Really enjoyed talking to one of my great yoga teachers. We explore some ideas in Zahir’s new book, “Yoga, Meditation or Madness” around the path to self-realisation, teaching teachers and how to approach doing yoga if you have back pain.
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Yoga isn’t the only way to achieve calmness
Starting points on the physical journey; Cricket, Muay Thai
The transition into yoga
The non-sense of the yoga world; “yoga is good for people with back pain.”
What modified yoga is, and why it is more appropriate
Working with a therapist to discover what modifications are necessary
When your system becomes your dogma
Benefits of hot yoga for athletic populations
Mental strategies for newcomers to get the most out of their practice
Why so serious?
How are you going to teach the science of self-realisation if you are trying to be someone else?
The irony of winning the ‘Best Yoga Teacher’ award and how teaching is the direct expression of your own personality
The history of arm balancing within asana practices and the evolution of yoga
Breath of the Gods documentary
Beginning the inversion journey – where do you start; headstand, crow, handstand?
“Yoga; madness or meditation?” – inspirations for starting the book and the writing process and why it’s not your typical yoga book.
The importance of critical thinking within the frameworks of other cultures
Letting students discover things for themselves by sharing with them how you discovered things for yourself
The difference between yoga and jiujitsu and the relationship between pressure and achievement
Why Zahir doesn’t meditate (in the modern sense of the word) and how we discover what our meditations are in periods of reflection
How the modern yoga industry has catalysed the rise of charlatans
Advice to new teachers; it’s easier to change lives when you’re being yourself
Teaching the art of teaching, simplifying cues, removing the useless.
Why people come to learn to be yoga teachers, and why people come to practice
Converting an old bank into an environment that provides an escape
Akram Yoga YouTube Channel
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