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Subhash Mittal

Subhash MittalI learned Yoga from my father while growing up in India and have been practicing it regularly for over 40 years. During the early 90s I started teaching simple yoga postures to some of my family members and friends. Realizing that I was able to help others with some of their minor health-related problems through the practice of yoga, I decided to go for a formal teacher training program so I could impact the lives of many more. In the summer of 1996, I completed the Teacher Training program in the Integral Hatha Yoga style at the Swami Satchidananda Ashram in Yogaville, VA. After the course, I started teaching yoga on a part-time basis,  about four to five classes per week. However, since my retirement in 2005 from my corporate job, I am devoting my time fully to stydying deeper aspects of yoga and teaching several classes a week. I have constantly endeavored to increase my yoga knowledge and teaching skills and have completed other training courses. Here is a list of the yoga-related training courses that I have attended:

As a part of my ongoing 'svadhyaya' (self study), I have been participating in a Bhagavad Gita home study program for many years. During these weekly group sessions, we study and discuss the commentary on Bhagavad Gita by Swami Dayananda of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam of Saylorsburg, PA. For the last eight years, I have been learning the Sanskrit language, the language in which all the yogic scriptures including the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Bhagavad Gita, Vedas, Upanishads etc. are written. I am deeply influenced by the yoga philosophy as expounded by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras. In order to understand the philosophy of yoga better, I currently facilitate a Study Group for Yoga Sutras of Patanjali which meets twice a month. I continuously strive to develop a deeper understanding of the underlying principles of the philosophy and incorporate the guidelines of the eight limbs of yoga (ashtanga yoga), including the yamas and niyamas (moral and ethical principles), into my day-to-day life.

On the professional side, I worked as a telecommunications engineer with AT&T/Lucent for about twenty five years before retiring in July, 2005. I plan to devote my time now to the study of and teaching yoga.