My name is Obaidur Rahaman or Obi, in short. I feel very happy and lucky to be born in the land of yoga, India.
I have practiced yoga throughout my life. Since I discovered it in childhood, it has shaped my being. The journey of yoga has been a tremendous learning experience for me. The more I walk on this path, the more I discover new things about myself and the mystery that we are all surrounded in.
Yoga has also tremendously helped me go through difficult phases of life. It has made me realize that many of the problems that we face in everyday life are not coming from outside. They are continuously being created by our own selves. It is the mind, the sense of ego, the desires, the clinging, the attachments, the selfishness, the seeking of pleasures that are the root causes of suffering. Yoga helps us to bring consciousness to these pernicious habits of our own minds. It makes us realize the futility of all these and consequently enables us let them go. I think it is the most valuable thing that I can share with people.
I have a background in science: physics and chemistry. I did my PhD in computational chemistry in the United States. After that my research career took me to France and then to Germany. I work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Technical University of Munich. My specialization is application of quantum chemistry and machine learning for discovering new organic materials as semiconductors.
Since I am trained as a scientist, I have a scientific approach to yoga. Just like we strive to gain knowledge from the world outside, there is a whole world of knowledge inside us. And yoga is the path to reach there.
Other than research and yoga, I have many hobbies like writing, cooking, reading and travelling.