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I have been doing Yoga since age of 7. My first teacher was my father, ācārya Krishnan Ramasamy from South India, who was a priest, astrologer and siddhayogi in a Tamil saiva siddhānta tradition. Realizing that I had joy in my practice, I always jumping-in with both feet joining my father’s haṭhayoga sādhana and spiritual practice. I was introduced to kuṇḍalinīyoga after my 19th birthday by yogācārya Paranjothi Subramaniam. After the initiation of kuṇḍalinī, I am practicing kuṇḍalinīyoga, haṭhayoga and siddhayoga. At the age of 25, I traveled to Munich, Germany for my further studies in Aerospace Engineering and was engaged as scientific researcher few years in Madrid, Copenhagen and Berlin. Through the experience of Western lifestyle, I realized even more the importance of yoga and mindfulness training for a balanced, healthy and sustainable life in a modern world and started exploring the diversity of yogic philosophy as a holistic approach of life. Since then, I have worked with different individuals from varies background to provide them with this knowledge to live healthier, greener, more spiritually-minded in accordance with the ayurvedic and ancient wisdom of saiva siddhānta.
In 2010, I attended a retreat with Tibetan master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, North India. Soon after the retreat, I realized that Buddhist meditation and yoga enriched enormously my classical Hindu view of the world. I learned combination of prāṇāyāmas (breathing techniques) and flowing āsanas with anatomically based alignment for a safer body and supportive exploration of breath. In earlier years, I learned about saiva siddhānta tantric philosophy and ayurveda principles from my father. Through my involvement in yoga, I have realized that different yoga practices suit different people and began my exploration with acceptance, curiosity and joy. From one point of view, yoga can be understood as sport. But this is only reduction on body aspect of practice. Full realization happens when body and mind comes together. Yoga is simply meditation in action.
In 2013 to deepen my understanding and knowledge of yoga as lifelong tool, I studied 4 years at Yoga Akademi Berlin under guidance yogācārya Ananda Leone and became a registered member of the Berufsverband der Yogalehrenden Deutschland (BDY) and the European Yoga Union (EYU). It was uplifting myself to be competent yogi based on teachings of yogamaharshi Swami Gitananda Giri. I combine the essence of siddhayoga knowledge from my father with kuṇḍalinīyoga with the addition of mindfulness, awareness and meditation techniques of Tibetan Buddhism. Alongside with it, also the core elements from śivaśaktiyoga from yogācārya Ananda Leone. My lessons are known for the sense of humor and dynamic teaching style with the ability to present ancient wisdom of saiva siddhānta in a fresh and accessible manner.