Abhi Duggal

Abhi’s Story

 “I didn’t get homesick when I moved here from New Delhi. It took me about 20 minutes to adapt to living in Broward. The ocean, the trees, all the green areas and the open minded people: I was instantly dazzled.”

“Right from the beginning, Broward was right for me. The first thing I noticed here was the easy access to nature. The ocean, the sand, all the green space is right there. In India, it takes hours to get to nature. Here in Broward, it’s all around me. 

Since they know that yoga was created there thousands of years ago, my yoga and meditation students always ask me about India. India can be a wild place. You can ride a bicycle next to an 18-wheeler and be sharing that same road with a pack of cows. Anything goes, and you must continuously compose yourself and learn to be calm within. I grew up with spirituality within me. Some of that came from my mother, who is a professor of Vedic studies. Through teaching yoga and meditation, I get to share what I know with everyone.

When I first started teaching, I was almost a performer standing on my head, doing challenging poses. I have become more grounded and discovered what it takes to challenge people. I help them get to their comfortable limits without frustrating them with postures beyond their capabilities. The yoga routines I do vary depending on the energy in the room. Certain basics are consistent. I always start with breathing, then move to loosen the spine with twists, cobras, and downward dogs. I want everyone to feel their serotonin and oxytocin release, kind of like when someone likes your picture on Facebook.

When I am not teaching yoga and meditation, I’m creating content for my YouTube channel, meditatewithabhi. There you’ll find practical meditations, like the Art of Waking up, which has a soothing mantra alarm clock. Slowly rising with a soft meditation instead of the alarm on your cell phone makes a difference. The way you awaken influences your entire day.

There are videos about mysteries of the mind and ego, chakra balancing, proper breathing, accessing your subconscious self, having gratitude, and even a guided meditation and body scan to help you relax. Through the classes I teach, I’ve learned that the most common challenges people have are stress from work, having an overthinking mind, projecting worries and future fears, not having confidence, maintaining relationships, and wanting more money. My YouTube channel shows ways to live with those challenges. 

I teach five yoga classes per week and add more when I gather friends to join me. That’s the way yoga is in India. People gather to do it in a relaxed, non-commercial setting. There is no fancy gym with a sauna. There are no Lululemon clothes.

Yoga and meditation have been part of my life since I was a child. I am a tech guy who, until a year ago, spent years as a software engineer. My clients were large corporations such as Coca Cola, Rubbermaid, Johnson & Johnson, and many more. I would live in the cities where I worked on these communication systems, and I got to see a lot of the country. I would go for long walks with clients and get to know them that way. I meditated and did yoga every day, no matter where I was, and for the most part, I remained blissful. A couple of years ago, I decided to follow that bliss and share this spiritual path. 

Will doing a youtube channel and teaching yoga and meditation be a sustainable life? Maybe. Perhaps it will just be a good life. 

I am sure that if you follow what you love, the rewards will come.”

abhi bag

Abhi’s Treasures

These are the singing bowls I use for my meditation group. The vibrating tones they produce promotes relaxation and healing.

One thought on “Abhi Duggal: Yoga, Meditation and Me

  • Jeanne OGradyApril 8, 2020 at 9:12 am

    Hi r u having any online yoga classes

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