Yoga Guru Suneel Singh is one of the first yoga gurus in India, who cures his patients by using simple tools like Numerology, Sign, Hasya Yoga and Yoga-Chi. He has authored a book "Yog Se Aryoga Tak" in Hindi, which has also been translated in 12 other regional languages. He has done more than 3000 yoga episodes on leading TV channels in Hindi, English, Punjabi and Bhojpuri. In a candid chat with Yoga Guru Suneel Singh, he talks about the benefits of yoga in day-to-day life.
Tell us how did you start practicing and teaching yoga?
I inherited yoga from my grandfather. I used to play cricket in college when I met with an accident and doctor told me that I would be bedridden. That time my grandfather asked me to start practicing yoga and literally it took me 6 months to get back on my feet. I started training under the guidance of late Guru Swami Dhirender Bhramchari ji. I passed a yoga teacher training course 1985 from Mantalai (J&K) with Gold Medal. Since then I have been learning and teaching yoga.
How effective is Yoga in the long run and is there a specific time to practice yoga?
Yoga has always been powerful and effective. Now our PM Narendra Modi has been talking about yoga and branding it, so it is now gaining so much momentum. There are 8 limbs of yoga- Yama, Niyama, Asanas, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi. Yoga is very helpful in the long run, it gives you more flexibility and energy. A person does usually gets results after 1 or 2 months. The best time to practice yoga is in the morning, when you’re fresh and you have a lot of energy. However, time is not a binding; one can practice yoga at anytime. A person just has to make sure that there is a gap of 2-3 hours after meals.
Do yoga exercises depend of the cycle of seasons?
Yes it does. One has to change his or her exercises according to the weather. For eg: In summer, if a person practices kapalbhati, bhastrika pranayama - it can shoot his blood pressures, rather than helping. Similarly, if a person suffering from asthama does pranayam during winters it can affect his health. During winter a normal person can every easily pull off 12 chakras of suryanamaskar but during summer it will be very difficult for him to pull that number.
Can you give some tips to youngsters, which will help them deal with the work-stress…
Bhavana meditation or bhavana dhyan can help everyone to reduce his or her stress. When you finish your day- after meal-, just close your eyes- and recollect your entire day. Think if you did something negative or made any mistakes etc. This makes people very positive. It’s amazing if one can sit in Vajrasana or Thunderbolt pose as it’s very good for digestion.