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Why yoga with me?

Everyone is unique in their own special way. Everyone has their own life and own path within it. On this path we make decisions based on our own opinions. We surround ourselves with people and things that meet our requirements and needs, and who respond to the same energetic vibrations.

Nowadays there are many yoga centers and teachers that present diverse attitudes to life and health. Due to this wide variety, everyone has a chance to find the right teacher – a teacher who answers their individual needs and serves them in the most suitable way.
My approach to life and to the teaching of yoga is neither better nor worse than anyone else’s. It is just different, as it is unique to me. My life is driven by curiosity and the desire to examine everything. Instead of learning theories I prefer experiences – to feel, to hear, to see for myself.
I wish you these experiences. I encourage you to search, to try many different paths in both life and yoga, to meet diverse people, teachers and students. Thanks to this exploration, you will find and choose the person who suits you best at the present moment in your life.
Maybe this person will be me.

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yoga and all aspects of ourselves

“When we begin studying yoga – whether by way of asanas, pranayama, meditation, or studying the Yoga Sutra – the way in which we learn is the same. The more we progress, the more we become aware of the holistic nature of our being, realizing that we are made of body, breath, mind, and more. Many people who start studying yoga by practicing asanas continue to learn more poses until the only meaning of yoga fir them lies in physical exercises. We can liken this to a man who strengthens only one arm and lets the other one become weak. Similarly, there are people who intellectualize the idea of yoga; they write wonderful books and speak brilliantly about complicated ideas such as prakrti and atman, but when they are writing and speaking they cannot sit erect for even a few minutes. So let us not forget, we can begin practicing yoga from any starting point, but if we are to be complete human beings we must incorporate all aspects of ourselves, and do so step by step. In the Yoga Sutra, Patañjali emphasizes all aspects of human life, including our relationships with others, our behavior, our health, our breathing, and our meditation path.”

(excerpt from The heart of the yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar)

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We begin where we are and how we are, and whatever happens, happens.

“Books or yoga classes often give the impression that there are prerequisites for the study of yoga. We may be told that we should not smoke, or that we should be vegetarian, or that we should give away all our worldly good. Such ways of behaving are admirable only if they originate within us – and they may as a result of yoga – but not if they are imposed from outside. For instance, many people who smoke give up the habit once they begin a yoga practice. As result of their practice they no longer want to smoke; they do not give up smoking in order to practice yoga. We begin where we are and how we are, and whatever happens, happens.”

(excerpt from The heart of the yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar)

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Where and how does the practice of yoga begin?

“Where and how does the practice of yoga begin? Should we always begins on the physical level? I would say that where we begin depends on our personal interests. There are many ways of practicing yoga, and gradually the interest in one path will lead to another. So it could be that we begin by studying the Yoga Sutra or by meditating. Or we may instead begin with practicing asanas and so start to understand yoga through the experience of the body. We can also begin with pranayama, feeling the breath as the movement of our inner being. There are no prescriptions regarding where and how our practice should begin.”

(excerpt from The heart of the yoga by T.K.V. Desikachar)