A student is an empty vessel and a teacher is the source that fills this empty vessel with in-depth knowledge and wisdom. To be a great yogi, it is necessary to learn from the best yoga gurus and to gather information from the most authentic sources. Excellent teachers who can guide them and provide them with apt. knowledge are the ideal conduits that can lead a student towards becoming the best yoga practitioner and teacher. At Rishikul Yogshala, we believe in the same ideology and do not undermine the role of a good yoga teacher in achievement of desired outcome from a yoga teacher training program. Our entire team of yoga teachers and gurus are not just internationally recognized but also hold years of experience as yoga and spirituality educators.
The teachers recognize and analyze distinct aspects of each student on individual basis. With respect to their body type, requirement and level, the students are maneuvered as brilliant yogis with the help of specific training and learning methods. With this methodology, the students reap maximum benefits from the yoga teacher training program.Our teachers and gurus at Rishikul Yogshala ensure the students attain overall development along with a soulful yogic experience during the tenure of their entire program.
Our Yoga Acharyas are internationally certified and registered with Yoga Alliance. Along with exceptional teaching expertise, outstanding knowledge in the most authentic traditional forms of yoga and a distinct methodology has rendered them with the recognition of being some of the best yoga leaders in the globe. Yoga is not just a fitness tool; all our yoga teachers preach this majestic science as it originally is -- the eventual pathway to complete purification of mind, body and soul.
“Knowing the self is important, the teacher cannot show you who you are, you have to know yourself...The teacher is only the mirror which will show you how you look.”
Qus. When is your birthday and star sign?Ans. March 14th and I am a Pisces.
Qus. As a teacher what do you focus on most?Ans. Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha and Teaching Methodology.
Qus. What Yoga teacher training course do you teach and for how long have you been with Rishikul Yogshala?Ans. I teach students both in the 200hr and the 300hr yoga teacher training course and I have been officially working with Rishikul Yogshala since 2010, so nearly 6 years. However, I have been practicing consistently since 2009.
Qus. When did you first start practicing the physical aspect, Asanas, of yoga?Ans. I started practicing during my childhood at school but only at a physical level because I liked sports and my physique was very good. Around 2000 my family left Delhi and moved to Rishikesh but I left home and decided for the next 6 years not to join them. This of course meant that I couldn’t attend school because I had to take care of myself.
Qus. You practiced as a child but stopped because you left home, what made you return to this path?Ans. In 2006, when I was about 17, I realized that I had certain responsibilities and that to live and work in this modern society, in any field, I would need a higher education. So I moved to Rishikesh to be with my family and help with their pharmaceutical business for the next 3 years. But during this time, a lot happened within me, I felt imbalanced and that I wasn’t made to work in a building selling medicine! I wanted to do something for society and for myself but due to lack of education I couldn’t and that depressed me. My cousin suggested that it wasn’t too late and that I could still get back into education or even start practicing yoga again for myself. I went to an Ashram and practiced Asanas and learned more about other parts of yoga until I met Yogi Mahesh who I later asked to become his student for the next 2 and a half years.
Qus. It’s a huge topic but what is spirituality for you as Bipin?Ans. Spirituality for me is to know yourself. I consider it very important and I think it is lacking from a lot of yoga practice today but at the same time you can’t teach spirituality. It comes from self practice, devotion and will power. Knowing the self is important, the teacher cannot show you who you are, you have to know yourself. Because they cannot look within you. The teacher is only the mirror which will show you how you look and how you should be. In summary, spirituality is when you apply what you have learned and have a self practice.
Qus. You seem like a very confident individual, some might even say ‘scary’, but what would you say?Ans. I have not seen the world but I know a bit from yoga of how it should be. I am trying to save this tradition by creating myself in a way that will change others to save it for the next generation and the following. Now regarding the people being scared [smiles softly] I take my subject very seriously. I don’t want to just watch time pass, so when I see people just passing time in class I don’t argue with them any more or try to change their mind. I just focus on those who know what they want and are serious about yoga. If people spend time with me outside of class they will see another side of me as well.
Qus. How can someone become focused and disciplined?Ans. Patience. You cannot expect to learn everything at once. Focus on one thing and keep practicing until you feel all the pain and the joy from the Asana. Make it a daily task because only that way can you truly focus and become disciplined. You will learn a lot on this course but that is only the beginning because yoga is a continuous life process. Hari Om!
“For me Love is to give happiness to yourself to not ‘beat up’ yourself...If you can share what you have and your happiness even with someone who hurt you, then that is love.”
Qus. When is your birthday and star sign?Ans. April 16th and I am a Taurus according to Indian Astrology.
Qus. As a teacher what do you focus on most?Ans. Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Mantra Chanting and Laughing yoga
Qus.What Yoga teacher training course do you teach and for how long have you been with Rishikul Yogshala?Ans. 200 hour and 300 hour and I have been teaching at Rishikul Yogshala for 2-3 years.
Qus. When you are feeling stressed or a little ‘down’ emotionally, what yoga technique helps you the most?Ans. I focus on my breath and try to breathe more deeply, conscious breathing, in order to become calm. I also focus on my spiritual Master, Krishna and by doing so I am filled with so much love that I quickly forget about my stress or any anger that had previously arisen.
Qus. What is Spirituality to you?Ans. For me spirituality is happiness, being consistent within and finding a balance with yourself. It’s not a constant fluctuation of extremes, it’s a like a stable line that remains no matter the external factors.
Qus. Can spirituality be found around in nature?Ans. Yes, of course spirituality can be found in nature! Actually there is one kind of meditation, walking meditation, where each step is a conscious movement. A true observation and awareness of every single thing that is around you like the trees, flowers, birds etc.
Qus. Can you define happiness?Ans. Happiness is not like one day I get a gift and ‘oh I am so happy to get this gift!!’ that maybe is happiness for the moment, 1 hour or 1 day, it is not consistent, it is more celebratory. The happiness I speak of is like one state of your mind where you feel like you are satisfied with almost all situations because it comes from deep inside and it is not based solely on the situation.
Qus. How do you feel that one of the few female teachers not only in Rishikul Yogshala but also in Rishikesh?Ans. As an Indian woman, I started off in an environment where women normally don’t go. Even my family and friends thought that I was crazy for following this path because of all the difficulties that would arise as a woman. I kept practicing and following my path and managed have been in places where women aren’t allowed to go e.g. meditating in a cave in the Himalayas. I think with many years of dedicated practice, I have gained the support and respect of all those around me. If you love something truly and you know how to show that then people will respect and support you no matter what.
Qus. Apart from teaching Yoga, what are your hobbies?Ans. Oh I like many things! But I mainly like to take photographs, walk in nature, travel and discover. I also love to cook for myself but mainly other people!