Expert: Yoga House Founder & Teacher
Sumitra Sekaran’s interest in yoga started in the 1980s in her hometown of Chennai, India. After a rigorous six years of learning under the eminent Yogi, Sri T Krishnamachari, and his son Sri Desikachari, Sumitra became a part-time teacher at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM).
Sumitra moved to Malaysia in 2000 with her Malaysian husband and started teaching yoga in Kuala Lumpur two years later. In 2011, she became a certified lyengar Yoga teacher and has since trained with many globally renowned teachers including Birju Mehta, Faeq Biria, Peter Scott, Gita Iyengar, Ramanand Patel and Guruji BKS Iyengar himself.
Nowadays, Sumitra runs a full-fledged professional Iyengar yoga studio called Yoga House in Petaling Jaya. Sumitra's main students are beginners, but she endeavours to teach many levels with classes for seniors and people with specific physical problems. Also trained in the systematic breathing techniques of yoga known as Pranayama, Sumitra emphasises breath work, as well as the third limb of Yoga, Meditation. Having trained under many Yoga masters from India, Sumitra is well versed in the theory and philosophy of yoga scriptures, and applies this knowledge to her physical practice and teaching.
With over 25 years of experience in the field of yoga and Sanskrit scriptural studies, Sumitra holds a Master’s Degree in Sanskrit, and is currently working towards a Doctorate in Yoga. Her special interests in Sanskrit are Indian philosophy and Vedantic thought.
Sumitra also shares her throughts on Yoga regularly through her blog, Melodies of the Mind, and has appeared on a number of TV and radio shows on the subject of Yoga.