My teachers

Om Bhur Bhuvah Swah, Tat Savitur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi, Dhiya Yo Nah Prachodayat

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Over the past 17 years, I have had some pretty amazing yoga instructors and it would be very difficult to mention all of them here, but I will list a few who stand out from the rest, in order to give you an idea who has shaped me yogically and influenced me and my teaching.

Of course my guru, Sri Swami Sivananda, has had the biggest impact on me. By studying at his ashrams in India and through his many books, he has guided me even if indirectly in my deep, spiritually enlightened path or Sadhana. I also continue to be inspired by his disciple, Swami Vishnu Devananda, to do asanas and meditate regularly. I am definitely a better person thanks to these two great men and if I could change with their help, then so can you!

The yoga instructor who influenced me the most in the Western World was Irena Strelow in Berlin. She encouraged me to do a yoga teacher’s training course in the first place.

As I go to India every year to learn and experience authentic yoga in its true sense I would like to tell you about three of my Indian teachers who have especially helped me in different ways to progress in yoga over the years.

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Bharath Shetty

Bharath Shetty, a young man I met originally in Kerala who is now located in Mysore, teaches an eclectic mix of yoga styles and really leads an exemplary life according to the ancient texts in the Bhagavad Gita. He is confident, yet modest and although he is quite young, he has much experience and is very proficient. Bharath has a positive attitude towards teaching and you can tell he enjoys what he does very much.

Bharaths Website http://www.yoga-india.net

 

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Rakesh

Rakesh's son

What can I say about Rakesh in the holy city of Varanasi? The pictures here speak for themselves. I was lucky to participate in a daily one-on-one intensive course up on Rakesh´s rooftop which has an awe-inspiring view of the Ganges river. Rakesh and I practiced asanas, mantras and Kriyas together and it became clear to me early on in our lessons that the millennia-old tradition of passing down yoga from father to son was healthy and taking place right under my nose. Even Rakesh´s youngest son was proficient in singing mantras, meditating and of course doing fantastic asanas.

Yogiraj Rakesh Pandey
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cell/mobile:-+919415817882

Address
B 4/35, Hanuman Ghat Varanasi-1
U.P. India.

Dadurch, dass ich am Familienleben von Bharath, Sheshadri und Rakesh teilnehmen durfte, gaben mir meine Gastgeber kostbare und seltene Blicke ins Yoga, und ich bin dankbar für ihre Großzügigkeit.

Rakesh’s E-Mail-Adress: rakeshyogi@yahoo.com

Rakesh’s Facebook-Site

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Prahlad

My latest yoga instructor whose teaching I enjoyed and profited by was a trainer at the Sivaanada ashram in Kerala India in March 2008: Prahlad. He taught us asanas two hours twice daily and although he was very strict, he taught us with devotion, energy and humour which you can see in this picture. One day we were visited by the students of a yoga institute for children and Prahlada presented us with the youngest member of the yoga school for children before they began with their demonstration.

 

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Teaching staff in Neyyar Dam ashram, Kerala for the ATTC My yoga teachers in the ahsram in 2010, Udayan and Janaki

Left: yoga teachers at Neyyar Dam ashram, Kerala, for the ATTC.
Rechts: My yoga teachers, Udayan and Janaki, in the same ahsram in 2010.

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Swami Sivananda wrote that we can learn a lot from animals and that they can also be teachers or gurus. I can confirm this wholeheartedly because my cats have taught me so much.

Ananda mit ihrem Mala Lucy mit ihrem Bindu

Left: Ananda with her Mala.
Right: Anandas sister Lucy with her Bindu.

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“Be the change yourself, that you wish for this world.”
Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

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