Zahir Akram on Self-Realisation, How to Teach a Teacher, and Why Yoga Might Not Fix Your Back Pain (#3)


Zahir Akram is an author, yoga teacher and owner of Akram Yoga studio in Surrey, UK.

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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Show Notes


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

✔️45.02- 45.50
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
Akram Yoga YouTube Channel

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