My name is François Raoult—ethnomusicologist, yoga teacher, and student of Life.
I started Yoga in 1972 when I returned from my first pilgrimage to India. After five decades of practice, teaching, explorations, and inner/outer travels, it was time to write a book. Something my students and friends had been pushing me to do for years. A form of legacy.
The tragic pandemic meant I stopped traveling and teaching, cancelling retreats and workshops in many countries and suspending teacher trainings in Europe and America. Since March 2020, Life has given me precious time and an almost monastic daily routine in which I have finally had the opportunity to reflect, focus, and write every day. Over the years I have of course written in airports, cafes, lost places in the Himalayas, and remote islands. Now, I’m happy to share that this book, My Lifāsana, will be coming out.
My Lifāsana is a series of essays, aphorisms and poems—some philosophical, some technical, some autobiographical—about Life and all facets of Yoga: Pilgrimage, Asana, Pranayama, Music, Architecture, Puppetry, Savasana, Teaching, and what I call Miscellaneous. Some texts are serious, some wild.
Income has been scarce during this recent period and I need an editor, as well as an artist for illustrations and a graphic designer for the cover. I also need funds for book promotion and distribution, so I am launching a fundraising campaign with GoFundMe, with 10% of all contributions going to Doctors Without Borders, 1999 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, which does great missions world-wide where it is most needed, especially in India.
I hope you will support this project and share the news with your own networks. I’m so very excited and proud to share my yogic adventures on this planet as well as a little common sense and (I hope) wisdom with all of you—my friends, students and teachers, artists, yogi and non yogi, seekers and pilgrims from all ways of life.
My Lifāsana will appear on Open Sky Editions in Fall 2021.
Already grateful for your generosity,