Vijay Amar, born in 1956, has been practicing yoga for more than 45 years and teaching for over 20 years. He is an E-RYT 500 hours with Yoga Alliance USA.
Vijay graduated as a Hatha yoga teacher in April, 1993 from Bihar School of Yoga in Munger, India. Immediately after, he started The Universal School of Yoga in Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu. In 1998, he was invited by his students to Dharamsala and since then he is imparting his knowledge and wisdom to the students, who come from across the world.
Vijay did his teacher training course in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga with Mr. Jean Claude Garnier- Belgium. Thus he expanded his understanding and ability into the realm of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. With his experience in these two systems he improvised and also focused on the methodology to improve the flexibility and strength. Intermittently he used to visit Mamallapuram to pursue his passion of imparting the knowledge to others.
Vijay also did a teacher training course with B N S Iyengar – Mysore.
Since 2004, Vijay has been invited to teach in the U.S.A., Russia, Mexico, Israel, Kazakhstan ,and Thailand. He regularly teaches in Goa, Rishikesh, Mysore and his present home in Dharamshala as a teacher in all of these disciplines.
The fruit of many years of study in different schools of yoga and his personally devised system of Universal Hatha yoga gives the student a depth in understanding, relaxation and self-healing. This style of yoga utilizes physical postures (asanas), breathwork (pranayama), and meditation techniques to liberate the vital energy of the body and mind.