INTERVIEW OF OUR MEDITATION TEACHER: MADAN
Sanjeev Singh Madan is a yoga teacher and Thai yoga massage therapist. Madan has completed several Yoga Teacher Training Courses. He has also studied Yoga Philosophy and Thai Yoga Massage Therapy in various universities and schools of India. For many years Madan has been teaching yoga to groups, as well as giving private classes in both Nepal and India. As a Yoga Therapist and Masseur, he treats various diseases like asthma, depression, meridian and muscle blockages, back problems, and other common ailments.
1. Where are you from and/or where do you live? Present yourself 😊
I’m a yoga teacher and Thai yoga massage therapist. I was born near Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha, in the South of Nepal.
In Reality I am from parmatma (higher-self) only, but in a physical level i am a Nepalese citizen. I live in Pokhara lakeside at the moment.
2. How did yoga come into your life?
First my grandfather he initiated me about yoga when i was kid. At the age of 12, I have been introduced to yoga by a Yogi Master from the Himalayas, with whom I have been practicing yoga for some time. From that moment, yoga became a fundamental part of his life. Since then I was fascinated by Yoga latter I visited few yoga Ashrams and yoga Universities in india. I learn more about yoga in the way of spiritually as well as scientifically. I found yoga is important to live Happy life That’s how yoga came into my life.
3. How long have you been practicing yoga?
Since my childhood
4. How has yoga changed your life?
Yoga never changed my life because yoga makes me to realize that there is nothing to be changed. The soul is unchanging but the external world is keep changing at every day, every time. Yoga makes me be consciously in my life without attachments, in any situations in the external world…
5. What is your yoga routine?
Whatever I do or not do, I offer each of my action to the higher self (God). That is my routine.
6. What is your yoga philosophy?
Do everything that is good for the others and yourself. Be kind to everyone. But be simple and be nothing.
7. Do you see yoga as more mental or physical?
Mental and physical Both. And even beyond that…
8. How and when did you decide to become a yoga teacher?
First, I practiced yoga for myself. Before I didn’t want to become yoga teacher. But I can’t stop to share yoga to people that suffered of emotional, mental and physical aspect. I feel I must help them and share my knowledge. Then people called me yoga teacher. Then I decide to dedicate my life fully into yoga and serve humanity through yoga. But I never considered myself self as a “teacher”.
9. What type of yoga do you teach?
I share yoga according to people’s need. In aspect of Asana meditation and philosophy. My focus in this school is to teach Hatha Yoga and Meditation
10. Which aspects of yoga are you most excited about teaching?
I like to teach the different aspect of asanas in Hatha yoga, or Bhakti yoga, and Raja Yoga.
11. What are the benefits of your yoga style/class?
Physical, mental and emotional
12. What are the qualities of a good teacher?
Love and kindness. And of course, the behavior and lifestyle are also very important. If a teacher is alcoholic and non-vegetarian, how can he or she suggest to student not to do that. So first a teacher need to apply in his life what he suggests to students.
13. What can students expect to get out of this teacher training?
Traditional way of yogic life experience that they can share to others. And experience by themselves.
14. Do you have any recommended yoga reading?
• Patanjali yoga sutra
• Hatha yoga Pradipika
• Bhagawat geeta
15. Do you feel anyone can enjoy and gain from yoga?
Yes of course yoga itself is joy and way more
16. The 200 hour program is the first stage of the teacher training program. What advice do you have for yogis considering starting their teaching career?
Be sincere to the practice what they have learn in this training. The practice will lead them further to their journey
17. How does this training differ from other teacher training program available in Nepal / Pokhara?
I haven’t been at other yoga schools in Nepal, but as I can see Pokhara Yoga School has great investment for yoga YTTC
18. How does this training differ from other teacher training program available in Europe?
I haven’t been in Europe yet. But as I understood Nepal is the best for yogic environment to practice and experience traditional way of yogic practice.
19. What do you love most about Pokhara Yoga School?
The Unity, the Love, the Familyhood, the Care, the beautiful Nature around, and the clean environment
20. Why would you recommend Pokhara Yoga School?
Yes for Yogic environment and Good Accommodation.
Discover the testimony of one of our students (link to article 36)