BENGALURU: Lucrative jobs weren’t alluring enough for them. Instead, they chose to pursue an overpowering passion -- Yoga. Bengaluru has witnessed scores of youngsters giving up their professions and wanting to pursue a career in Yoga.
M V Sandeep, a B Tech graduate from Hyderabad, has studied computer sciences. However, he is now drawn to Yoga full time. “I started with Ramakrishna Mutt. I developed an interest for philosophy and Yoga. Since I hope to pursue a career in Yoga, I am here for an advanced course,” he said.
Vishal Ade, a graduate in MA Telugu, worked at a call centre for a few years. Since a year, he has developed a passion for Yoga. “Since childhood, I was drawn towards Yoga. My brother, who lives in Vietnam, told me that there is so much scope for Yoga across the world and hence I thought I could switch streams,” he said.
For some, the Yoga instructor course at Swami Vivekananda Anusandhana Samsthana (S-Vyasa) is a value addition to their degree. For some others, it is an additional factor to help bag jobs abroad.
Dr S N Archana, an Ayurveda doctor said Yoga is a booster for her career. “I hope to work abroad. When I enquire for job opportunities, they say they are looking for graduates with Panchakarma as a specialisation. What is more important is that they have a Yoga background also,” she added. Dr Archana is pursuing a Yoga instructor course currently.
Many other BAMS students like her pursue the course as it helps them bag better jobs. For London-based Dr Nishi Bhatt, it is about integrating Yoga with Allopathy to provide relief for her patients. “Myself and my husband work on people with neuro-degenerative diseases. He is a naturopath. We hope to integrate Yoga with medication for best results,” she said. The husband-wife duo have started a holistic treatment centre at Dehradhun. She explains, “We could see the change in just five weeks. Patients began responding better to treatment.” Bhatt has completed her degree and is pursuing MSc in Yoga now.
While a few hope to make a career after learning Yoga, some others believe that Yoga will help them discover their abilities.
Thrishina Dadlani from Singapore is also among those pursuing Yoga in Bengaluru. “I come from a business background. I did not see myself doing well there. I wanted to discover a greater purpose in life. I am “myself” now,” she said. Dadlani came to Bengaluru after her Yoga teacher in Singapore told her that Yoga was not just about asanas but there was more to discover.