About Philipp Lemke...

Phil was born in Germany in 1973, where he discovered Yoga and Meditation at the age of 18. After initial Hatha Yoga classes and meditation groups in Hamburg during his last years at school, he decided that... Read more of Phil's CV

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Prânâyâma

For looking at the theoretical foundations of Prânâyâma practice these titles will guide you well:

  • Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Bihar School of Yoga, 1999

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Wise Words

"No man can live happily who regards himself alone; who turns everything to his own advantage. You must live for others if you wish to live for yourself."

- Seneca

 

Insight Yoga

I have chosen the name INSIGHT YOGA to highlight what in my understanding is the liberating essence of all yoga traditions: gaining insight into our true nature.

The insight that can arise through a practice done with a spirit of inquiry is one of the core liberating features in many yoga traditions. Therefore I highlight this investigative approach in my classes, turning them into interactive explorations, whether that’d be in yogâsana, prânâyâma, meditation or yoga philosophy.

In a broader sense, my teaching also aims at a deeper INSIGHT into our Yoga practice and how we integrate this practice into our lives. It is very easy to get into a comfort zone and to be ruled by old habit patterns, losing the freshness and willingness to constantly challenge oneself. This ongoing sincere and fearless reassessment underlies an authentic yogic existence.

A lot of different forces and influences have affected contemporary Yoga, and while it is necessary to integrate yoga into our modern world, there is a danger of losing sight of the essence of this ancient liberation teaching in the process.

It is important to look into our present definitions of, and relationship to, our spiritual practice.Three things that can help us to preserve this authenticity and clarity are:

      • A better understanding of the history and philosophy of the Yoga tradition
          • Sincere self-inquiry
      • Informed and mindful practic

All of them are a vital part of yoga-sâdhana or ‘practice’ and not a separate intellectual process as some people have claimed. There is, in fact, a risk of forgetting two central ingredients of Yoga – clear intention and clear understanding, without both of which our practice will lack the power to awaken.

Through enquiry and clarity we can move from a ‘blind repetition of a routine’ to an informed and therefore truly transformative discipline.

The aim of INSIGHT YOGA is to facilitate mindfulness and to encourage an honest exploration one’s Yoga practice and life, both intellectually and practically.

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