Acharya Yogesh is our guest teacher that has the unique ability to make philosophy come to life; bridging the gap between theory and daily life. He is a sincere practitioner and continues studying with several teachers. Yogesh is originally from Gujarat, India, and studied Yoga at the Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute in Lonavala – a well know Yoga Institute in India. Besides his vast interest in the Hatha Yoga path he has a deep interest in chakra therapy, cleansing and balancing. During the trainings he will share his knowledge and understanding of the teachings of Patanjali, Osho, Buddha, Gurdjieff, and Aurobindo. Over the years he has developed a more scientific attitude towards spiritual practices leading to a combination of Eastern feeling and Western mind. While he is not teaching he spends most of his time in Osho/Gurdjieff communities to further his understanding and journey.
Amy Rae Ruben
Amy entered her first yoga class with the same hesitation and timidness of a first date. The 50-minute hatha yoga class at her University was far from perfect, but it opened her eyes to the complexity of the science of yoga. Having endured several knee surgeries at a young age, as a dedicated athlete, she knew, in that first class, that she had found the practice that would continue to heal, inspire and encourage her to slow down and look closer. In the process of recovering from her own knee injuries, Amy became hooked on the therapeutic aspects of yoga. In her classes, Amy emphasizes proper alignment and encourages her students listen to their body’s limitations. Amy is dedicated to the continuation of growth as a practitioner and teacher. For Amy, the connection to self, breath and spirit—the practice of yoga—is a ceaseless journey. Amy is from Portland, Oregon in the United States. In 2010, she graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.Amy has spent the last few years working in communications and sustainability, studying permaculture and herbal medicine, and enriching herself with world travels.
Unconditional love and connecting to each other is what characterises Alisia. During the training Alisia is the host and makes people feel comfortable and at home. She is always attentive and with an eye for detail she has the ability to magically turn any place and situation into something beautiful. Other than that during the trainings Alisia teaches meditation, conscious movement and basics of thai yoga massage.
Alisia was born in Russia and has been exploring awareness through movement. She has been dancing since the age of 6 and teaching since the age of 15. Coming across yoga and meditation she committed herself to integrating this into her life.
She has been studying yoga, meditation, dance, and massage for more than 15 years now and has lived and worked in many countries like China, Turkey and different countries in Europe. She has been living in India for 7 years now and lived in ashrams in India 1,5 years.
Buddhi Prakash is one of our beloved guest teachers. His personality and deep personal experience make his philosophy classes deeply inspiring and enlightening. Having spend his life studying and practicing Yoga enables him to understand how to convey the vast philosophies in such way that they are helpful for any serious student. Above all he is an inspiring personality, spreading positivity with his infectious smile and laughter. Buddhi Prakash has been studying and practicing Yoga from childhood and has gained profound wisdom and experience since then. He completed his higher education in Agra and Haridwar, and got initiation in the Shankaracharya Tradition through his master Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. If he is not traveling to teach around India or abroad, he resides in Rishikesh were he has established the ‘Prakash Yoga Sewa Trust’, spreading the ultimate knowledge with whomever is eager to learn.
Diana dedicates herself to the study and practice of yoga since more than 10 years. During all this time, she has been exploring and experimenting different techniques that are related with the practice of consciousness awakening and with the development of the inner capacities of the human being. She has come to understand that each one of us has infinite capacity of power and we have only to wake them up to find this inexhaustible root of creative energy. Diana teaches different techniques such as meditation, visualisation, mantra chanting, asana, pranayama and conscious relaxation. Her studies have been deepened through teachers that she met through her trips in Chile, United States, Nepal and around of India; mainly in Rishikesh, Dharamshala, Varanasi and Bangalore. Her classes focus on awakening of senses, being the observer of body, mind and soul in order to get a connection with your inner self. She emphasises to always respect physical and mental limitations in order to overcome them and making a step forward.
Shekhar Raturi truly integrates all aspects of Yoga in his life. Humbly, honestly and authentically is how he approaches the practice and study of Yoga. Not rushing and pushing into any belief, asana or pranayama practice but step by step to get a good and firm foundation so that our physical, emotional and mental bodies are properly prepared. During the trainings Shekhar teaches kriyas, asanas and pranayama. His challenging asana classes are in the Traditional Hatha Yoga style and smartly sequenced to help you slowly and safely opening and strengthening your body. In this way we can practice advanced postures without hurting or getting any injuries, which are unfortunately not uncommon amongst yoga practitioners and teachers alike. Continuos practise with full dedication and devotion surely takes us wherever we want to be – that is his personal experience. Shekhar has been practicing Traditional Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga since many years now, studying with several teachers and at different ashrams around India. He finds joy in travelling and sharing his knowledge and experience with honest practitioners, which has so far brought him to China (2 months), Thailand (2 years) and various places in India.
Mahinder was born in an Indian family which followed the teachings of Ramana Maharishi. He started his own practice from early age and continues studying with other teachers but most of all gains more understanding by his daily own practice. According to Mahi, there is no better teacher then oneself. In the training our guest teacher Mahinder teaches Therapeutical Yoga, based on the Iyengar Yoga method. Mahinder loves to share his understanding about the alignment of the body and how this can bring physical and mental peace. He is always eager to teach whomever is genuinely interested and not afraid to gain deep understanding about oneself. For Mahinder, Yoga is a way to find liberation of the mind.
Born in Denmark, Bjoern started working with his body at an early age studying dance from the age of 4, transitioning from working as a professional dancer to the fitness industry but continuously practicing yoga for maintaining his physical and mental balance. Practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga in Denmark, Sweden and Australia his fascination with yogic philosophy as well as physical wellbeing brought him to India. Having completed his Teacher Training in 2013, Bjoern continued on to teach with Merel and her team in Goa. Passionate about the philosophy behind the world of Yoga and various styles such as Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga Vinyasa, Bjoerns deep passion lies within the therapeutic powers of asana practice on both the body and mind. Putting great emphasis on breathing techniques as well as asana alignment and adjustment, Bjoern has fresh in his mind what it’s like to be a teacher training student and wishes to help and guide new teachers on their path to fulfilment and joy.
Merel is the founder of Parimukti Yoga aiming to spread the beauty and benefits of yoga with whomever is open and motivated to learn, and not afraid to honestly reflect at oneself. For Merel, Yoga is awareness, both on the mat and in everyday life. Classes and teachings serve as an inspiration when stepping into daily life. Realizing that everyone starts with a different background and expectation she combines different practices to make them accessible and beneficial to all. Moreover Merel has personally experienced that integration of different practices such as pranayama, asana, and meditation can deeply heal the physical and mental body, which will ultimately make daily life more simple and beautiful. Merel is known for her open mind and perceptiveness to the varying needs of different students. Always being aware of where any individual student is, she adjusts the teachings smartly truly turning the teaching into an art. The foundation of anything she does is trust, reliability and authenticity. Her teachings are inspired by different schools and teachers but always blended with her own authentic personality and her own experience, understanding and wisdom. According to Merel this is what makes a true teacher: authenticity. Being authentic is the key to inspire others. In the teacher trainings Merel will guide you in the process of finding your authentic teaching style to being able to beautifully inspire others. Since 10 years Merel has been studying Yoga and has been inspired by both ancient and contemporary teachers. Besides Yoga she has been studying Buddhism and uses the teaching and practices of both philosophies throughout her own life and thus here classes. Merel has a degree in Medicine and International Public Health, and after an international career in the health care sector she has given herself the freedom to dedicate her life to the philosophy and practice of yoga and meditation. After some years of teaching in her hometown Amsterdam she now resides in India.