Yogacharya Rakesh

Founder - Director, Samyak Yoga

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Introduction

My Journey into Yoga

I was introduced to Yoga, guided into this journey of self-discovery by holding my hands by Dr Ramachandra Bhatt, the chief Acharya of Veda Vijnana Gurukulam, Vice-Chancellor of SVYASA Yoga University, Bangalore.

Veda Vijnana Gurukulam is a Vedic-Yogic monastery wherein students study, speak and live in Sanskrit. The Yogic, Vedic and Vedanta texts are studied in Sanskrit while practising what you study is given the most importance.

By doing so, you receive the knowledge of the tradition and practice of Yoga from the source while practising as it is taught makes you live with what you learned.

My Profession

My Studies in brief

  • First exposed to the practise & philosophy of Yoga in Veda Vijnana Gurukulam
  • Guruji Dr Ramachandra Bhatt has been the guiding light for the practice
  • Obtained a Bachelors & Masters in Sanskrit along with the study in Veda Vijnana Gurukulam
  • Obtained the Masters in Yogic Sciences, Bangalore
  • Awarded for the best presentation in the Master’s study
My Profession

Pre-Samyak Yoga

  • Trained Ayurvedic Doctors in Sanskrit language and decoding the Ayurvedic Texts
  • Have been a Personal Yoga Trainer for high profile celebrities
  • Research presentations in Bangalore, Pondicherry, Varanasi etc. recognised by the world of scholars in the field

The Vedas & Prasthana-Traya

The Vedas

I have studied the complete Krishna Yajurveda Mula for 6 years in the traditional method.

THE UPANISHADS

I have studied all the 12 major Upanishads in Sanskrit along with Bhashya (commentary) of Sri Shankara Bhagavatpada in Advaita Vedanta tradition.

The Brahmasutras

This complex text elaborates the study of the Vedanta Darshana. I have studied the complete Brahmasutras with Shankara-Bhashya.

Bhagavad Gita

Being a part of Prasthana Traya, the Bhagavad Gita is an essential dimension of Yoga Darshana. I have studied based on Shankara-Bhashyam.

The Yogic Studies

Patanjali Yoga Sutras

There are many commentaries to deepen your knowledge of Yoga Sutras. The most significant one is Vyasa Commentary which was my primary focus in my studies.

Hatha Yoga Pradeepika

Swatmarama’s Hatha Yoga Pradeepika is another significant text that I have studied and this is also part of teacher training along with Yoga Sutras. 

Shiva Samhita & Gheranda Samhita

These two texts again are very essential in the comprehensive study of Yoga as a school of Darshana. I have extensively studied both of these two texts.

Traditional Texts & Studies

I am always fascinated by the traditional texts of Yoga in Sanskrit. These texts offer not only wisdom but a glimpse into the mindset of the Yogis of that era. Now, I am into the study of ‘Sharada Tilakam’

The Yoga Practice

Hatha Yoga

I was first exposed to Hatha Yoga practice in its traditional method during my Gurukula days by Shankara Narayan Ji.

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Practice has been inspiring me to deepen my practice for a long time. Saraswathi Jois, John Scott have been my primary mentors in this practice method.

Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa Yoga always offers a lot of freedom, develops the creativity of the teacher and hence, I love to teach in the traditional method. I was first introduced to it by Vijay Amar Sen Ji.

Iyengar Yoga

Though Guruji B K S Iyengar has always maintained that it is Hatha Yoga, it has become popular as Iyengar Yoga. I was introduced to it by Lakshman Ji and Raghavendra Shenoy was an inspiration in this method.
Bharatiya Jnanaratna award
Yoga Vaidurya Award from Mysore
Best Yoga & Meditation Teacher
Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana
Surya Yantrasana

Exploring Traditional Practice of Yoga

During Yoga Teacher Training Courses, we focus on the traditional style of Yoga practice. Removing all the decorations and bringing Yoga practice back to the way it has been with safe, proper alignments, preparations and props is one of the significant needs of Yoga practice

Exploring the art of teaching Yoga

During Yoga Teacher Training Courses with Yogacharya Rakesh, you will be exploring the art of teaching Yoga. It is not just about sharing the knowledge of how to practice an asana. You should assess the student’s abilities, aspects to work on and then guide into exploring the territories they can possibly discover that they couldn’t be without the support of the teacher.

The Body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in

– B K S Iyengar

Yoga is a perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are. The journey then begins.

– The Upanishad

You are not a body with a soul within. You are the soul residing in a body.

– The Gita

Glimpses from ‘the beginning of Teaching Yoga’

With John Scott - Ashtanga Yoga

With John Scott

Ashtanga Yoga Teacher

Early Teaching Career

Yoga Class in the early beginning

Meditation Teaching in Dharamsala

Yoga Teacher Training

Dharamsala, India

A Yoga Class in Paris

Teacher Training in Paris

@ Micadanses 

Yoga Course in Cambodia

Teacher Training in Cambodia

Paris

On the streets of Paris

During Yoga Teacher Training

Early beginning of Teaching Yoga

Teaching Yoga in Dharamsala, India

Yoga Group

With Ashtanga Yoga Practitioners

In Goa

Ashram

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