“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”
-The Bhagwad Gita
When you begin practicing yoga, you realize it is nothing but a subtle dance between controlling and letting go. Praveen Maripelly is a well-acclaimed and much adored Yoga Teacher based out of Vadodara, Gujarat. He completed his Yoga Teacher Training Course from the prestigious Yogniketan –Sir Sayajirao Institute of Research in Yoga, Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Music & Allied Sciences, Vadodara in 2010-11 And, has been teaching yoga for over six years to a large number of sadhaks from the city and abroad.
Much like art, Praveen’s journey to yoga was also a tryst with destiny. Having shifted to Vadodara from Hyderabad to pursue higher education in art, Praveen found himself in a dark place emotionally and physically. Migraine, back pain and an overpowering depression made it increasingly difficult for him to enjoy even the simplest moments in life. Fighting this depression for ten odd years, he realized it was more than just a regular prescription of drugs that would really work for him. During this time he associated with Yoganiketan and completed his teacher training course. It was during this period that he began to see and feel a change within and on the outside. The brooding feeling began to lift and the migraines settled; he found a renewed vitality and zest for life. It was like the dawn of a new life for him. Indebted to his alma mater, Praveen, continued to render his services as a teacher at YogaNiketan. And, it was during his time as a teacher at Yoganiketan that he became enamored by Surya Namaskaras.
The Surya Namaskar was a personal challenge to Praveen while still a student. However, this series of twelve postures with their alternating backward and forward bending asanas, the extreme flexing and stretching of the muscles and the spinal column, and the rhythmic breathing pattern, was spiritually spellbinding for him. He began studying and practicing in depth the sun salutation techniques. To him, the Suyra Namaskaras are a profound workout for the body and mind that few other forms of exercises can offer. Praveen’s passion for the Surya Namaskara is reflected in his numerous achievements of performing 108 and more Surya Namaskaras at varied locations and amid difficult conditions. To know more about his journey to 108 Surya Namaskaras, click here.
Praveen’s Style of Teaching
As a Yoga Guru, Praveen’s style of teaching is a stimulating amalgamation of his creative artistic soul and his innate insight into biomechanics of the human body. For Praveen, no territory, no asana, no body-type is a challenge. He personally wakes-up every day at 4 am to perform 108 Surya Namaskaras in the Brahma Muhurta. A rigorous but repetitive practice such as this requires a much patience, self-discipline, self-motivation, dedication, and grit. He cherishes both learning and teaching Yoga with the same exhilaration. Under his guidance, many have achieved flexibility and recognized how to listen to their body and work along with it.