After earning a PhD in computer science, Bidyut Bose spent years in research and development in Silicon Valley, where “I could see the ravages of stress—in people’s personal health, relationships, productivity, and global competitiveness. But I also realized that the tentacles of stress were reaching education and public safety, with one in two kids dropping out of high school in inner cities, and a million youth in the school-to-prison pipeline.”
In 2005, Bose, who had learned raja yoga from his father in childhood, decided to integrate yoga with his experience as a researcher by founding the nonprofit Niroga Institute. Its work has grown exponentially over the past 10 years. It now serves 2,000 youths every week in the Bay Area, teaching Mindful Yoga classes in schools and Healing Yoga classes in juvenile halls, jails, cancer hospitals, rehab centers, and homeless shelters.
Bose also trains yoga teachers, yoga therapists, and leaders in education, health care, violence prevention, and youth development. “My biggest joy is seeing the impact of yoga as a catalyst for personal transformation, and knowing it is the very foundation of social change,” he says.
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