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Who is Paul McCormack and why write a yoga blog ?



Father, Grandfather, Yogi, Meditator, Jeweller, Musician, Writer, Artist.

I have been all of these titles at different stages of my life, some are still present in my current world.


Surely there are enough yoga blog's out there, why should I write another one?

Deciding to write a blog for Freedom Seeker Yoga Sangha is a way of sharing some of the insight that I have gained, in the hope that it may help others on their journey. I have always been a writer and this platform allows me to enjoy writing about life and yoga.

I don't feel that I'm an expert in life, but I have had many experiences so far.

Equally, I am not claiming to be an expert on the topic of yoga. But I have had some incredible teachers both in Iyengar yoga and Ashtanga yoga. I have had a very committed daily practice over the past ten years and would love to share the knowledge I have learned from these experiences.


Yoga must have an element of giving to be true yoga.

Now that I have begun to teach yoga, I have come to realise that it is a mega-billion dollar industry, and it's very competitive. I became a little overwhelmed and wondered if teaching is actually what I should be doing. As I didn't want to compete for students. To me, competition is not what Yoga is about. Yoga was something that helped me navigate some very challenging times in my life, and it was the healing properties of Yoga that helped me through these challenging times and allowed me to make major changes in my life and outlook. None of this had anything to do with money and success. I guess I am an artist at my core, as the process and commitment to each piece of art has always been my driving force, not selling out to make huge money. Obviously, in the modern world, we need money, but the question is. How much do we really need? And I have never wanted money to be the driving force behind my yoga journey, it's about honouring the ancient tradition of yoga and recognizing that it is a spiritual practice. This is what it is to me. I am fortunate that my jewellery career provides me with an income, so the pressure isn't there to get more bums on mats.

Of course when I teaching yoga, I am not teaching for free. The point I am trying to make is that it's not all about the money. There are many other rewards.


I realised that the great sage Patanjali only had 4 students in ancient times, and if that was ok for him, then it will be ok for me as well. I choose to teach to share what I know and continue to commit to my practice.


So I offer this yoga blog as a potential source of information and a way of giving back and helping others, whilst building community.

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