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We are all students of life and Yoga puts us in contact with who we truly are - beyond our wildest imagination, expectations and fears - and hopefully instils an integration of something that is uncluttered by our conditioning, something that is real at all times. But we live in a world of ups and downs, time and space, name and form so any definition we give to Yoga will naturally be coloured by our environment, exposure and context. I feel grateful to Pure Yoga for the invitation to join their Teaching Faculty. But I'm first and foremost a student of Yoga who lives nine months of the year in Mysore, India where I study Sanskrit and Yoga, and where the legendary T. Krisnamacharya began to teach Pattabhi Jois, BKS Iyengar, Indra Devi etc.

All of these blogs may be personal reflections, wild ramblings and fancy, but they will also give an account of interviews with other Yoga teachers, as well as common practitioners and seekers of Yoga. Yoga displays a great diversity all over the world, but hopefully in our shared efforts to articulate it, maybe we can all become a little wiser to what the great heritage of Yoga truly has to offer us?

For Alex's bio, please click here

30.06.08 Hong Kong Overgrowth?
Back in the city where Yoga is flourishing faster than people can say Uthita Hasta Padāṅguṣṭāsana. Just red the latest write up in HK Magazine about the rise of Yoga in Hong Kong and where you can read about 23 places where you can bend it like Brahma. Considering many of the big names are not even listed I guess we may assume that there are close to 40-50 yoga centers here in Hong Kong now - or at least places that offers a little hotchpotch of yoga, fitness, stress-relief and whatever else goes along with it.

Then there is Evolution Yoga Conference also coming up this week. Where we are suppose to "Awaken our Consciousness", not bad for a title, but will the conference promise what it will deliver? Go and find out for yourself and check out what this hype is all about!? Some of the more famous and renown teachers from around the globe will be there and if they can't articulate to us what yoga is then who's going to?

And then there is the rain pouring down. Supporting everything that grows. It will be interesting to see in a few years who has steady roots to remain and will not be washed away by the many storms, but will remain steady and strong on solid ground.

May we all find what we are looking and gradually awaken a greater experience of yoga. And to quote Maurice Mettler, one of the teachers at Pure who makes some comments in the latest issue of HK Magazine:

Yoga is definitely for everybody and i find that people with an open mind, as with all things have a better experience

So stay open and flexible folks, in the midst of it all, because you never know what opening is around the corner or right in front of our noses if we can only see it properly.
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