Peter has studied and practiced yoga for more than 50 years. He has had the honour of studying with many wise and knowledgeable teachers in India including Swami Sarasvati, TKV Desikachar, AG Mohan and BKS Iyengar. Combining his study of yoga with a lifelong interest in learning about bio-mechanics, postural integration, anatomy and physiology, Peter has developed a unique, powerful and comprehensive yoga philosophy described as the Dance of Shiva and Shakti.
Peter commenced the study of yoga in 1964 to complement his studies of engineering at university and discovered the wealth of benefits that it contained. This began a lifelong exploration of the inner aspects of yoga and its many paths. After commencing studies in hatha and raja yoga in 1964, a deepening interest in yoga led Peter to travel through North East India into Assam. Here he studied Tattwa Shuddhi Sadhana with an Aghor Tantric Sadhu Shankar at the Kamankhya temple near the city of Guwahata where he became proficient in the Five Element Forms. Later he continued his yoga journey and studied Iyengar Yoga with BKS Iyengar, Nicky Knoff and James Bryant. In the 1980s he continued his Iyengar studies with Michele Besnard in Noosa and in 1992 he was trained in the theory and practice of hatha yoga, anatomy and physiology by Swami Sarasvati and became a qualified Yoga teacher recognized by the Australian Yoga Masters Association.
Following a serious motorcycle accident in 1997, Peter commenced studies in Vinni Yoga with TKV Desikachar, the son of Krishnamacharya, his wife Menaka, and later with Desikachar’s son Kaustub. With the goal of personal rehabilitation, Peter began to study the internal aspects of therapeutic yoga and his knowledge in this area was further deepened through his studies with AG Mohan and his wife Indra in 2003.
Over a period of forty one years, Peter has practiced and studied the ancient form of Tattwa Shuddhi Sadhana taught to him by Sadhu Shankar at the Kemakhya Tantric Temple in Assam, Northern India. He is now one of only five yogis around the world entrusted by his teachers to impart the knowledge to teach the Five Element Form to his own students.
In 2002 Peter opened Anahata Yoga in Byron Bay after he had contributed as a teacher to the development of the 2000 Yoga Arts Certificate IV in Yoga Teacher Training, the first government accredited yoga qualification in Australia. He has been involved with the development and teaching of numerous teacher training courses around the world.
For further information on Anahata Yoga please also see Peter´s website Anahata Yoga Asia.
For a deeper insight into Anahata Yoga, find here an interview with Peter by YOGA AKTUELL, one of the leading German Yoga magazines (German).