Eloisa Fernandez Iskandar
I was born and raised in Caracas Venezuela, and started to practice ashtanga there with Liz Carrasquel in 2011. Since then I dedicated my life entirely to it, not only to the asanas but to the whole spiritual aspects that it involves. I used to practice other styles before, but it was this method the one that really made a difference in me.
Since 2013 I started to travel to Mysore to practice under the guidance of Sharath Jois. His discipline and devotion for the practice were my inspiration to go deeper in this journey and continue to practice every single day. Since then I kept going to Mysore every year and in 2016 I received his blessing to teach the practice in his tradition.
Yoga helped me to become a more centered and focused person, cultivate healthy relationships with my family and friends, have a peaceful routine with less stress and become aware of the power from the actions that I decide to take, because they are the ones that will transform my life.
Before yoga I used to be a preschool teacher in a constructivist school where teachers and kids builded the knowledge together by creating meaningful experiences that allowed the kids to apply what they were learning to real life and adapting every activity to their particular needs and interests. That’s why I fell in love with Mysore Style, because it is a place to build a practice which adapts to everyone’s particular needs and help them develop by allowing the practice to mold to every person’s different body and mind.
I started teaching Ashtanga Mysore Style in the living room of my house in Barcelona in 2014 after that I decided to move with my former partner to Gdansk – Poland and we opened the first ashtanga school in the city, introduced the mysore style and builded together a community of practitioners. I have had the great opportunity of teaching with very experienced teachers like Laruga Glasser, Przemek Nadoldy, Steve Lapham, Ricardo Martinez, and also assisted Sharath Jois in KPJAYI this year in February.
The most important for me is that I’m married to the practice, I do it every morning without excuses, because I’m convinced that to share yoga with other students the most important is to have enough experience which is given by the self practice, this meaning not just the asanas but the practice of having a clean body a clean mind and a healthy lifestyle.
Every year when I go to Mysore I assist to Philosophy and chanting classes with Dr. M. Jeyashree and Prof. M. Narasimha in Anatha Research Foundation, thanks to this I have learned to see reality in a more clear way and find peace in the most difficult moments.
In my free time I love to cook and share with my friends, watch stand up comedies, go the nature and enjoy a nice view, drink coffee, go for scooter rides and eat peanut butter with dates.
It was in 1998 that Ashtanga yoga came into my life, and I would have to say that it was just in time. Life for me was pretty crazy at that point and if I hadn’t found the therapy of the daily practice Ashtanga provides, then it would probably be a different story for me today. There is something very special that happens to a person when the practice takes hold, & this is what I wish to share with you.
In 2002, I first began practice with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois on their tour in New Zealand. The late Guruji really inspired me and since 2004 I have been returning to Mysore deepening my connection to Ashtanga at its source by continuing with Sharath. In 2010, my dedication to the practice was recognized by Sharath & I was then selected for his level 2 (full intermediate series) training for authorised students.
Today, my daily practice includes the 4th series and the Ashtanga pranayama sequence. I am so passionate about these systems and believe in their efficacy towards ultimate health, that I continue to study classical Yoga philosophy, Sanskrit and Ayurveda and bring these practices of my direct experience into the class.
Spending time with people who inspire me like Rolf Naujokat and other senior practitioners keep the juices flowing and to whom I am also indebted for the dedication of these yogis.
Sat Inder S. Khalsa
Sat Inder S. Khalsa begann im Jahr 2000 Ashtanga Yoga zu Hause zu praktizieren. Später in diesem Jahr traf er Sri K. Pattabhi Jois und seinen Enkel Sharat R. Jois in Boulder, Colorado für einen zweiwöchigen Workshop. Zwischen 2000 und 2008 traf er Pattabhi und Sharath zweimal auf ihren Tourneen und praktizierte mit Nancy Gilgoff, Richard Freeman sowie einigen anderen renommierten Lehrern bei verschiedenen Gelegenheiten.
2008 verließ er den Ashtangaweg und studierte vier Jahre lang andere Yogastile, um dann Anfang 2012 wieder die Ashtangapraxis aufzunehmen. Im gleichen Jahr traf er auf Kino McGregor bei der Ashtanga Confluence, wo er auch 2013 mit Mark Robberds, Nancy Gilgoff und einigen anderen praktizierte. Dort reifte schlussendlich die Entscheidung nach Mysore zu gehen, um mit Sharath zu studieren. Seither gilt dieser als sein Lehrer und Sat Inder reiste bislang fünf Mal nach Mysore um unter seiner Aufsicht zu praktizieren. Im Dezember 2016 erhielt er von dem gegenwärtigen Linienhalter R. Sharath Jois die Autorisierung, die Ashtanga Methode zu unterrichten. Seitdem ist er nicht mehr in die USA zurückgekehrt. Sat Inder lebt und unterrichtet heute in Mysore, Indien sowie in Deutschland und weiteren Orten.
Sat Inder wird ab 4. Dezember bei uns als Gastlehrer praktizieren.