About me

Man is a god in ruins

Being an Asch- and Milgram-negative, I haven’t have had an easy life. In my late 40s now, I am all grown up and prefer what is living to what is dead.

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.

I live a simple life in Ibiza, Spain. At home, I  am with my friends: Ivan Illich, Sergio Quinzio, Jacques Ellul, Simone Weil, C. G. Jung, Mircea Eliade, Roman Polański, Fryderyk Chopin,  Martin Heidegger, Stanisław Lem, and several others. And the One from Nazareth. I focus on private study.

I do this peculiar meditation where I wonder whether my next breath might be the last. Do you know the story of the old Rabbi to whom his wife said, I have to wash your socks? He took off his shoe and gave her one sock. She said, can’t you give me the second one? He said, no, I never get out of both shoes at the same time. I want to be ready when the Messiah comes.

Beginning with Casinos Austria in 1991 and finishing with gambling cruises in Florida in 2005, I worked contracts, from Moscow to Miami, as a specialist croupier and game inspector.

I went to work in casinos as other men in other countries go to work on oil rigs. As those men did, I also made a small fortune and the same as they I never learned to keep it.

Nowadays I’ve risen the stakes and given myself to the study of the Pascal’s Wager.

I am the grandson of Ferdynand Goetel. My grandfather was well-known at his time for the colorful personality, mountaineering, travels, as well as political activism. Most of all, he was a competent novelist and publicist.

The Katyn Massacre: “The biggest secret of World War II” was a series of mass executions of Polish military officers and intellectuals carried out by the Soviet NKVD in 1940. As one of the witnesses of the discovery of mass graves in Katyń, my grandfather was driven out of Poland by an arrest warrant issued by the secret police. In 1960, he died in exile and poverty in London.

(More in Polish to watch here.)

In almost 20 years, I taught more than 14,200 hours of yoga.

I moved to live in Thailand in 2006. I ran a Hot Yoga studio which enjoyed a 7–year run and welcomed thousands of students.

Unlike most amateur yoga teachers, I took a serious approach to my work. We created a yoga teacher academy (2006-2017) where we used to say: “Teaching yoga is impossible; that is why it is difficult.”

In 2017, I put teaching yoga programs aside. I wanted to focus on my personal process as well as distance myself from the New-Agey yoga teacher community. Now I have returned to teaching yoga classes to small groups in Ibiza through the project called The Flying Fish Yoga.

My work experience as an older man

Writer, Designer, and Independent Publisher
I wrote the book Your Voice, Your Success, which is available on Amazon.
As a part of my Save Me From Ruin project, I edit, format, and publish high-quality books from the Public Domain.
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, yoga, weight loss, wellness, natural hygiene and dietetics 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.
I worked at Atmanjai in Thailand.

A Senior Yoga Teacher and Course Director
In the last 15 years, I taught over 14,000 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 sabbatical leave from teaching yoga teacher training 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, some of them for sale.

My work experience as a younger man

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

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
In the 90s, I card-counted Blackjack games professionally as a way to cure a gambling habit.

I played poker as a business during my 5 years on cruise ships, only to learn the despicable truth: I excelled at consistently taking money off my friends and colleagues.

The long years spent facilitating gambling as well as and playing cards for a living in diverse, difficult environments and in bad company—all 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 realize their dog’s needs better. In particular, I became proficient at “mastering the walk” which is the key to the non-violent way of shaping canine behavior.

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 (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 institutionalized education. I dropped out of college and became my own teacher.

My yoga programs and events of the past 10 years

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

September 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

Please let me know
how I can help you


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Tel. +34 641 314 730
WhatsApp +66 93 7878 363