Guy Powiecki

Guy discovered pranayama through Paul Dallaghan and is now a dedicated and senior student of, classical pranayama master, Sri O.P. Tiwari having been authorized to teach pranayama by him. Guy has studied Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar and Traditional Hatha. In learning meditation, he spent time with a number of Buddhist teachers, from both Tibetan and Theravadan traditions, but more recently with a focus on Vipassana. Guy’s knowledge of the breath has been broadened by his interest in free diving. 

Guy first encountered spirituality studying for a Theology degree specializing in Indian religions and Buddhism. Before working with yoga he was a personal trainer and nutritional adviser. In his learning journey, Guy lived on and off for many years in India and South East Asia. Spending time in monasteries and institutions. As a practitioner, he sees the importance of practicing asana, pranayama, and meditation as mutually supporting forms for spiritual growth.  His classes do just this, and the aim is to use the body as a tool for psychological, energetic and spiritual development.  He hopes the classes will truly benefit those who take them.

Guy shares a website with his wife Sara Granström.

Guy Powiecki

4 Programs

8 weeks
pranayama

Pranayama Program Level 1

Pranayama is a profound practice. It has a whole host of health benefits and is probably one of the most effective tools there is for holistic health. It works primarily on the nervous system, and through that, it has an influence on pretty much every other system in the body. It can improve your digestion, give you a slower and more even heartbeat, bring greater mental calm, give you more energy, help you deal with the effects of stress, improve your cardiovascular fitness, improve the health of all your organs and much more.


Pranayama needs regular practice and commitment to start being internalized and genuinely felt. This eight-week program is the perfect place to begin your relationship with pranayama. Helping you develop a regular practice and introducing different techniques at the appropriate times. There is a new class for each week. Ideally, you would do this class every day of the week, but indeed as many days as you can. There is also an introductory video for the start of each week, where we will go over new techniques and themes.

3 weeks
Updog in nature Uppsala Pranayama breathing

Yoga Therapy

Accessible for everyone.  Designed to alleviate suffering from postural problems, neck and back pain, or life on the computer.  The course can also be a good place for beginners to start or for anyone wishing to dive into the foundation of their practice.


We use a lot of simple spinal twists and bends.  The aim is to work on spinal mobility and to start to correct postural imbalances, allowing free movement and spinal health.


Core strengthening exercises are introduced.  Often posture problems manifest due to a weakness in the core.  Your core will be strengthened in the appropriate places.


2 weeks
Meditation program from Yogateket

Two Week Meditation Program

Guided meditation suitable for beginners and experienced meditators alike.  Begin a meditation practice or deepen an existing one.


Meditation or mindfulness practice can help you improve pretty much every aspect of your life.  By connecting to the present we bring great benefit to our mind and body.


We begin right now, and right where you are.  


1 week
pranayama

Weekly Pranayama Program

Are you interested in learning pranayama? Looking to deepen an existing practice?  Wanting to get more regular with your practice?  Heard of all the great effects of working with your breath?


All of these and more are great reasons to try this program.  You can do any day of the week as an individual class, or you can cycle through the whole week.  Each class is designed to support the day it is on.


Discover all the benefits, both mental and physical of working with your breath and finding time to relax.


2 Challenges

3 weeks
Yogi Guy Powiecki in easy pose

21 Day Meditation

This 21-day meditation is the perfect challenge to give yourself. Accessible and no experience needed. We start right at the beginning and gradually develop it. Ever thought about meditating, now is the time. Be kind to yourself, meditate for ten minutes a day.


Meditation can help you to concentrate, be present, calm your mind, sleep better, feel better, basically improve every function of how your brain operates. If the brain and the nervous system are happier, this is also great news for the body!


10 min guided meditation per day to form a healthier lifestyle!


3 weeks
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21-Day Pranayama Breathing Challenge

Our first and our last actions in this world will be a breath. Breathing is one of our most vital processes and a constant companion affecting every aspect of our mental and physical functioning. Yet very few of us are aware of how we breathe, let alone actually try and train our breath.


Now is the time to start. This challenge works with simple movements and breathing exercises to create a more easy, efficient breath. Each day we build it up, letting go of unhealthy breathing patterns and developing good ones.


