BHARATH SHETTY

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YOGACHARYA BHARATH SHETTY

With over 24 years of experiencing in guiding students in their practice, YogacharyaBharathShetty is the first yoga teacher in India to be certified as E-RYT 500, the highest level of instructor certification with Yoga Alliance.

He also has an RCYT and RPYT certification for children and prenatal yoga, and is a YACEP member since April 2019. Guided by the core vision of ‘health and bliss for all’, he has trained more than 1000 teachers from over 80 countries.

Early life

BharathShetty was born on 19th March 1979, in Udupi, a town in South Karnataka, India. Practicing yoga since an early age, he was further drawn to the practice after yoga helped him manage the chronic asthma he suffered from. His first teacher was Yogacharya Kumara at the Shantivana Trust, close to his hometown.

When a bus accident in 1999 incapacitated his legs, he steadfastly worked on his recovery and was able to walk again soon after. He credits this revival to the inner strength he acquired through his yoga practice.

In 2002, he personally studied and trained with world renowned Yoga Guru, Padma Vibhushan B.K.S. Iyengar, in Pune, India. This was an invaluable experience which helped further deepen his knowledge and insight of yoga.

Yoga Career

Bharath had his first teaching experience in 1995, when he was approached with a request for taking classes by a group of people in a park where he practiced regularly. Teaching them yoga regularly, he discovered his true calling. Soon after, he decided to become a professional yoga teacher to pursue his passion and use his immense knowledge to spread the benefits of yoga to the world.

Bharath founded Creative Yoga Centre, his first studio, in Bangalore in 1998. He later moved to Mysore in 2004, one of the most important yoga hubs in India, and set up a new school that is now known as IndeaYoga.

Since then, he has been conducting teacher training courses and guided self-practice Mysore Style classes regularly.

A second shala ‘Yoga Bharata’ was also set up in the city centre, where one can attend classes throughout the year.

He has conducted workshops across India and around the world including Belgium, Germany, Spain, Denmark, Switzerland, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and China. One of the most sought after corporate yoga teachers, he has trained professionals from Union Bank of Switzerland, Google, Wipro, Oracle, ANZ Information Technologies and Theorem.

The IndeaYoga Style of Practice

Developed by YogacharyaBharathShetty, the Indeayoga asana and pranayama practice concentrates on the body-breath-mind coordination. It is based on Ashtanga of Patanjali and Panchakosha of Upanishads.

Personal life

He is married to ArchanaShetty and has two smart and independent daughters.

Philanthropy

BharathShetty provides financial assistance to under privileged children for their education through a charitable trust he founded called ‘Indea Foundation’.

Awards and Accolades

  • Bestowed the title ‘Yogacharya’ by Sivananda Yoga Vendanta Centre, Trivandrum
  • Recognised as ‘Yoga Shiromani’ by Vivekandananda Kendra, Bangalore
  • Felicitated at Dasara, Mysore by Govt. of Karnataka, in 2015
  • Awarded as a Melvin Jones Fellow, by Lions International
  • Trainer at International Yoga Festival, Rishikesh
  • Winner of Himalaya Yoga Olympiad (Indian National Yoga Championship) Haridwar and Bangalore, in 1998 and 2001
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