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Shumit Vatsal

Shumit was born in an Iyengar family in the small town of Salem in South India where bakthi and karma yoga was practiced regularly. Shumit formally got certified as a Yoga Siromani “Jewel on a crown of yoga” at the Sivananda Madurai Ashram.

Shumit teaches a classical hatha yoga sequence as taught in the ashrams in India. The class introduces students to yoga in its holistic form for the student to receive physical, mental and spiritual benefits. Students learn and experience Swami Vishnudevananda’s 5 points of yoga – proper breathing, proper relaxation, proper asana, proper meditation and proper diet. The class is designed for the students to go deeper into themselves and thus does not have music or heat.

Shumit’s own spiritual path is Vipassana meditation. Vipassana means seeing things as they are. It is one of the oldest forms of meditation and is the same technique that the Buddha used for his enlightenment. As a part of his spiritual practice, Shumit attends two 10 day silent retreats every year and maintains a 2 hour daily practice.”