This week’s Featured Yogi is Vishwa Kumar, who’s currently in Marietta, GA and is a native of India. Vishwa mostly practices at home, but said, “if I need to go a studio, I like practicing at Peachtree Yoga Center.” Vishwa has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and has sporadically taught yoga for more than 10 years in India, Europe and in the US. He’s been regularly teaching yoga for the last 3 years.
Vishwa’s extensive history of practicing yoga has led him to different styles and teachers, including several Indian masters. He did his formal certification at Peachtree Yoga Center and is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT 500 instructor. In 2013, Vishwa began his Master training with Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga.Vishwa teaches a variety of yoga styles including Tantric, Hatha, Vinyasa and Yoga for Healing. He says, “I like to offer a practice styled to students’ needs but adds a little challenge to help them grow.”
Vishwa says his favorite passive yoga poses are Padmasana or Agni Stambhasana (Firelog Pose) “because it simply brings my mind inward and allows me to achieve a deep, meditative state.” His favorite active poses are Mayurasana (Peacock Pose) or Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose), stating that “one helps to activate the fire, the other simply recharges.” When asked about his least favorite pose, Vishwa said (with a smile), “Probably Warrior III because it just makes you balance in multiple directions and align at the same time while using just one leg.”
We asked Vishwa what his favorite food would be, and he said, “I’m not attached to any one dish as long as it’s vegetarian and tasty!” That’s an answer we can totally get behind! When asked about his favorite travel destination (he’s traveled all over!), Vishwa told us, “I love to travel around the world whenever time permits – I have already visited more than a dozen countries. Each country is unique, so it’s hard to pick just one place. However, I prefer warm places – just a few months ago, I visited Madrid and Lisbon.”
Vishwa’s personal mission is two-fold: “As a student and practitioner, I want to continue to study with senior teachers and stay regular in my own practice by practicing daily. As a teacher, I want to reach out to regular people and seekers to share the knowledge and facilitate the experience of yoga as it has been passed down through the lineage. I would also like to help those who regularly deal with pain, whether they have tried modern medicine or if they want to find recovery naturally, and help them to experience the healing aspects of yoga.”
His most inspiring quote comes from the Upanishad: “You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will, so is your deed. As your deed, so is your destiny.”
Vishwa teaches in Marietta and Kennesaw; check out his website for more info. He’s also got a wonderful three-part workshop – Yoga for Inner Strength and Transformation – coming up at the end of January. Find more information on this workshop and sign up for one or all three & enjoy sadhana!