Don't forget to breathe . . .
Native son of India, a citizen of the world Kumar Pallana remains the source of inspiration, practice and teaching at Park Cities Yoga.
Taught from childhood by his parents and by sadhus, by folk traditions and gymnasts, by swamis, magicians, artists, musicians, performers, fighters, healers and clowns, Kumar was an original. He taught the range of yoga's practices since the 1940s, and, to the best of our understanding, he established the first yoga studio in Texas in 1966. Yet Kumar's yogic travels circled the globe innumerable times sharing laughter, amazing feats and disciplines, incredible stories, friendship and inspiration. Practical, unpretentious and unexpected, his teaching continues to inspire.
What began in 1990 as an unexpected introduction at Thanksgiving dinner became a teacher/student relationship, which in 1996 transformed into an unexpected mentorship. Jeffry Farrell lived with Kumar through 1999. There grew an abiding relationship -- an old man and the younger man who Kumar would introduce as his son -- who together shared depths of The Yogic Practice, its range, its creativity, its capacities for healing and liberation. Within that time Kumar conferred upon Jeffry the status of Yoga Teacher. Unsought, and initially refused, Kumar's legendary insistence prevailed and changed Jeffry's life forever.
It is from this deep well of connection and inspiration that Jeff teaches every session, and that infuses the teachers who move through the studio's programs. In October 2013, Kumar may have stepped out of his body as gracefully as he once removed his jacket, but he lives on every day through the practices sourced at Park Cities Yoga.
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~ Kumar Pallana