Yoga Course and Teachers

Before we go on talking about the yoga course, I’d like to give a rundown of our teachers and our daily course structure.

Course structure

6:30 – 8:00 Morning mantras (chanting), pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditation with Keshava

8:00 – 10:00 Morning asana practice (alternating between the ashtanga series and vinyasa flow)

10:00 – 11:00 Breakfast (usually ocean dip as well)

11:00 – 1:00 Philosophy with Keshava

1:00 – 3:00 Free time (ocean swim, hammock nap, rock climbing)

3:00 – 4:00 Anatomy class

4:00 – 5:00 Alignment and Adjustments class

5:00 – 6:00 Student teaching or asana practice (alternating days)

Deepak – Deepak is the owner and head yoga instructor at Sampoorna.  He’s 36, speaks English very well, and is a generally good-looking dude (a fact that pretty much every girl in the course has confessed to us).  He is usually pretty straightforward in the morning asana class and is generally more laid back and childish during the afternoon training sessions (he has challenged Gabe and I to spontaneous wrestling matches on multiple occasions, it’s apparent that he appreciates being able to kick it with the boys once in a while after being surrounded by girls all the time).  He possesses amazing strength and balance within his lean frame, pushing himself up from lotus pose (both legs crossed onto the opposite hip creases) and forward to slowly bring his feet underneath and behind him into a pushup position.  As the course has progressed he has become a regular at the parties we’ve thrown and at our nightly games of shithead.  He possesses a great sense of humor as the following interaction shows: Suzanne was hanging upside down from straps in a supported headstand when she asked us if it was possible to drink water in this position.  Overhearing, Deepak walked over and nonchalantly replied, “Yeah, but not with your mouth” and walked away straight-faced.

Deepak: school owner, instructor, and good friend. I think we’ve officially corrupted him into enjoying a good party.

Keshava – Kesahava is 33 and our philosophy teacher.  He is hands down the most genuine person I’ve ever met and wholeheartedly believes in what he teaches but also practices what he preaches.  His speech constantly varies in pitch, seeming to crack at the funniest moments and keeping philosophy interesting.  He has an ability to use metaphors that make abstract concepts appear tangible and has a wealth of jokes that when said within his speech pattern are impossible to resist from rolling around in laughter.  In addition to his comedic presence and sincerity, Keshava is extremely knowledgeable possessing 3 masters degrees and currently working towards his doctorate in psychology.

Keshava: the myth, the man, the legend.

Nora – Nora is our anatomy teacher from Germany and a former student of the course from 2 years ago.  She’s speaks good English but often brain farts trying to think of the right word in English, letting out an entertaining “Shit” or “Fuck”.  She has an omnipresent smile on her face, especially when teaching and it is evident that she loves what she is doing.

Amber – Amber is another former student of Deepak’s from the US who sometimes teaches our morning asana classes.  Her class is generally more restorative and slower paced than Deepak’s ashtanga asanas.  She provides great commentary during the asanas, motivating us to express the postures more fully and not let our minds wander.

Joanna – Joanna is the other main teacher along with Deepak.  She arrived a week into the course due to Hurricane Sandy stranding her in the US (she is from Alaska).  She is an avid snowboarder and an all around chill person.  She had a recent injury so she can’t demonstrate all of the yoga postures but instead uses great descriptions that we have been able to pick up and incorporate into our own teaching styles.