers Training Course) in Jan 2015 at Sivananda Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai. An inspiring, month-long immersion into a yogic life style was an exciting opportunity to continue growing through yogic teaching during an intense resident program for participants.
Individual guidance and yogic self-discipline are important aspects of the course. Upon successfully passing the exam, participants are certified as Yoga Acharyas by the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. This is also certified by the worldwide Yoga Alliance for the 500 hours standard of Registered Yoga Schools (RYS).
It's been a lovely journey so far. My teachings have always been a reflection of my own knowledge, practice and experience. I truly believe that whenever I need to learn a new aspect of yoga a student or a life situation disguised as a teacher appears before me - the student learns from what I teach, but I learn far more than what I impart.