OLEG FLOW - PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY
Oleg Yevsyeyev (pronounced Yev’say’yev’) follows in the footsteps of his Ukrainian mother, Olga, who was a successful yoga teacher at a time and in a country where yoga was a new art form. As a child, Oleg was a natural athlete. He excelled in many sports, medaling in swimming, judo, and taekwondo in regional, national, and international competitions. His career in athletics was cut short, however, by a serious shoulder injury, and he was forced to abandon the more traditional forms of athletics in which he had shown such promise..
From a very early age, Oleg was prone to emotional challenges: he was diagnosed with ADHD, suffered from severe depression, and was plagued with constant anxiety. He had difficulty focusing on his studies and succumbed to extreme shifts in mood and temperament. He believes that these dark, emotional traits were a genetic inheritance from his father and grandfather, both chronic alcoholics. All his life, Oleg had a secret dream to become a normal, happy person.
The answer would come to him as a young adult when he began to develop an interest in the practice of Yoga. He turned to his mother as his natural, first teacher. Oleg quickly discovered that by employing a disciplined breathing technique, he advanced faster and further in yoga than he had in any previous form of physical exercise. He soon saw benefits that went beyond the value of the usual types of workout routines (which were good for strengthening the body but did not create lasting feelings of well-being and harmony). The most remarkable benefits that Oleg experienced included overcoming his lifelong feelings of depression, anxiety and lack of focus. He began to feel happy, calm, and focused on a daily basis.
Oleg began to believe that if he could create a new type of yoga practice, centered on this simple, correct breathing technique, and include the flexibility and strengthening exercises he was learning, then he could help many other people like himself who suffered from severe physical and psychological limitations, such as anxiety, depression and emotional difficulties of many kinds. As his yoga career blossomed, he found success conducting private and group classes in the Ukraine. In partnership with his mother, he formed the first Tri Yoga Center in Ukraine, and he traveled around the world teaching and lecturing in Spain, Israel, China, Australia, Italy, Great Britain, Turkey, Egypt, Russia and the United States.
He appeared on television in the Ukraine and in China teaching yoga classes on morning programs. In 1993, Oleg began to study under his most important teacher – the woman who would influence him the most. The highly acclaimed, international yoga master, Kali Ray formed a close mentoring relationship with Oleg; whenever visiting the combined nations of the Soviet Union, she used Oleg as her class demonstrator because of his exceptional strength flexibility and graceful form.
Today Oleg Flow (as he now calls himself) lives a blessed life of daily reflection and routine Yoga practice in the golden hills of Southern California overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Throughout his learning and mastering of Yoga over the years, Oleg has developed and continued to refine his own carefully constructed yoga system for treating addiction, anxiety, depression, which crystallized in 2011 into the practice that he now calls “Kurma Yoga.”
Oleg is currently employed as Master Yoga Teacher at the Malibu Beach Recovery Center, a cutting-edge alcohol and drug treatment center, where he is able to promote the benefits of the system that he has spent his life creating to clients who didn’t know there could be a wholesome, natural solution to their chronic, emotional problems. His certainty that the essential, proper breathing technique is the core of a successful yoga practice and creates a profound relationship between body, mind and spirit has inspired not only addicts, but people suffering from emotional, mental and physical conditions and various forms of self destructive behavior to change their lives and experience what once seemed an elusive dream – simple, daily happiness.
Oleg offers group and individual classes in Malibu and throughout the greater Los Angeles area. He teaches different levels of yoga emphasizing breathing, gentle flowing movements, working to restore connective tissue, stimulate deep muscle growth and enhance strength and endurance. His use of dynamic and static flow-yoga combined with controlled, correct breathing, all lead to increased strength, flexibility and profound focus. He frequently travels, appearing as a Guest Teacher at conferences, workshops and yoga retreats where he demonstrates to other professional yoga teachers the remarkable benefits of proper breathing in combination with a regular yoga practice.
“The way you exercise sculpts your body on a daily basis, building not only physical but also emotional and mental qualities, and will improve your future appearance and personality. That is why the priorities or strategy of your yoga practice are very important. If your purpose goes beyond a mere physical work-out, if your purpose is to control your mind and your feelings as well as to build the deep muscles of your body, then you must choose your classes carefully.”
CREDENTIALS AND GUEST APPEARANCES
2011 – Master Teacher: Malibu Beach Recovery Center, Malibu, CA
2011 - Guest Teacher: Mountain Pose Yoga Festival, Copper Mountain, CO
2007 - President: TriYoga Center, Kiev, Ukraine (2001-2007 www.triyoga.co.ua)
2007 - Teacher Training: Planeta Fitness, Kiev, Ukraine
2007 - Organizer/ Teacher: Yoga Workshop, Zelden, Austria
2007 – Organizer/ Teacher: Yoga Workshop, Limone, Italy
2005 - Teacher: The yoga workshops in Shenzhen, China
2005 - Guest Teacher: International Fitness Convention, Planeta Fitness, Kiev, Ukraine
2005 - Guest Teacher: Israel Yoga Convention 2005, Haifa, Israel
2005 - Founder/Organizer: International Yoga Seminar of Kali Ray, Kiev, Ukraine
2005 - Second International Conference of Russian Yoga Journal, Crimea, Ukraine
2004 - Inaugural International Conference of Russian Yoga Journal, Crimea, Ukraine
1993-2000 Co-created (with his mother, Olga) the first Tri-Yoga Center, Izum, Ukraine
1993 - Certified teacher of TriYoga International
1992 - Certified from The Yoga Federation of the USSR