Yoga House Founder and Teacher
Sumitra Sekaran’s interest in yoga goes back to the 1980s, when she learnt in her hometown, Chennai, India, under the eminent Yogi , Sri T Krishnamachari and his son Sri Desikachari. After a 6 year rigorous period of learning Sumitra became a part time teacher at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM). Whilst still continuing to learn and further her knowledge of yoga she pursued her regular University education which includes a Masters in English literature.
In 2000, Sumitra moved to Malaysia with her Malaysian husband and has been a resident since.
In the year 2002, Sumitra started to teach yoga in KL as a freelance teacher.
In 2011, Sumitra qualified as a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher.
Sumitra now runs a full-fledged professional Iyengar yoga studio and teaches throughout the day to many groups of students.
The studio called YOGAHOUSE, Iyengar Yoga Studio, located in Petaling Jaya, endeavours to teach many levels of students starting with focus on beginners groups. There are also classes for the seniors and special lessons for people with specific physical problems.
With considerable training with many globally renowned teachers like Birju Mehta, Faeq Biria, Peter Scott , Gita Iyengar, Ramanand Patel and Guruji BKS Iyengar himself Sumitra practices and teaches the Iyengar Yoga style.
Also trained in the systematic breathing techniques of yoga known as Pranayama, Sumitra focuses on breath work along with the practice in her teaching style. Meditation, which is the third limb of Yoga according to the traditions of India, is another important feature in her teachings. Sumitra is well versed in the theory and the philosophy of yoga scriptures having trained under the masters in India and applies this knowledge to her physical practice and teaching.
With over 25 years of experience in the field of yoga and Sanskrit scriptural studies Sumitra has acquired a Master’s Degree in Sanskrit and is working towards a Doctorate in yoga. Her special interests in Sanskrit are Indian philosophy and Vedantic thought.
Sumitra has a blog , Melodies of the Mind available at the website where she shares her thoughts on Yoga regularly. She has appeared on a number of TV and radio shows on the subject of Yoga.
I started 8 years ago as a Hatha Yoga teacher. About four years ago I turned to Iyengar Yoga. The alignment, precision and disciplin of Iyengar Yoga made me a better teacher. The Yoga House Studio where I teach gives me complete freedom. I have the advantage of a beautiful space to teach the process of Iyengar Yoga to my students in an unrestricted environment in Yogahouse. This in turn allows me to both learn and impart the Iyengar method to my students.
Yoga House says:
Prema’s genial and friendly personality and her warm caring nature instantly bonds her with her students. Most of her students soon become a part of her large circle of friends outside class. She is passionate about Yoga and teaches it with the same intensity and concern along with the precision of the style.
Prema is currently training to be certified as a Iyengar Yoga teacher and will qualify in early 2014.