I was blessed with the opportunity to translate Neel’s latest and complete work “Adhiyoga – Authentic Yoga System of Neel Kulkarni” into Italian language. Also, I have completed 300 hours Yoga Teacher Training with him. Due to this, I was extremely lucky to spend entire two months in India, observing and studying his work closely.
I found Neel’s methodology amazing because it is in harmony with the most profound and often forgotten discipline of Raja Yoga, which has “mind” at the center of each study and training. Thanks to his smartness and knowledge of the most diverse "human types" as he spurs each of his student to get in touch with and master his/her mind. Then, the body follows the mind without too much effort. Hence comes a day you find yourself looking to the world upside-down without even knowing how!!!
During my prolonged teacher training, he had some other teacher trainees for shorter training, and also other yoga students from various countries and with diverse backgrounds. I noticed that each and every student’s training was different and suited exactly to the student’s needs and goals (sometime even beyond them understanding this!)
It looked like he has a “no bottom pot” he can go in whenever is needed and search for further knowledge. I found in Neel a person with great humanity and practicality, as well as extremely authentic because he himself is 100% coherent with his system. His system is not rigid. It is open to every criticism when discussed methodically. Actually, he spurs his students to question everything through their own experience. To sum up I would define his teaching method totally unconventional.
Due to his roots, he has extremely profound knowledge of Indian spiritual tradition, including of course, yoga and meditation. Additionally, due to his living in U.S.A and travels around the word , he is capable of understanding western culture , while keeping himself a very simple, joyful and easygoing man!