Dóri Gazdag works as a yoga instructor, her profession is actually a way of life: she is present in yoga classes and everyday moments with the same consistent and loving awareness. Dóri chose her favorite pieces from the styles of our seasonal BASIC collection, while we talked about the path to yoga, harmony and the golden mean. Welcome to our interview, illustrated by Veronika Szász's pictures. 

- How did you become a yoga instructor and why did you choose this profession?

"Somehow yoga found me." Although I was already reading the rainbow of states of consciousness under the bench at the age of 18, and I had many questions about my existence, I was even more interested in Western psychology. I don’t come from a religious, spiritual environment, so everything from this direction reached me later. Of course I was also interested in yoga, and there was, for example, a channel on which I always went for half an hour of yoga in the morning, I loved it. I also went for a couple of hours, but then I started working and partying a lot, which seemed to be busy, although in retrospect it was more of a waste of time. Then a nice acquaintance started talking about About Bhaktivedanta Theological Collegewhere he was going then showed pictures of their travels in India and then I started to feel a strong call. I left ELTE there and went on to be admitted to BHF in 2009. By then, I simply knew that this was what one was always waiting for. The direction, faith and trust are invisible even that this will be something very real that will determine my future.

- Which of the different trends in yoga are close to you and why are they?

“I studied classical hatha yoga for three years in college, but then ashtanga caught me the most. I am learning this to this day. Many are frightened by it because urban legends are circulating about how difficult this type of yoga is. I would rather say that it is the most complex system in yoga and I love the way this complexity, and even complexity in the beginning, affects a practitioner’s life. I love the way tangled fibers start to unravel and clear, clear paths are created. Be it a seemingly difficult asana where you really almost knot yourself together, but if you practice persistently, one day you will feel the movement, you will find a way to do it and from then on it will not be difficult, but the greatest joy is that you have finally succeeded. But it can also be about everyday life. That the impossible will one day become a reality.

- What is sound bowl therapy, how does it work?

"As our existence builds, so do sound bowls." It affects the level of the rough physical body as the bowls are stacked on the body. They literally shake through the sole of your head to the crown of your head. Then there are also six subtle physical levels, that is mentally, since your voice is beautiful, pleasant, it reassures you. And most importantly, it also acts at the soul level. It creates balance. I used to say it’s like a passive meditation. You can even sleep in the meantime, a process and effect will be created as if you have been meditating for an hour.

- What is most important to you in your profession and how does it connect with other areas of your life?

- The handover. Usually in the beginning, everyone starts dealing with different self-knowledge techniques for their own sake, because he or she also has a jam in his or her life that he or she cannot resolve. That's why the psychologist, the kinesiologist, the coach are starting to learn the profession. In fact, I just read an interview with Gábor Reisz a Bad poems with his director and he also told me that it was actually a trauma processing for him, too. So it shows up in a lot of professions. This is why many people start practicing yoga. But then, if someone does not get out of this "me, myself & I" mood, then I don’t think there will be a real handover.

- What is awareness present to you and what means do you think we can take to move towards a more conscious everyday life?

- I always communicate this question from a different angle. Nowadays, I listen a lot to lectures by Peter Popper while traveling, coming and going and he once asked the question: but where is it described that we ALWAYS have to be happy? This is very busy lately. I also think that happiness, especially if it depends on external circumstances or persons, can only be a temporary and extreme state, just like sadness. So now for me, the awareness lies in being able to maintain a neutral state between the two endpoints. And his tool, of course, is practicing yoga, meditating, and keeping thoughts clear. Well, and regularity. Unfortunately, it’s not worth anything if I do everything for a week, but then nothing for 2 months. It’s a lifelong decision, experience and belief that the process works, but only if I run it myself and don’t expect outside help.

- How would you describe your own style and what it takes to feel harmonious in your skin?

- Simplicity first. I can be very scattered in my head, but if my environment and the dress I’m clean in, it helps me concentrate. Be it managing everyday affairs to teaching. It’s no coincidence that most yoga schools also recommend all-white clothing, as this is where you can best keep the focus and reflect purity as well. There have been repeated criticisms of minimalist clothes being "not feminine enough." But I think it would be important to get out of the tense miniskirt, push up bra and gel polish craze, and the image of the false ideal weighed down by the commercials could finally be replaced by the image of ourselves. I know many women who dare not take to the streets without makeup, but also those whose husbands have not seen without them. You open Instagram and you only see the images retouched to perfection. In comparison, there is a comparison and placement of ourselves in the world, usually in a bottom-up place that I am few, I am ugly, and so on. Then that’s where these many unnecessary tricks that many people think are feminine start to come on, but I don’t think that’s where femininity lies. Then, due to my profession, comfort is also an important factor. You don’t necessarily have to learn anatomy to see a stiletto heel in addition to being uncomfortable in the long run, not even healthy. Let’s say luckily I specifically like shoes that others find ugly. Boots and ugly slippers can come from me! Then it is important to pay attention to detail. I like to wear special jewelry or bags made of unusual materials. and sustainability is now important from a planetary perspective. I have very few clothes and shoes. I think three times about what I buy and in what quality, because I would like to wear it for up to 5-10 years, instead of throwing in the trash after 2 months a material that might break down in hundreds of years, so I wear it. prefer NON + high quality clothes. 

"Where do you hold yoga classes, where can we meet you in person?"

- The Buda Exchange In Barkan Yoga Studio I hold both group and private lessons.

The photos were taken by Veronika Szász.