Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam
- Block Ha My Dong B, Dien Duong Ward, Dien Ban Town, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Four Seasons Tenure
- Since 2018
- First Four Seasons Assignment: current
- The Ritz-Carlton, Bangalore, India; Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara, Qatar; Chaitanya Yoga Studio (owner), Palakkad, India; Bharatheeya Vidyanikethan School, Palakkad, India; The Elegant Public School, Palakkad, India; Kluster Techno Solutions, Palakkad, India; Srichakra International Hotel, Palakkad, India
- Palakkad district, Kerala, India
- Bachelor of Economics, Calicut University, India; International Diploma in Yoga, (Yoga Siromani), Sivananda Ashram, Canada; Diploma in Hotel Management, Certified by KITCO, Continental Institute, India; Front Office & Housekeeping Training; Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Application, G-TEC; ILA Fundamental Training, United Kingdom; CPR /AED/ BASIC FIRST AID Training course, Palakkad, India; Certificate Course in Yoga, Sanjeevani Yoga Academy; Basic Training Course for Yoga, Sanjeevani Yoga Academy, India
- English, Tamil, Malayalam
In a world where happiness always seems just out of reach – attached to the next achievement or dream – Praveen is the smiling embodiment of this seemingly elusive state. Asked to describe himself, he simply says “happy”; a sentiment wholly endorsed by everyone who knows him. So what’s his secret?
The perfect balance of reason and reverence, science and spirituality, chess-playing and self-help-book-reading, Praveen is just as at ease immersed in the world of economics as he is on the yoga mat, making a career in wellbeing and hospitality the dream fit.
“All I’ve ever wanted to do in life is to commit myself to my passion,” explains Praveen, who initially set his sights on becoming an Ayurvedic Practitioner, studying physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics at school.
Growing up in a devoutly religious, yoga practising family – where Hindu prayers and chants were a daily custom – he had always felt inspired to connect with yoga. But it wasn’t until he was 15, inspired by his brother – an accomplished practitioner – that he started to take yoga seriously. “From the very first session I felt uplifted and experienced clarity of mind,” he recalls. “I thought: yoga is good!”
Praveen then moved through a series of higher education qualifications – including an International Diploma in Yoga and a Diploma in Hotel Management – combining his two long-standing interests.
He admits his early years of practice were “crazy” – everything from yoga competitions to yoga dance concepts, developed uniquely to inspire the younger generation to adopt a yogic lifestyle. He even racked up a few awards: 2014/15 Best Yoga Instructor in the District, winner First Inter-State Yogasana Championship 2012/13 and winner 9th Kerala State Yogasana Competition 2013.
But these days, his focus is altogether more holistic. “My yoga sessions focus on connecting to the spirit and soul,” he explains. “This is what I’m personally working on, and seek to inspire guests to do the same. I want them to walk away from a session and feel something incredible, just like I first did. I want them to take this home with them, to inspire their yoga journey. Above all, I want them to discover the happiness that yoga can bring.”