Beyond Asanas: Changing Perceptions About Yoga
Pragya Bhatt and Joel Koechelin
Pragya Bhatt is an international yoga teacher and writer. She was born in Delhi and grew up in different countries due to her father's work as a diplomat in the Indian Foreign Services. Her first book "Beyond Asanas: The Myths and Legends Behind Yogic Postures" was published in 2019 by Penguin.
Pragya worked as a software engineer for companies such as Infosys and Accenture, before hanging up her business suit to immerse herself full time into the practice of yoga. She is currently pursuing a master’s in yogic studies.
Pragya lives and works in Bangalore, but is frequently found elsewhere because of a penchant for spontaneous travel. She regularly contributes to newspapers and periodicals and is a compulsive blogger and diarist.
Joel Koechlin, born in France, has lived his entire adult life in India. Trained in photography at the Advanced School of Applied Arts, in Switzerland, he has fostered an unwavering passion for the craft over several decades. Having covered a variety of photographic subjects, extending from architectural & corporate work, to travel & adventure, he has written travel articles and blogs for international and national magazines.
Prompt to embrace all aspects of life, in a perpetual quest for personal development and progress, he is a pilot, a motorcycle enthusiast, a mountain lover and a freelance author. His wife is Indian, and he has two children.
His recent book, in collaboration with Pragya Bhatt, "BEYOND ASANAS – The Myths & Legends
behind Yogic Postures" was published by Penguin Random House India on 21st June.
Among other literary endeavours, he has translated into French the epic poem of Sri Aurobindo:
"THE SUN-EYED CHILDREN" (coming soon) is his first novel.