I had the most amazing time studying pranayama with Sudhir Tiwari at Atmajyoti in Stockholm. He is a warm, clear, supportive teacher, very skilful in making the studio a space where yoga happens. I feel grateful and changed by this experience and I am trying to find ways to do more courses with him. I have learned a lot about the breath, yoga and the Indian system of thought so expect some new things in my pranayama classes (the next one will be on 24 September at 5pm). The lesson that resonated most with me was around the question Who am I?
Sudhir is very good at explaining the yoga sutras, especially those that no one has discussed with me before and he addressed this question by focusing on sutra 1.3:
Tada drashtuh svarupe avasthanam
The Seer abides in Itself, resting in its own True Nature,
which is called Self-realization
Although it is in English, I find this pretty impenetrable. Sudhir spoke of our identification with our body, mind and intellect. This expresses itself as I the perceiver, the feeler and the thinker. I experience the world through objects, emotions and thoughts and I identify with them. I think, feel and perceive I am them. But how can I be something outside of myself? If by some mysterious method I stopped the intellect, there would not be any thoughts and I would cease to exist as a thinker. This is what yoga does. Who would I then be? Drashtuh, ૐ