Yoga

Nine-year-old Indian boy becomes world’s youngest certified yoga teacher

Reyansh currently takes small private yoga classes and teaches in groups of 10-15 students per session. (Credits: GWR Kids on YouTube)

According to Guinness World Records, Reyansh Surani, originally from India and living with his family in Dubai, achieved the feat by receiving his yoga certification at the age of 9 years and 220 days.

A nine-year-old boy from India recently set a new record by becoming the youngest certified yoga instructor in the world. According to Guinness World Records, Reyansh Surani, originally from India and living with his family in Dubai, achieved the feat by receiving his yoga certification at the age of 9 years and 220 days. Reyansh developed a love for yoga by watching his parents practice it as part of their daily routine and started joining them when he was four years old. However, his first crossroads with professional training came when he discovered that his parents were training as yoga teachers in Rishikesh. Reyansh insisted on taking the course and came to India with his parents. Speaking in a vlog shared by Guinness World Record on YouTube, young Reyansh recalls the contrast between his life in Dubai and Rishikesh. He talks about the initial difficulties of living without the internet and without facilities like air conditioning.

But Reyansh quickly got used to the change and started enjoying the training sessions. The new setup brought it closer to nature and the periodic hikes during the course added to the adventure quotient.

Reyansh says that during the class he learned “many aspects of yoga”. “I used to think yoga was just about physical posture and breathing, but it’s so much more than that,” he said.

Reyansh adds that the course taught him alignment, anatomical philosophy and nutritional facts of Ayurveda. He received his certification from Anand Shekhar School of Yoga on July 27, 2021, after completing their 200-hour yoga teacher training course.

In the video, Reyansh can be seen performing various yoga asanas with perfection.

Reyansh is currently taking small private yoga classes and teaching in groups of 10-15 students per session due to the COVID-19 pandemic restriction. Although he has no concrete plan for the future of his yoga teaching, young Reyansh says teaching yoga gives him a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

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