The breath is intimately linked with every aspect of our physical and psychological well being. Discover one of the most powerful ways you can work with yourself.


Start your 21-Day Pranayama Breathing Yoga Challenge today!


39 Classes

15 min
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Surya Bhedana Class

Surya Bhedana translates as sun channel piercing.  It is designed to be more activating to our internal energy and starting to have an effect on Kundalini.


Ideally, students will have spent some time practicing the other pranayama techniques to prepare themselves before coming to this one.


The class is completed with some sitali to balance the effects.


CONTRAINDICATIONS:  If you are pregnant or on your cycle do not practice Surya Bhedana.


20 min
Meditation in practice at Yogateket with Guy Powiecki

20-Min Meditation

Relaxation and being present are what we develop in this class.  We get in touch with where we feel the breath and then try to let our attention settle there.


This simple act of staying present and mindful has huge far-reaching positive effects.


15 min
Pranayama in practice at Yogateket with Guy Powiecki

Bramhari Pranayama Class

Brahmari means something like the sound of the bee.  It is exactly what we great the humming sound of a bee with our breath.


One of the most effective at calming hyperactivity of thoughts and gently bringing the mind to a quieter place.


Very easy and less technical than some other pranayamas.


10 min
Pranayama in practice at Yogateket with Guy Powiecki

OM Mantra

Recitation of OM is traditionally called Pranava Japa.  Great after pranayama or a wonderful practice in its own right.


The emphasis is on the vibration.  We use this to still our minds and bring us to a greater point of connection within.


Simple and profound.


20 min
Jaime white doing pilates

Find Your Downward Dog Shoulders

This short class uses accessible movements to work on shoulder strength and mobility.  The focus is on the alignment of the shoulders and the activation of the serratus muscles.


By the end of the class yo,u should be more aware how to correctly and strongly use your upper body in the downward dog.  Will finding more awareness and correct movement in the shoulders.


15 min
Pranayama in practice at Yogateket with Guy Powiecki

Ujjayi Pranayama Class

Ujjayi translates as victorious.  Helpful in removing restlessness from body and mind.  Bringing a sense of calm and balance.


One of the characteristic features of Ujjayi is breathing with a soft sound.  I describe how to do this in the tutorial video otherwise beginners can do it without.


15 min
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Find Your Mula Bandha

Mula Bandha is one of the most fundamental things in physical yoga, both for asana and pranayama.  Though for many of us it is hard to connect to.


Using a number of techniques this class guides you through different ways of trying to find and form a relationship with your mula bandha or pelvic floor.


One of the building blocks of yoga.


15 min
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Kumbhaka Pranayama Class

If your exhale is good and you are feeling ready to start working with kumbhaka, this class gives a good start.


Designed for those already familiar with pranayama we introduce breath holding. We will work with the first stage of holding the breath in pranayama so that you can become familiar with it.


5 min
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Kumbhaka Pranayama Tutorial

Once we have become familiar with working with our breath and have got used to doing a double length exhale, the next step is to hold our breath.


In pranayama there is a specific way of doing this, to be done with the bandhas.


This short tutorial outlines the basic fundamental points.


15 min
Pranayama in practice at Yogateket with Guy Powiecki

Nadi Shodana Beginner Class

Nadi Shodana translates as nerve cleansing. Another name for it is Anuloma Viloma. In English, we might describe as alternate nostril breathing.


Fundamental pranayama designed to bring the energy channels, the brain, and the nervous system into balance.


The foundation of pranayama.


10 min
Meditation in practice at Yogateket with Guy Powiecki

10 Min Meditation

An excellent meditation class for those not used to sitting.  We work on relaxing tension in the face and the body, connecting to the breath and practicing mindfulness.


Simple and beneficial for everyone.  Begin your relationship to the present moment!


45 min
down dog yoga

The Real Yoga Class

In traditional yoga in pre-modern India.  One did postures as a preparation for pranayama while pranayama was seen as the best preparation for meditation.


We follow this ancient set up in this class.  Starting with slow sun salutes, moving into simple pranayama and finishing with a short meditation.


Go deeper and deeper.