Neel is an excellent yoga teacher who helped me with back problems when I was in Pune in the summer of 2011--I was introduced to him by a Sanskrit teacher. I told Neel that I have always suffered from lower back pain maybe because I had bad meditative posture (I live in an urban temple and meditate every morning). For some reason I have never really bothered to seek out a chiropractor and the yoga teachers in America don’t seem to know enough about the body to help me fix the problem. However, Neel was able to diagnose my physical impediments and showed me just three simple exercises which he told me that I should do for one hour everyday for a period of three months. He guaranteed that the problem will immediately go away after that time. You can guess how skeptical I was at that time. Here in America, so many people suffer from chronic back-pain which tends to linger with no viable solution and here is this yogi professing to me that he can fix it for me. Furthermore, the exercises that he wanted me to do seemed not even related to the back at all. So how could these exercises help the back? I put it off for the entire trip while I was in India and did not start doing them until I got back to San Francisco. When I got back, again the pain from my lower back was bothering me so bad that I thought that there was nothing to lose if I tried out Neel’s exercises. Forget about three months, after a period of several weeks the pain simply disappeared. God, you can guess how surprised I was when I felt no more pain in my lower back. My back never felt this great in years and the only person that I am thankful for is Neel. I am sold! Whatever he did works. Neel is now my Sanskrit teacher and I can’t wait to go back to India again to learn yoga from him in the summer of 2012. Thanks again to my friend and guru. You saved my life!
28 December 2011