Anthony Prem Carlisi Interview

Prem, Radha and Stu

Prem, Radha and Stu

So rather than just lying on the beach all day while I was in Bali, what was I doing, searching out those great teachers for interviews so that I can bring you the juice (ok, so I lie a bit, there was a fair amount of time on the beach, but hey it’s Bali. My Gregor Maehle’s interview is here). So I went to the Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Center and watched Prem and Radha lead their mysore practice. Then we shot some video, which you will also find on the site (looking at chaturanga/updog, back bends and drop backs) and of course recorded the interview with Prem in which we focused on the use of Ayurveda in your practice, injuries and the importance of alignment and correct form. I am so happy with this interview, I think you will love it. Both Prem and Radha are so passionate and knowledgeable about what they do and to have the chance to bring some of this to you was a lot of fun. Prem is such a natural speaker and story teller that the interview comes across more like a chat between friends. Enjoy!
The interview is 1.5 hours so I have divided it into 3 parts to keep the file sizes down, there is also a download link if you want to save them and listen later. Parts 2 & 3 just start straight in where the previous file ends so don’t expect a fancy intro.
There is now a list of the upcoming Interviews for the winter on the Interviews page. You can also get involved by leaving your questions for the different teachers and I will try and work them into the interview. Would you like the option of the entire interview in one larger file? Leave your comment below.
Also the videos we shot that day on back bending are up now on the video page.

Prem Interview Part 1
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Prem Interview Part 2
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Prem Interview Part 3
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About Prem & Radha

Anthony “Prem” Carlisi and Heather “Radha” Duplex, now “Pradha” 🙂 , came together initially as a teaching team in Sri Lanka 2007 at Prem’s then, Ashtanga Yoga retreat center, in Tangalle. Prior to this, neither Prem nor Radha had ever taught with a partner, or even considered it. Each had been teaching solo for decades.

Their experience of coming together was a magical union which continued into a full tour through Northern Europe (Belgium, Holland, Norway , Germany, and many other places). They realized their combined energies created an even more powerful synergy together (Shiva/Shakti), manifesting in their sharing with students in the room.

In addition to beginning teaching together Prem began writing his book “The Only Way Out is In” in Sri Lanka in 2006, with Radha’s help he completed the project in 2007.

Although the center Prem created in Sri Lanka closed in spring 2008, they continued teaching together on a few more tours throughout Europe, as well as a yearly gig at Pineapple Yoga Studio, in Kauai, Hawaii created by their dear friend and brother, Eagle. In December 2008, they decided to explore Bali for a month of teaching and exploring the island. It went so well, they ended up staying another month into 2009 and taught at the well known center in Ubud called , “The Yoga Barn”.

Prem and Radha's Studio

Prem and Radha’s Studio

They quickly discovered that Ubud, Bali was their new OM away from home. Bali and it’s community opened their arms and the Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Center,( the name was inspired by the name of Guruji’s school in Mysore, India: the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute), was born in Ubud, Bali in November, 2009.
At AYBRC, Prem and Radha continued to develop and create a special nature to their teaching different from most “mysore” rooms. They maintain the traditional system as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, their beloved Guruji who passed away in May 2009. Prem and Radha both had the good fortune to study with Guruji personally for many years.

Prem's Book

Prem’s Book

Prem began learning from Guruji back in 1978 while and Radha’s Ashtanga journey began by studying with Chuck Miller in 1990 followed by her first trip to Mysore, India to study in 1995.

In addition to the traditional method, they also bring to their teaching the individualization that Krishnamacharya taught and passed to Guruji. Krishnamacharya was the teacher of Sri K Pattabhi Jois, as well as the teacher of BKS Iyengar and, the father of TKV Desikachar. Prem and Radha work in a personable way, making the needs of each individual student a priority.

In addition to their unique teaching style, they also bring in the concepts of Ayurveda and Tantra. Prem was a student of the renown Dr. Vasant Lad, having studied with him for 4 years, from 1983 to 1987, and has maintained a deep connection to the practice of Ayurveda as a lifestyle. He is also considered a “Doctor of Ayurveda” from his teacher Dr. Lad.

Radha also has a deep interest in Ayurveda, particularly in the area of food and nutrition. She has studied with Maya Tiwari and Amadea Morningstar. She also credits Paul Pitchford , the author of Healing with Whole Foods, as begin a big inspiration. She shares her love of Ayurvedic cooking on a regular basis with cooking classes and as nutritional guidance in consultations.

conference_flyer_smallGuruji and Krishnamachariya were also strong advocates and practitioners of this art and science. They stated over and over again the importance of knowing the principles of Ayurveda. So the two elements of Ashtanga Yoga and Ayurveda blend well together in helping the students to achieve more than just a physical practice of asana, but a balanced lifestyle beyond that. They do personal consultations as well, but keep it about practical ways to change your life, rather than prescribing only herbal medications. They also have access to Pancha Karma programs if needed here in Ubud , which Prem works closely with on a consulting basis.

The element of Tantra is a natural one, since they are both a practicing Yogi and Yogini (male and female practitioner of Yoga). This creates a synergy of the male and female aspects in the room and a balanced approach to not only the asana practice, but life itself! Tantra is a deep sharing of energy, not just a sexual one, as some view it, but a way of living and relating on a daily basis.

Prem and Radha offer many things at AYBRC together in the unique and beautiful setting that is their home Yoga Shala in Bali.

For more information, please see their “What we offer” page, and join in for classes, workshops and special events!

They also have an exciting Ashtanga Conference happening in November here in Bali. Click on the flyer to go to their website and find out more about it.

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6 Responses

  1. Thanks Stu! Was a fun filled day with you!!! Love, Prem AYBRC (Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Center)

  2. KitharoKitharo says:

    Thanks so much for your interviews, they are so interesting and both Prem and Gregor are great, traditional but flexible yoga teachers. And you ask great questions! Looking forward to who you have interviewed next 🙂

  3. stu says:

    Hi Kitharo, thanks for taking the time to post your encouragement. It’s a great privilege to be able to talk with these knowledgeable teachers, and also a lot of fun. I have a lot more planned for over the winter, and will post a list soon with the ability to post the questions you would like me to ask specific teachers. I’d be interested to know from people what they think about audio vs video. I’m doing audio to keep the file sizes down.

  4. stu says:

    Let me know if you would prefer to have one larger download of the whole interview for this and future interviews. I can soon sort it out.

  5. Lee says:

    Thanks for the insightful and stimulating interviews.
    Keep up the good work. Aloha, lee

  6. David says:

    Thanks Stu and Prem for a fascinating interview. I started this interview back in 2013 and didn’t get much out of it (I’d been practicing for 2 years). I’m re-watching as a (slightly) more experienced practitioner and it certainly resonates much more than it did. That’s what I love about all your interviews; re-visiting them reaps rewards as one gets more experienced.

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