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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 the 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.

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Beginnings

Przemek’s beginnings with Yoga aren’t in anyway special, 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 understanding of Yoga came years later and it’s an ongoing process. His journey with Yoga started in the year 2003, applying yoga as a therapy and later on as a prevention from often occurring injuries. Soon, he has experienced deeper changes happening to him outside of the mat, a subtle change. Then he started realizing that there is much more to Yoga than just stretching. Whenever he would step out of the practice, there was something missing and the imbalance was becoming more present.

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Intentions

In Ashtanga Yoga Okinawa you will learn Yoga in a traditional way. A dynamic practice of Asanas (positions), involving deep concentration and meditation. Every practitioner is being assigned with his own personal practice following the traditional Ashtanga Yoga system. Furthemore you will be taught Yoga philosophy, Krias and Pranayama. Bringing you closer to 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 this practice.

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Teachings

The teachings of Przemek come from years of experience established in practice with wonderful teachers. The amazing yogis he had a possibility to study with. The search of a spiritual teacher took him 16 years, during which he has often stayed in India, where till this day every year, he is continuing deepening 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

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Gratitude

Przemek is a humble student of Sharmila Desai, to whom he is sincerely grateful for sharing this path with him.

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