My greatest inspiration is the development of the human being and its transformation from an externally controlled individual to a self-controlled one.
A respiratory disease at a young age made me look for a way to heal myself. This search led me to YOGA and I started practicing Zen meditation and YOGA in 1979. Through regular practice I found healing for my body and fascination for the spiritual world of YOGA.
For every person in this world there is a Dharma, a destiny, a road only that person can take. One of the tasks in life is to find your Dharma. Whoever lives his destiny is in harmony with himself and the world, whoever does not find his Dharma suffers.
It is better to do your own duty however imperfectly, than to assume the duties of another person however successfully. Prefer to die doing your duties: the duties of another will bring you into great spiritual danger.
In the course of my life I studied natural sciences and languages, travelled extensively around the globe, played drums and percussion in various bands, worked as a radio host at Munich’s first independent radio station and as a DJ. Yoga was my constant companion during this time until Iyengar Yoga touched and changed me deeply: I decided to make yoga my profession.
In addition to my training as a yoga teacher SKA in the style of B. K. S. Iyengar, which lasted 3 years, I have trained extensively in the areas of anatomy, asana-technique (alignment), pranayama, pedagogy, as well as psychology and gestalt therapy.
Since 2006 I am ERYT 500 American Yoga Alliance and have trained about 2000 yoga teachers since then.
Individuals should not adapt to yoga, but yoga should adapt to the individual. We do not need more rules on how to live, but we need to remove the obstacles that hinder our healthy and natural development. No yoga style can be the right one. Rather, it is about going your way and using the tools of yoga to go your way better and more freely.
I have no central message. But if there’s something I want to share with you, it’s this: find the source in you, strengthen your resources and go your way.
I would like to thank all the students who trusted me and my competent and experienced teachers, especially Michael Forbes, Roger Cole, O. P. Tiwari, Dr. Neelesh Taware, Dr. Vijit Sasidhar and especially Aadil Palkhivala.