YJT – When did you find yoga?
Prasad – Growing up in a traditional Indian Family, Yoga was always part of my life. My Yoga Journey started when I was 9 years old in Mumbai, India. I was a very hyper active young boy and thats why my parents registered me in a Yoga course during my school vacations for 2 months. I loved what I experienced in the Yoga School, and it was a beautiful journey of knowing myself through the body and the asanas. As a young boy of 9 years I started discovering the process and movements of my body and learnt to love and respect my body. So, starting at such a young age helped me understand my body and respect it.
YJT- How has yoga changed your life or attitude?
Prasad – Yoga has been a part of my life since the last 25 years of my life. All through my life Yoga has grown on me and I have grown with yoga. As a child when I was introduced to Yoga it developed in me a deep respect towards the human body, this helped me develop my self-‐esteem. Later as I became more aware of subtler aspects of yoga through my teachers and through learning of the yoga philosophy, I realised how the methods of Yoga were helping me in handling my life in a better way. Yoga techniques helped me in developing a balanced attitude towards life, find strength within myself and realise that Love can create such beautiful energy of togetherness within us and around us. The completeness of Yoga and its methods helped me in getting over many of my deeper insecurities. I used yoga to gradually work on my fears and realise an inner self confidence which was not dependent on external variables. In this sense Yoga has helped in developing Self-‐acceptance and becoming Self-‐empowered to face surprises Life brings. My Life has really changed with Yoga and I feel it is a big gift for me. I, as a teacher pass on this gift on to my students through seminars, workshops and retreats allowing them to feel and experience the liberating power of Yoga too.
YJT – Could you please give us your own meaning of yoga?
Prasad – For me, Yoga is a science of conscious living and realising our true nature, which is freedom. Yoga is not only a physical practice but also a way to live a more conscious life -‐ being more aware of our body, of our breath, our mind, our thoughts, being conscious of our environment and people around us. Its methods are time tested and are perfected to make us realise the potential within us. Because of many reasons we think of ourselves as limted and restricted, but Yoga shows us that we are not limited and allows us to experience the Freedom that we possess. A conscious decision to work with Yoga makes us accept our body, once this acceptance of body comes in we feel more comfortable in our body. A comfortable body is a best carrier of a relaxed mind, when the body is accepted the mind starts becoming relaxed. Once mind is relaxed we feel the confidence and freedom to achieve our goals peacefully and in an effficient way. Thus for me Yoga is a science that we all can use in modern times to live a balanced and peaceful life.
YJT – How did you feel about D&P Yoga Festival Thailand 2010?
Prasad – D&P Yoga Festival Thailand 2010, was an amazing platform for all Yogis to share their passion of Yoga. It was a very professionally organised event and the people behind it have real passion for Yoga. There is a deeper intent of changing lives with Yoga among the Team at D&P and this helps create a great opportunity for people of Thailand to meet and exchange ideas about yoga and learn from inspirational teachers from across the world that the Festival invites. I personally Loved the way the event was organised and interactions with the team.
YJT – How has your yoga style changed students (especially the workshop with Yoga Journal in February 2011)?
Prasad – I look at Yoga as a complete science of Self-‐ development. Yoga techniques help a person to work through the body, with the mind and reach clarity, confidence and balance. The retreat in February will be a beautiful journey of this total yoga exploration. We will learn to become more aware of our body and breath through physical practice. Learn about our mind, stress and some simple methods of calming down. Finally looking at how to balance work and personal life and tap the potential power that we all are. The ultimate objective is to share the positive life accepting message of the ancient science of yoga and to learn to make Yoga a way of life and stay healthy, happy and balanced.