“Yog is Kountey’s existence: Rehearsing regular Asanas, Pranayama, Dhyana and the rich Yogic Philosophy on how to live in a balanced way and truly shined him as a human being. Yog has given him a well-synchronized scope to true self & heart. Through this practice, Kountey had come to distinguish the deep impact that we can have on others when we tend to our inner garden first. As within, so without. Not a day goes by when Kountey had not deeply grateful for this path and the transformation and personal growth it offers.”
As a Yoga Therapist, Kountey’s offering of yog is enthused by an eclectic background in the movement arts (Classical – BharatNatyam Dancer, Choreographer of Bollywood Contemporary Dance style & Rhythmic Gymnastics).
Kountey believes in harmonizing Body, Mind and will through a unique blend of yogic styles and allowing the spirit to play. The intention is to “transpire” yoga as a sacred and advantageous means to research into subtle aspects of Mind, Body, and Energy, teaching that when conditions of compassion and acknowledgment are present, transformation happens exponentially. Holds a Diploma in Yoga Education from the KaviKulguru Kalidas University of Nagpur and became a certified yoga teacher through the Yoga Vidya Dham Center in Dombivli. There received training in Traditional Hatha Yoga Style.
In 2004, after a period of backache illness which had prevented him from his regular form of Gymnasium exercise, Kountey was fortunate enough to discover Yog. Having always been a regular Dancer & Gymnast player, he found fresh and deep challenges through this wonderful and liberating discipline.
These were not just physical, but spiritual and emotional. Kountey was soon practicing daily and attending as many classes as possibly he could. Through his own practice, Yoga was changing him on every level.
It was in 2010-2013, that Kountey felt that he wanted to be able to pass on this life-changing and liberating discipline to others. He qualified as a Yog Teacher at Yog Vidya Dham Gurukul (Nashik) in that year and still attends various workshops and seminars on Yoga. This has allowed him to develop and deepen his teachings and practice. There are many teachers of Yog who continue to inspire him, and he thanks these people for that wonderful gift.
Kountey had developed and implemented new Yog programmes, working with the Corporate Group within Office Depts., where he conducts regular classes and use Classical Hatha Yog and Pranayama & Anatomy lessons for injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Currently working on 1008 Variations of Surya Namaskara for DhruviKarnaYog Group, at the Dombivli center, had recently ran workshops for the Various Yoga Classes, at various training centers in the Dombivli, Thane, Goa, Chennai, Bangalore, UttarKashi to name few and work within various secondary schools within the vicinity, using Meditation, Asana and Pranayama to give students the tools for dealing with the pressures of their forthcoming exams.
Kountey’s own personal practice is very much reflected within his teaching style. He doesn’t conform to any particular type of Hatha Yoga, but it is very eclectic and uses many principles of the main Hatha styles. Kountey leads his students safely and slowly, with an emphasis on a continuous steady Vinyasa flow through the postures, and finally ending with meditation.
Kountey takes time to adjust and nurture his students, giving them that all important time within the postures, to listen and be prompted from within.
Yoga Style: Traditional Hatha Yoga: I have chosen to practice Traditional Hatha yoga to have a stable well aligned base and I practice Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga as more of a physical challenge when I want an intense body workout.
Programs I teach at Siddhi Yoga: I teach Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga in 100/200/300 Hour Programs. Being a Choreographer, I understand my Students and accordingly design my Classes with Traditional Hatha Yoga incorporating Vinyasa Yoga to it. I find great pleasure in sharing that which has impassioned me. Yoga has become my life to a major extent. It is a love affair of sorts, and having the occasion to interpretation another to the subject of my new found adore is priceless. Yoga is just amazing since it is a form of therapy for the teacher also. When I’m fully present and in the teaching zone, not talking too much and giving my students the space to practice their poses, I find myself losing track of time and my own mental preoccupations. It’s just my students, their mats, and I, in one consistent unit.
Favorite yoga pose: Being thee flamboyant Child’s pose is for me, the most restorative pose. It alleviates the strain on my lower back after a long day. Whether I am on my feet all day or in a chair my lower always seems to carry the strain, no matter how often I adjust and correct my posture. This pose allows those muscles to relax. It also stretches my shoulders and allows me to focus on my breathing. It’s great the beginning of the day or the end of the day. There’s a wonderful freely womb-like quality to this pose that I love. When I’m not feeling successful at other more complicated poses this somehow reminds me of where I need to be. Centered, Calm, Grateful.
My favorite place in the world:As a spiritual person, nature for me has always been a healing place. Going back all the way to my childhood on the farm, the fields and forests were places of adventure and self-discovery. Animals were companions and friends, and the world moved at a slower, more rational pace than the bustling cities where I’d resided my adult life.