About me
A man is a god in ruins.
Because of the current failure of secular humanism, we are searching for alternatives to science, atheism, and overvalued reason. We crave a connection to the sacred. Since I was a boy at school I have been frustrated with the whole (unholy?) enterprise of rational/materialistic outlook on life. I hated school. I have been craving for the sacred throughout of all my life and I don't care if the sacred in our times is thought to be superstitious or primitive or unscientific.

I understand that we aren't able to return to our religions without reconstructing them because the religions no longer express the life of the soul as recognized by modern man's awareness. My own personal “new” religion can no longer be outlined by the sacred dogmas of the past, but neither can my soul be contained without contact with the sacred. A difficult place to be: in between the religious myth, which is outdated, and the current materialism which, (if considered from the perspective of the violent history of man's murderous deeds during the XX century), is unacceptable.

According to Carl Gustav Jung, who I admire beyond words, the Western ego is neither anywhere near the peak of its evolution nor the master of creation. Well, obviously not, as the outbreak of Nazism, communism, and man-caused mayhem of the past century, as well as the further outbreak of ideological-religious terrorism and non-religious ideologies such as postmodernism, environmentalism, collectivism, social conformity, and feminism, are the sign of our time. Those are expressions of a disturbed and repressed soul struggling in a relationship with an indoctrinated, materialistically oriented mind—both coexisting within the container of a low-energy, clogged up, overfed body.

What the future holds isn't obvious to us but what is obvious to me is that an update is needed to our life-ology. I need to apply it to my hardware (which is the body's physiology) as well as my spiritual software. I believe the update must be of religious nature, but the religious mythos requires an update itself—perhaps as given by C. G. Jung in his “Answer to Job.”

As the Good Doctor Jung said, for thousands of years the mind of man has worried about the sick soul, perhaps even earlier than it did about the sick body. The propitiation of gods, the perils of the soul and its salvation, these are not yesterday's problems.
As an Asch- and Milgram-negative I haven't had an easy life, that's for sure, but I am not complaining. That low agreeableness of mine turned out to be a sharp tool useful in discernment and critical thinking.

1997
In my late 40s now, I am all grown up and prefer what is living to what is dead.

Today I understand that there are higher things than my ego's will and to these I must bow. It is true what The Pixies sang, if Man is five then the Devil is six, and if the Devil is six, then God is seven.

Sopot, 1979 and Beijing, 2015
I am the grandson of Ferdynand Goetel. My grandfather was well-known at his time for the colorful character as well as political activism; he was a competent novelist and playwright.

Having had been a witness of Katyn discovery (The Katyn Massacre was a series of mass executions of Polish military officers and intellectuals carried out by the Soviets in 1940), he was driven out of the country by a death warrant issued by secret police. He died in exile in London in 1960.

Ferdynand Goetel (1890-1960)
If there ever was an ordinary man who would be exposed to extraordinary ideas, I am that man.

Since I was born into Poland of the early 70's, I am not a fan of totalitarian logos and not a fan of intellect-driven, group-identity-oriented ideologies. Instead, I'm interested in a psychological interpretation of, and contributing to an update of, religious mythos.

I gather bits of important knowledge which may ultimately save me (and you) from ruin and I post those bits as Insights.

ca. 1976
At home, where I spend a lot of time, I study.

At work, I'm a detox consultant at a busy wellness center in Thailand.

My professional background is not detox-related, I spent 15 years as a casino table-game operator and professional gambler, another 15 years as a yoga teacher and course director. Since 2016, I've put teaching yoga programs aside so that I can focus on my personal practice.

Yoga is for posers.
My work experience as an older man
Writer and Independent Publisher
I wrote the book titled Your Voice, Your Success, which is available on Amazon.

I can help with independent book publishing through Amazon's KDP to paperback and Kindle as well as Google Books, iBooks, and similar. I can format your book for digital publishing.

