Yogavijnana is a brainchild of Vinay Siddaiah, an Engineer, working as a hardware designer in one of the leading MNC’s. Having more than 11 years of experience in the IT field with various companies such as Western Digital, Intel, Cisco and Wipro, his transformational journey towards Yoga started in 2007 when he began to suffer acute back pain due to long hours of sitting in front of computer. Being also an avid mountaineer, he wished to scale higher on the Himalayan mountain range but could not do so due to the pain. It was then that a fellow mountaineer suggested Yoga as a remedy to strengthen his back. He immediately enrolled for Yoga classes under his first guru Mr. Sanjay Gurvekar and could see a considerable difference within a month. Initially he continued to practice Yoga out of fear that his back pain would recur if stopped, but what followed then was an equally beautiful and interesting journey of his love for the practice. Soon, it become an integral part of his life style. He managed to even complete the Advance Mountaineering course without any problem.
As years went by his quest to understand the science behind yoga begin to grow, which lead him join Iyengar Yoga which is known for precision, alignment and awareness. With the guidance of 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 he was able to be greatly get benefitted. He is also trained under Dr. Gladson Johnson, a renowned sports Physiotherapist [www.attitudeprime.com] with respect to Human Anatomy and Physiology, while Research scholar Dr. Swaroop R has been a big support in his understanding of the philosophy behind Yoga. He has also a certified Yoga Teacher from the SVYASA University, Bangalore. Apart from this he has completed a teacher’s training course under Dr. S.N. Omkar.
As his knowledge of the subject grew, he took a rather difficult decision of letting go of his career as a hardware designer at Intel [With one patent and some publications to my name, his interest in technology was no lesser] in order to explore Yoga in greater depth. This journey took him to different parts of the country and he is 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, he 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 of quitting IT industry, he returned to technology field, with a better perspective and stronger resolve to spread the wonderful science of Yoga and share the invaluable gift passed on to us through generations. Yogavijnana is an expression of his passion towards spreading Yoga. His journey as a learner continues as he is undertaking yet another aspect to study, this time: Acupressure and Acupuncture from Dr. H Bhojraj.
He is an internationally certified trainer who is trained by world’s leading success trainers such as T. Harv Eker, Blair Singer, and Alex Mandossian.
He is also an ardent blogger, traveller, trekker, photographer and runner.