In today's interview series, we are pleased to introduce you to a highly experienced classical yoga teacher, Suddha Weixler, originally from Austria and now based in Chicago, USA. Suddha has studied with great masters and brings over 30 years of practice and experience to Suncokret!
Tell us a little about yourself; what else do you do besides teach yoga?
I have been a photographer for a long time. When I left for my first trip to India in 1978 (which became a world trip, lasting 3 years), part of my daily practice was “learning to see”. We now call it “mindfulness”. I carried my Leica with me wherever I went. And later I sold images for commercial use.
What brought you to the world of yoga?
Growing up in Austria, I left to study in England in 1968. Flower-power, the Hippie culture influenced many of us, with it came the esoteric interest in Eastern culture.
What do you value most about yoga?
Yoga keeps me humble and in contact with the present moment, and that is what I value the older I get.
What was your most embarrassing class teaching / group event experience?
Being nervous in front of a large crowd, my Guru exposed me to it early on, knowing my shyness and introversion. It was hard to speak in front of 150-some people.
And your best class teaching experience?
Overcoming fear and restriction is liberating. And knowing that it is the mind which sets up the condition.
Besides yoga, what is your favorite thing?
Music, mostly classical. But I must confess I am also into high performance cars. Always loved speed, as a Ski-racer, or in a Porsche, does not matter. And I adore Shanti, she is a small dog with a lot of love.
How do you hope to enhance the retreat experience with your particular offerings and what do you hope the students will gain by attending the event?
Sharing what I have learned and accumulated in the past 30 years as a yoga teacher. We gain what we are ready for.
How did you come up with the retreat event theme you are leading at Suncokret?
I have been doing retreats all over the world for many years, and I liked the simplicity of Suncokret when I visited last year.
Why would attending your particular event be beneficial to the participants who join?
Experience and having filtered the theory and practice of yoga for most of my life may help.
Is there any ideal way retreat participants can better prepare themselves for their retreat time with you?