I design websites and posters as well as write content for online publishing.

I'm writing my next books: one on dietetics and another on philosophy.
Detox Consultant
I offer counseling on detox, fasting, and wellness for individuals and small groups. During my time in Switzerland and Hong Kong, I gave some public talks on wellness, diet, and a balanced lifestyle as well as worked with private clients.

Having no formal education parallel to my vocation, I nevertheless realize that Anyone who wants to know the human mind will learn next to nothing from experimental psychology. He would be better advised to put away his scholar's gown, bid farewell to his study, and wander with human heart through the world. There, in the horrors of prisons, lunatic asylums and hospitals, in drab suburban pubs, in brothels and gambling-hells, in the salons of the elegant, the Stock Exchanges, Socialist meetings, churches, revivalist gatherings and ecstatic sects, through love and hate, through the experience of passion in every form in his own body, he would reap richer stores of knowledge than text-books a foot thick could give him, and he will know how to doctor the sick with real knowledge of the human soul.
~ from C.G. Jung, "New Paths in Psychology"

The above kind of doctoring is what I aspire to. Now working at Atmanjai in Thailand, I consult clients on good health, detox, weight management, stress management, fitness, and yoga.
Yoga Teacher and Course Director
In the last 15 years, I taught over 12,500 hours of yoga. As a professional, full-time yoga teacher, I got into all aspects of teaching yoga in the modern world, some in partnership with Absolute Yoga, and some under the banner of my own Yoga Expert Academy education suite. In 2014, with Cherry Wang, we co-created the Beijing's YIHE42 Yoga Academy.

I'm a bit of an expert on Hot Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and yoga teacher courses. I quit casinos so that I could teach yoga classes full time, serving as an assistant to Jimmy Barkan in the United States. My time with Jimmy led me to create my own style of Hot Yoga, which I called the Hot Yoga Evolution.

After I had moved to live in Asia in 2006, I opened, grew and eventually sold my own yoga studio Yoga Evolution Phuket, which enjoyed a 7-year successful run serving thousands of clients. I am grateful for having been able to assist many yoga practitioners, who showed me that teaching and learning are the same.

I am currently on a sabbatical leave from teaching yoga programs so that I can dedicate myself to personal practice and study.
The Chief Fermenter
I couldn't find anyone in Phuket selling kefir grains or fermented vegetables. I was missing the sour taste, crunchy bite, and the healthy, bio-active boost. I fixed it by making the ferments on my own.

I've eventually started selling some of the stuff I make through the Phuket Probiotics.
Work experience as a younger man
Casino Operations
I went to work in casinos as other men in other countries go to work on oil rigs. As they did, I also made a small fortune, and the same as they I never learnt to keep it.

For 15 years, I worked as a croupier, trainer, boxman, supervisor, floorman, and surveillance operator for international casino companies, cruise lines, and gangsters.

Due to an uncommon combination of certain personality traits I was able to excel at the dealing of and supervision of all table games as well as training others to high levels of ability.
Professional Gambling
I played Blackjack professionally as a way to cure a gambling habit. I played poker as a business during my 5 years on cruise ships. The long years spent facilitating gambling and playing cards for a living combined into the greatest lessons in empirical psychology I could have ever been given.
Dog Psychologist
Following my guru Cesar Millan’s understanding and methods, I helped people understand their dog's needs better. In particular, I became proficient at mastering the walk which is the key to shaping canine behavior in a non-violent way.
Education
Toward the end of high school, I could tell that my rebellious nature was coming to its climax. I had probably read more books by the time I was a teenager than my high school literature professor who was in her 40s (that fact was uncomfortable for both of us.) As I was not willing any longer to have to put up my hand to go to the bathroom, I was done with “education", dropped out of college, and became my own teacher.
My past yoga programs and events
January 2018
The Yoga of Food / Rational Detox
UNICEF Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland

August 2017
Hot Yoga Fusion & The Advanced Series
JIVA Hot Yoga Duesseldorf, Germany

