Round table about Tummo – several participants
Discussion on tummo between Anne Laurençon-Loviton, Naomi King, Dr Heather Massey, Philippe Djoharikian, Patrick Daubard and Geza Timcak.
Anne Laurençon Loviton has a doctorate in life sciences. She works for the CNRS, the French scientific research institute. She studies experimental questions on small animals, worms and flies. The themes she works on are related to genome dynamics, sensory mechanisms, lifespan and aging. Anne Laurençon does not claim to know the secrets of the subjects she studies. Rather, she defines herself as a woman, a mother… reassuring (her yoga master says so!). She embarked on a quest to find out who she really is in 2007, and this path is reflected in every aspect of her life, including yoga. Anne is a yoga teacher, particularly Toumo yoga, trained at the Maurice Daubard Institute.
Philippe Djoharikian has been a committed yogi for over 35 years: “I practised Toumo with Maurice Daubard for over 20 years and met Himalayan yogis in Nepal, Tibet and India who are masters in the art of cold yoga. I’ve been practising every day and constantly imbibing the knowledge of all my European yogi friends for decades and remain an eternal traveller with the Indian masters”.
Naomi King has her roots in the ancient Hebrew mystical meditation tradition. She is a qualified yoga teacher YCH/EYU and meditation teacher with many years of teaching experience. She has undergone years of intensive training and further training with authentic teachers in the Tibetan yoga and meditation tradition. During several years of travelling in South and Central America, she devoted herself to artistic work in the field of mandalas. She writes specialised articles on yoga, meditation and breathing for various magazines and journals. She is also involved in public relations and health issues within the Yoga Switzerland professional association.
Geza Timcak started practicing and studying yoga in 1958 and was influenced and taught by a number of Western, Indian and Taiwanese yoga/meditation teachers. He had his first study-visit in India in 1977 and since that time he is doing sadhana in yoga ashrams regularly. He taught yoga since 1975 and got his first formal yoga teacher qualification in 1979. Since 1981 he is also a tutor at Teacher Training Programs. Since 1995 he teaches (together with the Savita yoga team or alone) at EUY events. He led about 500 yoga courses at home and around the world and published about 100 papers and books on yoga.
Heather Massey completed a PhD in the area of Environmental Cross-adaptation in Humans. She works for the University of Portsmouth as a senior lecturer within the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Science. She has been a member of the Extreme Environments Laboratory since 2007. Heather’s
research interests are in the area of human exposure to heat, cold and altitude and how we can prepare and mitigate the effects of these environments. More recently, she has become interested in establishing if these extreme environments have any benefits to health and wellbeing.In her spare time Heather is a keen open water swimmer having successfully completed a solo crossing of the English Channel, numerous other open water swims including relay swims round Jersey, Jersey to France, round the Isle of Wight as well as representing the UK in the World Ice Swimming Championships 1k event in 2017.
A specialist in Toumo (Western) yoga, Patrick Daubard worked closely with Maurice Daubard for over a decade, running courses in the Italian Alps, and is now co-founder and director of the Maurice Daubard Institute (IMD).
He has dedicated his life to education. His inspiration comes from his own life experiences, both in extreme sports and travel, and in his varied professional career, which is always rich in human contact. With degrees in the humanities (Université Paris VIII), health (Ministère de la Santé), yoga, toumo, sport and music, Patrick Daubard draws on a wide range of cultural references to bring his educational projects to fruition.