ABOUT HUGH JACK
Practicing yoga came naturally to Hugh Jack at age 24. This was facilitated by the qualities he had previously developed through having a supportive family, a decade of committed effort playing football, studying human movement at university and the experience of a few years traveling overseas, spending time in nature.
HUGH JACK BIOGRAPHY
With the timing ripe, Hugh met his teacher Robert Byrne in 2002. It wasn’t long before he prioritised going to Rob’s classes and begin what would become fifteen years of transformation.
In 2003, Hugh was given a book from his teacher which was written by his guru, Baba Muktananda. It clearly, simply and profoundly explained the teachings of yoga. Re-reading, digesting and imbibing the knowledge contained in this book provided Hugh with a connected source to the essence of yoga. By 2004 Hugh had established a reliable, regular practice at class and home and it was at this point that he was given the opportunity to teach which added a valuable dimension to his study of yoga.
During these first few years, Hugh laid a good foundation towards making his mind still, quiet and stable by getting up early before class and sitting for an hours meditation and then again in the evening. This was further applied by developing the ability to lengthen and balance his breath during challenging times throughout the day. Coinciding with a work promotion in 2006 to Cafe Manager, Hugh dedicated the necessary time to open his longways and sideways splits which created a good foundation for energy to lift throughout his body. During this same period much transformation occurred in regards to non-attachment to the results of his actions and his ability to stay in the present moment.
Over the years, Hugh has learnt and absorbed many yoga chants. Through this process he has developed accessible and practical starting points for sharing them with others, none more powerful and beneficial than the 182 Sanskrit verses of the Shree Guru Gita. At the start of 2015 Hugh and his partner Elisha visited Ganeshpuri, India, the place where their yoga lineage began, originating from Bhagwan Nityananda (1961). This allowed him to experience the amazing good still being carried out today stemming from Nityananda. Later the same year, Hugh was given the opportunity to teach four diverse classes each week which included discussion on the understanding of yoga, chanting, postures with abbreviations for everyone and a realistic foundation for meditation. Hugh also started a weekly one-on-one yoga private, which further broadened his application of yoga.
In 2017, after fifteen years of earnest study and firsthand contact with his teacher who is firmly established in the unified state of yoga, the timing was now right for Hugh to take the next step in his process. This involved establishing Yoga of Self with his partner Elisha and creating a new base for yoga practitioners in northern NSW and southern QLD.