Peter Watts Teacher Trainer
Peter is the Co-director of SomaChi, meditation instructor, YA certified SomaChi yoga instructor and philosophy teacher for the SomaChi teacher training with over 25 years of experience, and very excited to commence Teacher Training at Om Yoga in South Yarra.
Peter began his study of yoga in 1991 with ISKCON, studying Sanskrit, Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam , Mantra and Bhakti Yoga. With this strong interest, he then began learning different styles of Hatha Yoga, including Classical Hatha, Iyengar and Vinyasa flow. This further led to the study of Patanjali’s 8 Limbs and the Yoga Sutra’s.
It was around 1994 that Peter completed his first mindful retreat, a combination of Vipassana and Zen sitting and walking meditation, that a strong interest in Buddhism emerged. After completing one of Goenka’s 10 day Vipassana meditation retreats. Peter then developed a daily practice of sitting meditation and began learning the foundations of Buddhist philosophy, including the 4 Noble Truths, the 8 Fold Path Satipatthana. In 1998, he traveled to India to dedicate 6 months to personal study and practice in Buddhism. There he completed 3 of Goenka’s 10 day Vipassana’s, a 1 week personal retreat in Bodhgaya, and a 1 week personal retreat in Dharamsala.
On returning to Australia, he continued with a daily practice and study of sitting meditation and has completed more than 20 Vipasana’s in both the Theravadin tradition and the Shamatha/Vipashyana Mahayana tradition. It was at this time that he was introduced to the teachings of Dzongsar Kheyntse Rinpoche by his wife Lianne. Inspired by Rinpoche’s book, ‘How not to be a Buddhist’ The four seals of Buddhism, he began studying with Rinpoche’s group Siddhartha’s Intent. Completing the studies of texts including ‘The Middle Way’, ‘Departing from the four attachments’, and the ‘Mahayana Ornament Sutra’ with Rinpoche
Peter also continued to study and practice Yoga and Tai Chi, completing the 200 hour SomaChi certificate in 2010, and undertaking further study in Patanjali’s 8 limbs. He also began teaching Meditation at the SomaChi studio and Meditation and Yoga philosophy on the SomaChi certificate training in 2009.
Peter has also completed the Shambhala warrior series of Meditation with the Melbourne Shambala group. Shambahla Warrior Series is 6 years into the Dharma Gar program, a 10 year study in Buddhism involving 2 hours of sitting meditation and Buddhist practices a day and Buddhist text study. He also continues a personal study with Rinpoche on both the Mahayana and Vajrayana traditions.