MY PERSONAL EIGHT LIMBS
1. ASHTANGA Yoga is an individual practice.
For me, it’s not about putting a rigid system on a student, it’s about accompanying each student on his or her personal path. This is how our (as I like to say) Godfather T. Krishnamacharya (1888-1989) saw it:
“Teach what is appropriate for each individual”.
In order to prepare for certain asanas or to deal with physio-psychic conditions, I depart myself to the strict tradition if necessary. The goal is a traditional, individualized Ashtanga Yoga practice.
2. ASHTANGA Yoga is like brushing your teeth.
In my opinion, we should not boast about both, not carry it so much outwardly, but simply do it and not constantly try to optimize it. One should not see it AS THE great revelation, but simply regard it as a self-evident part of his daily routine.
3. ASHTANGA Yoga consists of 8 limbs and not just one.
Strength and flexibility don’t make a yogi yet. Accordingly, Aṣṭāṅga Yoga is more to me than the asanas. The asanas nevertheless form a very good introduction to the practice of the eight-member path, since one works from the outermost shell steadily inwards.
ॐ First you go INSIDE, then OUTSIDE ॐ
4. ASHTANGA Yoga is the close connection between teacher and student.
I think it’s very important to have a yoga teacher you trust. One should feel comfortable and seen in his shala. I am in my shala every day to support my students in their individual ways. I know all my students not only by name, but i know their problems, their challenges, their woes; I see them.
The following applies: What grows slowly has deep roots. It is important to me to realize that the development is happening with you on your mat and I only accompany you.