My Gurus and Qualifications
"Only the knowledge imparted by a guru, through his lips, is powerful and usefull; otherwise it becomes fruitless, weak and painful".
The Shiva Samitha (III.11)
While living in India for two and a half years, I had the privilege to study the various aspects of yoga with some of the best and highly respected teachers and masters of the yogic science. With some of them I studied and practiced in a direct guru-shishya (teacher-disciple) relationship. These experiences tremendously coined my understanding of yoga. Yoga is a science, and as a science it cannot be offered as a service or commodity for which one simply pays money for and receives something in return! Nevertheless, one should share his knowledge about yoga with whoever is interested.
Dr. Nitin Unkule, Pune: My first guru taught me the importance of proper alignment of the body and the breath in the practice of Hatha yoga. Dr. Unkule also introduced me into the science of yogic breathing, Pranayama.
Nikhil Dixit, Pune: To intensify my asana practice I took up private lessons with Nikhil Dixit. Even though Nikhil is very young (22 at the time), I learned very advanced asanas from him, as he is a (Indian) national and international yoga champion.
Samyak Yoga, Mysore: To further broaden my horizon with regard to the different physical practices of yoga, I did a 200 hour yoga teacher training (recognized by Yoga Alliance) in Ashtanga vinyasa yoga in July 2014. This I did with Rakesh and Aravind from Samyak Yoga. Samyak Yoga is “considered to be one of the best, refined and professional” teacher trainings in the world.
Yoga Vidya Gurukul, Nashik: In August 2014 I attended Yoga Vidya Gurukul’s 250 hour yoga teacher. This course represents a synthesis of Indian traditional Ashtanga yoga and Hatha yoga based on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Yoga Vidya Gurukul is one of only five yoga schools, officially recognized by the Indian government and looks back on a tradition of over 30 years.
Badarinarayana Iyengar, Mysore: Badarinarayana Iyengar, or BadriJi for short, studied the Ashtanga vinyasa system under Sri B.N.S. Iyengar for 16 years. He’s a true and most humble teacher of yoga, who practices what he preaches especially on an ethical level. My personal Ashtanga vinyasa and Pranayama practices progressed tremendously under his guidance.
Sri B.N.S. Iyengar, Mysore: Sri B.N.S. Iyengar is one of the utmost and highly respected authorities of yoga in the world. He lived and studied with the “father of modern yoga”, Sri T. Krishnamacharya, himself. He is a true master not only in the science of yoga as his knowledge and wisdom truly represents an “ocean of wisdom”. At age 90 he still teaches asanas, and is able to explain highly complex and philosophical concepts in a way that even a child could understand them.
I feel very humbled and honored to have had the opportunity to study Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and yoga philosophie with Sri B.N.S. Iyengar. Under his guidance I also learned the 1st and 2nd series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga system and was also initiated into te teachings of pranayama and mudras as Sri BNS Iyengar was taught by Sri T. Krischnamacharya.