Turkish Yoga Guru in Dubai
DamlaSüer, Turkish Mother of four children is Prominent high Profile Yoga Guru in Dubai. Lets try to understand Yoga from a Turkish Yogi.
I got attracted to this scientific nature of Yoga as an engineer. One needs a “lifetime” to study and practice Yoga, but from my limited experience of 7 years, it is a science that one proves in her own laboratory i.e. her own body. It is a holistic comprehensive theory, which addresses all aspects of a human life (social, personal, physical, physiological, mental, psychological, intellectual and spiritual)
Patanjali Yoga Sutras (PYS) define Yoga as: “YogaśCittaVŗittiNirodhah” – Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations/modifications of the mind.
Yoga Sutras were compiled by Patanjali between B.C. 350-500.
PYS formulize the path to yoga in 8 steps or 8 limbs:
- Yamas: Non-violence, Truthfulness, Non-Stealing, Moderation in pleasures (a disciplined life), Non-possessiveness (non-greed)
Yamas take care of your social equation.
- Niyamas: Cleanliness, Contentment, Austerities, Study of self, Surrender to higher reality
Niyamastake care of your personal equation.
- Asana:Stable & Comfortable posture.
Takes care of your physical part, structure & anatomy.
- Pranayama:Controlling the breath through expansion and stretching.
Takes care of your physiological part
- Pratyahara:Withdrawal of senses. (This stage is a bridge between pranayama &Dharana and it happens naturally without specific effort as a result of first 4 limbs)
Takes care of your mental aspect.
- Samadhi: Goal of Yoga. Ultimate state of “Yoga”.
Last 3 limbs -referred to as internal practices of yoga-; take care of your psychological, intellectual and spiritual aspect.
In practical terms how do you see Yoga influencing your life?
Needless to say, through Yoga practice you get a healthier body and mind.
What is the significance of breath in Yoga?
Breath is the non-negotiable part of the Yoga Practice. Breath is the bridge between the mind and the body.
When did you start practicing yoga? And how did you become a teacher?
I started my yoga practice as a student of a YogaWorks certified teacher in 2009, when I was 35 years old, when I was still in the corporate world. I have no other way than regarding this as ‘a better late than never’ type of an encounter.I completed my RYT200hrs (Registered Yoga Teacher 200hrs) training in Dubai (Gems of Yoga) in February 2014 with Dr. Sanjay Sharma from TattvaYogaShala in Rishikesh.
What does your practice look like today?
I am practicing Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore style at Ashtanga Yoga Dubai, on average 5 days a week. I met Ashtanga lineage back in Feb 2015 right after completion of my 300 hrs training, and I am grateful to have met another authentic lineage and pure teaching as a student.
I am also meditating twice a day, which is key to cultivating calmness & clarity in the mind.
What does your teaching look like today?
I am teaching Beginner / Intermediate Hatha Yoga classes at Jumeirah Ballet Centre. I teach ladies and gentlemen between 35-60 years of age, and occasionally kids.
How can people sign up for your classes?
They can reach me via teachteachme.com, or directly calling Jumeirah Ballet Centre or through social media (IG @yoga_damla). or Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
What is your message to those who are interested to start yoga?
Despite the fact that I talked a lot about the theoretical part of yoga; Yoga is a science to be experienced, and the only way is to make your way up to your mat and practice. Reading about the benefits of yoga is great, but what is greater is experiencing them first hand. Sometimes insecurities and hesitations about ourselves, about our flexibility, maybe body image, stop us walking into a yoga room. I know, because it had stopped me.One should know maybe this-and-only-this about yoga prior starting; that there is nothing such as‘being good’ or ‘beingbad’ in yoga. This judgment does not exist. There cannot be any competition in yoga. It’s only about you, your practice, and your breath. What matters is continuity and faith in the practice.
It’s not about having hypermobility. It’s not about having latest print yoga leggings.
It’s about less talk, more practice.
It’s about less possessiveness, more giving.
It’s about a journey towards non-attachment to the results of your actions. Practicing and remaining in action without expectations.
Accepting hot when it is hot, accepting cold when it is cold.