I consider yoga a lifestyle, not a timed session, and thus my goals are not to become a rockstar teacher, but to continue to become more balanced (in my state of mind) in all situations and ultimately learn to take my final exit, drop my body, through the top of my head at my own will, when this body is able to serve me no more (Maha Samadhi).
With foundations in the seven limbed hatha yoga system: Shatkarma, Asana, Mudra, Pratyahara, Pranayam, Dhyaan and Samadhi in accordance with the sanskrit scriptures Gheranda Samhita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika, my sessions are grounded in ancient tradition, infused with both Sanatan Dharam and Buddhist philosophies, and ultimately encouraging to aspiring yogis to cultivate the discipline needed to maintain a daily routine of sadhana and an authentically yogic lifestyle. The asana series I practice and teach, is designed to balance the alignment of the physical body, the three gunas (rajas, tamas, satva), the seven major chakras, as well as the dualistic (Sun-masculine / Moon-feminine) pranic energies within our (container) bodies. I am able to give guidance in minimizing hectic life’s distractions, with practical methods for developing the physical stillness and inward focus necessary for cultivating self-observation in preparation for holding a solid meditation practice. I can lead practices including: performing surya namaskar not as a mere warm up but as a devotional expression of gratitude; working with using breath awareness to monitor the mind and it’s fluctuating thoughts and emotions; pranayam to expand the capacity of our breath and prana (beyond the lungs); as well as mantra japa to bring the mind into one pointed focus; that not only clear away the veils that typically shield one’s true self, but also aid in cultivating one’s intuitive guidance system, ultimately gaining a heightened connection with the natural and supernatural universe around us.
Physical flexibility is just at the surface level of my own practice, and however I realize the difficulties in breaking that surface in the confines of a one or two hour class, I am able to infuse various insights about the nature of our universe, its orchestrating laws and how to find one’s true nature and thus one’s path, which will no doubt inspire participants to begin transforming their lives.
I teach for dakshina (donation) at the ashram where I live as well as to local village girls and school children when I’m at my cottage in the Kumaon mountains.
While I am on tour in the States I am open to be a guest teacher or run a pop-up workshop in your yogashala. I am also available for privates in your home or via Skype.
Using original Sanskrit asana names (along with English explanations of their derivatives) I lead traditional hatha yoga sessions in shatkarma, asana, pranayam, and mindfulness meditation, while sharing insights such as:
· Accepting and Surrendering to the Reality of the Present Moment
· Living in Alignment with the Nature
· Stillness in the Body
· Awareness of the Breath
· Mindfulness of one’s Thoughts, Emotions, Habits, Reactions and Actions
· Stillness of the Mind
· Developing one’s Inner balance, including: discovering one’s inner physical compass, healthy ways of dealing with one’s emotions, moving the flow of pranic energies by working with awareness and balancing of the chakras
· Cultivating, Listening and Trusting one’s Intuition as one’s Inner Guru (light shining guide)
· Manifesting Positivity in one’s life through repetitious Expressions of Gratitude
· Finding one’s true purpose in life and how to discover and navigate one’s own path
· Participating in the pay it forward economics of Karma Yoga, not be attached to the outcomes or fruit of one’s efforts
· Explaining the first two chapters of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras in the context of the modern / western world