200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Team
Bhavini’s lifestyle, growing up in India, has always been sustained by asanas, pranayama and meditation. She, however, made a regular practice after an emotionally rough period few years back and since then, she has never looked back. The asanas, breath work and chanting led her to a breakthrough and she underwent a complete transformation which she believes will continue for years to come. The contentment that she derived from these practices guided her to share her knowledge with those who seek the same. She is a spirit full of wisdom, cheerful, and extremely grounded at the same time.
She has learnt under various teachers across India and blends the teachings to share a session designed to suit present moment, mood and level of the practitioners. She emphasizes on alignment while teaching Hatha yoga and breath work during Vinyasa Kramas. Always a student of life and yoga, Bhavini strives to strike balance in her own life which is also the intention for most of her classes, to help her students compensate what’s missing from their lives off the mat– movement, awareness, and deeper understanding of the consciousness.
Manjeet is born and brought up in India and has been travelling since seven years through the country seeking inspiration from different teachers. He has been a professional dancer, fitness enthusiast and intuitive since an early age. After a serious accident in the gym he suffered from a slipped disc. Through physiotherapy and stretching exercises, he was introduced to yoga and has been practising continuously since then.
Life changed for him when he found ‘his’ teacher guiding him through heart meditations and conscious breathwork. Since then, he has been sharing a wonderful combination of Hatha yoga, heart meditations, dance therapy and massage techniques.
He believes love and compassion are the only religion and life is a celebration of one’s own authentic self. He stresses the fact that even though each single session of his is transformational, the real yoga begins off the mat and in everyday life with our health, relationships, work and time alone. His motto: bring more love to each present moment through breath awareness and conscious actions.
At the age of fourteen, Inge started teaching. First gymnastics, then snowboarding, and later anything else worth sharing. For the past twelve years she has been travelling around the world, looking for a deeper understanding of both herself and her surroundings.
Yoga and breathing came into her life intuitively, over ten years ago because her body needed attention. Later she realised this personal practice is as important as any external therapy. This led her to India, where she continued studying the body and mind through spiritual practices, massage and other forms of body work (creating an understanding of our anatomy and physiology). The study of Ayurveda gave her a framework to analyse the characteristics of anything appearing in life and to understand their interaction with us individuals.
Teaching in itself became a passion, because the process of preparing and sharing knowledge helps her to grow in life: “I love to watch and assist others in growth. It deepens my understanding of the subject, because I have to find a way to help my students work with it. This can only be done by looking at how they approach it, and seeing where my experience can be useful for them – and theirs for me ;).”
Knowing bits of many different styles, in her classes, Inge likes to let things blend and reinforce each other. Using intra- and inter-personal practices to get the message across. She likes to encourage anybody to step out of their comfort zone, because: “Mostly, what holds us back is the limits we use to protect our idea of ‘I’.”
300 Hours Yoga Teacher Training &
Yoga Therapy Training Team
Merel is the founder of Parimukti Yoga & Meditation Center. For Merel, yoga is about understanding who we are and what our relation is to the world around us. We let go of any goals and aims including the wish to become enlightened or the proposed ‘good’ spiritual person, and look clearly at what is.
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; turning the teaching into an art. She is inspired by different schools and teachers but shares from her own experience and understanding. 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 Advaita Vedanta (non-duality) and uses the teaching and practices of both philosophies throughout her own life. 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.
Growing up in an ashram in Maharashtra, India, Meera has been living and practicing eastern philosophy from early age. Her interest for Hatha yoga sprouted relatively late but she feels that it is one of the most powerful practices and fully dedicates to it.
Half of the year she lives in Munich, Germany, and the other half she spends in India. Living both in India and Europe makes that she has the great ability to make eastern philosophy come to live for western minds. With her presence Meera makes you feel relaxed and at ease and at the same time challenges deep rooted concepts and ideas constantly.
Paul started his quest for freedom while playing in the forest in a small village in The Netherlands. While growing up he believed to find freedom in succes and independence, in university and career. After graduation and quitting his job at the government, it became very clear he had to get away from his Western habitat to discover India. That’s where he came in contact with Osho; an opening to a life of celebration and totality.
After staying in several Osho mediation centres and spending time in India , he moved to Australia where he ended up living in a meditation and celebration commune. He studied non-dualism in Portugal and now shares his love for self-inquiry in meditation retreats, but more so with anyone he meets. His sharings are based on becoming aware of belief (systems) and exploring the direct experiencing of life. In the 300 Hours Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Training he will teach about advaita (non-duality) and the art of living. Paul has lost his spiritual quest for freedom; nevertheless, his vivid curiosity for living is flourishing like never before.
In her lessons her personality, which is playful, energetic and introspective, shines through. After she received her first yoga lesson she directly knew she started to explore a path that would change her life. The awareness of the breath connected her with deeper layers: a fortification of magic! At the time she was teaching creative writing to children and started to integrate yogic elements in her lessons. Meanwhile, she started teaching ashtanga vinyasa, yin and yoga with special target groups (inmates, teenage mothers, refugees).
She always had a heart for travelling and feels very blessed to have the opportunity to share yoga at different locations; both in her home country the Netherlands and abroad: “How lovely it is to become a creative, versatile and skilful teacher, motivating and inspiring students in yoga schools, primary schools and at special locations like a prison in Peru, cultural center in Colombia and an eco housing project in Bali!”