Where are you from?

I’m Dr.Sangeetha Dellikar, Naturopathic and Yoga Physician from Hyderabad.

How did yoga come into your life and what has that journey been like for you?

I started practicing yoga in college in 1994 from my 1st year onwards. Like many other people, I started it with only the physical benefits in mind. About three years into practicing I began to notice the effects the practice would have on my mind. When I was deep into practice my mind had a one-pointed focus and I felt calm. I’ve always practiced Asana, however, for the past 5 years, my meditation practice has been just as paramount to me as the physical.

How has yoga changed and what do you feel it creates in your daily life?

My practice is my passion. It is apart of a daily ritual that keeps me active the whole day.

What is yoga to you?

To me, Yoga is a way of life. When I teach healthy people and patients, I focus on the body-heart-mind components of Yoga and also the indications and contra indications. I want them to understand it is so much more than just the Asana – that it is a part of life and a way of living.

How did you feel after your first yoga class and how do you feel this influences or impacts the space you create for your students?

I took my first yoga class in college in 1st year. I went to class not knowing what to expect. I remember feeling the class was a place of non-judgment and there was no competition. The teacher kept reminding us that it was ok if we couldn’t do certain poses – it was very different from any other activity I had experienced.

Who were you before you started practicing and how have you changed, evolved, and transformed?

I still have anxiety and struggle with reacting too quickly, however, Yoga has made me more self-aware and self-reflective. (Svadhyaya) I notice how my practice on the mat mirrors what’s going on in my life off the mat. My practice definitely made me calmer, peaceful, fit and experienced.

Why did you decide to start teaching yoga and what qualities do you feel are important to build and work on as a doctor?

I began teaching yoga in 2003 onwards. I started out as a yoga instructor and as my own personal Yoga practice continued to deepen I knew I wanted to share the practice with my patients. I think one of the most important qualities of a yoga instructor is to create an environment where everyone feels welcome, accepted, and included.

What has been the most inspirational moment you’ve experienced as a doctor?

While living in Hyderabad getting the opportunity to practice on a weekly basis with Iyengar yoga was truly inspiring.

What has been the most inspirational moment you’ve experienced as a doctor?

When patients tell me how they used their yoga practice (eg: taking deep breathes when they are feeling angry or sad, doing therapeutic yoga for neck pain ,back pain and various other ailments or mastering a pose in their own time) always reassures me that I am on the right path.

What is the single most defining issue facing the global health community today?

The yoga/wellness community needs to do better in terms of inclusivity and diversity. I’m constantly listening and learning on ways I can take action and do my part to make that change.

Do you have any recommended yoga reading?

I recommend books on yoga by BKS Iyengar.

Through your own personal journey, what do you feel is your path and offering to the community- local and global?

I definitely feel my path is to work with people and share the practice with them. I also feel incredibly inspired when I lead our Yoga Teacher’s Training. I love sharing my knowledge and experience of teaching yoga to everyone, and I am always left feeling inspired by the trainees and knowing all the good people that are out there in the world looking to make a difference.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out on their yoga journey?

Practice with a variety of teachers, try different styles, and always continue learning and listening.

What do you like to do for fun that’s non-yoga related?

Reading, watching tv, learning from you tubes and anything in Nature makes me most happy!

Who is your greatest inspiration?

Both my parents mother and father are huge inspirations to me.

When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?

Doctor

What’s your favorite quote/affirmation/mantra?

Be Here Now

What is your life’s biggest question?

There are so many….

BKS Iyengar founded yoga in pune. I found himself teaching yoga to hundreds of people, conducting numerous trainings, workshops and lectures and designing the Yoga curriculum from his innate ability to connect with people and his knowledge of yoga. BKS Iyengars programs has since become one of the top rated yoga programs in Pune City. As Founder oversees and CEO he trains the yoga trainers through out the world.