From B’lore slums to Berlin embassy: Journey of a yoga teacher

The Yoga alliance and QCI (GOI) certified yoga trainer took up yoga full time, inspiring many young people.

By Author  |  Published: 14th Nov 2017  11:56 pmUpdated: 15th Nov 2017  8:30 pm
V Tejaswi started teaching yoga in government schools and Bengaluru slums.

Hyderabad: At a time when the number of people following their passion is shrinking, this software professional-turned-yoga instructor’s story spells hope in every line.

V Tejaswi, a 28-year-old from Hyderabad, quit her job at a prominent software company recently to become a full time yoga instructor. The Yoga alliance and QCI (GOI) certified yoga trainer took up yoga full time, inspiring many young people who have not considered fitness as a career.

“I have been passionate about yoga since childhood and was teaching it even while I was working as a software professional whenever I got the time,” Tejaswi said.

While working at the corporate firm, Tejaswi’s life was like that of most IT employees — long work hours and stress. But, the 28-year-old got the real push to give up her job and take up yoga full time after she started teaching children in government schools and slums of Bengaluru. It was then that she decided to take stock of the situation and signed up for the Art of Living course.

“It was when I was teaching yoga to office-goers, organising yoga hikes and tying up with Decathlon that I realised I was earning better in this profession,” she said.

However, the real turning point of her fitness journey and life came when Tejaswi recently got a call from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for an interview to teach yoga at the Berlin Embassy in Germany.

Tejaswi was among the 1,200 applicants who applied for the position, and after getting selected, she is now preparing to head to Berlin. “If you have the passion, you should go ahead and pursue it. I had immense support from my parents as well,” Tejaswi said.