Vinay Siddaiah

Vinay Siddaiah, Yoga teacher in Bangalore

I am Vinay, an Engineer, working as a hardware designer in one of the Leading MNC’s and having more than 7 years of experience in the IT field. I have worked in companies such as Intel, Cisco and Wipro. My transformational journey towards Yoga started in 2007 when I began to suffer from acute back pain due to long hours in front of computer. Being an avid mountaineer, I wished to scale higher on the Himalayan mountain range but could not due to the back problem. The heavy backpack that has to be carried during the expedition did not help either! It is then that a fellow mountaineer suggested Yoga as a remedy to strengthen my back and what followed was an equally beautiful and interesting journey as that of mountaineering! As advised by my friend, I immediately enrolled for Yoga classes with Mr. Sanjay Gurvekar and could see a considerable difference within just a month. I continued to practice Yoga diligently at first out of fear that my back pain would recur if I stopped and gradually, out of sheer love for the practice. Soon, it had become an integral part of my life style. And yes, I managed to even complete the Advance Mountaineering course without much of a problem.

 As years went by and gained more and more experience in Yoga, I began to look for the science behind it and this lead me towards Iyengar Yoga teachers. Iyengar Yoga is known for its precision, alignment and awareness and I benefitted greatly from Iyengar yoga teachers like Mr. Karthik Chaitanya, Mr. Ragavendra Shenoy, and Dr. S.N. Omkar, all of whom were incidentally students of Padmashree Padmabushan Padmavibushan B.K.S Iyengar.
My knowledge in Human Anatomy and Physiology should be credited to Dr. Gladson Johnson, a renowned sports Physiotherapist [] while Research scholar Mr. Swaroop Sharma has been a big support in my understanding of the philosophy behind Yoga. I undertook aYoga Teachers training course from SVYASA University in Bangalore.

As my knowledge of the subject grew, I felt the need for spreading and sharing the invaluable gift with my fellow colleagues and this lead to part time Yoga classes. I even had to take a rather difficult decision of letting go of my career as a hardware designer [With one patent and some publications to my name, my interest in technology was no lesser] in order to explore Yoga in greater depth. The journey took me to different parts of the country and am especially grateful for the learning at Dharmashala in an ashram under Mr. Sharat Arora, another Iyengar Yoga teacher.

 Having learnt that Yoga is much more than just a Asana, I took up Vipassana as a meditation technique to connect to my inner self and somewhere along the way, realized that Yoga can be practiced at all times, at all places and in whatever you do.
After around 1.5 years, I am now back to the IT field, with a better perspective and stronger resolve to spread the wonderful science of Yoga.
My journey as a learner continues as I am undertaking yet another aspect to study, this time: Acupressure and Acupuncture from Dr. H Bhojraj.
I am also an ardent blogger, traveler, trekker, photographer and runner. I believe that nothing is to be just believed but everything has to be lived!
Yogavijnana is my humble attempt to spread the message of Yoga to a wider audience.