Featured Teacher: Eswar
1. Where are you originally from?
I come from Puri, Orissa of Inida.
2. How long have you been teaching?
I taught yoga for twenty-five years, twenty years in India and five years in Hong Kong.
3. Who was your very first yoga teacher and what was he/she like?
My first yoga teacher is A K Grahachariya, he was a very kind and hard working teacher.
4. How long have you been practicing?
I have been practicing yoga for 42 years.
5. Originally, what attracted you to yoga?
My parents brought me to visit the yoga demonstrations. I was attracted by the yoga demonstrations and the attractive yoga postures.
6. What motivates you to practice today?
After I was serious injured at the train accident, I understand that I need to practice regularly for my health and keep my flexibility.
7. How would you describe your personal practice?
I practice yoga with pleasure, peaceful and feel the flow with my body and mind.
8. Before you became a yoga teacher, what did you do?
Yoga teacher is my first career in my life.
9. What do you love about teaching?
I love to teach all about yoga.
10. What do you find challenging about teaching?
Actually, it is not easy to teach anything at the spiritual level.
11. Describe your ideal class (as a teacher).
I feel that Yoga Therapy, Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga yoga and Bhakti Yoga are my ideal classes.
12. Describe a class that you would find challenging or difficult (as a teacher).
I feel that Meditation is the most challenging class for me to teach.
13. What teacher has had the biggest impact on your practice?
B K S Iyenger and Yogananda (Kriya Yogi) have had the biggest impact on my practice.
14. What is your most embarrassing moment in the studio (as a teacher or student)?
Still I do not have this experience to make me feel embarrassed.
15. Where is the strangest placing you've practiced yoga?
I practiced in a forest with my Guru and all the mosquitoes and insects came to bite me for hours.
16. Aside from yoga, what other hobbies or interests do you have?
Listening to the music and singing, reading, Mall Khamb (Rope Yoga & Pillar Yoga), gym exercise.
17. Describe your most profound yoga experience.
After the train accident, I found the proper way to practice yoga to help myself to recover my body and mind.
18. If you weren't a yoga teacher, what would you be?
I am a priest. I might work for my god's temple and I would try my best to help other people who were in difficulties in my hometown.