Yoga Academy

 

Mateusz Deker

Yoga has been in my life practically since my childhood. The person who acquainted me to yoga practice was Maria Stróżyk, one of the precursors of yoga in Poland. Initially, I treated yoga more like a fun and a way of spending my free time. Every summer I took part in summer camps organised by Mara Stróżyk. I got to know there the basics of B. K. S. Iyengar yoga method. What has truly fascinated me, though, was the Ashtanga Vinyasa Joga which I owe to Basia Lipska, the student of Sri. K. Pattabi Jois. In ashtanga yoga I have found dynamism which suits my temperament and the possibility of connecting intense physical workout with yoga relaxation techniques.

In 2007 I completed the Ashtanga Yoga teacher training course with Basia Lipska. Since then I have been teaching yoga continuously. In 2012 I also completed Teacher Training Course with Manju Jois – the son of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. During my three stays in India I studied ashtanga vinyasa yoga method with Sharath Jois, the grandson of Pattabhi Jois and the director of Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, who authorized me to teach Primary and Full Intermediate Series (KPJAYI Authorized level 2). In the Institute I spent altogether 8 months on an everyday practice.

I joined my passion for yoga with my scholar’s life. I defended my master thesis (Religious studies, Adam Mickiewicz University) ” Yoga in the western culture. Interpretations of transitions and hindu self-deliverance techniques – origins and development”. At the moment I am a student of postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences and I’m planning to devote my PhD dissertation to yoga.

Apart from my practical knowledge, I share my theoretical knowledge by giving lectures on the philosophy of yoga for the participants of teacher training courses with Basia Lipska.

In June 2016 together with Marta we decided to open a yoga school with a unique atmosphere. That’s how Yoga Academy has been created.