The teacher is no more than a friend, and no less. Here with my dear friend and teacher Desikachar in front of an image of his father, the great Yoga scholar Tirumalai Krishnamacharya | Mark Whitwell | Heart of Yoga

The Role of the Teacher in Modern Spiritual Life | Mark Whitwell

Mark Whitwell | Yoga Teacher at Heart of Yoga

The teacher is no more than a friend, and no less. Here with my dear friend and teacher Desikachar in front of an image of his father, the great Yoga scholar Tirumalai Krishnamacharya | Mark Whitwell | Heart of Yoga
Desikachar and his wife Menaka. Together, they have done a great work dismantling the model of the teacher as a special person. “I never call the student ‘student,’ I say he is my friend. That to me is ‘mittra’ or loving care.” | Mark Whitwell | Heart of Yoga
The idea of the perfect person is the denial of the autonomy and intrinsic wholeness of the student. It is the first form of abuse upon all other forms of abuse are built (sexual abuse, predator behaviour, exploitation, and violence). UG said, “Nobody should be a slave to anybody else.” | Mark Whitwell | Heart of Yoga
Ramanuja Acharya of the 10th Century and Krishnamacharya, together they understood that Yoga was necessary to actualize the ideals of religious life. Yoga deals with the mind and its presumption of two when in Reality there is in fact only One, only Reality | Mark Whitwell | Heart of Yoga
“Reality stays Reality no matter what the mind is up to” Rosalind Atkinson. We have to do our Yoga because we have been traumatised by being born into a world that thinks we are separate from Life. Yoga restores the organism to its natural state | Mark Whitwell | Heart of Yoga
Spending time with Sriram, a fellow student of Desikachar and discussing his life as a Yoga teacher in Germany | Mark Whitwell | Heart of Yoga
Yoga is a response to the suffering and misery that is happening in society. The practitioner is relieved of it personally but the observation of suffering and abuse will continue. It is likely to motivate you to bring Yoga into the world for the people, to give people their breath | Mark Whitwell | Heart of Yoga

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Mark Whitwell has worked as a Yoga teacher around the world for the last 45 years and is the author of 4 books on Yoga. He lives in Fiji with his wife Rosalind.

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Mark Whitwell

Mark Whitwell has worked as a Yoga teacher around the world for the last 45 years and is the author of 4 books on Yoga. He lives in Fiji with his wife Rosalind.