Greeting rainbow warriors! Today I’m coming to you from the Balearic islands in Spain. I’m in palma ,Mallorca to be exact. Feeling so blessed to be here and to be sharing this episode you because it’s rich with wisdom. My phone was stolen is Lisbon last week, which gave me lots of opportunity to practice yoga. What I mean by that is, when stressful incidents happen, I bust out my yoga toolbox for support. Pranayama, meditation and yoga are what keep me sane in this often insane world.
This is a potent week energetically as well with the Fall Equinox, the International Day of Peace and Navaratri, the 9 day celebration of the Divine Mother happening in India. If you didn’t already see it, check out my facebook live video on my Visionary Lifestyle & Podcast page there.
Today our guest is Sri. Vijay Gopala. He is a certified Yoga Teacher. who has been teaching Yoga for more than 20 years and is also a personal trainer who provides one-to-one life transformation sessions and self-evolving programs. Born in Mysore, India, the capital of the Yoga world, from his childhood Vijay Gopala was drawn to the discipline of yoga thanks to his father who guided and taught him in a very serene atmosphere. He studied from his early age in all the branches of yoga. He went to University in Bangalore and has two Master Degrees in Philosophy and Yoga where he learned about religions and belief systems. His specialization is Bhagavadgita and Greek philosophy. He also has a post graduate diploma in development planning from the University of Mysore. Vijay Gopala traveled throughout India and has studied with many teachers as well as interacting with many knowledgeable people, and delivering lectures on many subjects.
He regularly travels to the West to impart yoga methodology which contains the finer qualities of both eastern and western life skills. Together with his life experiences it has made his teaching rich in expertise required for modern day life skills with the foundation of traditional strengthful inner qualities.
He is fully aware of each persons ability when they come to him, and he shares the teaching of Yoga with a rare warmth, humanity and wisdom required for any kind of transformation to take place. Teaching for him is a natural flow of sharing his experience and serve others and to contribute to the benefit of humanity.
Sri. Vijay Gopala is recognized as a Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT) with Yoga Alliance UK.
I met Vijay at The Bali Spirit Festival and felt so blessed to have this conversation with him.
I’m inspired by the depth of his wisdom and his gentle approach to sharing it.
This is a great episode for yoga teachers and practitioners to listen to because it’s full of yogic philosophy and enlightened perspectives about what yoga is and how it helps us to become more harmonious people in the world.
We cover a wide range of topics in this interview, and I took a lot of notes re-listening to it. I learn right along with you guys during these interviews.
We go deep on samskaras, yogic anatomy, ahimsa, presence, how yogis eat, the 8 limbs of yoga according to Patanjali, and even yogic advice for parents. You don’t want to miss this one, and you may just want to take notes.
I’m putting a bunch of his great nuggets of wisdom in the show notes so make sure to check that out, and I’m including a link to the version of Patanjali’s yoga sutras that I’m carrying around the world with me. Check for those on visionary-lifestyle.com/podcast.
“We are all pure at the source. We are all pure inside of us. “ Why we express the impurities is because of the imprints, those imprints make us behave in a particular way. If you remove the imprints you can express harmony.”
“We practice yoga to burn the samskaras”
“Actually there are no styles of yoga. Yoga is yoga.”
“Try to be nothing, then you are everything”
“Quality of life is determined by your amount of presence”
“Do your actions match your intentions?”
“If you”re a yoga practitioner eating meat is not possible”
“Yoga will not happen by force”
“If you know how to do the practice of yoga, it’s not a big thing to reach samadhi”