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Stillpoints: A Podcast with Scott Johnson

Sep 21, 2019

Scott talks to his friend Ian Cheney about Ian's evolution from an Ashtanga yoga practitioner to a KPJAYI authorised teacher.

Ian runs an Ashtanga yoga Mysore programme in Melbourne, Australia. He has been friends with Scott since 2013 and taught at SYL before his move to Australia. Ian was first introduced to Ashtanga Yoga in 2002 and after many years of evolving his own practice he felt the urge to teach and began an apprenticeship with Gingi Lee at The Shala in 2012. The following year he undertook his Yoga Alliance 200hr Teacher Training qualification with his principal teacher, the world renowned John Scott.

In 2014 he travelled to Mysore to practice with Sharath Jois. He returned each year and in 2017 Sharath gave Ian his blessing to teach Astanga Yoga as an Authorised teacher.

Ian taught principally in London until 2016 when he began teaching internationally. He has taught in various countries including Germany, China, Bali, Italy and the Netherlands before settling in Melbourne.

You can find out more about Ian here.


A Broader Perspective On Practice

Scott and Ian enjoy a conversation that covers Ian's yoga teaching life. Ian has worked deeply with both John Scott and Sharath Jois as teachers. Ian talks about this nuance and the evolution of his movement from a student of John's to a student of Sharath and how this helped him create a wider perspective on practice. 

The conversation covers:

  • How Scott and Ian met.
  • Ian talks about how he started yoga.
  • Ian talks about working with Gingi Lee in the Shala both as a teacher and student.
  • His first view of Mysore was negative.
  • The changing nature of his personal practice.
  • Yoga practice as enjoyment or a spiritual practice.
  • How he has negotiated the recent controversy in Mysore regarding Pattabhi Jois.
  • Broader perspectives on yoga practice