About Pankaj

Pankaj Sharma was born and raised in the town of Rishikesh, the world Yoga capital in Northern India, at the foot of the Himalayas. Growing up in this spiritually charged place on the banks of the holy Ganges, he started studying Yoga at the young age of 13 years, at first only to gain flexibility because his dream was to become a dancer and he felt he was not flexible enough.

For this purpose Pankaj entered the famous Shivananda Ashram in Rishikesh to study Yoga. Pankaj's teacher, one of the most Senior Yoga teachers, soon moved to open his own Yoga Center and Pankaj stayed to study with him for 10 years. At the age of 23, Pankaj was invited to Kenia to start teaching yoga himself to the big Indian community in Nairobi. From this time Pankaj's path of yoga changed forever, he no longer was 'only' a student of Yoga, but he now became also a Yoga teacher.

After being in Kenia for 3 years, Pankaj went back to Rishikesh and started to teach yoga there. At the same time he still continued his own yoga studies with highly acknowledged yoga teachers in Bombay, Puna and outside of India. In 2004 Pankaj first found his way to Frankfurt and since then he has regularly been teaching workshops throughout Germany. He taught Yoga in Sydney for 3 months and several workshops around the world.

The different influences and experiences of his own practice, have made Pankaj develop his very own style of teaching yoga to his students, but the spirituality and most of all the dedication to the practice of yoga Pankaj experienced with his first teacher, greatly reflect in his own teachings today.

Through his deep knowledge and extraordinary understanding of the human body, Pankaj is not only able to help those, who already are in good shape, improve their postures, but in a very playful and light way he approaches yoga to those who are new to it. A lot of emphasize is put on holistic and individual teaching, authentic yoga rather than a westernized fast-food version. Even in bigger groups, all postures taught in the classes will be adapted to the physical constitution of each individual, there is no mass service as might be found in other places.

Questions are welcome at any time during the classes. Since Pankaj does not rigidly follow a certain schedule for each class, he is always able to adapt his teachings to the actual needs of his students and this is what creates the very special and unique atmosphere which many students around the world have come to enjoy and appreciate.

Pankaj Sharma is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals. This accreditation demonstrates excellent standards as set by Yoga Alliance Professionals.