Chow Siddhartha (Chametcha Singphow) studied yoga systematically undergoing Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor and Master Degree courses in Yoga under the internationally renowned yoga experts Dr. R. Nagarathna, MD, FRCP and Dr. H.R. Nagendra, PhD at SVYASA University, Bangalore, India.
Later, he served as the Head of the Department of Back Pain Section at Arogyadhama, the yoga therapy hospital attached to the university for 5 years. During this period Chow Siddhartha taught yoga therapy to under graduate and post graduate students at the university and also helped hundreds of patients hailing from different parts of the world to overcome their back pain through non-invasive yoga therapy management and rehabilitation.
He had also worked as chief yoga therapists for Pulmonary, Cardiology, Mental Health, Rheumatology & Neurology and Gastro Intestinal Disorder (GID) Sections for varying periods during his services at Arogyadhama.
He is now associated with the SVYASA University as a member of the ethical committee.
He did extensive research on efficacies of yoga therapy in low back pain patients and published three research papers in international journals along with Dr. Padmini, Assistant Professor, SVYASA University, Bangalore.
Chow Siddhartha started learning yoga when he was a young student for 6 years at a Buddhist Monastery of North East India. Before joining SVYASA University, Bangalore in 2001 he underwent systematic yoga training at Vivekananda Kendra, Dibrugarh, Assam, India for 5 years.
Chow Siddhartha is also an ardent practitioner of vipassana meditation. He had undergone many vipassana meditation courses of Sri Sri Satya Narayan Goenkaji. His love for vipassana meditation had its beginning when he was a young novice under venerable Wannasara Mahathera at the Buddhist Monastery.
Chow Siddhartha and his team conducted corporate yoga classes for Royal Bank of Scotland, ERNST & YOUNG, General Motors, Deutsche Bank, Taj Group of Hotels, Delta Electronics Pvt. Ltd., Datamatics, Manthan Legal, Sapient, Better Future, Capita, OTIS, Erriction, Reliance Capital, FANUC India Private Limited, ITM Business School, AIMS, Target India and many others.
He also taught yoga lessons individually to:
Group Chairman, GMR Group
MD & CEO, INFOSYS
President & MD, Texas Instruments
President & CEO, Fanuc India Pvt Ltd
Owner, Delhi Daredevils, Indian Premier League (IPL)
Former Miss Singapore
South Indian movie hero
CEO, Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi
and many executives of IBM, IIMB, INFOSYS, WIPRO, Taj Group of Hotels, Northern Trust, AIRTEL, Honey Well, Fanuc India Pvt Ltd etc.
Member, Ethical Committee, SVYASA University, Bangalore.
General Secretary, Singpho Students' Union, Assam, India.
Coordinator, ‘Youth Wing’, Vivekananda Kendra, Dibrugarh, Assam
Founder General Secretary, ‘Udiyaman Yuvak Sangha’, Jagun, Assam, India .
Member, 'Arunachal Jagriti Yatra', organized by Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari
IMPORTANT RESEARCH PAPERS PUBLISHED
1) A comprehensive yoga programs improves pain, anxiety and depression in chronic low back pain patients more than exercise: An RCT (published in the journal of “Complementary Therapies in Medicine”, an international, peer-reviewed journal.)
P. Tekur | R. Nagarathna | S. Chametcha | Alex Hankey | H.R. Nagendra
2) Effect of Yoga on Quality of Life of Chronic Low Back Pain (CLBP) Patients: A Randomized Control Study (published in the 'International Journal of Yoga' a peer-reviewed international journal. It is abstracted and indexed in PubMed Central, EBSCO databases, EmCare, Expanded Academic ASAP, and ProQuest.)
Tekur P, Chametcha S, Hongasandra RN, Raghuram N.
3) Effect of Short-Term Intensive Yoga Program on Pain, Functional Disability and Spinal Flexibility in Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized Control Study (published in the ‘Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine’, an international, peer- reviewed journal).
Tekur P, Singphow C, Nagendra HR, Raghuram N