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Biography

 
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OUR GURUJI. OUR TEACHER.

Gu = to move towards. Ru = light.  The role of a Guru is to help you move towards light.

Since 1987 Andrey Lappa has moved thousands of his students and disciples towards the light of liberation. Aside from the time required for his own spiritual journey, Andrey has devoted most of his life to create yoga teachers who become vessel for his knowledge, and yoga masters who can impact societies by furthering his yoga lineage.   in cities of the former USSR, USA, Israel, Germany, France, Greece and Nepal. Andrey Lappa is considered the knowledge custodian of many different lineages as a result of his pursuit in archives and libraries of Indian States,  

 
 
 

EARLY LIFE

 

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Andrey Lappa was first exposed to Eastern culture in 1977 in Mongolia, where he lived with his parents. There he began to practice yoga, which became the spiritual basis of his life. Simultaneously, he also devoted many years to underwater swimming, receiving a Masters of Sports in the USSR in 1987 and for several years, serving as a member of the Ukrainian national combined team. In 1988, he graduated from Kiev's Politech University with a degree in Engineering and he perfected professional skills like software engeneer. Even then he knew that his future career would be devoted to yoga.

Andrey begun to promote and teach yoga professionally in 1987, and in 1991 his qualification was confirmed with a certificate from the Indian Embassy in Moscow, authorizing him to teach yoga as a profession in the former USSR. During 1994 the Ambassador of India in Ukraine rewarded Andrey with an opportunity to study at the Yoga Institute with the world famous teacher B.K.S.Iyengar. That was his first visit to India. Later, Andrey, travelled, studied and lived in India and Nepal for extended periods of time. He continued to develop his own yoga practice, studying with B.K.S. Iyengar in Puna and Yogacharia Rudra at Sivananda Ashram in Rishekesh in the Himalayas foothills. He was the first Russian speaking student to study with world known yoga teacher Sri K. Patthabi Jois of Mysore; he was educated at the Vishnudevanda Yoga School in Dehli; he received individual lectures about yoga at the Mission of Ramakrishna in Dehli and Kaniakumary; several times,; he had a long course of individual lectures with one of the oldest Krishnamacharia students and his present deputy in temple of Sri Brahmatantra Svatantra Parakalasvami Mut in Mysore, B.N.S. Iyengar; he took a full course of lectures about Viniyoga during conference in USA with Krishnamacharia's son, Desikachar; for a long time, he practiced various types of meditation and took part in initiation ritual at Osho ashram with Bhagavan Sri Rajnish. At that time (during initiation) he was named Chetan Uttsarga -"Gifted with Consciousness"); he was accepted in Sri Aurobindo Ghosh Community and lived in Auroville over a long period of time; he had training in the ancient Indian marshial art - Kalarypayat in Trivendram and also ancient styles of Indian dance - Bharata Natyam in Madras and Odissy in Kiev with one of the best Indian dance master - Pratibha Jena. In addition, for years in Kiev, Andrey learned the art of Zyong-Shin and Viet-Vo-Dao with Vietnamese masters, Chan Chung Zung and Chan Ti Zung; as well he practised Karate under guidance of Ukrainian Champion.

Regarding deep understanding and the art of teaching, in 1998, the Ambassador of India in the Ukraine officially recommended Andrey as a "yoga teacher, possessed with qualification to conduct training on yoga for instructors in medical and sports institutes and universities."

During his lifetime Andrey has done a lot of travelling. For one year he lived in Mongolia with his parents. During his last school years as a member of the Ukrainian combined team and in student years with like-minded people he visited many mountain regions of ex-Soviet Union; he was in the Carpathians, Crimea, Caucasus, Altai, Tien Shan, in Fanas, Khibinas, on Baikal Lake, Caspian, White, Black seas and on Sakhalin. He visited dazans in Buryatia and mosques in Samarkand, Buhara, Fergana, Tajikistan highlands. Later, during his first six month in India, besides yoga studies, Andrey was fortunate to see this country in all its diversity and visit more than 70 ashrams and spiritual places. He was an eye-witness to the war in Shrinagara, the Kashmir capital. He was inspired with the spirit of tantric tradition by the Indian temples in Kajuraho, Konarak, Bhubaneshwar and Puri. He observed the shocking rites of self-flagellation in Benares, reached deepest peace in "Vasishthy Cave" in Himalayas. He realised the continuity of religious traditions in cave temples of Ellora and Ajanta, penetrated into sacred sense of Odissi and Tamilnadu temple dances. He admired the freedom of deserts and the might of Radjasthan bastions. He meditated in the tiny smoky cave of first the Lamaist Tantric Buddhist teacher in Lamayuru in Ladakh. He walked the long pedestrian paths in the Himalayas. Att the foot of the World peak - Chomo-Lung-Mo (Everest). He took part in praying in ancient temples in Himalayas as well as many different places unknown to the West, but which keep precious spiritual heritage. During his traveling, Andrey, used the opportunity to study not only with famous yogis, but with less known, although, sometimes more authorial and irreproachable teachers and sadhus, expanding and extending knowledge about the practice and spirituality of the Yoga Tradition.

Andrey discovered rare yogis techniques, studied and developed the theory and practical method of the Dance of Shiva - an ancient shivaist art of yoga, which was a base for early Buddhist marshial art's styles in South of China.

Andrey has taken part in 16 conferences dedicated to yoga in Russia and the USA. He personally knows and has friendships with world known teachers from India, Vietnam, America and Australia.

 
 
 

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