Expert from Kota teaches ancient Indian discipline to Gabon’s first family

  • Aabshar H Quazi, Hindustan Times, Kota
  • Updated: Aug 12, 2016 16:48 IST
Delhi’s Rajender Nagar residents at a yoga session. (Hindustan Times)

Once he was aspiring to become an engineer, but Saurabh Jain had to give up his dream due to financial issue. This came as a blessing in disguise for the 30-year-old from Kota. Now, Jain is teaching yoga to the first family of Gabon, a western African nation.

Jain, who holds diplomatic passport of the African country and rank of cabinet member in the office of the president of Gabon, believes the ancient Indian physical and mental discipline was “emerging as a mighty world power”.

“Global leaders are now considering yoga a way of leading healthier life,” said Jain, who did his masters in yoga and human consciousness from Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar.

Saurabh Jain with footballer David Beckham.

Besides president Ali Bongo Ondimba, first lady Sylvia does yoga for 1-2 hours daily, he said. “The family of president are practicing yoga even during the Ramzan and are great admirers of yoga,” he told HT over phone from Gabon on Tuesday on the occasion of International Day of Yoga.

“Yoga has helped me understand motive of human life which I am trying to impart to others,” he said.

“Today people are high in IQ (intelligence quotient) but to live a beautiful happy life we need a good EQ (emotional quotient) and SQ (spiritual quotient). Only by doing yoga we can achieve that. Yoga is not merely a set of exercise; it’s the way of life. Yoga is for everyone,” said Jain, who met many head of states, including US president Barack Obama and the then of France president Nicolas Sarkozy, during his visits with the Gabon president.

Apart from Gabon’s first family, Jain said he has shared his yoga skills with several celebrities including tennis great Novak Djokovic, Hollywood actress Kim Kardashian, footballer star David Beckham.

However, the life has not always been the same for the man from a middle class family and turnaround in his life is more like a fairy tale. His father MP Jain was an employee of closed JK Factory of Kota.

Jain said he had to give up his dream of becoming an engineer due to financial issue. But a chance meeting with Gabon’s president and first lady during an International Stress Management Seminar in Gabon in 2012 changed his life forever.

Jain got an offer to become a cabinet member in the president’s office, which he accepted happily.

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