Sufism has been a part of Junaid’s life since childhood.  As an adolescent, he had an extreme excess of energy and was drawn to physical fitness.  However, he found that he grew agitated after working out and couldn’t sleep peacefully at night.  He naturally began playing with his body to calm his energy without realizing that the forms of exercise that he was doing were a part of Yoga.  He then began a rigorous and disciplined practice of Yoga, which gave him knowledge and understanding of the interplay between the mind and the body.  However, although this allowed him to go deeper within himself, he soon realized that he was becoming a recluse, which is not practical for living in a society.  As his training in Yoga progressed, he began to feel that his extreme discipline was making him too serious, and felt that he was loosing his humor. It was then that he came back to Sufi Practices which are much more free and spontaneous, and away from the rigid mindset that came with practicing Yoga alone.  He visited many Sufi shrines and listened to Sufi poems and music, all the while feeling more loving and in sync with his surroundings. Across his many travels he met and meditated with both Sufi Masters and Yogis. He realized that they are effectively the same; their approach is different but their aim is one. He also realized the oneness in all races and religions, and understood that ultimately, we are together in the pursuit of peace and happiness.  With this insight, he began to accept people the way they are and live with them, instead of having preconceived ideas of how people should live.  Over a period of time he continued to practice both Sufism and Yoga and with the help of his teacher finally mixed the two together into what he began to call Sufi Yoga. It was a subtle revelation, but when he came back to Bombay and had to find a way to live in harmony, Sufi Yoga was there.  Junaid has been touching many people’s hearts by sharing his insights and aims to create peace in this world.

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