One often hears of the surprising health benefits of yoga. While some believe it, others consider it an exaggeration. However, Tejasvi Kumar Sharma is a living example of the miraculous impacts of yoga.
Right at 9 months old, Kumar's parents were informed that their son is affected by Polio and will experience 69 per cent disability below the waist. At the age of 5, he learned basic yoga poses. With constant practice and determination, Kumar set a journey from crawling to walking to flying to global heights with the help of yoga.
Tejasvi Kumar Sharma used yoga as his weapon not just to overcome disability but to create a name for himself globally. He has won World Championship for Yogasana three times. He is the first disabled person to judge Yogasana sports in the Khelo India Youth Games 2021 held in the year 2022 in Haryana.
For Tejasvi, yoga is life as it made him stand up on his feet (literally) and find his place in the world. Apart from being a yoga champion, Tejasvi is an advocate in Saket district court. He has three degrees: German Honours from JNU, PG Diploma in Yoga Study and LLB from Law Centre- 2, Delhi University. He is also a Joint Director, Para Yogasana sports affiliated with National Youth Sports Federation NYSF.
He says, "Yoga is not a part of my life but it is my life. There are many differently-abled people in the world and I am one of them. I have chosen law as my profession to fight against discrimination towards differently-abled people."
Kumar's achievements in yoga are unprecedented. He won the bronze medal in the All India Yoga Championship in 2010, silver in group yoga in the 2nd National Yoga Championship in the same year and the World Yogasana cup in 2011. He was the only differently-abled participating and won Gold Medal in Artistic Yoga even when participated in the normal category. He also won Gold Medal in 2012 for International Yoga Championship in Hongkong and a silver medal in the 4th International Yoga Championship held in Shanghai (2014).
In the year 2015, he got recognition for being the most flexible handicapped Yoga Champion in the World by Unique World Record. He has also received the Samta Award, Bharat Yog Ratna Award and Young Achiever Award 2015 among others.
Through his journey and achievements, Kumar desires to be the voice for other differently-abled people who lack support, love and care from society.