Yoga to Me [video]. ~William Duprey

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on Oct 18, 2011
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What is Yoga?

Having taken the time to study with teachers one-on-one and at some points removed from normal living experience, I had set out to create a training program for 200 Hour RYT teachers to study and earn their additional 300 hours in a removed setting where the group was limited to 10-12 students that were all screened before enrollment. After one year of doing this I saw amazing changes in not only their personal practices (asana, pranayama, chanting, etc.) knowledge of texts and philosophy but their development as individuals. These students were ready to not only practice and teach classical Hatha Yoga but were ready to pierce through the issues in communities in the world and make them right! The next year, I thought of shooting a video to document a few students and their changes throughout the program by asking them the same question repetitively— “What is yoga?”  What you have is a severely edited segment of some perceptive teachers that certainly allowed me to see clearly into their development of yogis and a beautiful reminder of what yoga is to each of us.


William Duprey teaches Sadhana. He was initiated by Sri Dharma Mittra and studied with him one-to-one until receiving his blessing to teach then began a similar course of study in Siddha Medicine. Will attends to many practices including chanting with Dr. M. A. Jayashree. He integrates his studies of yoga, medicine and mantra with life experience and traditional Hatha Yoga to emphasize a system of personal transformation that encourage students to discover inner awareness and reach new heights.

To know Will is to know an uplifting and humorous teacher with an ability to integrate philosophy and subtle energy into classes in a light-hearted loving way. His advanced teacher training programs are based on his own practices, methodology and teachings of his teachers to present a complete holistic system that promotes positive feelings and stability in body, mind and spirit. His teachings of chakra bandha theory, including pranayama, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika are known internationally. The emphasis in all of his work is for the student to develop their own way—their perfect path of yoga.

While not teaching, Will is an avid hiker and is fond of beekeeping, waterways and growing food. Will holds an E-RYT 500 and Will Duprey Yoga is an RYS at the 200 and 500 levels.



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15 Responses to “Yoga to Me [video]. ~William Duprey”

  1. Hey Will,
    Welcome to Elephant. Looks like you had the pleasure of working with a lovely bunch of people. Thanks for sharing that. All the best, Hilary

  2. Jocelyn says:

    “These students were ready to not only practice and teach classical Hatha Yoga but were ready to pierce through the issues in communities in the world and make them right!”

    That’s something to live for! I cannot wait to start the journey in April 2012. Thanks for your many years of creation and work, Will!

  3. Beth says:

    The video looks amazing Will. I had the privilege of studying with Will, and would recommend his teacher trainings to anybody if you are ready to grow, discover and evolve. Thank you for sharing.

  4. ManifestYogaJen says:

    I was truly touched by this video. Thank you Will, for allowing people to be self-expressed. Yoga brings us to the realization ( I hope) that we are all indeed ONE, however, the details of that journey are immensely personal and different for everyone. I love hearing what comes up for different people, what their bodies experience as they bend on their mats, what their hearts do as they wield, this way and that.
    Will, you inspire me because you are truly unique.
    I remember only once you came to my class and moved very very slowly and how that stayed with me for days after. You felt so free to do what felt right for "you" and from that moment on, I began teaching that way.
    Love jen x

  5. aknowtechnique says:

    Thanks for the welcome Hilary!

  6. will duprey says:

    You are words are so kind. Thanks Jocelyn! Really looking forward to the journey next year and all the time in between!!

  7. will duprey says:

    I am deeply honored that a piece of the way I was practicing resonated with you so clearly . . . definitely all ONE indeed! You are a motivating factor to your community. I see you clearly too! Thanks for all the love and support!

  8. aknowtechnique says:

    Awww . . . shucks! Looking forward to catching up with you in LA soon!! Thanks enjoying!

  9. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Really love this! Wow! Thank you so much Will! Glad you are here!

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  10. Lisa Benner says:

    Such an honour to be a part of this video! I love and respect Will as a man as well as a teacher. His teaching expands one beyond the mat into the full vibrancy of life. I look forward to more of the journey! Come! Join! Discover more of you!

  11. Angelina Ticic says:

    An amazing journey with an amazing teacher!

  12. aknowtechnique says:

    Thank you! Hope to have some more videos and poetry coming your way! Thanks again.

  13. aknowtechnique says:

    Hug from Miami to New York

  14. aknowtechnique says:

    Ready for the next one?

  15. ManifestYogaJen says: