Greg Kaps

Greg has been studying and practicing yoga full time for over thirteen years. His deep passion for yoga began in his early twenties due to its ability to bring health, lightness and peace of mind in a time of deep personal suffering. Originally drawn to the physical aspects of the practice, Greg dove deep into the exploration of Hatha Yoga, taking certified teacher trainings in various styles and becoming very proficient in advanced Asana. His practice developed through advanced and deepening Yoga courses, ever refining his personal practice and the art of teaching.

 

It is said that Yoga expedites one’s Karma, and as fate would have it, through an unquenchable thirst for ever more advanced Asana, deeper experiences and an underlying attitude of “not enough”, Greg experienced a debilitating back injury in 2011. What seemed to be the end of the world at the time, was actually the beginning of a whole new chapter of compassion, humility and understanding of suffering. Greg began to listen to his body rather than push it. He practiced acceptance and compassion with himself and it slowly spread outwards into his actions and attitudes towards others and the world. Gently gently, slowly slowly, he re-established his personal practice, integrating through direct experience the philosophies he had been reading for years, but not applying.

 

Having gone deeply into the yang, being forced to go into yin, and then integrating both with patience allowed Greg to grow into a truly balanced teacher. He has developed the detailed physiological, practical and alignment knowledge of all levels of Asana and yogic techniques, but also the spiritual insights that can only come from moving through suffering and reaching peace, compassion and contentment on the other side. Greg emphasizes safe alignment, mindfulness and an attitude of compassion towards ourselves in practice. This is the foundation that, over time, grows strong roots and a stable base for the deeper practices, spiritual insights, and contentment to blossom.

 

Greg traveled and taught throughout Southeast Asia for years, based at Asia’s premier Yoga studio - Pure Yoga. Through the grace of earlier years, and this incredible opportunity, he was able to study with many world renowned teachers such as: Yogi Vishvketu (Akhanda Yoga), Paul Dallaghan (Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama), Patrick Creelman (Anusara Yoga), Devinder Kaur (Kundalini Yoga), David Swenson (Ashtanga Yoga), Shiva Rae (Vinyasa Yoga), John Friend (Anusara Yoga), Bikram Choudhury (Bikram Hot Yoga), Richard Freeman (Ashtanga Yoga), Geshe Michael Roach (Tibetan Heart Yoga), Sarah Powers (Yin Yoga), Paul Grilley (Yin Yoga), Ana Forrest (Forest Yoga), Andrey Lappa (Universal Yoga), Seane Corn (Power Vinyasa), Lama Marut (Buddhist Studies) and more. He has also assisted, co-led and led teacher trainings, immersions and retreats for many years developing a deep love for aiding in the transformative journey of others. 


Greg holds over 1800 hours of Yoga training, plus hundreds more hours of workshops and retreats. He has been trained in the following styles:

 

500 Hour – Bikram Hot Yoga

500 Hour – Advanced Hatha Yoga

200 Hour – Anusara Yoga

200 Hour – Ashtanga Yoga

300 Hour – Kundalini Yoga

100 Hour - Advanced Pranayama

 

Greg's other two passions, besides maintaining an innate playfulness in life, are Kirtan (group sacred chanting) and all things related to supporting Mother Earth. Greg attended a three month permaculture residential immersion at the Permaculture Institute of Australia in 2011 and incorporates that system in all aspects of life…and his own home garden.

 

Greg now teaches a wide variety of classes, workshops and teacher trainings at Yoga Barn Ubud, and is inspired each day to share this beautiful practice and path with all who are willing to learn, from a space of kindness, compassion and humility.

Tags: hatha holistic kirtan kriya mantra meditation pranayama vinyasa yin yoga

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