For the past year, I have attended Neel's Hatha Yoga/Meditation/Philosophy/Chanting class. The class is very challenging, informative, and interesting. It is a multi-level class and Neel manages to tax us all to our full capacity! The meal Neel provides at the end of class is always tasty, nutritious, and welcome. When I began studying with Neel, my goals were to decrease asthmatic symptoms, lose weight, increase strength and flexibility, and to heal a knee injury. I no longer take any asthma medications, have lost 30 lbs, and have increased my strength and flexibility.
My knee has been slow to heal but, with the progress I've made thus far, I am still hopeful. While I attend classes faithfully, I must admit my actual practice outside the classroom has been sporadic. Thus, one of my new goals is discipline. I enjoy Neel's classes immensely. Neel is knowledgeable about a wide range of subjects and has a gentle, peaceful, patient spirit about him. I continue to recommend his classes and instructional aids to my friends, family, and co-workers. Really, I would recommend his classes to everyone. I wish you peace.
I met Neel Kulkarni in the summer of 2002 on the heels of an unsuccessful attempt to train for a marathon. It has been an auspicious meeting for me. At the time I was experiencing knee pain and asthma symptoms exacerbated by the training. In response to Neel's question about my goals for the class, I said I wanted more strength, flexibility, and to alleviate the asthmatic symptoms. Regarding the knee pain, Neel said, "Don't worry about it." Regarding the asthma he said, "The asthma can be eradicated in six months. Are you ready to make some changes in your diet?" Thus began my journey into yoga. I stand about 30 pounds lighter and no longer take any asthma medications. (I was taking pills and using an inhaler.) The knee pain is off and on, but lessening. Neel's personalized approach to teaching is most impressive. The exercise classes are challenging. The meditation/philosophy classes are stimulating. A different way of looking at the world than what I am accustomed to. What I enjoy as much as anything about the classes is the interesting people I meet. I would heartily recommend Auhtentic Yoga Classes to anyone.