Tejasvi Sharma can perform asanas like bajrangasana, bhunamanasana and vrashchikasana, among others.
New Delhi: Tejasvi Sharma may have 69 per cent disability, but he has been recognised as the "most flexible handicapped yoga champion" after performing the hardest of asanas and postures that involve difficult contortions.
The record by Mr Sharma, who has represented the country in various international yoga championships, has been acknowledged by the 'Unique World Records', a global record book of India origin, whose first edition was published in 2009.
The 21-year-old, who hails from Bihar and is a final year student of German Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), was diagnosed with polio at the age of nine years with both legs afflicted.
"I have been practicing yoga since the age of 5 and can now perform even the hardest asanas. I had lost sensation in my both legs and the doctor said they may never function properly," said Mr Sharma.
"I was suggested to practice yoga to be able to walk without crutches and that is when I enrolled myself in a Yoga school. However, I did not know then that I would later on be keen on pursuing the art as a profession," he added.
Mr Sharma can perform asanas like bajrangasana, bhunamanasana and vrashchikasana, among others, which include difficult 'contortions' like shoulder rotations and touching elbow with lips.
He won the silver medal in World Cup Yoga championship held at Talkatora stadium in 2011 and the gold in Yoga championship in Hong Kong in the year 2012. Besides, he also secured the second position in the International Yoga championship held in China's Shanghai last year.
Planning to pursue his Masters in Yoga from Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute, Mr Sharma also wants to "innovate and discover new postures and asanas to be performed by disabled people".
Asked about his choice of German for an undergraduate programme, he said "I wanted to learn a foreign language extensively so that when I go to international championships I should feel more enriched. I had zeroed down upon French and German, and ultimately decided to pursue the latter".
The JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) has lauded Mr Sharma's feat as an inspiration for students.