As I practice, I gradually move from practicing yoga into being in a state of connection, into being yoga. This has gradually emerged on me, infusing all I am, all I do, all I do not. I am far from perfect, as you can imagine, at many levels. The challenges appear often and keep me on the path, or at least so I think. However, life gradually and consistently takes a different form, a different experience of beingness, if that makes any sense, and the whole idea of Heaven on Earth actually makes sense to me now, not as some abstract idealized concept of a perfect place, but as an internal state of being that ends up being reflected on how I see, move and experience life right here, right know.
So, my purpose is to assist you to BE yoga or at least show you the next step on your path.
My approach is the viniyoga of yoga. In other words, the application of yoga depending on the student and situation.
“Teach what is inside you, not as it applies to you yourself,
but as it applies to the other.” T. Krishnamacharya
My main indirect influence in yoga both as a tool for my personal development and on my role as a teacher is Krishnamacharya. I have studied from some of his direct students, and read extensively from his work. He is for me one of the main pillars for yoga as it is today both in India and in the west. My most direct influence has been Paul Harvey (still my teacher today) a student himself of Desikachar (the son of Krishnamacharya). I had the pleasure of studying with Desikachar only once during a retreat in England as I took my first few steps in yoga. I have now been practicing yoga for 20 years.
When I started with yoga practice it was all about the postures, the physical aspect, I loved it. Thankfully I was guided gradually on a deeper direction. Today the sessions I guide are a combination of several techniques ranging from postures (asana) to breathing (pranayama) and including mudra, chanting and the meditation process to name a few.
The Group classes follow a more general format and progression with plenty of space for individual adaptations according to skill level.
On individual sessions I work according to the starting point of each person, their potential and were they wish to go. So each practice is as unique as the person doing it and may include nutrition and lifestyle advice.
Yoga practices usually take one of three general directions:
- Yoga for personal development – focusing on developing physical and/or mental skills and capacities
- Yoga for mental stability and inner exploration
- Yoga as therapy
- Yoga Therapy is treating a person that has challenges. These challenges may be physical, mental, emotional, energetic or/and spiritual. Specific techniques and principles of yoga & ayurveda are used to develop an individualized course of treatment to assist the individual. Although treatments vary considerably, usually there is a practice that the individual takes home to “take/apply” for specific period. The practice will vary according to individual constitution, level of the problems, life style, ability, likes & dislikes, spiritual beliefs, and many more variables. The treatments/practice always requires some sort of action which may include some adapted movements/positions, breathing, sound work, meditations, lifestyle changes, application of philosophical principles. Practices are always within the capability of the individual and by mutual agreement.
I often organize workshops to develop philosophical knowledge directly applied to day-to-day living and explore deeper aspects of the practice at different levels, with a variety of techniques.