Gowrisha, Yoga and me

This was about 10 years ago. I received a broadcast in my inbox for a meditation session at the office. It was from Gowrisha. He was my boss’s boss. I was intimidated by him. Boss’s boss is supposed to intimidate you :).  But meditation interested me and I was there for the session. After the meditation session, Gowrisha encouraged all the participants to join a Yoga class in Basavangudi taught by Sri Raghavendra Shenoy. I along with many others joined the class. Gowrisha too joined the class.
I continued learning from Sri Raghavendra Shenoy while Gowrisha did not continue. Several years later, Gowrisha opened a yoga studio. Not sure when, but I switched from Shenoy Sir’s classes to Gowrisha’s classes.

Gowrisha’s teaching has the gentleness of compassion and playfulness of a kid. During my difficult days (My business wasn’t doing so well) he encouraged me to keep up my practice. It helped. I haven’t been so regular attending his classes but he always checks on me if I am practicing. I’ve also heard that he is lazy (not the doesn’t-want-to-get-outside-the-bed type, mind you he wakes up at 230am to practice) but the type who is never in a hurry to get somewhere. 

Practice & Perfect are his two favourite words I think 🙂

In everyone’s life, there are very few people who you don’t want to let down, and for me Gowrisha is one of them. In any case, I’m pretty sure that he will continue to accept me. I have been fortunate to have met Gowrisha and interact with him. Profoundly impacted by his life.

A Guru is never the person. A Guru is your own light which manifests in a human form to help you recognize the true nature of who you are

Not sure who wrote this. Read it in a friend’s whatsapp status

Thank you Gowrisha. Happy Guru Poornima

Gowrisha Hosakere (image from Samyama Academy of Yoga)

Gowrisha’s studio: Samyama Academy of Yoga





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