Bernard Bouanchaud

Growth and evolution depend on a fine balance among the three supports of kriya yoga. The first two discipline and self-reflection can be learnt, however the third support, acceptance – is a result.
— Bernard Bouanchaud


“Spiritual evolution must be tested in active engagement”. The yoga of action is a way of evolving, useful to those who are engaged in active life. Bernard will present on how meditation and all it’s tools are viewed and practiced in the yoga tradition. This workshop is a must for anyone whose practice and teaching have been influenced by the Krishnamacharya lineage. Part 1 and Part 2 will follow on from each other.


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Bernard Bouanchaud first became fascinated by Eastern wisdom when working as an architect and interior designer in Iran in the early 1960’s. Upon returning to France, in 1966, Bernard spent the next ten years immersed in the study of yoga in Paris. It was at this time that he first met T.K.V. DESIKACHAR. This meeting became a defining moment of Bernard’s life and began a period of regularly study in Chennai, where he went to learn from this respected Indian Professor and disciple of T. KRISHNAMACHARYA - his father and the great contemporary yogi, who died in 1989 at the age of 101. These studies focused on the postures, the breathing techniques, the therapeutic application of the practices, and the fundamental texts of yoga.

Upon becoming a yoga teacher, and then a teacher trainer and lecturer, Bernard continued his studies as closely as possible to their Indian sources. An author of many books on yoga, he now spends his time between writing, private teaching, and the training of yoga teachers.

The message that he wants to pass on in simple: to live and share serenity here and now, in family, professional and social life.