Bharat Shetty was born on 19th March 1979, in Udupi, a town in South Karnataka, India. Practicing yoga at an early age, he was further drawn to the practice after yoga helped him manage chronic asthma he suffered from. His first teacher was Yogacharya Kumara at the Shantivana Trust, close to his hometown. As a kid Bharat Shetty was always a keen observer and an avid learner. Most of his learnings and practice in the early period was very natural and self-taught without formal training. He was a loving son and insightful student of mother nature.
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 that helped further deepen his knowledge and insight into yoga.