Yoga guru bids adieu to Bahrain




A BAHRAIN-BASED yoga instructor, who claims to have transformed more than 75,000 lives through his art, is leaving the country for good after more than three decades.

Indian national Bandi Ramulu hails from Maddikunta in southern Andhra Pradesh state and is often described as Bahrain’s first yoga guru.

He has taught students from a wide variety of countries including the UK, Australia, Scotland, Italy and Japan as well as GCC nationals.

But the yoga master now plans to devote his time to his newly opened Sri Bandi Ramulu Patanjali Yoga Centre in his home village, when he departs Bahrain next month.

“I want to develop my village and encourage children,” he said.

“My childhood dream was to serve people and by God’s grace I have achieved it.”

A disciple of one of the world’s foremost yoga teachers, BKS Iyengar – and trained under renowned healer T Krishnamacharya – Mr Ramulu now aims to transfer a lifetime’s worth of knowledge to his students.

The guru’s love for yoga began 27 years ago, when he developed complications following an accident at an early age.

“At the age of 12, I had a fall and a buffalo stepped on my chest,” he said.

“Fifteen years later I experienced a number of chest pains – I found no cure at hospitals and as a result I remembered a few yoga positions I learnt as a child and practised them.”

Through constant training and assistance from Mr Iyengar’s books, Mr Ramulu said he was freed from his sickness and became a master of the art.

“I have never taken medication for almost 25 years as yoga is the remedy to all my illnesses,” he said.

The award-winning Mr Ramulu claims to have cured more than 50 people in Bahrain suffering from problems as diverse as hyperacidity, asthma, diabetes, blood pressure and back pain.


With thousands of adherents admiring him, he has conducted workshops at various places around the country and taught at the Telugu Kala Samithi twice a week.

Married to Ramathi Bandi and a father of three, Mr Ramulu considers Bahrain his second home.

“Bahrain is a wonderful country. I am grateful to the Royal Family and the people of this country for all the love and support they have given me,” he said.

Asked what his parting piece of advice would be to his students, Mr Ramulu said to make every moment count.

“Time is an important factor in everyone’s life – Each person has time but he fails to utilise it in the proper manner,” he said.

“Never waste a single minute. When you value time, you discipline yourself.”

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