An interview with yoga instructor Harish . k
“Go from a human being doing yoga to a human being yoga. –Baron Baptiste”
Harish .K , an alumnus from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandana Samsthana [S- VYASA], Bengaluru, holds a bachelor’s degree in yoga exploring new dimensions . He is currently working as a yoga instructor at Your Day yoga studio in Wilson garden, Bengaluru
Let’s look into his journey!!!
- How long have you been practicing Yoga?
I have been practicing yoga for 15 years
- How many types of yoga are there?
There are two types of yoga :Astanga yoga and Hata yoga.I prefer Hata yoga.it is a form of yoga that is primarily concerned with breathing regulation through exercises consisting of different postures designed to keep the body healthy and to induce mental calm. It removes toxins from your body and activates all the energy points in our body system.
- Do you practice a specific style of yoga?
Yes, I love alignment, I love simple, effective sequencing, which does not mean being pretty , but creating accessibility and therefore freedom in body and mind.
I always mix Hatayoga with Astanga yoga with many variations
- What are the latest trends in the Yoga industry?
The current trends have literally changed our way of looking at yoga. It is more interactive and focused on solving an individual’s fitness and health related issues.
Latest trends in this industry include power yoga, Aerial yoga, Acro yoga etc.
- Which one do you prefer:traditional or modern yoga practice?
Both are good. But the modern practice works only on a physical level and the traditional kind works on all levels ;physical, mental and spiritual.
- What is your goal as a yoga instructor?
My task is to teach people how to heal themselves. Many live in a very stressful environment and do not realize that we have tools, such as yoga, to relieve everyday stressors instantly. I’m still facing challenges. Yoga tools like mantra, meditation, asana, etc. help us to identify lifestyle imprints and patterns. This information helps us recognize our tendencies, adapt and move towards a more balanced lifestyle. Hence my goal is to impart that.
- Who is your role model in this industry?
My true inspiration is my guru, Devanand.
- What is your advice for Beginners?
The idea of yoga is to take care of our physical limitations and overcome our self – obsession. My advice to beginners is to find a teacher who inspires you to feel alive and gives you a sense of great potential, beyond reaching your knees.