Sitting on a plane to Jordan when I was 24 with only a few thousand pounds in my bank account, I didn’t know when I was going to come home, but I was prepared for it to be never.

Original Wisdom


India was my goal, and a need to immerse myself in Yoga.

But before I got there I lived with the Bedouins in the desert of Jordan, fell in love while studying Arabic in Damascus, let the sound of the call to prayer start to break down my atheist tendencies and spent weeks walking barefoot along the flagstones of Jerusalem.

But eventually I found myself in Rishikesh, India – I inhaled my last drag of a cigarette and I knew that now I was ready for the work to begin…

World Yoga Festival 2019 ~ First talk (19th July)

World Yoga Festival 2018 (this starts with chanting,  if you want to see Lucy talking head to 19.00)

Original Wisdom is a pathway for those wanting to experience the teachings of yoga philosophy for themselves through an immersion into sound, meditation and scholarly precision. It is the labour of love of a Sanskrit journeyer, of someone who was ‘got’ by a need to know the inner teachings of yoga, ‘the word’ and sound.

The teachings of Original Wisdom weave a precise and clear roadmap of the Sanskrit language with an experience of the sound of the language, allowing people to hear the subtleties of resonance and to trust the authority of their own experience. As we explore mantra together so we learn to walk the revelatory teaching of the great works of yoga philosophy and Original Wisdom is born; a knitted thread of both being and becoming.

Original Wisdom creates the space to enter the cosmic vision held within each letter of the Sanskrit language. And for those wanting to walk the path of intellectual illumination, Original Wisdom offers the teachings of Pāṇini, the great visionary of the Sanskrit language whose breathtaking exposition breaks open the understanding of our own language so that we begin to speak every utterance and hear every murmur of the mind as a whisper of the reverence of life herself.

Lucy Crisfieldfounded Original Wisdom to add depth and precision to the modern teachings of the ancient yoga lineages, inspired by her own desire for awakening and intellectual illumination. She shares her love of language with the intent of it opening spiritual doors and insights, weaving the teachings and sounds of the tradition to deepen understanding.

After studying the violin and piano at the Royal College of Music, Lucy received a first class honours degree in mathematics and Music and left London to travel solo through more than 15 countries over three years in her quest for a deeper understanding of life. During this time she discovered the magic of how the spiritual expresses itself through the word, studying Arabic in Damascus, Yemen and East London and Hebrew and Sanskrit at SOAS in London.

Lucy designs and delivers unique classes which fuse the intellectual rigour of her mathematical background and Sanskrit studies with her deep connection with sound received through her classical music training, and later through the teachings of the Krishnamcarya Yoga Mandiram and finally Peterji Harrison who initiated Lucy into the Advaita Vedanta tradition.