Raj is a well knowledgeable yoga master and certified therapist with a Bachelor degree in Yogic Science obtained from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University in India as well as numerous diplomas in yoga therapy, naturopathy and an M.D. in acupressure therapy. Throughout his studies, he was also working in a 500-bed yoga hospital named Arogyadhama which is in the University campus itself. After that, he continuously engaged as yoga acupressure teacher and therapist in several organizations including hospitals to treat ailments ranging from physical problems such as back pain to mental ones such as anxiety and depressions.
Before coming to Hong Kong he was teaching in many international companies as well. He also organized several camps and workshops to propagate yoga to a mass population; he is a specialist in OBESITY (weight reducing and joints pain). With more than 10 years of yoga teaching experience, of which 3 years was in Hong Kong, Raj believes that the invigorating power that yoga brings to the mind, body and spirit is the answer to helping Hong Kong people find relief from the stress of a busy lifestyle.
Borned in a picturesque Indian state next to the Himalayas, Raj spent his childhood playing around in stunning mountain ranges which provided a serene and peaceful environment to shape his spiritual soul, which his Brahmin (priest) family also supported by encouraging him to worship and chant (Bhakti yoga) from a young age. With such a family upbringing and coming from a background of traditional Indian medicine healers, it was only natural for Raj to take up yoga as his chosen profession. Having helped people before to resolve issues that affected their health, e.g. asthma, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis, back pain, obesity, anxiety and depression, Raj will continue to bring the same dedication to helping members at Ananda Yoga. With this objective in mind, he aims to offer a large variety of yoga classes to not only unite mindful asanas with alignment, inner awareness and breathing but also to include more focus on certain aspects to enhance a more spiritual practice.