Denis Juelicher - Personal Biography
I was introduced to Ashtanga yoga by Trevor Tangye in Sydney in 1999. In the beginning, it was the dynamic, physically challenging aspect of the practice that attracted me. Expecting to lose interest in practicing the same sequence of postures on an ongoing basis, I was surprised to find that it was just that repetition that gave my practice depth. The mat became a mirror for the best and worst that was going on with my life.
On my first trip to India in 2001, I attended Lino Miele's workshop in Kovalam, Kerala. He has been my teacher, guiding my practice ever since. Lino's emphasis on the breath and correct vinyasa opened a door to a new understanding of Ashtanga yoga for me. I started to experience the breathing and the practice as a powerful transformational tool. Commitment to a regular, ongoing practice of several years has brought about many positive changes in my life.
In my teaching, I emphasize the importance of breathing well, and I encourage my students to make space for a regular practice so they can experience the benefits of practicing Ashtanga yoga.
I continue to learn about the intricacies of the vinyasa system with Lino at his workshops and retreats in Europe and India, and I completed his In-Depth-Study course in Italy in 2011.
In 2004, I moved from Sydney to Port Macquarie, a small coastal town on the east coast of Australia, where I founded the Yoga Shala, which is now home to a small but thriving community of Ashtangis.
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