Nitesh Batra is the founder of The Mindful Initiative and Ashtanga Yoga Sadhna in Bangalore. He heads the Fitness and Mindfulness at Practo Diabetes Reversal Programme. He has been practicing and teaching since 2006. He also hosts The Mindful Initiative Podcast. Prior to teaching Yoga, Nitesh worked in the corporate world for 10 years. He produced two award-winning Feature films in Hindi and Assamese. In 2019, Nitesh was awarded the Compassion Corps Grant to teach CCT in the underprivileged communities. He was also a Fellow at Summer Research Institute at The Mind and Life Institute in 2020. He is the only certified teacher of CCT in India from Stanford Medical School’s Center of Compassion and Research in Education (CCARE). Since 2010, Nitesh has learnt Yogic Philosophy from Sh. Sharath Jois and the Mohans. Nitesh is currently enrolled in the 5-year BP of Buddhism under the refuge of Geshe Tenzin Namdak. Nitesh graduated with a dual Bachelors and Master Degrees from University of Maryland, College Park and completed his MBA from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.