Mardy and Gloria

After Mardy and I went to Prague to train with Dev, Ky and Gloria, we knew we had to bring the trio to Austin for our students and other yogis to experience. Their talent and humility is awe-inspiring! The time has come, Yoga with the Champions starts on 1/17/15 at PURE Bikram Yoga Downtown.

Read on to learn these yogis’ personal yoga stories!

KY’s background:
Born in Vietnam, he immigrated to the United States at the age of 3 where he grew up in Houston, Texas. Ky broke both his legs and an arm when he was a child as a result of multiple car accidents. As a result of these accidents he suffered many ailments throughout his body including severe back, neck and joint pains. After he started practicing Bikram yoga, Ky discovered something that truly transformed his body and life. “In the beginning, I hated going to class. I was so weak and inflexible, I couldn’t even touch my toes!” Through sweat and determination, Ky has managed to build strength and flexibility as a result of a consistent everyday practice. In 2004 he attended Bikram’s teacher training and in 2007 he won both US and international yoga champion titles.

KY - 2007 International Yoga Champion

Dev’s journey:
He began his yogic journey in India at the age of 3, under the careful guidance of his father Shri M.R Pareek, following the legacy passed down by his grandfather Yogiraj Rishikesh Shastri, a renowned astrologer and Vedic scholar. Dev has studied and taught movement for over two decades of his yogic journey in different parts of Asia, Europe and USA. He has explored many styles of Yoga focusing primarily on Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Kundalini Yoga which are diverse forms of Yogic practice with philosophies that are deeply rooted in ancient Yogic Scriptures. His teaching styles are based on the study of human anatomy and incorporate the lessons of traditional and modern forms of yoga gleaned from his Guru and his own experience as a Yoga Master. Classes focus on anatomy of the body, rhythm and flow, safe movements into postures with correct body alignment and use of breath. He also teaches the importance of maintaining a daily discipline and accepting the blessing of change. Applying the extended effects of Hatha yoga towards finding balance throughout the seasons of one’s life.

Dev - 2009 International Yoga Champion

Gloria’s story:
She started practicing yoga in March 2008, shortly after moving to Singapore to work for a corporation as a strategic analyst. As a former runner and two time marathon finisher (NYC and Paris), Gloria was looking for a physically challenging activity that would be less jarring on her body. “Honestly, I looked to yoga because of Madonna’s cut arms”. Gloria was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is a graduate of Wharton business school and holds an MBA from IMD, Switzerland.

Gloria - 2012 International Yoga Champion

How these amazing yogis met, you ask?
It happened in Singapore…

After winning the International Yoga Asana Championships (Bishnu Charan Ghosh Cup) in 2007, Ky Ha moved from Texas to Singapore to share his love for teaching yoga. What he never expected in Singapore was meeting two highly inspirational yogis, Gloria Suen and Dev Kapil. By chance, Gloria had moved to Singapore that very same month as Ky in 2008. They were put in contact with each other through a mutual friend and Ky convinced Gloria to do her very first Bikram yoga class. Several months into her practice, Ky convinced Gloria to take part in the upcoming Singapore regional yoga championships where the pair of them encountered the third member of the trio, Dev Kapil. Gloria and Dev both being coached by Ky, participated in the International Yoga Championships finals in 2009 where Dev was victorious as Men’s champion. Several years later with the assistance and coaching of both Ky and Dev, Gloria went on to win the International Yoga Championships in 2012 and then again in 2014, being the first and only person to win the Bishnu Charan Ghosh cup twice. Through their passion and paths in yoga they have come together offering an extensive and unique range of knowledge aiding anyone who wants to explore yoga or movement.

We are excited and so ready! Be prepared to sweat and deepen your practice all the while having some fun!

Prague Champtions Workshop 2014

~ Jeff Chen

Original source: http://pureyogaaustin.com/bikram-yoga-around-the-world/yoga-champions

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