Going by legendary English rock band Pink Floyd,
We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the class room
Teachers leave those kids alone
However, 16-year-old Jaspreet Singh Kalra from the land of five rivers has taken meaning of the words education and control to a whole another level. Such is his command and control over the body that if he lies down on his stomach and bends his legs upwards, he can place his feet over his shoulder.
Jaspreet could be called a case of accidental discovery. At the age of 12, he was chosen by the school Yoga teacher to take part in a competition. It was during the training period that his gift was recognized.
“His talent was revealed by Yoga. Now he has learnt a lot of new techniques. We want him to take up yoga as his career. I want the whole world to know his name. It will make me feel proud of my son. He should become a superstar,” says mother Surinder Kaur Khalsa.
“We became aware when he was ten or maybe eleven years of age, when he started showing his flexibility by twisting and turning his neck, hands and other body parts,” she says. Jaspreet says that he started working harder as more prizes came his way. He is no less than a celebrity in his school with kids always getting impressed and seeking his autograph.
Only a few months into his Yoga training, the teenager began accomplishing 360° rotation of arms.
Alongside being a live marvel, Jaspreet also fairs well in academics, sports and making a lot of friends. His Yogic stunts must be a guaranteed ice-breaker in his school in Ludhiana, Punjab.
“I feel no pain holding such poses. I am now emulating and even surpassing the feats of my hero, American-based contortionist Daniel Browning Smith, who currently holds the title of the world’s most flexible person”
Cheers for Jaspreet and his loving family for achieving such seemingly-impossible feats through his sheer determination and practicing Yoga. May he honor the country on more global platforms.
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