Agra school inducts 12-yr-old as yoga teacher
He dropped out of school after Class 2 but is all set to become a faculty member at Agra's prestigious St Peter's College. What's more, he is just a 12-year-old, much younger than scores of his potential students.india Updated: Apr 24, 2012 23:36 IST
He dropped out of school after Class 2 but is all set to become a faculty member at Agra's prestigious St Peter's College. What's more, he is just a 12-year-old, much younger than scores of his potential students.
Meet Ram Das 'Brahmachari' who has recently been inducted in the St Peters' College staff as a yoga teacher.
Popular as Baba Ramdev of Agra, Ram Das has mastered around 300 yoga asanas. He displayed 38 of them in front of a huge audience on the school campus.
"Students would be more at ease learning the yoga asanas from somebody of their own age. He will formally join the school from July this year," said Father John Ferreira, principal of St Peter's College, himself a yoga enthusiast.
Ram Das gives all the credit of his achievement to his father.
"I was really inspired by my father Mukesh Sharma. He was very passionate about yoga and when he saw my flexibility, he decided to teach me too. I was only six then," he said.
Besides Yoga, Ram Das has also memorised a lot of religious scriptures. He left school after being disillusioned by his teachers and now relies on the lessons taught by his sister at home.
"I was appalled when I saw my teachers chewing tobacco in the class. This shook my trust in the education system and I decided to quit," said Ram Das, who practices meditation for more than six hours everyday. Ram Das believes discipline is the key if one wants to master yoga.
"Discipline, meditation, hard work, simple food and good behaviour are keys to learning yoga. It was only due to my diligence and regular practice that I mastered so many asanas," he said. "I believe yoga is the solution to all physical diseases and mental problems. My father was suffering from renal failure but now he leads a normal life, all thanks to Yoga," he added.
First Published: Apr 23, 2012 18:43 IST