August 2017
Hot Yoga Teacher Training, 200 hours
Yoga Moves Nyon, Switzerland

March 2017
"The Yoga of Food Lecture"
"Yoga Teacher Training Discovery Day"
"Yoga Teacher Circle" Advanced Teaching Skills
Yoga Moves Nyon, Switzerland

August 2016
Hot Yoga Teacher Training, 200 hours
Yoga Moves Nyon, Switzerland

October 2015
Hot Yoga Evolution Master Class/The Game Changers Teacher Training
Sun Yoga Berlin, Germany

August 2015
'The Game Changers' Advanced Teaching Skills
Atmanjai Wellness & Spa, Phuket, Thailand

Summer 2015
Yoga Movement Academy: First Event
Yoga Movement, Singapore

April 2015
YIHE42 Hot Yoga Teacher training, 200 hours
Beijing, China

August 2014
'The Game Changers' Advanced Teaching Skills
Hot Yoga Evolution Studio, Phuket, Thailand

August 2014
Warm Vinyasa Teacher Training, 50 hours CET Yoga Alliance
Hot Yoga Evolution Studio, Phuket, Thailand

April 2014
A Yoga Week with Tomasz Goetel
Yoga Moves Nyon, Switzerland

March 2014
Hot Yoga +
A 100-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program with Tomasz Goetel
y+ Yoga Center, Xintiandi, Shanghai, China


January 2014
Hot Yoga Marathon
y+ Yoga Center, Xintiandi, Shanghai, China

December 2013
Hot Yoga Training, Level II (Going Pro!)
Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui, Thailand

December 2013
Hot Yoga Evolution Classes
YIHE42, Beijing, China

November 2013
Thailand Yoga Festival 2013
Bangkok, Thailand

August 2013
'The Game Changers' Advanced Teaching Skills For Yoga Teachers
Hot Yoga Evolution Studio, Phuket, Thailand

April 2013
Hot Yoga Evolution weekend with Tomasz Goetel: Master Class
Updog Yoga Studio Singapore

March 2013
The Game Changers, Hot Yoga Advanced Teacher Training
Hot Yoga Evolution Studio, Phuket, Thailand

November 2012
Hot Yoga Immersion with Tomasz Goetel
Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui, Thailand

August 2012
The Game Changers: Hot Yoga Advanced Teaching Skills / Advanced Practice Intensive
Hot Yoga Evolution Studio, Phuket, Thailand

June 2012
Absolute Yoga Academy, Hot Yoga Teacher Training, 200-hours
Absolute Yoga Sanctuary, Koh Samui, Thailand

April 2012
Hot Yoga Evolution: Master Classes
Updog Studio Singapore

April 2012
Yogic Diet Retreat with Tomasz Goetel and Monique Toh
Bali, Indonesia

August and October 2012
Hot Yoga Instructor Course, 200 hours, In-house Training
Svarga Holistic Center, Bandung, Indonesia

February 2012
Hot Yoga Teacher Training, 200 hours
Hot Yoga Evolution Studio - Phuket, Thailand

November 2012
Yoga Evolution Master Classes, Yoga Thailand Festival 2012
Bangkok, Thailand

November 2011
Hot Yoga Immersion
Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui, Thailand

Sept 2011
Hot Yoga Evolution Weekend
Updog Studio, Singapore

June 29 - July 04, 2011
Hot Yoga Immersion
Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui, Thailand

May 2011
Hot Yoga Evolution with Tomasz Goetel Freestyle Class and Yoga Workshops
Absolute Yoga Singapore

April 2011
Yogic Diet Retreat with Monique Toh and Tomasz Goetel
Bali, Indonesia

November 2010
Hot Yoga Immersion
Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui, Thailand

November 2009
Hot Yoga Bootcamp with Tomasz Goetel and Lucas Rockwood
Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui, Thailand

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