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Oct 4, 2018

Healthy Living: PG Yogi Studies in India

Tonight we share this story about a young man from Punta Gorda who recently returned from studying across the globe far away in India. He completed his studies through a scholarship from the Government of that Commonwealth country. What lessons took him so far across the globe? It may seem like a stretch when you find out, but here’s his story in tonight’s Healthy Living.

 

Marleni Cuellar, Reporting

From the small southernmost town of Belize to the seventh largest country in the world, that’s the journey that twenty-two-year-old Punta Gorda resident Jonah Supaul took to pursue his passion.

 

Jonah Supaul

Jonah Supaul, Certified Yoga Instructor

“As a young kid, I always dreamed of going to some far off land to do some kind of training that would stimulate me mentally and said huh this could be it. This is in India the opposite side of the world. So I was very interested in it and I decided why not? Take a chance. The worse thing that could happen is that I don’t get and that point nothing will change in my life.  I was recently awarded a scholarship that allowed me to attend a university in India called SVYASA which stands for Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana.”

 

Jonah’s journey to SVYASA started only five years ago when he first began practicing yoga. Within that time, he sought his first certification in a type of yoga called Power Baptiste at a training that was offered in P.G. two years ago. He realized very early that he had found his passion.

 

Jonah Supaul

“Yoga provided a catalyst for me to develop myself physically and help me build confidence. I quickly realized that these poses were hard, very hard. By practicing yoga, I integrated it into my life and I realized that some things in my life are hard as well but at the end of the day I still eventually learned the pose and I did the pose. So I saw how this could be applied to my life. First off, I’d never been out of this country; the farthest I’ve been is Guatemala, which is not that far. But for most of my life, I’ve spent in Punta Gorda Town so it was a dynamic experience for me. From never leaving my country to go on the opposite side of the world; it was also my first time being on a plane. Once I reached the university, SVAYASA, it was absolutely amazing in every aspect that I could possible imagine. It is incredible prestigious very highly intelligent people and integrative methods of treatment and advanced technology that they are using.”

 

SVYASA specializes in Yoga Research and Yoga Therapy. While many are drawn to yoga for the physical benefits, Jonah has returned driven to focus on the healing aspects of the practice.

 

Jonah Supaul

“The perspective of about it right now, many people I speak to they think its just for exercise and they think of I can exercise in many different ways but yoga is not just exercise. The greatest takeaway is that there are alternative methods to treating any disease as oppose to the conventional means.”

 

So what’s next for the young instructor?

 

Jonah Supaul

“The reason they think yoga is for foreigners it is because for one it is expensive. I don’t know how I’ll do it but for me I’ll do it as cheaply as possible because that is one of the main reasons that keep people from practicing especially Belizeans. I do plan to open my own studio at my own pace. It’s not going to be about teaching people about yoga poses or asanas. I want to introduce the healing aspect of yoga which I feel is the most powerful thing about it. Not just becoming fit and getting tons but yoga is a helping tool.”

 

So while his multi-day journey to and from India has concluded, Jonah’s ultimate journey of spreading the practice has just begun.

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