Esak Garcia on Competitive Yoga Training

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Esak Garcia has been a yoga devotee for nearly 20 years. On Feb 20th 2005 Esak became the 1st ever male champion of the Bishnu Charan Gosh Cup.  Since then Esak has been conducting yoga seminars, coaching clinics and demonstrations internationally.

Esak graduated valedictorian from Boulder High School, then studied Political Science at Yale University.  He graduated from Bikram’s Yoga College of India in 2001. Esak is currently a student of the Institute of Ancient Mysteries.

Esak became interested in Bikram yoga as a high school athlete at the age of 17. He used yoga to condition himself to play baseball and American football.

He will be leading a 8 day yoga enthusiast Jedi Fight Club at Casa Om August 17-25 2014

He graciously answered some questions I posed.

Question:  When preparing for yoga competition, what kind of training schedule do  you recommend and over what period of time?

Nowadays yoga asana is can be practiced as a sport, and like any other sport, at the highest levels people train year round. In addition to a year round practice, I recommend 4-5 hrs/ day starting about 2 months before the competition day.
Question:  Do you do other training to compliment your yoga ?
No, but I want to get back into Capoeira- a Brazilian martial art that I practiced for 10 years.

Question: What kind of diet do you recommend ?
For me, the most perfect diet is based on enzyme rich, raw foods. I feel the most flexible and the most energy when eating this way.

Question: What is the hardest posture for most practitioners ? Do you have any tips for that ?

Probably standing head to knee and standing bow are the hardest. Yes, I have tips, but I couldn’t possibly explain them in a simple interview.  To learn my tips you have to come to Jedi Fight Club :)

Question: Is there a posture that you can’t do but want to ?
I pretty much want to do all the ones I can’t do. But to be completely honest, if I REALLY wanted to do any posture, I’d be focusing on it every day.

Question: How much practice did it take from when you started to lock out in standing bow ?
11 years

Question: How many years of practice and on what frequency did it take for you to win the Bhishnu Charan Gosh Cup ?

I practiced for 11 years. The first 7 years was on average 2-3 times a week. Then I started practicing every day, and for the 2 years prior to winning I practiced for 6+ hrs/ day most days.

Question: What are the spiritual benefits of training as hard as you do in your
yoga practice?

I love what I do and I take it seriously I want to be good at it. Because I practice I have confidence in what I do, and therefor I am able to be useful with the skill I developed. That’s where the highest spiritual benefit come in for me. I think being of service is a high spiritual practice.

Question: Who inspires you ?

Dr. Carolyn Fuqua, my friends and family and people I meet from day to day. I think everyone, when they are letting their inner light shine, is an inspiration.

Question: What’s your favorite yoga book ?
Autobiography of a Yogi

Question: What’s your favorite meditation CD ?
I have one that was made for me, it has no name and is not for sale.

Question: What drew you to Casa Om for a JFC ?
My friendship with Siri Om and Hargobind.

To find out more about Esak Garcia and his yoga retreats check out http://esakgarcia.com/

To Register for the upcoming traning at Casa Om checkout http://www.esakgarcia.com/coaching.html

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