Peter, the Man.
The Life Path
Born in Denmark of an Icelandic mother, he went on to live in Denmark, Iceland, England, India, Malaysia, Germany and from 1993 in several French towns. Though he made many return visits to his home country, Peter felt himself felt at home everywhere.
Peter spent the last 9 years of his life in Montpellier where he died following a brief and aggressive illness.
Despite his suffering during this illness, Peter felt an immense joy and peace. He expressed, just hours before his death, that never before had he felt so close to the Life within.
Peter's ashes were scattered on 12th July 2017 during a very moving ceremony in the little port of Grenivik tucked into the end of a fjord in the north of Iceland. In this incredible place, you can feel the strength and intensity of Nature, at once changing and yet so present; a beautiful, welcoming land for this return to the source.
From his initial meeting with T.K.V. Desikachar, with whom he studied in Madras (Chennai) from 1970 to 1975, until the end of his life, Peter continued to pursue his unique explorations of the essence of yoga through his teachings and practice.
He was particularly interested in exploring the states of body and mind that allow us to experience freedom, to be profoundly at home in ourselves, in a true relationship with ‘what is’.
As a teacher and trainer (for IFY, Institut Français de Yoga), Peter left a lasting impression on his many students through his particular ability to “be present with each individual, to hear and see them, to understand their potential.
He applied every aspect of his discipline, through the study of the postures and their sequences, the qualities of breath and the philosophy of yoga. Through the cultivation of profound observation and insightful teaching, Peter trained responsible and respectful yoga teachers of their students, free in their relationship with him and capable of teaching from their own authority.
Peter taught both students and teachers in Germany, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Morocco and most often in France.
He proposed practices in which the postures reveal us to ourselves and to the world, by opening a space for creative dialogue between axis and form.
At the heart of yoga, is the question of Life, of clarity, of freedom, of presence to the life within us and to life in the world. - Peter