Once upon a time in the 1990s


A monograph of musings on health, and how, awareness and education can bring health into our lives forever.

“Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way”.

Read on to find out how.

It is a long time since I needed medical attention.

We set up the Sivananda Yoga Centre, Gurgaon in April 2004, Deeksha and I.

This is October 2016.

In a highly hostile and polluted environment, in an unknown arena called yoga, and therefore requiring extraordinary efforts, and highly stressful, I have spent the last twelve years working on shoestrings of money, time and sleep.

Yet, at 56, I do not take any medicine, I have not taken a day off from work since 2004 because of sickness, and I have just extended my health record to nearly 27 years, since I started practicing yoga in 1992, without the friendship of doctors.

In October of 1992, I first visited the SIvananda centre in Delhi, invited by that kindest of kind men, the super-good, the super-intelligent, that super-loving human being, my father. The rest, for me, is history. Looking back, it is the wisest thing that my father did for me, and the nicest thing that happened to me, ever in my life.

I have been teaching yoga for a very long time – now in my 25nd year. I have taught frequently, and a lot. I have taught a lot of people as well, and in many different environments. I have been lucky to have been gifted this precious legacy. I feel even luckier to have been gifted this specific lineage of yoga which comes down through the wisdom of saints, seers and masters. One of them, the world calls the Sivananda system of Yoga.

I have loved teaching from the first day, and there is a deep knowing of what yoga did for me, it did for my family, for my students, and for the people whom I have trained as teachers over the years. I also have that great faith in what yoga can offer you.

The Freedom Seminar is my experience, my vision, my view, my way, reaching out to you, and to everyone.

and it has a message –

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Wake up.

Recovering a lost kingdom

Almost everyone who has practiced yoga, says how good yoga is to improve health and well-being.

I say it too.

I used to have persistent back pain. As I turned 29, way back in 1992, my health was beginning to cause concern to me. I felt unfit, often low on energy, disturbed and distracted, pressurized, and stressed, easily sick and a bit lost. I felt old.

Yoga woke me up. It gave me the direction I needed. It helped me to relax. Yoga got me back to my peak level of