London United Kingdom
My name is Kumar Muniandy and I am a yoga teacher. I started practising yoga in 2011 in New York when I was performing there for two months and I’ve been hooked on it ever since. Before that, I thought yoga people were hippies and tree huggers. I’ve hugged a few trees since then.
I’m a Londoner; born and bred in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. My grandparents are from South India and therefore I call myself an Indian-Malaysian lad who speaks a little Cantonese, un poco Español and fluent in Malay and Tamil.
Having worked as a bank clerk for five years in Kuala Lumpur, I set out on a new journey to London to become an actor in 2003. I trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and started performing professionally from 2008. While I was at drama school, I worked at an independent cinema in central London – a big learning curve for me as I learned a lot about cinema, the film industry and workers’ rights. At present I’m still actively acting, I continue to work at the cinema and now I’m thrilled to share my yoga experience and practice with you!
Having trained in India with Trimurti Yoga School (200 Hour Yoga TTC certified by Yoga Alliance) in Dharamsala, Asanas Practice (Kaya Sampath) with Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai and Adapted Sivananda Yoga Course in Kerala, I came away wanting to promote yoga to people who think yoga is only for the flexible and the lean and not for everyone. I wanted to change this perception and here I am doing it.
I mainly teach Hatha Yoga. Now, what is Hatha Yoga? It is an old system that includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation. It is a relatively easy going, slow class and great for beginners or students who prefer a more gentle style where they hold poses longer with deep Ujjai or Abdominal breathing. I can always vary the style of the my teaching depending on the class’s need.
I’m at the moment assisting Gemma Soul, a dear, good friend of mine who is doing Karma yoga for the past three years (teaching yoga for charity) at the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) on Tuesday evening.
I'm starting a new charity class every Monday, starting on 8th May 2017 at Vauxhall Gardens Community Centre at 12noon - 1pm and 1.15pm - 2.15pm. 50% of the class fees will go towards MEENA and the rest will go the rent of the space.