Yogi Haider

Yogi Haider born Shamshad Haider is a yoga teacher living in Pakistan. He is the founder of Yoga Pakistan and Way of Nature through which he teaches yoga and meditation. He studied yoga in Burma, Tibet, Nepal and India, including from S. N. Goenka. Haider belongs to the Pakistani province of Punjab. He has been teaching yoga since 1994. His organization teaches yoga to more than 10,000 students in Islamabad, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Lahore. His students include Pakistani politicians such as Qaim Ali Shah (chief minister of Sindh) and Ghulam Mustafa Khar (former governor of Punjab). Haider gives a free public education. Haider says his ambition is to imitate Ramdev Baba and popularize yoga among Pakistanis. Haider has been called as the face of yoga in Pakistan. He has been described as an Indian yogi, simple, peaceful and confident. He speaks English, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic and Nepali.

Haider’s workshop in Lahore was attacked by Islamists as part of Hindu culture. A yoga center belonging to one of Haider’s associates was burned down and completely destroyed.

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