Ashtanga Yoga Okinawa is dedicated to the traditional ashtanga yoga mysore programme in Okinawa. The shala is located in a humble room with a view over the ocean and welcomes practitioners from all stages of life and parts of the world.
Classes are taught by Przemek Keppe – day to day student and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga. In his daily life Przemek is a loving father and passionate photographer. Since years he has been traveling with his family, living simple life and constantly deepening his practice and understanding of Yamas and Niyamas, an old age tradition. The present moment is now, in Okinawa, Japan.
Przemek’s beginnings with Yoga aren’t in anyway extraordinary, on a contrary. He has reached out to Yoga because he had to and his further practice was out of his pure self-interest. Devotion and de attachment came years later. His journey with Yoga started in the year 2003, applying yoga as a therapy and later on as a prevention from often occurring snowboarding injuries. Soon, he experienced deeper changes happening to him outside the mat, a subtle change. He started realizing that there is much more to Yoga than just stretching. Whenever he would stop practicing, there was something missing and again his life was getting imbalanced.
The intention of the shala is to teach Ashtanga Yoga in Okinawa in a traditional way. A dynamic and demanding practice of Asanas (positions), involving deep concentration and meditation. With emphasis on all the aspects of Yoga and how to apply them off the mat. Yoga is a philosophy and a lifestyle, not merely a gymnastic. Whether you believe in Yoga or not, you will rip the fruits of its practice.
The teachings of Przemek come from years of experience with wonderful teachers. The amazing yogis he had a possibility to study with. It took him 16 years to find his Guru, during which he has often stayed in India. Where every year, he continuously deepens his personal practice of all the limbs of Yoga.
“Sadhana is like a seed and siddhis are like flowers. If you want a seed to germinate, you have to leave it in the soil. If you dig it up to show your friends and neighbors how it is progressing, it will not grow any further, it will die.”
Hatha Yoga Pradipika
Przemek is a humble student of Sharmila Desai, to whom he is sincerely grateful for sharing this path with him.