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Starting from the Lowest Rung

Geetha

Posted on Apr 3, 2019 #yoga

Geetha

Certified yoga teacher from Krishnamacharya traditionQCI certified Level 2 Yoga Teacher RYT-500 registered with Yoga Alliance

Someone asked me “How did Yoga come to your life? Did you choose Yoga by chance, choice or destiny?” I don’t have an answer for this. I really don’t know exactly when my journey started. I am here - standing in the path of Yoga - looking back at when I started until this point in my life. I am neither able to see my starting point nor my destination. Both are millions of miles away.

From my childhood, the quest to understand that I am more than just this physical body led me to explore the yogic path. My grandfather was my first guru in Yoga. When I was stressed from my parents high expectations, he would teach me a few asanas and sit for meditation. (Believe me, my parents expectations were too high!)

I began exploring my mind through organized meditation programs.

After attending a few meditation courses, I learned that to fully explore the mind, you start climbing that ladder from the lowest rung - the body.

Hence, I started the practice of asana, the Yoga postures.

I successfully managed my profession as an architect and my interests in Yoga in parallel for a while. In 2004, I was diagnosed with a thyroid nodule and my Yoga practice has helped me successfully manage this condition. When the quest for Yoga knowledge became so high, I decided to make a living out of my passion. I joined Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai (KYM) for my organized study of Yoga to become a Certified Yoga Teacher. Thanks to my Gurus at KYM, who taught me the yogic philosophy through the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, my journey was more clear. I got the opportunity to study under Srivatsa Ramaswami, direct disciple of Shri Krishnamacharya.

Though I became a yoga teacher, I have never stopped being a student. I did my 500-hour Intense Hatha training from Asana Andiappan, a legendary Yoga master in Chennai, and am presently completing my MSC Yoga therapy from Tamilnadu Physical Education and Sports University.

In the past 4 years of running a Yoga studio, I realize more people are seeking Yoga for therapy and wellness rather than just mere fitness. I am very sure Yoga is the answer for many problems in the world.

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