Gregor Maehle began his yogic practices over thirty years ago. In the mid-1980s he commenced annual travels to India, where he studied with various yogic and tantric masters, traditional Indian sadhus and ascetics. He spent fourteen months in Mysore, and in 1997 was authorised to teach Ashtanga Yoga by K. Pattabhi Jois. Since then he has branched out into researching the anatomical alignment of postures and the higher limbs of yoga. He gained his anatomical knowledge through a German Health Practitioner degree and has also studied history, philosophy and comparative religion at various universities.
In India Gregor also received eight months of mostly one-on-one instruction in scripture and the higher limbs of Yoga through B.N.S. Iyengar, a student of T. Krishnamacharya, and he studied Sanskrit under Professor Narayanachar and Dr Chandrasekhar. He lived for several years as a recluse, studying Sanskrit and yogic scripture and practising yogic techniques. Together with his wife, Monica, in 1996 he founded 8 Limbs in Perth, Australia. Today, along with maintaining a daily practice of the Primary, Intermediate and Advanced series of Ashtanga Yoga postures, he engages in research in the fields of pranayama, kundalini and meditation.
Gregor’s first books – Ashtanga Yoga: Practice and Philosophy and Ashtanga Yoga: The Intermediate Series – have sold more than 50,000 copies worldwide and have been translated into several foreign languages. He has been invited to many countries to teach and has contributed to and been interviewed by numerous yoga magazines. His 2012 publication Pranayama: The Breath of Yoga set a new benchmark in the practice of yogic breathing, while his latest book, Yoga Meditation: Through Mantra, Chakras and Kundalini to Spiritual Freedom, is the first to explain in detail, and with step-by-step instructions, the way in which yogis meditate.
Today he teaches an anatomically sophisticated interpretation of traditional vinyasa yoga, integrated into the practice of the higher limbs in the spirit of Patanjali and T. Krishnamacharya. His zany sense of humour, his manifold personal experiences, and his vast and deep knowledge of scripture, Indian philosophies and yogic techniques combine to make his teachings applicable, relevant and easily accessible to all his students. He offers workshops, retreats and teacher trainings in Australia and Bali, Indonesia.
Dr Monica Gauci
BSc., BChiro (hons), yoga therapist
Monica has studied and practiced Yoga for 35 years! She is an authentic example of a life-long commitment to Yoga. In 1978 Monica began her study of Hatha Yoga. In 1980 she learnt meditation from Maharjai Prem Rawat. At the same time she was invited to study and practice one-on-one with Shandor Remete. She practiced Iyengar Yoga for 13 years until she discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in 1993. She undertook multiple journeys to Mysore, India and in 1996 was authorised to teach Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga by K. Pattabhi Jois. Monica advanced on to study human movement, anatomy and exercise physiology. Her passion continues with a daily meditation and asana practice as well as continuous research, especially in the area of Yoga Therapy.
Monica is one of the few registered Yoga Therapists with the Australian Association of Yoga Therapists. She is also a full member with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Monica is registered at the highest level with both Yoga Alliance (ERYT 500) and Yoga Australia (Level 3 Membership).
Since the age of 24 years, Monica has studied many disciplines of the Healing Arts, including Reiki, Australian Bush Flower Essences, Applied Kinesiology, Lomi Lomi massage and emotional release techniques. In 2008 Monica graduated with 1st class honour as a Doctor of Chiropractic. Additionally, she received numerous awards for Academic Excellence. She currently practises as a Chiropractor in Perth, Australia.
Monica has published ‘Ashtanga Yoga Beginners Course Manual for Teachers‘ which is a step-by-step guide on how to teach Ashtanga Yoga safely and effectively to beginners (www.lulu.com). She is also a contributing author to Ashtanga Yoga, Practice and Philosophy and Ashtanga Yoga, The Intermediate Series in the areas of asana, anatomy, injury prevention and rehabilitation.
In 1996 Monica co-founded 8 Limbs Yoga School with her husband Gregor. Together they co-direct and trains yoga teachers all over Australia and internationally. Monica teaches Anatomy of Asana, Human Physiology, Kinesiology, Adjusting Skills and Yoga Therapy. Monica’s breadth of knowledge, her insight, her calm manner and playful personality make learning from her easy and enjoyable!