Yoga instructor Shri Parveen Nair  Rishikesh

Shri Parveen Nair 

India
Rishikesh
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Parveen Nair is a teacher of Iyengar yoga in Rishikesh

Iyengar yoga technique emphasizes precision and alignment. Quality of movement is prioritized over quantity. You learn to move with ease in your body while working within your limitations. This makes the yoga postures (asanas) safe to perform.

Use of Props 

Yoga Postures are held for longer than in some other methods, allowing tight muscles to lengthen and relax, and helping to focus awareness. Yoga Props such as blankets, blocks and belts may be used to improve your understanding of poses or to help if you have difficulties.

Structured

The practice is progressive, building a stable foundation before attempting more demanding work. Beginners start with standing yoga poses and are gradually introduced to a fuller range of sitting and reclining yoga postures, forward extensions, inversions, twists, backbends and arm balances.

Balanced

Each group of yoga postures develops the body in different yet reciprocal ways and has different qualities: grounding, energizing, strengthening, stimulating, calming. Yoga Classes at all levels devote time to relaxation. Once the body and mind are strong enough to sit or lie for extended periods without distraction, students learn pranayama (yogic breathing).

Variety

No two yoga classes are the same: teachers select yoga poses from the different groups of poses to emphasize the various aspects of the practice.

Integrated mental and physical practice

Iyengar yoga has been described as meditation in action. Practicing the yoga postures with awareness has an integrating effect and works to harmonize mind and body

About Shri Parveen Nair 

Shri Parveen Nair is a uniquely inspiring teacher. He is best known for his ability to help students and teachers embody a spiritual practice in Yoga. He has refined his methods of teaching in the Advaita Vedanta school of thought. His non-dualistic approach towards Yoga has allowed his students to build an authentic Yoga practice. Parveen’s passion for Iyengar yoga developed after he came across Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar’s most acclaimed yoga book, “The Light on Yoga“. He was drawn towards the emphasis on precision and alignment as well as the teachings of the Yoga Sutras. His years of practice and teaching reflect his commitment towards Yoga. Parveen has spent many of his years studying under Karin O’Bannon a Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher and later in Pune under the guidance of Guru BKS Iyengar . Later obtaining his certification in Iyengar yoga, Parveen founded Swarupa Iyengar Yoga Studio and Yoga Sadhana in Malaysia and had natured many to the path of Yoga. Parveen Nair is now teaching in Rishikesh the Yoga capital. 

His innate interest in Self-realisation has made him a devoted student of Advaita Vedanta philosophy. Parveen is inspired by the teachings of Sri Ramana Maharishi and Sri Nisargadatta Maharaja.

Parveen takes a simple, direct and sublime approach towards yoga. As he would say, change in action is not spirituality but change in attitude is.

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I visited a class of Yogi Parveen in November 2017. This was the class during the International yoga festival in Rishikesh. A festival usually means that the class contains people of various levels, from beginners to experienced practitioners. Yogi Parveen managed to perfectly adjust his teaching to such diverse group, making the practice accessible and informative for beginners, and interesting for experienced students as well.

Parveen Nair teaches yoga in Iyengar style, so there were very detailed instructions about alignment and engagement of specific body parts in each asana. Unlike many Iyengar classes, these instructions were not overwhelming and frustrating, as the teacher taught them in a very methodical way. He gave one instruction, made sure that everyone understood it and felt the effect of a particular body engagement in the asana, and only when the previous instruction was clear, he layered the next instruction on top of it. Then we tried to apply body action that we learned in one asana to another asana and see its effects.

In the class of 90 minutes, we did just 5 or 6 asanas, but it was very interesting and engaging process, the time flew fast.

Yogi Parveen is the first Iyengar teaches whom I know who so clearly and explicitly talks about philosophical aspects of yoga and emphasizes the work on the mind as a paramount goal of a yoga class with work on the body merely serving as an instrument of disciplining and refining the mind. Lots of practitioners of other styles, when they get to an Iyengar class, get confused with so many instructions on bodily alignment and therefore consider this style a “physical yoga”. However, Parveen Nair talks in his class about an integration of body, breath, and mind as a focus of practice. He explains that detailed instructions on body alignment help to bring the mind from wandering in the past and future to the present moment, inside one’s body. He talks about disciplining one’s mind as a goal of practice, and learning to notice and observe one’s thoughts without allowing the mind to be colored by them.

The personality of this teacher and his teaching style are a perfect illustration of applying yogic attitude in life. He is gentle, not strict, attentive to students, approachable, friendly, has a sense of humor and quickly establishes contact with students in the class.

Several participants of the festival who were complete beginners said that they would study with this teacher as he explains the basics, repeats every instruction many times in different positions and different iteration so that you do it exactly right, and he does not make beginners feel inadequate, weak, inflexible, or out of place. Experienced students will have plenty to learn from him as well.

This is a teacher I would recommend because he can teach body alignment, both basic and challenging asanas, and also self-observation, cultivation of attention and other mental aspects of yogic practice.
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its so loving and beautiful to be in a class of Iyenger Yoga with Yogi Praveen ji , he help me lots to to body adjustment alignment best teacher in Rishikesh for Iyenger lover , teachings with Example are so beautiful and loving i must say from my heart kindly visit his classes you will get life times benefits with happiness he teaches with Medicinal , Clinical ways .