Ilya Zhuravlev (Moscow)


1. Complete practice of Vinyasa Krama Yoga – the original yoga of Shri T. Krishnamacharya. Asana & vinyasa sequence, pranayamas and meditation.

«The great yogi Tirumalai Krishnamacharya was the guru of a number of very famous yoga teachers – BKS Iyengar, K. Pattabhi Jois, TKV Desikachar (his eldest son), Sriwatsa Ramaswami, T.K. Shribhasyam (younger son), and Indra Devi. Shri Iyengar and Shri P.Jois developed their own styles of hatha yoga, based on Krishnamacharya’s teachings. But what approach did Krishnamacharya use himself? His own style was called Vinyasa Krama (Krama meaning sequence), dynamic practice with ujjayi breath and warming-up movements, including breath holds (kumbhakas) in some postures. It’s different from the well-known Shri P. Jois ashtanga vinyasa yoga but based on same principles – breath, asana, movement.

We will practice Vinyasa Krama according to the teachings of guru Sriwatsa Ramaswami, with whom I have now been studying. Ramaswami (77) was a student of the legendary Krishnamacharya for over 30 years. He studied hatha yoga, vinyasa krama, chanting of several chapters of the Yajur veda and Sanskrit philosophical texts like the Upanishad Vidyas (Taittiriya, Mandukya, Mundaka, Chandogya, Brihadaranyaka) and others such as Yoga Sutras, Samkhya Karika, and the Bhagavad Gita.»

2. Essence of Yoga. Main goals and methods of traditional Indian Yoga according ancient scriptures – Yoga Sutras and Upanishads . Lecture. 

3. Prithvi Namaskar – salutations to Mother Earth (Prithvi Devi) – dynamic sequense tought by kriya yoga guru Shri Shailendra Sharma (Govardhan, India). Sequence of traditional Pranayamas and Cidakasha Dharana meditation («watching the space of your mind») – traditional meditation practiced in Saraswati Vedantic lineage based by Adi Shankaracharya in 8 cent. Practice.

These classes are in Russian.

Ilya Zhuravlev: «After I got a Master’s Degree in Philosophy at the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow), I started teaching yoga, visiting India and spending a lot of time there.

My first yoga-teacher was Jayakumar Swamishri from Mysore. He taught in the tradition of Swami Kuvalayananda and Bangalore Yoga Institute, giving classes at the Indian Embassy in Moscow for several years. I started my practice with him in 1995-96. At the end of the 90’s I also started practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga with Igor Mededev and the seminars of Andrey Sidersky and Andrey Lappa, yoga teachers from Ukraine. In 1999 was one of the founders of Moscow Ashtanga Yoga Center and became one of its leading teachers.

My first trip to India was in 2001. There I practiced in Morarji Desai National Yoga Institute in Delhi (Dhirendra Brahmachari’s school) under the personal supervision of Bal Mukund Singh. In the same year I continued the practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in Mysore with B.N.S. Iyengar (Bramatantra Parakala Mutt). It was in this hall on the second floor of Hayagriva Temple where Shri T. Krishnamacharya (BNS Iyengar’s teacher) taught in the 30’s. I also practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa with V.Sheshadri (Mysore Mandala Yogashala). Since then I have been visiting India every year, spending several months there. In 2003 I started studying at Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute and my teachers were Shri K. Patabhi Jois and R.Sharath.

In addition to this, I attended the classes of Yogacharya Gopala Krishna in Bangalore, classes in ashrams of Rishikesh (Yoga Niketan Ashram, Yogashala of Swami Samarpananda Saraswati from Bihar school) and Pondicherry (Swami Gitananda Ashram). I studied shatkarmas, pranayamas and meditation in the tradition of Sivananda Yoga with Doctor Madhavan Munusamy (Vivekananda Yoga Therapy Institute, Tamil Nadu), who granted me a certificate in 2006. I accomplished a training course in Sivananda Yoga Ashram (2008, Neyar Dham, Kerala). I have participated in the intensive training courses by Shandor Remete (“Shadow Yoga”), Kali Ray (“Tri Yoga”), Gabriella Giubilaro (Iyengar Yoga), David Swenson (accomplished a certification course in 2010), Mark and Joanne Darby (Canada), Andrey Lappa (teacher training course in 2004, “Universal Yoga”, intermediate level).

I am familiar with Tibetan styles of asana practice (Yantra Yoga in the tradition of Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, taught by Fabio Andrico; Trul Khor in the tradition of Yundrung Bon, taught by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche). I accomplished David Frowley’s course “Yoga and Ayurveda” (American Institute of Vedic Studies). I am practicing kriya yoga in the tradition of Lahiri Mahasai (taught by Shri Shailendra Sharma, Govardhan)» Ilya is certified hypnotherapist and Past Life Regression therapyst, completed course with Rifa Hogson (Canada), certified teacher of Michael Newton Institute.


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