India's Praanvi Gupta, who is only seven years old, set a Guinness World Record by being the youngest yoga teacher ever (female). After finishing the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Course, she has been accepted and qualified as a RYT200 (Registered Yoga Teacher) by the Yoga Alliance Organization.
She is even younger than the youngest yoga instructor (male), Reyansh Surani, who is also from India and obtained his certification in July 2021 at the age of 9 years and 220 days, according to the records website.
At the tender age of just 3 years, Praanvi started her yoga journey after watching her mother yoga at home. The young girl began doing yoga on her own after seeing and imitating her mother for several months before enrolling in formal yoga lessons at the age of seven.
“I want to spread the love of yoga to as many people as possible,” she told Guinness world records, on her passion for teaching. As such, encouraged by her yoga instructor, she started the Yoga Teachers Training Program.
She continued, “This journey was not an easy one, because of my regular school which was also ongoing. But, with great support from my teachers and parents, I’m happy that I successfully completed and passed the qualification exam of Yoga Teachers Training Course.”
Her teacher, Medical Director and Ayurveda Practitioner Dr Seema Kamath, commented: “Praanvi has been a very enthusiastic student with a calm mind and willingness to learn. [She] is a blessed child, and later she turned out to be one of the brightest students I have ever met at this age. She has been very attentive and dedicated in all the classes.”
But, this is not Praanvi's sole accomplishment. In the past, she has won multiple gold medals at international olympics. She has also started a YouTube channel where she shares her yoga journey and teaches people about it, carrying on her passion for teaching. Yoga, in Praanvi's opinion, has advantages for both children and adults. "Dream big and believe in yourself," she said.