|Joakim Olin began his study of yoga, pranayama and meditation in his native Sweden back in 2000. He studied Sivananda style hatha yoga and received his teaching certificate after an intense residential study programme at the Sivananda ashram in upstate New York. Years later he would find himself living and teaching ashtanga, hatha, power vinyasa flow and kundalini yoga in New York City. It was also here that he was blessed with meeting the great Sri Dharma Mittra and his disciple Andrei Ram. The very moment he walked into Dharma's centre - more often called his temple - he was taken by the love, the vibrant and uplifting energy, as well as its soothing effect that was so strong there. As he started studying with Dharma and Andrei he was totally taken to another dimension, on all levels. This was something completely different, so much deeper and more profound then he had ever experienced before. Their honesty, dedication, devotion, happiness, playfulness, encouragement, creativity, warmth, compassion, their love for yoga and passion for sharing it, their brightness and Divine Light was something that touched Joakim deeply and will always do so. If he can pass on just a small portion of all that he has received from his masters, he is more than happy.|
Joakim is also a certified teacher of kundalini yoga and meditation, and was personally mentored by Bhai Himat Singh, a direct holder of the lineage. Like his masters, Joakim´s teaching style is characterised by creativity, curiosity, encouragement, joy, dedication, devotion, compassion, playfulness and warmth. He sees his teaching as an extension of his own practice and feels very blessed to be able to pass this ancient practice to his students, thus giving back to the source and also having a job that he loves so much. He is thankful for everything he has learned - and will learn - from teachers and students alike. Before yoga came into his life and became his first love, Joakim was an elite European style handball goalkeeper, a long-distance runner and an acclaimed indoor cycling instructor. He was a school teacher for 14 years and sees as his Dharma to share his knowledge and experience. His second love is music and he was formerly a house DJ.
"One of the many gifts of being a yoga teacher is seeing students develop through the practice of yoga - physically, mentally and emotionally, both on and off the mat. See how they keep coming back to the mat for the love of yoga but after some time also to see their friends they have made in yoga classes. When people come together like this for a great purpose, get to have fun together and grow as individuals on so many levels, that's true yoga. What more can we ask for?"
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