At just 11-years of age, Sevenoaks’ Ishwar Sharma is a yoga phenomenon having already been crowned a 3-time under 11 UK champion, a 3-time world champion and recipient of the Global Child Prodigy Award in 2020.
Ishwar Sharma, who has autism and ADHD, has performed all over the world taking classes in Italy, Czech Republic, Canada, Bulgaria, Nepal and France.
Earlier this year, Ishwar received Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s daily Points of Light award for his brilliant work during the coronavirus pandemic where the youngster hosted free online classes from his home promoting the physical and mental health benefits of yoga.
CommunityAd caught up with Ishwar where we discussed his earliest memories in yoga, the benefits and his future goals…
What are your earliest memories of taking part in yoga and when did you realise you had the talent to be able to teach it?
I remember doing yoga with my dad when I was 3-years-old. I started copying him as he practices yoga every morning and after some time started doing it on my own.
What are you most proud of having achieved in yoga?
I have won lots of awards but being recognised by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson by Points of Light Award for teaching other kids is the one I am most proud of.
During lockdown, you hosted free online yoga classes for 40 children across 14 countries, what did you enjoy most about this and what is the best feedback you have received from your classes?
I enjoyed teaching these classes as I had to be creative to keep it interesting. I learnt a lot myself by teaching other kids. The feedback I got was fantastic both by the kids and their parents. Most importantly many of the kids whom I taught have continued to practice yoga on a daily or weekly basis and this is the best thing that can happen.
You also received a personal letter from Boris Johnson for the brilliant work you have done, how did this make you feel and has it motivated you more to carry on with your yoga classes?
Yes. I thank the Prime Minister for recognising these efforts by me.
This has motivated me to continue teaching online classes with my teacher every Saturday. I have offered free classes for the Afghan refugee children every Saturday as they have suffered a lot and will need yoga to help them combat physical and mental stress.
How has yoga helped you personally?
Yoga has helped me to be a better person. Yogasana is only a part of Yoga which has 8 limbs. Charity and helping others, non-violence and discipline are core aspects of yoga. Yoga has helped me to overcome my own personal issues, both physical and mental health and also helped me in my academics.
What would you say are the top 5 benefits of practicing yoga?
I would say improved physical and mental health, improved memory, concentration. It also has taught me discipline and charity.
Do you have a 5-10-year goal of what you would like to accomplish in yoga?
Yoga is a part of life. I would like learn more and teach more kids as I enjoy doing it.
For readers interested in taking part in your classes, how can they find out more?
I am conducting classes on regular basis on Saturdays from 1:30pm to 2:00pm including Afghan refugee kids. To register please contact me on [email protected]. I also can teach one to one for anyone at mutual convenient time. You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram and my website www.iyogasolutions.com.