Hand On Heart: Magic, Tragic and Ecstatic Tales of India, by Conrad Paul.
Released free for a short period only, before publication and in celebration of Conrad's birthday 22.01. 2023
A gift from myself and our family, to Conrad's loving friends and the Yoga Professionals' family around the world.
Written in 2005/6, Conrad shares in intimate, and often hilarious detail, his first yoga travels in India. Including, stories of the disciplined life at the Sivananda ashram and his ecstatic Darshan with Amma (hugging mamma) at her own magical ashram.
Between the tapas and ecstasy, he recounts often hilarious tales of daily life in India, his daily yoga self-practice, torturous Ayurvedic treatments, and a beautiful celebration of life on his 37th birthday, 17 years ago to the day. Along with crazy tales of days by the Andaman Sea and exhausting touristic travels around Kerala, South India, 'god's own country'.
This book will be a perfect addition to Conrad's Yoga Professionals' legacy. It can be enjoyed as a nostalgic memory of Conrad's informal and playful classroom 'satsangs', or useful for new students looking for a 'diary of a yogi's' first experiences of India, the home of yoga.
The stories can be shared by teachers, with new students of the YP lineage, or as a support to his teachings alongside his book, The Complete Guide to Yoga for Fitness Professionals, his 50 minute home practice video or the Diploma in Teaching Yoga Support Manual (coming soon also).
To download for free the collection of Conrad's first experiences of India, click above.
Welcome to Yoga Professionals' new website.
Conrad Paul, founder of Yoga Professionals, dreamed he could change the world though yoga and began with his own daily practice. He was dedicated to studying the 8 limbs, living in the moment, with his heart in love and thoughts towards the light.
Yoga Professionals trained and inspired over 1000 students, who with their own practice, dedication and realisation, went on to share the light of yoga through their own teaching.
Conrad also knew how challenging the yoga journey could be, and would share this sound advice to new students embarking on his intense, life-changing, Level 3, Diploma in Teaching Yoga course.
“Take it one day at a time and be kind to yourself. Live with love in your heart and your thoughts towards the light. Dream you can change the world and then start with yourself. Stay light-hearted. Practice, dedicate, realise...teach.”
His words are relevant to this day, for any of us; teachers, students, yogis, non-yogis, any day of our life.
With the guidance and support of Yoga Professionals, 'Dream you can change the world and then start with yourself."
Yoga Rishis of ancient times, sat in pristine forests contemplating, "Who am I?" "Why am I here?" and 'Where do I go after here?"
Their oral and written traditions were passed down as maps of an inner and outer cosmos, called yoga.
Yoga Professionals continues these ancient traditions online (for the present).
Without Conrad at the helm, Yoga Professionals is now in the loving hands of his family, and myself Wayne.
For anyone not sure of who I am; Conrad had two brothers, one younger, Jason and myself the elder, Wayne Duckworth.
With my own yoga knowledge, 20 years practice and teaching experience and having supported Conrad in the development of Yoga Professionals, it seems a good choice that I (with the support of Jason) take what Conrad has built over a dozen or so years, and continue his legacy.
That being said, what direction we proceed is yet to be decided. In the meantime I will create an online space to honour, share and grow Conrad's love of all things yoga.
Conrad was a natural born storyteller, he enjoyed nothing more than sharing his knowledge and love of yoga with his students. As a yogi he was passionate, knowledgeable, and heartfelt; as a storyteller, he was irreverent, no nonsense and often hilarious; an original in communicating his vast understanding of yoga.
Here, he shares tales of his first experience in India, one of a handful of trips he made to the homeland of yoga. His written words capture the magic, tragic and ecstatic of yoga ashram and tourist beach life, in Kerala, South India, in 2005/6.
The book is in the final editing stages and it seems this is the easy part. Self-publishing is a whole new adventure....breathe.
Regular updates coming soon.
A Fine Lineage of Yoga-Warriors, Kings and Queens.
(A Poem for the Yoga Professionals' Family)
We continue to shine the light of yoga,
strung cross space and time,
on fine gossamer threads,
on even breath, pure hearts,
We're joined together, forever linked
like threaded mala beads;
a fine lineage,
of yoga-warriors, kings and queens.
Conrad Paul's Yoga Teacher Training Support Manual; perfect for Level 3 Diploma in Teaching Yoga course and beyond.
Haiku and longer form yoga-inspired poetry. Useful for self-reflection, self-practice and as an inspirational aid for teachers.