The Frustrated Chef

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Mental Skills Training Cognitive Behavioral Therapy EFT Feeling the Breezes Yoga Richard De Souza



Yoga has been one of the key tools, which has accelerated me through the cycle of learning. It has allowed me to quell my demons and fill that empty space with peace and qualm. In my time, I have tried many different forms of yoga (Sivananda, Kundalini, and Ashtanga to name but a few). Sivananda was free-flowing and interesting; Kundalina was dynamic with its fast-changing movements; and Ashtanga was strong and powerful.

But there has only been one style, which has truly excited me.


Jivamukti is a very new method of yoga, created in 1984 by David Life and Sharon Gannon. They felt that the true essence of yoga had been lost in the West, and sought to reintegrate its philosophical and spiritual aspects. Their system, whilst very physical, was about spiritual enlightenment. Whilst the bedrock of the practice were very demanding asanas (poses), the method was supplemented with devotional chanting, meditation and a study of the yogic ancient texts.Within a few years of setting up the first New York studio; their style, passion, and overall message electrified the yoga scene. The method is now one of the nine internationally recognized styles of Hatha Yoga, with many thousands attending classes on a weekly basis throughout the world.

There were so many things about the method which makes it attractive.

That evening, whilst recovering my strength over a glass of wine in the bar, I decided that Jivamukti was the yogic method for me. It had the right blend of physicality and spirituality mixed with a trendy urban vibe. It was the perfect way to get fit and become mentally strong. As the weeks passed I would be found less and less in the hot room, and increasingly in the traditional studio.