Veena Merz’s path from the world of information technology to the world of true realisation
Veena Merz spent many years working as information technology project manager and as an IT educator with various organisations including the Canadian Development Project, Oxfam in India and in the UK; University of Fraser Valley, Canada; Queensland University of Technology, Australia; and Alcatel-Lucent, India.
But after years of cracking code, she decided to return to her first love—yoga.
“I spent the early years of my life in the most colorful state of India, Rajasthan. I was sent to a gurukul style school where yoga and Sanskrit were an integral part of the learning process,” says Veena.
Though the path of yoga and spirituality had always intrigued her, she went the usual route of a “stable IT job” as most Indian parents dream for their children.
But 12 years later, in 2008, the circle of life took her back to India where she started to practice yoga again. She says she didn’t realise the immense power and strength of it until she met Swami Vidyanandaji at Sri Ma School of Yoga in Delhi.
“The desire to seek the path of spirituality became so important that I decided to leave my IT career behind and devote myself to yoga,” says Veena.
She completed 500 hours of the Master Teacher’s Training Course in Integral yoga under the direct guidance and supervision of spiritual master Swami Vidyanandaji. Then she went on exploring a different but physically more strenuous form of yoga—Ashtanga. She successfully completed the second 500 hours of Teacher’s Training in Ashtanga Yoga—Mysore Style from Tirisula School of Yoga, Singapore.
She taught yoga and supervised the activities of Sri Ma School of Yoga in Singapore for two years and now she is the Director of Sri Ma School of Yoga Australia.
A registered Level 2 teacher with Yoga Australia and also E-RYS teacher with Yoga Alliance USA, Veena continues to grow in her spiritual life by teaching, learning new styles, studying, researching and contemplating different techniques of yoga.
Veena is also a member of the Australia India Business Council and works as director-administrator with Gandhi Salt March Limited—Power of Peace Festival. She is currently Chair of Women’s Council with the Global Organisation of People from Indian Origin Queensland.
“My goals are simple,” says Veena. “I hope to serve humanity by being an active member of the community and society, imparting knowledge to others.”
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