Harmeet Singh, General Council and Husband
Harmeet was born and raised in India where he experienced the culture that yoga flourishes within, from a mother who cooked using Ayurvedic principals, to a father who took a disciplined and devotional approach to physical asana practice; and from studying the spiritual texts to learning verses and mantras.
At the age of 18, a more serious practice of asana began as a means to solve for a lower back problem. At the time, bare-floor practice was how things were done, no engineered Manduka mats cushioning his jump backs. He started practicing at a local shala with a master teacher who had little time for frills. Upon arrival, he saw students being yelled at and poked and prodded with a stick that appeared to be the teachers best friend. The teacher asked him only one question upon accepting him as a student, he asked, “have you arrived”. Harmeet responded confused, “yes”. The teacher then repeated that mantra four more times, with Harmeet becoming increasingly confused. After a sufficient number of responses, he proceeded to teach Harmeet a series of asanas, allowing him to practice on his own after a few attempts. Harmeet, thinking he was progressing along was feeling happy about his practice, but was soon caught distracted. The medicine for this type of distraction was…a sharp stick poke in the side, followed by the question, “You told me you arrived in body and mind. So, why did you leave?” This story resonated with Harmeet and he has aimed to create presence and a focusing inward in all that he does.
In his current work, Harmeet is a Director of Innovation and teaches creative thinking to many technically oriented professionals in the software industry. The ideas fostered through his work have become product offerings with top-tiered tech giants.
Through Setu Harmeet looks to promote laughter and North Indian dancing, in conjunction with meditation through different modalities. Harmeet also practices Ashtanga Yoga, a student of Saraswathi Jois, and Vipasana Meditation. He is an avid carpenter and loves to learn through doing.