Krishna Prakash is a Bengaluru-based Yogacharya passionate about the Indic Knowledge System. He has mastered the art of Yoga and is determined to guide it to others. He has undertaken to train the masses in his own Yoga school on the outskirts of Bengaluru, using his skills, expertise, and knowledge. He wants to promote Yoga as a lifestyle through “Srimath Yoga,” which also provides life coaching, leadership, meditation, and other services. Let’s hear what he says about his business journey and the lifestyle he promotes.
Q- Can You Please Shed Some Light On Your Company And Enlighten Us About Your Services?
Shrimath Yoga runs under the name of our parent company International Yoga School. We are now in our 12th year of operations. Our team possesses corporate experience as well as people who have been trained to teach Yoga.
After training individually, we decided to incorporate Yoga practices into people’s daily lives. We considered extracting knowledge and wisdom from our rich Indian heritage and tradition and using it to help various organisations.
Indians have a history of 5000-7000 years old, and Yoga and meditation, in our opinion, have a lot of potential and should be incorporated into people’s or organisations’ daily lives. It will add to their personality and will undoubtedly benefit them in the long run.
Q- What Was Your Motivation Behind Adopting This Lifestyle And Starting This Company?
I obtained a postgraduate degree in management from SriSIM College in Delhi. There, I studied with students from all across the nation. Naturally, I had come across people from all kinds of religious backgrounds and races.
Our college had special permission to teach Yoga as a part of the daily curriculum. We had a professor, Shri, who stressed the importance of staying connected to our roots. He kept us in the loop on the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and other ancient texts. He always stressed the importance of Yoga and meditation. So, I would say that he sowed seeds of Yoga and meditation in me.
Before leaving, I spent about five years working in the corporate sector. But I was adamant about becoming an entrepreneur. And I believe you can achieve anything you want if you are honest, dedicated, and sincere.
I started a startup after that called Spattikam, which was also covered in Times Of India, Bangalore. We taught our first course, “The Last Bridge”, which focused on how to read faster and take notes. This particular course was quite useful since MBA demands continuous study and staying up-to-date with ongoing trends.
The second course was called “Creativity in Business,” which we did with special permission from a Stanford Professor. Both of these courses were taught in 2001 for almost two years and were a great success.
Following this, I worked as a recruiter for two years. I went on to stay at Shreyas on the outskirts of Bangalore for almost 7 years, where I practised the principles I had learned all these years, recommended by my professor.
Eventually, in 2011, I decided to disseminate the information more systematically through Shrimath Yoga, my very own Yoga school in Bengaluru.
Q- How Would You Say The Yoga School Differs From The Education You Received?
When I graduated, at that time, society had a preconceived notion that in order to be settled, you needed to get a job, get married, and have children. I worked in the corporate sector for about five years before leaving. But I was adamant about becoming an entrepreneur, which was a courageous step.
I believe that we Indians are taught in colleges to write exams rather than teach things that are important in practical life situations. But their curriculum lacked leadership skills, life skills, and other soft skills that are more important in today’s world. The professional world needs not just knowledge but also the way we present it to make a beneficial output. And training schools or coachings were more focused on teaching aptitude rather than life skills.
As a result, we created a bridge course, “The last bridge”, that taught students the proper skills and ethics for presenting themselves, for instance, through group discussion, working in a team, writing emails, etc. As the name implies, it bridges the knowledge gap between what students learn in college and employers’ requirements.
Another of our courses, “Creativity in Business,” is about improving creative thinking skills. We received assistance from a Stanford professor who had taught about the same topic throughout their career. It implied the use of Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation), a Yoga technique for developing greater thinking skills and being non-judgmental.
Freedom was another course where we encouraged and trained people to start their businesses and become entrepreneurs or intrapreneurs while staying within the same organisation. It included learnings on finance for non-finance professionals, leadership skills, and much more.
Q- What Difference Do You Notice Between The Traditional Teaching Method And Modern Methods?
Artha and Kama, or how to pursue wealth and enjoy life, are central to modern education. In contrast, the traditional educational system emphasises Artha and Kama, which are sandwiched between Dharma and Moksha.
In today’s world, people blindly follow what is popular. Yoga has grown in popularity, and there are now hundreds of Yoga teachers. But we provide much more than that. We provide scientifically validated knowledge.
Q- We Have Heard That You Teach Yoga, Nidra. What Exactly Is That?
Yoga Nidra is a Yoga sleeping technique that allows you to relax, relieve stress, and manifest your dreams. We assist people in achieving their goals through Purushartha, which Patanjali supports.
We have free Yoga Nidra courses available for those interested in learning how it works. We also provide Yoga teacher training to help teachers expand their knowledge and skill set.
Yoga Nidra, in conjunction with Indic knowledge, is highly beneficial, particularly in the corporate sector, and people can learn how to earn a livelihood.
Q- What Is Your Advice For Everyone Out There?
Yoga is a way of life, so don’t get carried away with it. Train yourself, put your knowledge into action, and watch the results in your daily life. The best way to get into Yoga and become a Yoga teacher is to find a school, practice, and then determine if it is a good fit for you.
Investigate yourself, get to know yourself better, stay connected to your soul, and become a better person for yourself and society.