NAME: Pablo Pirillo
AGE: 37 years
PLACE OF BIRTH: Buenos Aires, Argentina
PROFESSION: Ashtanga Yoga Teacher
YEARS OF PRACTICE: 15 years
WHEN AND WITH WHO YOU STARTED PRACTICE ASHTANGA YOGA?
In a trip to Peru, a Shaman recommended me to look for some type of spiritual practice. When i returned to Argentina i tried a class of Ashtanga Yoga in a school of Indra Devi (the first student woman of Shri T. Krishnamacharya).
WHICH WERE THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE THAT YOU HAD TO OVERPASS IN YOUR ASHTANGA PRACTICE?
When i started to practice probably the biggest obstacle was to find the opportune moment for the practice, since i worked long hours in film production. Once on the mat i had to learn to develop the honesty to practice, as if i was being watched by a teacher.
YOU HAVE BEEN PRACTICING FOR A LONG TIME, WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION TO KEEP PRACTICING ASHTANGA YOGA?
The transformations that i gradually felt at all levels.
CAN YOU SHARE WITH US ANY SECRET FOR KEEPING A LONG TIME PRACTICE?
Not to expect anything concretly from the practice, and enjoy the benefits that it grants you in the moment and over time.
ASHTANGA YOGA IS FOR YOU?
BEING AN ASHTANGA YOGA TEACHER IN BUENOS AIRES, WITH A SOLID GROUP OF STUDENTS, WHAT YOU REGULARLY REMIND THEM ABOUT THIS PRACTICE?
Trust in what is hapenning to them with the practice, have faith in the method, it really works.
WHEN YOU CAME TO INDIA TO STUDY WITH YOUR TEACHER, SHARATH JOIS, YOU DIDN´T SPEAK A LOT OF ENGLISH, BUT STILL SHARATH COMMUNICATED WITH YOU, AND TAUGHT YOU EVEN WITH A LANGUAGE BARRIER, IS POSSIBLE TO TEACH AND LEARN ASHTANGA YOGA. CAN YOU TELL US, HOW THIS WAS FOR YOU?
It was actually harder go on with the day and relate with other students. I did not have problem with my teachers, the relationship with them goes beyond words.
IN A WORLD THAT LIVES FOR THE OUTSIDE, ASHTANGA YOGA BRINGS US BACK TO OUR INSIDE. CAN YOU DESCRIBE IN A SMALL SENTENCE WHAT YOU FEEL AND EXPERIENCE EACH TIME YOU PRACTICE?
I´m awake now, i can start the day.