Mein zweites Interview und das mit: Jeff Fisher.
Jeff lernte ich in Zürich bei Yoga Nation das erste mal kennen. Also nur ich ihn, er wusste von meiner Existenz bis zur Interview Anfrage natürlich nichts von mir. Man kommt ja auch nicht zum plaudern in die Yoga Stunde. Sein Unterricht blieb mir immer in Erinnerung, einfach ein guter Typ mit Tiefgang, aber nicht zu "GSCHPÜRSCH MI" (einen so schönen Ausdruck gibt es leider nur auf Schweizerdeutsch).
Ich habe Jeff in Zürich gemeinsam mit seiner Frau in einem kleinen veganen Restaurant zum Mittagstisch getroffen. Natürlich kannte ich den Laden nicht, weil zu meinen Zürcher Zeiten bin ich nur schnell zum "Lunch" mit meinen Kollegen geeilt: Devise Hauptsache schnell und füllend, was einem im nächsten "Meeting" einen Dämmerschlafzustand verlieh.
Jeff ist in Los Angeles geboren, lebt nun bereits seit 10 Jahren in Zürich. Sein erstes Teacher Training absolvierte er bei Yoga Works. Seit 2006 ist er zertifizierte Anusara Yoga Lehrer und mittlerweile ist er auch noch zertifizierter AcroYoga Lehrer. Ein detaillierter Lebenslauf folgt im Anschluss des Interviews.
How would you describe yoga to someone who has never practiced or herd about it before?
I would say yoga integrates your mind, your body, your heart into a feeling of oneness. It is an endless journey, it does not have an end. There is not an ultimate goal to reach or the end of the path. It is infinite. What I mean about oneness is the oneness of all beings, togetherness, that ONE connection we all have. Oneness through the many expressions of the divine that we each are, even through our limitations we are all beautiful expressions of the divine.. Feeling your greatness through that oneness, and that the greatness is inside.
What means yoga to you?
It is what saved my live. For me it is everything. When I first heard about yoga I was 19 years old and I did not even know what the word yoga meant, I had no idea that I was going to teach yoga. I just started yoga because when I met my Guru, my main spiritual teacher, Gurumayi, I had the experience of that oneness and I really wanted more of that. From that very young age, over the last 25 years, it evolved and moved into a profession that I share all my experience with others and help them find their own way to oneness. My main spiritual Guru, Gurumayi, is from the meditation path. Yoga has so many different paths and disciplines, my first path was of meditation, service and study the philosophy. The Asana practice at the advanced level, did not start until 10 years later. I was doing only a basic hatha yoga practice during my first 10 years of meditation sadhana. Then my asana practice at the dedication level started with Asthanga Yoga and Iyengar Yoga, then I got into Anusara Yoga. I believe in the togetherness of every aspect of yoga and various paths. To me it is in all and everything and every moment of my life.
How are you combining the two lives the "normal life" and the "yoga life"?
A lot of people do not understand that much about yoga and they always wonder when they start yoga : "what do I have to change, what do I need to stop". Sometimes the yoga school or practice will tell you what to do and then there are other schools they allow you to make up your own mind, to decide for yourself. I believe in both. I believe that there are workable methods that yoga offers to you that will definitely increase your life quality and the other side is that you have the freedom to choose them or not. To me yoga life and normal life are not separate, there is no separation. The yoga practice is not just on your mat, it is how you are maintaining the feeling of savasana throughout the day, that oneness.
Do you have any un-yogiish guilty pleasure?
Yea, according to some common yoga beliefs.. I look at it differently, yoga is happening right now and here with all the pleasures and limitations of daily life. For example, people would consider that drinking wine is not a yoga thing. I enjoy wine, of course to a moderate extent. I do a yoga and wine tasting retreat in Tuscany next September.
How did your intense engagement with yoga change yourself?
Self love. Acceptance of who I am. What my limitations are, but as well my greatness, that the greatness is inside. Feeling that oneness inside. Self love will bring you to that ultimate love of being ONE.
Originally from California, Jeff Fisher has been practicing yoga for over 25 years. As a young man he met his main spiritual teacher Gurumayi Chidvilasanada in 1989, his yoga practice began while living in the Ashram of Gurumayi and then continued back home in Los Angeles. Jeff has also studied Ashtanga yoga and Iyengar yoga, and has learned from many great teachers, to make yoga philosophy simple, meaningful and applicable to his students. Jeff is a Certified Anusara® Yoga teacher, a 500hr ERYT with YogaAlliance®, and a certified AcroYoga® teacher. He is the founder of Freedom Spirit Yoga School which teaches the Anusara® yoga method. He encourages students to have fun in their practice, to use their limitations as means to expand their desire for freedom, joy and life. Jeff is based in Zurich Switzerland where he still holds weekly classes. Having built a strong dedicated network of teacher and students in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and other European countries, he leads Yoga Immersions and 200hr YogaAlliance® certified Teacher Trainings; he loves sharing his passion and knowledge to help people become teachers. He also teaches Anusara Yoga & AcroYoga workshops in many European cities with his wife and holds amazing retreats around the world. Jeff enjoys spending time photographing, climbing and surfing in nature.