Ashtangi Secrets of the 90’s: An Interview with Gérald Disse.

Via The Global Yogini
on Oct 17, 2013
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With more than 20 years of practice, in this three part interview Gérald shares the way in which he discovered yoga and was able to find Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India.

As one of the first French practitioners, he was taught directly by “guruji” up to the third series. An Aurovillian for couple of years, Gérald lived abroad from France for 17 years and has been not only a devoted Ashtanga Yoga practitioner, but has also cultivated meditation, Pranayama and Kriya Yoga practices in his yogic path with his wife Linda Munro both founded Ashtanga Yoga Paris in 2004.

“Undoubtedly, what I admire most of my teacher Gérald is his deeply engrained sense of humility.”

Part One

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As Patthabi Jois said, “when one practices one month in Mysore with me it is like practicing for a year outside.” And it is true; there was an intensity that I have never seen elsewhere than in that little room. It was very intense. You couldn’t say “no” to him. There was no way you could say “no, today I don’t feel like doing this position.” It was “you do”…okay. Feeling good or not, there was no way out—you had to do the practice.

Part Two

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An Ashtangi’s day started very early. In the beginning it was 5am, but then there were more and more people, we would start earlier and earlier. We started at 4:30am, which means you had to get up at 3:30am, to have time to brush your teeth, take a quick shower, and go to the studio. The lifestyle, it was such an intense practice. You would go practice in the morning one and a half to two hours of practice, and the rest of the day you would recuperate.

After practice you would go home, to your hotel room or your house, if you were lucky. You would prepare breakfast, then you would prepare lunch and invite others students. We would socialize, talk about yoga…

Part Three

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It has been a bit more than 20 years that I practice Ashtanga Yoga. I see the changes on people who practice regularly. Physically, mentally, etc…spiritually, I see it brings changes. So you have to make the effort, you have to practice and then…

“Do your practice and all is coming” is something Pattabhi Jois used to say. Do your practice and all will happen.

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Ed: Bryonie WIse


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About The Global Yogini

Carolina Daza is a multi-faceted artist and globe-trotter spreading her love for yoga and the arts in a uniquely creative way. She completed her 500HR Ashtanga Yoga teacher training (Yoga Alliance) in Paris with Gérald Disse & Linda Munro at Ashtanga Yoga Paris and has been leading retreats for numerous years. Carolina has a Master's in Contemporary Arts from the Université Paris VIII and completed a second Master's of Arts at New York University (NYU). While her studies at NYU, she lived at the Bhakti Center prime ashram in the Lower East Side of Manhattan together with her teacher Divya Alter, founder of the Bhagavat Life. Carolina has studied with senior level Ashtanga Yoga teachers such as Chuck Miller, Ron Reid, David Garrigues and Kino MacGregor. Besides her artistic projects, she is also part of YALACollective.com a worldwide community of creative wellness, organizing Yoga journeys and workshops around the globe. Currently she is based in Medellín, Colombia.

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