Svatantra is a Sanskrit word that (like many) evades translation. It dances around ideas of freedom and independence – though on a subtle aspect. It it about freedom to be present and act at any given time – free from past impressions, free from present distractions and free from future expectations. It is about freedom from pulling of the senses, freedom from pressures of expectations, freedom from addictive cravings and freedom from ghosts of fear. It is a freedom that grows from the inside out. It is a freedom that can not be given, it can only be nurtured and revealed.
When my teacher introduced Svatantra as one of the goals of Yoga, I experienced great relief and embraced it passionately. My teacher was pointing out and naminga a dominant force I had (at first unconsciously and later consciously) experienced most of my life. It ceased to be some exaggerated, abnormal, passing whim that time would tame.
Svatantra is an unrelenting motivating force. For the time being, it best describes my inspiration in teaching Yoga. I find that it endows Yoga practice (and life) with purpose and direction. It is a mirror that offers a clear reflection. It is a shining light in times of doubt. In retrospect it has been and continues to be my life’s work. It is in my heart when I teach. It is what I do.
I am a Yoga teacher. I select and offer you teachings that have been given to me in the spirit of Svantantra. I prefer teaching in a 1 on 1 setting – it enables me to become familiar with you, to offer teachings that are best suited and relevant for you, to see over a period of time how your practice develops and to respond to your unique and ever-changing life circumstances.