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Yoga Champion 8-Year Old Indian Boy Named ‘British Indian Of The Year’

| July 15 , 2018 , 16:40 IST

Ishwar Sharma, an 8-year old Indian-origin schoolboy in England, who is currently the under-11 UK national yoga champion has been named the ‘British Indian of the Year’ on Sunday. He and his family are originally from the Mysore, India.

Ishwar recently won a gold medal for Great Britain at the World Student Games 2018 in Winnipeg, Canada. The 8-year old has also won various titles in both individual and artistic yoga.

He studied at St Michaels Preparatory School in Kent.

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When Ishwar was asked about his success the schoolboy said, “I believe I am competing with myself rather than anyone else, which makes me challenge myself to do the difficult postures”.

He further added that “I will always be a student of yoga and I am deeply grateful to my teachers for the wisdom they have shared with me”.

His father Vishwanath, speaking to media said, that he and Ishwar performed Vedic Yoga with choreography to music, which includes Hatha Yoga postures with Acroyoga and artistic yoga.

He further revealed that “We feel proud of his achievements and it has also improved his academic performance. We want him to inspire adults and other children with this lifestyle habit”.

Vishwanath added that his son "has performed in more over 100 events across the UK and worldwide and among his many skills is the ability to chant up to 50 'shlokas' from the 'Vedas' and 'Bhagavad Gita”.  

He further praised his son, “Ishwar has won a gold medal at the Euro Asian Yoga Championships in Turkey in May and has also performed at a number of charity events to raise funds for the underprivileged”.

Ishwar’s upcoming competitions include one in Chile in December and then Beijing in January next year. He is also training for the World Games in Canada next year.