Internationally recognised Yogi Saldin is the first Bangladeshi to be a registered yogi by Yoga Alliance, earning himself the privilege to practice and teach internationally. His achievement was no easy task, but after much hard work and dedication through nearly 200 hours of yoga from Yoga Alliance in America, he is now a certified yoga instructor, and one who has already made quite a name for himself.
Saldin was born in Brahmanbaria and graduated in Arts and Television from Jhangirnagar University. His father is a businessman in Brahmanbaria, who often had business clients visiting from from India. Saldin was just a boy when he first heard of yoga from one such guest, and soon expressed an interest to learn. By the time he was in the twelfth grade he started to go to gym. Like most children, Saldin claims his father was his pillar of strength. From childhood, his father instilled in him the importance of maintaining a health physique and lifestyle. Saldin quotes his father in saying: “Your health and physique should be an utmost priority, for most other things will hold no meaning at a certain point in life if your health is not with you.”
A well-built yogi is not a particularly common sight, and Saldin has successfully been able to combine yoga and body building together. Since his body had already gained flexibility through regularly practising yoga from an early age, he was later able to focus on strength training and building muscles, when he later started working out in gym.
He is a firm believer in the saying: “early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” He never eats anything after sunset because that is when the body has the lowest rate of metabolism. He avoids carbs such as rice and unhealthy proteins like red meat. Saldin believes that regular consumption of green vegetables and other high-fibre and whole-grain foods can not only help to maintain a healthy body, but is a much better alternative to curing and keeping away illnesses than artificial medication. On this regard he says, “The natural process of healing is always better than chemical added substances, wake up early and go to bed early and you will be cured of all pains and illnesse.”
Saldin has never compromised his yoga and workout sessions, even throughout his student life because he believes that a healthy life should be topmost priority. Motivation, inspirations and devotion brought him where he is today.