>>Who/what are your yoga influences.
As mentioned above, I have huge respect and gratitude towards Shraddhamurti and Chetanmurti who started me off with Satyananda yoga, honouring the age old tradition of yoga that meditation is the cornerstone.
And a very big gratitude to Orla Punch for opening my eyes ‘to more physical asana practices’ such as Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and Iyengar as well as the later many derivatives such as Vinyasa flow and other variations. And the many teachers that Orla introduced me to.
And I think I have been most influenced by the Satyananda yoga school which teaches one how ‘to feel’ what is happening inside… to clear and remove energy blocks, to use deeper pranayama and cleansing practices to clear and then optimise energy flow through various channels, mind training techniques.
But I also love the flow of Ashtanga Vinyasa and I believe that if it is taught in the right way, with a huge emphasis on the breathing… especially sensing whether one becomes a bit ‘out of breath’ then one should possibly ‘back-off’, and I would describe my own daily physical yoga practice as a lazy… very short form of ashtanga practice in a very slow mindful way using slow deep breathing, combined with energy awareness.
There have been so many yoga and meditation and also other spiritual teachers over the years, and I have a deep respect for Swami Nishchalananda for many things including his Mandala yoga ashram in Wales, and a big gratitude to Swami Janakananda for teaching Kriya yoga is such a transformative way.
Panchen Otrul Rinpoche for his inspiring example of loving compassion and kindness. As well as some other Buddhist lamas I have been fortunate enough to have met and learned from.