Gregor Maehle Interview

Recently I managed to catch up with Gregor Maehle at the end of his 200 Hour Teacher Training Intensive in Bali, and ask him some questions on your behalf about practice, meditaion, pranayama, injury, adjusting, getting older and more. Gregor is an international ashtanga teacher, author of four books and director of the 8limbs yoga studio in Perth.

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.

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Gregor started his Yogic practices 30 years ago. In the mid-80’s he commenced yearly travels to India where he studied with various yogic and tantric masters and traditional Indian sadhus and ascetics. Amongst others he studied 14 months with K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, and in 1997 was authorized by him to teach. Since then he has branched out into research of the anatomical alignment of postures and the higher limbs of Yoga. He obtained his anatomical knowledge through a German Health Practitioner degree and has also studied History, Philosophy and Comparative Religion at German universities.gregor

In India Gregor also received eight months of mostly one-on-one instruction in scripture and the higher limbs of Yoga through BNS Iyengar, like K.P. Jois a student of T. Krishnamacharya. Additionally he studied Sanskrit under Professor Narayanachar and Dr. Chandrasekhar. Gregor lived several years as a recluse, spending his days studying Sanskrit, yogic scripture and practising yogic techniques. Together with his wife he founded 8 Limbs in Perth in 1996. Today, along with maintaining a daily practice of the Primary, Intermediate and Advanced series of Ashtanga Yoga postures, Gregor’s main research focus is Pranayama, Kundalini and Meditation.

Gregor published Ashtanga Yoga Practice and Philosophy in 2006 and Ashtanga Yoga The Intermediate Series in 2009, which have been translated into several foreign languages. In 2012 he published Pranayama The Breath of Yoga and in 2013 Yoga Meditation: Through Mantra, Chakras and Kundalini to Spiritual Freedom.
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  • David Robson Interview (0) April 15, 2014 David Robson has one of the world’s largest Ashtanga mysore programs outside of Mysore itself. He is part of the new vanguard of teachers that have studied only under Sharath Jois. A level 2 authorised teacher he describes himself as traditional in style. David is one of the most passionate and entertaining teachers that I ...
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12 Responses

  1. I have all four of Gregor’s books. He is a fantastic writer. I have learned more about yoga and Vedanta than just about any other source. He has inspired me to want to delve ever deeper into the yogic way of life.

    • Sorry, I should have also said,Thank You! for conducting and posting this interview. Also the comment above should read ” …from Gregor than just about any other source.” He has a special way of clarifying, demystifying and distilling what yoga (and life in general) is really all about.

      • Sudeep Rao says:

        Do you have a suggestion about which book to start with. I started Ashtanga this year, and absolutely love it (and a little addicted). I am really interested in understanding more about each asana and their origins. thanks S

  2. jules says:

    Good questions and a Great interview. Look forward to more

  3. Łukasz Przywóski says:

    Great interview. Thank you for this and I hope you’ll keep on doing this 🙂

  4. stu says:

    Thanks Lukasz, loads more interviews planned for the coming months, take a look at the interviews page for the schedule. Exciting stuff!

  5. Fantastic interview, answers many questions I have when teaching primary series1

  6. enlivens says:

    Thank you so much for uploading this interview from such an experienced and knowledgeable practitioner.

  7. Michelle Chi Chi Mok says:

    Thanks for conducting this interview with Gregor. I could sit and listen to this man for hours. This way, I can have him ‘on tap!!!’
    He is funny, zany, incredibly knowledgeable, and his knowledge is not purely concentrated on yoga either. He truly has a curiosity for many many subjects and I urge anyone who is able to join him in a teacher training or philosophy workshop to do so.
    He delivers his content with the enthusiasm of a kid but with the wisdom and confidence of an old soul.

  8. stu says:

    Thanks Michelle and others for your positive comments. I had a lot of fun during my time with Gregor and his wife Monica. They are both very knowledgeable and love to share. I will try and catch up with them both again when I am in Bali later in the year, so stay tuned.

  9. Geoff Mackenzie says:

    This is a great resource! Thank you for taking the time and effort to provide it for us. Looking forward to more!

  10. Nuno says:

    What an wonderful post. And I really prefer the written format, since it is more practical for me and I can reread the most important points saving time also. Gregor is exposing himself with such honest interview, and remembers myself and many others which are attracted to ashtanga because of our personalities tendencies to get obsessed and being perfectionists. We have the right to question the system, I think it is a natural and even an healthy thing. However I believe that consistency is the key to the ashtanga system and Sharath tries to keep this practice as consistent as possible even thought I do not agree with everything from it. At least we all have a base to work on and to adapt according to our own experiences.

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