When most eight-year-olds were busily pursuing diverse hobbies, Manoj was introduced to the discipline of yoga by his grandparents. Besides the practice of Asanas, Manoj was acquainted with all aspects of Yoga philosophy, including the Yoga Sutras and Upanishads, through his grandfather, Sridhara Kaimal, who remained a source of inspiration throughout Manoj’s life. From this solid grounding, Manoj refined his knowledge by spending time with various leading teachers in the Yogic tradition (including BKS Iyengar and Shri Pattabhi Jois).
Since 2002, Manoj has been fully committed to teaching ‘Manasa Yoga’ in Malaysia. ‘Manasa Yoga’ enables students to move from the concept of merely stretching the body to stretching the mind towards the infinite spirit and realign with the true self. Manoj conducts a a Yoga Teacher Training Course for senior students as well as regular workshops on Asanas and Yogic philosophy.
To date, Manoj has authored two books: Celebration of Asanas (2007) and Making Patanjali Palatable (2008) and he has been invited to be a presenter at key international yoga and health meets such as “The 2011 International Ayurveda and Yoga Conference” in Rishikesh, the “1st World Congress on Healthy Aging” in Kuala Lumpur in March 2012 and most recently at the at the “2013 Exxon Health Fair” where he spoke on yoga and aging.