About Amit Namdev: Amit was born in central india in 1984 in a Namdev family. In state of Maharashtra Namdev supposed to be the Brahmin (priest) however in central India Namdev’s are just a normal working cast. He was introduced to yoga when he was age of 9 years old, by his father who also was a body builder and a yoga practitioner. His father also has taken the role in India traditional fights that is called “kusti”.
Amit was told by his father if you want to be healthy the run, do some yoga stretching and drink lots of water.
His father used to give him money on drinking water. The more he drinks the more he gets money. Its a funny concept but it worked.
It continued to make Amit motivated in his progress to health. In 2003 he finished his schooling where he was a Boi-science student and Amit wanted to continue to study in the same for become a doctor as a heart surgeon.
The circumstance wasn’t with him. The medicine cost was more then his father could afford it.
Amit says: fortunately i couldn’t become a doctor.
Why he says that??
Because now Yoga is Amit’s passion and he is soo happy to be part of what he is doing now and find him self fortunate not being able to do the Medicine.
Amit started doing a 1 year Yoga and Naturopathy program where he learned how to teach yoga and also practice the alternative medicine, giving healing using water, mud, green leaves, Indian spices and also with energy called Reiki (universal life force energy).
He continued to grow and started teaching in central India, he was selected to teach at the school he was staying due to his English was fluent and could easily teach in English.
To continue to grow further, Amit moved to Dharamsala Himalayas, the residence place for His holiness Dalai Lama.
He started practicing teaching yoga to tourist coming to Dharamshala for free. And asked the feedback from his students to improve his teaching.
After 3 months of practice the season was about to end and his brother Yugesh Namdev who was based in Dharamsala, was now going for his visit to Sweden Europe.
Just before he left to europe he gave 500 INR to Amit and said; this moeny isnt for him to speand but to keep, in case he doesn’t succeed, go back home and never come back to him.
Amit was advised to go to Rishikesh and find a place where he could offer his yoga classes.
He took this 500 INR and left to Rishikesh in November 2004. However he spent 250 INR for buying a bus ticket from Dharamsala to Rishikesh and this was the cheapest bus ticket that he could find, which was non luxury and the most uncomfortable over night bus ride.
Amit Arrives in Rishikesh early morning at around 5 am, he waits for the sun to appear before looking for a place to have a shelter.
Fortunately he wrote an nice letter to Sivananda Ashram in Rishkesh and asked them if he could visit the Ashram for 2 weeks? He was welcomed there to come and stay.
Amit went to Ashram and stayed there.
Later in the day he went to look for a hotel where he could teach yoga.
One of the hotel he arrived was called Brijwashi Palace.
He approaches the reception of the hotel and says; i want to teach yoga here. If you would like to have a teacher?
Hotel owner was there. He answers; i have already 7 other teachers, why should i take you?
He says; because i’m good teacher.
Owner; how do i know? OK why don’t we have a deal? You teach once a class and if people return to you, that means your a good teacher and also that you get the job then.
Amit; OK, i agree to that.
Later in the day some people came to inquire about yoga and the hotel owner direct them to Amit, who was siting in the garden on hotel.
Tourist: excuse me? Are you a yoga teacher?
Amit: Yes! With a nice smile on his face.
Tourist; is it possible to have a class this afternoon?
Amit: Yes! For sure with another bright smile.
Tourist: OK, i will see you later, my girlfriend also will be joining.
Amit: OK. With smile.
After when tourist left, owner called Amit and said: if these guys return after taking your class then
you will get the job!
Later in afternoon, Amit takes the class of the tourist and his girlfriend. After class they leave.
Amit comes to owner and gives his share to him. Which was 1/2 of 50 INR, which means 25 INR each.
Next day Amit arrives 7.50 am and waits for the tourist if they return…
But no body shows up!
Owner is smiling.. and then he calls Amit and says; well your students didn’t return!! so you don’t get the job.
Amit; but why are you keep smiling which saying this?? fair enough, that was the deal so thank you for giving me a chance. Good bye with a smile as always.
Owner: hahaha i am smiling because you do get the job.
Amit with surprise face: what? How?
Owner: this morning those tourist came and left a gift for you with good luck sign and wanted to give you thanks for your class. And this defines that you must have done a good class.
Amit: with a big smile Thank you!!!
After being 4 months in Rishikesh he returns to Dharamsala and have enough money to have his own place to teach.
He opened his YogaShala (yoga school) on May 25th 2005.
Started teaching and continue to become known among foreigners coming to Dharamsala from across the world.
He was a favorite and safer teacher for girls. As he was working with Yoga and Reiki due to his passion and he always is a focused person on his goal. A powerful aim-er for his goals. Like in Mahabharatha, Arjuna was a very successful Bow and arrow user cause his aim would fixed on his goal.
Amit has the Arjun quality to aim for what is. And then go for it, no matter what comes on the way.
He says: “This is life, and life is about doing and not just sitting and getting all what you want, because you will not know what you have received unless you have worked for it”.
Its called Tapus or hard wark.
Amit always takes feedback and continue to grow and therefore after 3 years of teaching Yoga and Reiki he found him self to be interested in New age psychology to understand himself and therefore others on a better and different levels.
He started learning and practicing Hypnotherapy, Linguistics Programming and Emotional Freedom Technique. He says after learning these new skills give him ability to understand people and answer the questions that he was unable to answer before.
His students find him to be very passionate teacher with alot of patience and warm energy. He works with warmth and connection is main part of the teachings. He aims for getting what his students look for and lives and teaches the real meaning of Yoga.
Apart from this, Amit wants to travel world and wants to meet as many people as possible, who
are part of his world.
He says : i want to meet all those people are part of me but not yet faced each other.
He wrote a quote for his travels: “ Before you meet me, i will come find you”.
His motivational quote towards his clients is: “ The Change occurred at the time, you decided to change”
Which means when you thought of giving up smoking, that time it was already happened, the therapy was only needed to settle and confirmed of this thought, in Mind.
I was inspired talking to him. He is always smiling and excited to talk to you. As his students says he is very warm and full of fun to be around him. And a great friend with a great teacher!!
He offers Yoga Teacher Training in Goa under Ashta Yoga Valley.
Thank you Mr. Amit Namdev for talking to me!
His webs if you might be interested in visiting him: www.AmitReiki.com www.AmitNamdev.com and www.AshtaYogaIndia.com
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