At the gorgeous Ibiza yoga studio Hot Yoga Ibiza, founder Sebastien Carincotte teaches three styles of yoga: Hot Yoga, Core 40 and Ashtanga. As yoga is an ever-evolving practice, it makes sense that many schools of yoga, though different, are connected via lineage to the original gurus. For Hot Yoga and Core 40, the story starts with Bishnu Charan Ghosh (1903 – 1970), one of the most influential yoga masters of the 20th century.
Ghosh – introduced to yoga by his older brother and guru Paramahansa Yogananda, world-renowned yogi, spiritual master and author of the highly acclaimed book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ – originally practiced physical culture (the combination of yoga and weightlifting) and founded a PE college in Calcutta in 1923 before developing his own style of yoga practice based on 84 postures that included spiritual inspiration along with the disciplined physical practice.
Ghosh became renowned around the world, and was a firm believer that yoga can help cure physical ailments. In 1966, one of his long-term students, Bikram Choudhury – who had been studying with Ghosh since the age of five – was badly injured in a weightlifting accident that crushed his knee. He was told he would never walk again.
His guru took him under his wing, and treated his injury using a technique that involved daily practice and within just six months, Bikram had recovered. In the 1970s, Bikram went on to open the hugely successful string of Bikram Yoga schools in the USA (and around the world) drawing on 26 of Ghosh’s 84 postures, and practiced in a room heated up to 105 Farenheit with a humidity level of 40%, designed stimulate every muscle, joint and organ of the body.
Our next step down the lineage ladder takes us to Tony Sanchez, a former student of Bikram and the creator of Core 40. Tony had been a pupil of Bikram’s from 1976 to 1980, when he was certified by Ghosh’s College of Physical Education. Core 40 hails from the same lineage as Bikram, however it is a completely different practice. Based on Ghosh’s 84 Hatha yoga asanas, the 40 postures are taught as an introduction to the full sequence.
Which leads us today, to Hot Yoga Ibiza, where you can practice both styles fo yoga from the Ghosh lineage in Ibiza. “There is no right or wrong school of yoga,” Sebastien explains. “You should practice the style of yoga that feels right to you, and with a philosophy you identify with.”