I started to get interested in yoga a few years ago and was lucky to have stumbled upon a great studio as my first introduction into asana. Since moving to London, in the last year I have struggled to find even one studio or teacher who has really felt totally genuine, combining the asanas with something deeper.
I met Neel by accident during my travels in India and was fascinated by his knowledge of Sanskrit and traditional yoga philosophy and history. I met him again in London when he was visiting and he came to my house and very kindly offered me and my mother a few free classes. They were the most simple poses I had ever done but after doing them for a week the transformation and progression of my body was something I had never experienced before in such a short time. From then I was both hooked and fascinated.
I have just completed Neel's hundred hour teacher training course and am starting to understand the system behind his apparent madness. Neel has not just taught me asanas or techniques but has given me a solid philosophy of how to approach yoga and yoga teaching. The philosophy of Neel's authentic yoga system transcends any particular yoga pose or style of teaching and is a tool I can use to organically understand any pose and teach it from a place of holistic understanding.
During the course Neel has guided me as a person as well as me as a teacher. His commitment to the individual is certainly a major factor that separated his teachings from any other. Neel is a kind and patient man who strives to understand rather than judge, may it be a situation or a person.
I am very honored to have found a teacher like Neel who has such a genuine love and understanding of yoga and teaching. Coming away from the course, even after just two weeks, I feel i have come away with a philosophy which serves as a strong foundation to tackle any pose, class or life event.