My name is Maitreya, which means “the friendly-one” in Sanskrit and it is the name I received from my spiritual master when I was a small boy. As a Yoga student and practitioner I have been trying to live up to that name for over 20 years. Now that I am a proud father, I hope that I will be able to be an excellent friend to my little boy, Kabīr as well.
I have been teaching about yoga history and philosophy, Tantra, Sanskrit and other related subjects to yogīs and yoginīs in yoga studios in Europe and Mexico. I am also currently part of the core faculty at a wonderful new project called Living Sanskrit with fantastic teachers: Vivek Godbole, Shivani Ray, Hema Patankar and Ekabhumi Ellik.
In addition to my practice and study of Yoga, I have a PhD in Classical Indology from the University of Heidelberg, Germany where I am currently employed as a research fellow. I also hold a Masters in Religious Studies from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.
Besides my area of expertise as a scholar of the cultures and philosophies of India, I am interested in photography, visual arts, travelling and vegan/vegetarian cooking.
I am really looking forward to sharing with you whatever I have come to learn about Yoga, the Indian traditions in this amazing journey of years of intense study both as a scholar and as a practitioner, but more than all that I am very happy to truly connect with you as a friend.