Published: 10:10, 10 June 2018
| Updated: 11:05, 10 June 2018
An eight-year-old boy from Kent has won a gold medal in the Euro Asian Yoga Championships in Turkey.
Ishwar Sharma, from Sevenoaks, took on opponents of all ages, from 11 countries, in the Mr Yogi and Miss Yogini contest in Antalya on May 12.
Ishwar and his father, Nanjundiah, were both representing Great Britain in the competition organised by Turkey's Yoga Sports Federation at Daima Resorts. Nanjundiah won the silver medal.
Ishwar, a pupil at St Michael's Preparatory School in Otford, Sevenoaks, is the current under 11's UK National Yoga Champion, a title he has held for two years. He has also won the under eight's World Championships in both individual and artistic yoga.
His father Dr Vishwanath said: "Ishwar has created a unique way to promote yoga to inspire children and adults to take up yoga as a daily practice.
"He, and I, perform Vedic yoga with choreography to music, which includes Hatha yoga postures with Acroyoga and artistic yoga."
Ishwar has performed in a number of charity events and has raised funds for the underprivileged. Notable events include the World Yoga Championship in Italy in July 2016, World Games in Kathmandu,
Nepal in June 2017, and European Yoga Sport Cup 2017 championship in Prague in November 2017.
Dr Vishwanath added: "Ishwar is seeking to spread awareness about yoga and its benefits, especially among children.
"He believes in the concept of ‘Vasudaiva Kutumbakam’, which means the whole world is one family, and he wants to spread the message of universal peace and brotherhood through yoga."
The Yoga prodigy will be representing Great Britain again this month in the World Championships in Canada.
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