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This yoga teacher says the practice of yoga takes care of your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well being

“I take classes in Sahakaranagar. Before Yoga Day was introduced I had just a handful of students. But, surprisingly the very next day my class was brimming with so many students that I did not have place to even stand,” laughs C. Venkatesh, the man who is also known as “rubber Venkatesh” because of his flexibility.

 

This 47-year-old started off learning karate and then Taekwondo.

“There were two classmates, who would always play with us, but, at the end of the day, they would go away and have serious discussions. I got curious and learnt that they were discussing about practising karate. I could not afford to pay the fee, so I was allowed to watch them during practise and learn. I was 16 then. One day when we were practising in a park I met my first yoga teacher – Gopal Krishna. He saw me and asked me to perform a head stand. Impressed with my balance and posture he became my teacher and named me rubber Venkatesh,” recalls Venkatesh, who has since participated in numerous State, National and International yoga seminars and competitions.

He goes on to explain the benefits of yoga, “It is based on ancient scriptures and helps you to live a life of discipline. Once you get into the groove you will be healthy as you have to be an early riser to practise yoga and it helps you get through the stress each day. Unlike sports and aerobics, which only take care of the physical aspect, yoga helps improving you mentally and spiritually too. And, I don’t call it a religion, but a lifestyle, which one adapts to.”

Venkatesh, who has won many awards and titles such as Bharath Yoga Nidi, Dasara Yoga Kantirava, Yoga King, Bharath Yoga Bhushan and Nadaprabhu Kempegowda Award from BBMP, Bengaluru, adds that there is no such thing as power yoga or yoga with props.

“It will not be as beneficial as the original form of yoga. The best way to practise this art is in its original form. The best part of this art is that you can start seriously when you want to and continue till there is breath in your body.”

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