Born and raised in the foothills of the Himalayas, Gajendra comes from a family of yogis. As a child he was fascinated by Chinese martial arts, practising kung-fu at home without discipline or proper techniques. When he consequently realised that his body was imbalanced, he started to practise Iyengar yoga purely for its physical benefits.
Later, inspired by his elder brother, Gajendra immersed himself into the deeper philosophy of yoga and found his spiritual master – Swami Veda Bharati, who initiated him into the Himalayan tradition. After intense practice at his master’s ashram, Gajendra felt truly awakened. He felt that yoga was enabling him to deal with all levels of his being, including his relationship with the world – and thus decided to share his love for yoga with other students like him, beginning this journey in 2007 in China.
After learning the importance of precise alignment in the Iyengar tradition, Gajendra embraced other styles like Vinyasa Krama and Ashtanga to enhance his teaching styles. Today, he is fascinated by how the scientific Western world is embracing the ancient spiritual practice of yoga.
Studying the work of movement-specialists like Dr. Kelly Starrett is providing him with fresh insights and new techniques for optimising physical performance – a valuable complement to his traditional learnings.
Precision (alignment) in postures and movement-with-breath are the cornerstones of Gajendra’s teaching. His classes are flowing and challenging, with an underlying focus on practising safely and mindfully. He generously shares his knowledge with his students, being a teacher that people want to both learn from and practise with. His students have assured him that they come away from his classes feeling exhausted but energised, inspired but humbled, and absolutely eager for the next class. Gajendra feels rewarded by witnessing his students’ progress and by seeing them enjoying their personal yoga journeys as much as he is enjoying his.