I am a spiritual teacher and entrepreneur, mentor, author, and filmmaker Yoga is my spiritual path and my way of life, particularly Raja Yoga. I was first introduced to yoga at the age of 8. At about the same age, I also learned other Indian spiritual philosophies and Sanskrit. I spent most of my childhood and adolescent years in a boarding school in Hyderabad, India. This school emphasized spiritual growth at a young age. In my 20s I started embracing a yogic lifestyle that integrates all the eight limbs of Raja Yoga. I have studied and practiced yogic/Vedic philosophies from different schools/traditions:
Satyachetana International (India and US branches)
Self Realization Fellowship (India and US branches)
Various Mahayana Buddhist schools
Self-study of Yoga, Shaivism, Samkhya, and Vedanta
I generally teach the non-asana aspects of Raja Yoga: Yama, Niyama, Pranayama, Meditation, Yoga Philosophy, Sanskrit and Chanting. I have been teaching since 2008. I speak on subjects such as: Yoga Beyond Asana, Meditation & Breathwork, Shaivism and Samkhya. I am passionate about using yogic principles to create a healthy, peaceful and harmonious life. I speak and advice people from different walks of life, about living a yogic lifestyle.
MY VALUES AND PERSONAL BACKGROUND
These are a few things that define me.
Balance: I think it is important for us to have a balance between our professional, personal, social and spiritual lives. Only then can we be happy and abundant.
Service: Regardless of the situation we are in, we can always serve others in some way. We don’t have to be a millionaire to donate 100 dollars to somebody. We just need to have 100 dollars more than we need.
Flow of life: There is a divine timing to life, to how things will manifest and evolve. One may call it law of nature. Then there is a human timing for life, this is when and how we want to manifest certain things in life. I have noticed that life flows freely and harmoniously when the divine timing and human timing meet. When they don’t meet, life always seems like a struggle, no matter what we do it never seems to be enough. It’s key to know when to act and when to just be.
Inspirations: Buddha, Dalai Lama, Paramahamsa Yogananda, Swami Vivekananda, Jiddu Krishnamurthy, Steve Jobs, Mohandas Gandhi, Jai Uttal, Bernie Sanders, Swami Sri Atmananda.
Perfection: Perfection is a journey and not a destination. I don’t seek perfection in anything or in anybody, for perfection is a mental construct we form in a certain context. Just like the context of life changes every moment, our perception of perfection also changes. So, why chase something that changes every day?
Communication: I am a straight shooter, I don’t beat around the bush, I mean what I say. You get what you see, no surprises later 🙂 I have a sarcastic sense of humor.
Lifestyle: I’m a balanced, well-rounded and worldly-wise person, with an open mind and tolerance to diverse beliefs, people and cultures. I am generally a centered and calm person, I meditate daily. I think big but I live a simple life. I am ambitious but also pragmatic. I am structured in my work but very fluid and go with the flow in personal life. I am fascinated by philosophy, sociology, spirituality, metaphysics, social issues, health and wellness. I don’t like to talk about petty things and I don’t waste my time saving pennies. I love being close to natural settings (hiking, beach, mountains, walks in the woods).
Other interests: Writing, singing, comedy shows, dancing, reading, traveling, practicing various aspects of yoga: meditation, pranayama, asana and yoga philosophy. I strive to live my life based on the principles of Yoga and Ayurveda.
Background: I come from a city called Hyderabad in South India. Moved to Los Angeles, California in 2004 and have been here since then. I split my time between Los Angeles and the countryside in the mountains of Frazier Park, CA.
My retreat center, Moksha Spiritual Center, is located in Frazier Park.