Paul Harvey has studied yoga for thirty years. When he met and practiced with T.K.V. Desikachar in 1976 and 1978, he realized the deeper potential of yoga. This experience led him to a prolonged stay in South India as a pupil of Desikachar, studying and practicing in the traditional teacher and student setting.
Paul returned to Britain in 1981, and established the Centre for Yoga Studies, now Viniyoga Britain. He is now the Director of Studies for Viniyoga Britain, and developed their nine-year, four-stage Study and Training Program. These intensive studies cover all aspects of Yoga, including asana, pranayama, meditation, recitation, Sanskrit, ayurveda and the study of classical texts such as the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras, Yoga Ranasya, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. The Practitioner qualification awarded at the end of this program is fully accredited by the National Governing Body for Yoga in the UK.
As well as leading seminars, retreats and study and training courses in the UK for many years, Paul has been invited to teach in a number of countries in Europe. At the invitation of the Israeli Yoga Teachers Association, he initiated a two-year Foundation Course in Israel. He has returned to India many times to work individually with Desikachar, and continues to do so on a yearly basis.
Paul's other qualifications include completing the four-year training program of the Centre for Transpersonal Psychology for counselors and workshop facilitators. This has enabled Paul to integrate the Yoga teachings from the East with the beliefs, culture and attitudes of the West.