"WE PRACTICE YOGA TO ACHIEVE YOGA."
(SUJAL H. V. PATEL)
FOUNDER & SPIRITUAL LEADER
Sri Sudarshan (Sujal H. V. Patel) has long been interested in the significance of health and happiness in the human experience. He was always curious about exploring Nature, the subjective mind and the applications of the body - and what is their ideal balance. Sujal began Yoga practice well-before its rise in modern popularity. In 2005, a consistent practice started to reveal the infinitely positive mental and spiritual outcomes of Yoga, allowing Sujal to discover his true identity for the first time. He began reading the scriptures he found in his parents’ home library, amassed a collection of Yogic literature from India, and dove heart-first into the teachings of India’s greatest Yoga Masters and Sages. While living in the United States, Yoga was Sujal's way of truly connecting to himself and the world.
Each practice lended more knowledge, enthusiasm and vitality. The blessings of Yoga became too much to keep to himself. Sri Sudarshan formally began teaching Yoga in 2011 at M.B. Patel Higher Secondary and Secondary School in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India. Sri Sudarshan was walking in the very the footsteps of his late great-grandfather, Purushottamdas 'Daskaka' Patel, the founder of the entire campus, Member of Parliament, Gandhian Independence Freedom Fighter, an influential social leader and a pioneer of India's education. Sujal then returned to the United States to complete his Bachelor's Degree writing thesis papers on topics such as the Anthropology of Gandhian Economics, Commensurability of Eastern & Western Religions, and the Science of Nations, States & Boundaries; they were various expressions of his interest in personal and social change.
Though he learned a lot of great information from great professors at a great university, it could not compare to the vast, infinite, boundless nature of the mind which he had already glimpsed years before. After graduating from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India, Sujal began to focus his understanding on realizing himself - the nature of the body, mind and soul of man. The "who, what, where, why and how" of Yoga were strongly pulling him toward the path of Self-Realization. He obtained the knowledge and wisdom from the world's most ancient, unbroken lineages of Yoga, and is eternally grateful for the scriptures, teachings and Masters who have preserved this divine gift for humanity by their shining, living examples.
Sri Sudarshan learned Yoga from the world's most authentic and renowned spiritual masters. Receiving his name, Sri Sudarshan, meaning "Remover of blindness and ignorance and bestower of true vision" and "Divine Grace through Self-Effort," he has accepted the responsibility of the title 'Yoga Siromani' and committed his life to disseminating the ancient teachings of Yoga. Having received the profound blessing of Initiation, Sri Sudarshan is now under the direct guidance of his beloved Guru, Pujyatman Sri Swami Jyotirmayananda Saraswati at the Yoga Research Foundation in Miami, FL, the direct disciple of one of the world's most esteemed and prominent Yoga Masters to have ever lived, Param Guru Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati. Sri Sudarshan also received Initiation and tutelage from Sri Swami Rajarshi Muni, a direct disciple of Sri Swami Kripalvananda, at the Lakulish Yoga University in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India. Sri Sudarshan reminds his students of three profound questions: "Who Am I? What is my Purpose? and What is my Goal?" Sri Sudarshan has been practicing and teaching Yoga through many lifetimes. Bringing philosophy into action is his way of serving the world at large and teaching others how to calm the body, quiet the mind and unfold the natural beauty of the spirit. Every opportunity to learn Yoga from Sri Sudarshan provides the aspirant with profound insights into physical health, mental stability and spiritual grace.
Sri Sudarshan and SKYLIGHT YOGA bring the practical wisdom of the ancient Yoga tradition into simple, focused actions for the modern practitioner. Sri Sudarshan teaches with non-injury, truth, humor, compassion and intelligence, enabling his students to approach their unique potential by building their self-confidence and poise. He sees that having the proper health, wellness and peak performance of the mind and body are the keys to unlocking the ultimate power and full potential of the human spirit.
Many lifetimes of Yoga have given Sri Sudarshan the expertise, experience and intuition to help others significantly improve their quality of life. Through philosophical insight, keen awareness and a unique perspective, Sri Sudarshan is credited with upholding the torch of classical Yoga. Feeling it important to sustain the integrity and professionalism of teaching the ancient and profound spiritual science of Yoga in the modern day - SKYLIGHT YOGA's "Ancient Way, Modern Day" message - Sri Sudarshan is an example of the steadfast commitment to the Yogic way of life. His extensive knowledge and years of experience teaching Yoga worldwide empowers individuals and businesses to create the proper wellness attitudes and transform themselves today.
Sri Sudarshan now lives and teaches out of SKYLIGHT YOGA's Miami Beach Ashram and continues spreading the teachings of Yoga through SKYLIGHT YOGA; bringing humanity back into the forefront of businesses; researching new ways to capture, store and use renewable energy; and helping people move forward in their lives with physical strength, mental stability and spiritual grace.
Sri Sudarshan is the Founder, Spiritual Leader & Director of SKYLIGHT YOGA and leads all functions of Yogic education including: SKYLIGHT YOGA EXPEDITIONS, worldwide Yoga, eco-wellness and spirituality retreats; in-depth, intensive and immersive Yoga Teachers' Training Certification; Public/Private Classes & Events; and the SKYLIGHT YOGA Corporate Health Programs.
Sri Sudarshan teaches people all over the world how to achieve peace, health, prosperity and enlightenment; and to live life fully, deeply and profoundly.
OM TAT SAT
"In the midst of raging storm and blinding spray,
the Yogi keeps his vision of the Sun undisturbed,
and lets thunder rock him to sleep."
MOHANDAS KARAMCHAND MAHATMA GANDHI
PRACTICAL WISDOM, HEALTHY LIVING & WORLD-CLASS YOGA TEACHING
OM TAT SAT