Posted: Date Posted – 11:31 PM, Mon – 20 Jun 22
Channel: Garimilla Srinivas Reddy, a government teacher by profession, was exhausted after taking four lessons a day until 2002. Reason: He was overweight. But, he can now take classes effortlessly and teach yoga to students twice a day. He worked to get in shape through yoga and is now considered a senior yet dedicated yoga instructor and crusader by passion.
“Before, I was exhausted by taking classes, because of my weight. Before, I weighed 78 kg. I first learned four asanas from lead instructor Bellamkonda Malla Reddy from Chennur. I practiced the asanas and reduced my weight to 55 kg. I have achieved unprecedented physical and mental fitness which has significantly improved my performance in school,” Srinivas Reddy told Telangana Today.
Exploration of yoga theories
After experiencing a wide range of health benefits of asanas, the 50-year-old pursued a degree and post-graduation degree from Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu via distance mode in 2007-08 . He also obtained a PG degree in Yoga Therapy from the prestigious Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, also known as S-Vyasa, in Bengaluru in 2013. He received a Level 2 Certification from the Ministry of AYUSH in 2017. He went on to pursue MSc in Yoga from Tamil Nadu Sports University in 2018.
Hailing from the remote village of Kammarpalli in the mandal of Chennur, Srinivas Reddy played a vital role in promoting the ancient experiential science of self-learning invented by the sage and teacher Pathanjali between 400 and 200 BC. He has not only been practicing the ancient science of wellness for two decades, but he has also been selflessly imparting it to enthusiastic students and learners for 14 years.
Taught yoga to 50,000 people
A teacher at Zilla Parishad High School in the Dwaraka village of Dandepalli mandal, Srinivas Reddy has taught yoga for free to 50,000 people, including students. He has led camps in 100 schools and trained students to improve concentration. It has produced 200 students, who have successfully completed the Yoga Instructor Course (YIC) offered by S-Vyasa.
His disciples had also participated in a national level competition and won the third prize in 2017. Srivas Reddy and his group participated in an international competition in Bangalore in 2013. He also started a YouTube channel, Swami Vivekananda Yoga, which won 25,000 subscribers during the Covid-19 pandemic. He uploads videos, raising awareness of the benefits of yoga and its various disciplines, including pranayama or breathing exercises.
Project to create a wellness center
A devout follower of spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda, Srinivas Reddy plans to establish a full-fledged wellness center to treat various illnesses through yoga at affordable costs. He bought a land of 7,865 square meters in the village of Mudigunta in Jaipur mandal a few years ago. “My goal is to make the center a reliable destination for curing ailments without resorting to drugs and surgery,” he said.