Looking into the mirror

Personal Coaching & Teaching


Painting from the Life of Ganga
by Pieter Weltevrede

To give classes to groups and put them on Youtube is just by way of introduction. The old school yoga teaching mostly happened in a one-on-one relationship between teacher and student. This way, the teaching could be fully adapted to the personal needs, abilities and Dharma of the student.

The teacher would act as a mirror, allowing the student to see more clearly where there is need and room for personal growth. The teacher would also coach the student through certain spiritual practices that make this growth possible, making sure that no steps are skipped in the process so that the transformation is durable. Traditionally, this process would take many years, during which the student would live at the Gurukul, the house of the teacher. Most teachers would guide only one or a few students in this highly personal fashion and they would earn their keep at the Gurukul by helping out in the household or on the farm attached to the house. While I still have hope to be able one day to provide that kind of great service to Sanatan Dharm, today this is not possible and yet there are also other ways available.

The Park Sessions NY 2014
I cannot promise what such more personal coaching might bring you. I can promise to be there for you. Whatever understanding, experience or energy I have to help you on your path, is at your service. I especially hope to help people find more happiness and deeper meditation.

Personal coaching in Belgium

For those living sufficiently nearby the city of Gent where I live, at www.leela-yoga.be you can find the schedule for my weekly free class. One week the class is in English, the other week in Dutch, more or less. For personal coaching a meeting can be arranged most easily before or after the class. If any foreign students are visiting Belgium and wish to visit me, please contact me through my Facebook page.

Personal coaching from a distance with videocalls

Fortunately, modern communication technologies provide the means to also have a more personal relationship with my students worldwide. Especially video calls through skype, whatsapp, facebook, etc... can allow us to communicate in a personal way that somewhat approaches the old-school one-on-one approach. As my international teaching activities develop, real meetings in person can also be organized if possible.








Leela is the ancient vedic name for the theater of life. Life in all its forms is an illusion behind which we can find the ultimate truth of pure Being. Yet life is also a divine theater, a spiritual game played by us, the actors. Yoga allows us to hold on to the bliss of truth while playing the game. And also this yoga is a game, which we can only take seriously if we do not take ourselves and this game too seriously. That is the meaning of Leela Yoga, nothing more, nothing less. So, Leela Yoga is a vision on yoga and also a name for a simple organisation that allows me to bring this vision into practice... more about Leela Yoga & Peter Marchand

Peter Marchand Facebook page

International Leela Yoga Facebook Group

Belgium : www.leela-yoga.be

Harish Johari students sangha : www.sanatansociety.org

  in sweet memory
of Harish Johari


As the destination is the same for all, it is easy to make the error of assuming that the path must be just as universal.

The attachment that happens in the pursuit of happiness is the main source of unhappiness.

Don't think of going somewhere, because this somewhere will come along with you wherever you go, as you are already there.

Yoga requires unity between enjoyment and suffering, between bhoga and yoga, even between attachment and detachment.

How can anyone be "good" without a choice between good and bad?

While the mind creates the illusion of the universe through the senses, the intellect creates the illusion of understanding it.

When our day has been entirely ego-centered, then our meditation will probably have similar poor quality.

When the focus on the self is held strongly enough, the flow of kundalini energy happens on its own, naturally.

Tiptoe inside, don't make a sound, don't scare away that which cannot be found.

Enlightenment is nothing more or less than the final level of the game of life.