100 Most Inspiring Yoga Teachers 2018 - 19

The profound knowledge and aura of yoga has not only empowered people at large but has enabled to evolve outstanding yoga personas who are guided by lineage of renowned yoga icons and their strong inclination to discover, explore and learn the remarkable scientific art of yoga. After the success of our first endeavor to introduce you to the 100 iconic yoga teachers from India. Hellomyyoga is introducing you to more yoga stalwarts as fulfilling our objective of bridging the gap between yoga seekers and genuine yoga abode and teachers so that the yogic light can have maximum reach. It will heal, evolve and pave the way to enlightened self, leading to a healthy and happy life for all. As mentioned earlier, every yoga teacher is valuable for their contribution towards society in terms of yogic wisdom and their initiatives they take for the welfare of people. It’s the result of their perseverance and faith in the ancient science of yoga that people are learning and passing on this legacy to the present generation and the flame of yoga is growing stronger with the fuel of efforts poured in by the yoga community.
We thank all the people especially the yoga teachers/trainers who made it possible by giving us their valuable time and helping us to unanimously serve the society.
Abhay Keste
Dr Abhay is a homeopathic doctor with profound knowledge of physiology, anatomy, pathology and Iyengar Yoga. Dr Abhay is BHMS -a degree in homeopathic medicine and surgery which equips him with a detailed knowledge of human anatomy and the scientific application of yoga postures and their healing effect on human physiology and psychology. Dr Abhay has established two yoga Centers titled Shrikant Yoga Center both situated at different locations in Belgaum, Karnataka which is equipped with all the props and equipment used in Iyengar yoga. One of these centers was inaugurated by Sri BKS Iyengar. Dr Abhay heals people with several diseases like Blood Pressure, Diabetes, PID, Arthritis, Spondylitis, Paralysis, Migraine, Piles, IBT etc. He applies a combination of homeopathy and yoga to devise a healing therapy to treat people at his centers. Dr Abhay has strong inclination and belief in yoga as therapy and acquired yoga wisdom at RIMYI, Pune though his father laid the foundation of yoga practice since childhood. His father has been practicing Iyengar yoga since 25 years. Dr Abhay conducts individual classes for sick, elderly people, women and children. Dr Abhay has several honours to his credit. He has conducted classes for NCC, several government and medical institutions on special days like World Diabetes Day, Central Excise Day, renowned schools and educational institutions and has also conducted classes for Doctors at Indian Medical Association. Moreover, he gives lectures to impart theoretical knowledge about yoga and displays the videos of Sri BKS Iyengar's practice and teaching in yoga sessions for clarity and understanding.
Abhijata Sridhar Iyengar
Granddaughter of Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, Abhijata has done Masters in Bioinformatics from Pune. She started practicing yoga under the disciplined and enlightened guidance of her grandfather, aunt Geeta, and uncle, Prashant Iyengar. She has been a dedicated practitioner since the age of 16. She has a unique training style and agility which makes learning more interesting and motivating. As an adept yoga trainer, she has independently handled training at various conventions worldwide. Presently she is a student as well as a senior faculty at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, Maharashtra.
Dr Achyuthan Eswar
Dr Achyuthan Eswar is a unique doctor who relies and recommends nature’s fruits which are scrumptious and holistic for health. Just like many remarkable yoga icons who gained most of their wisdom from their personal life and their struggles, Dr. Eswar also recognized the tremendous potential of yoga and naturopathy when he could perfectly heal his grandfather who suffered from the effect of Hypertensive medications and also see other members in the family leading a balanced and healthy life through natural diet. He was directed under the guidance of Dr. Subramaniam at Pavitra Nature and Yogha Hospital. The startling facts were in front of him and he decided to empower people to heal on their own without depending on medicines. Dr. Eswar learnt many healing techniques like Reiki to Reflexology, psychology. After completion of High School he began homeschooling with his family. He travelled vastly to villages and educational institutions to impart what he learnt till then. He got mentored from Dr. Ram Kumar, Punarnava Trust and Vidyagrama Healing Village gaining profound insight into traditional healing principles. Dr. Eswar was also awarded Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences from SDM College of Naturopathy And Health Sciences and a professional Medical degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in 2014. He has also presented award winning papers like “Vamana Dhauti and Asthma” and “Diabetes Mellitus and Fruit” at International Conferences. Post completion of his graduation he visited several clinics, medical colleges and hospitals associated with Yoga and Naturopathy and co-founded PHC, Poonarpusam Health Care and PHC Lifestyle Clinic which conducts workshops, seminars, talks, disease reversal programs, potlucks, school wellness programs, film screenings to spread awareness about natural foods and healthy living. PHC has successfully made a difference in 12,000 individuals and households today in a span of 2 years and continues to reach out to people in different communities both through online and offline initiatives echoing the message of “Be Your Own Doc”
A.G. Mohan
Sri A.G. Mohan is one of the seasoned yoga teachers with stronghand in traditional yoga, philosophy, and Ayurveda. He acquired wisdom under the aegis of renowned yoga legend Sri T Krishnamacharya. An engineer by profession then, Sri A.G. Mohan met Sri Krishnamacharya when he attended one of his lectures. At the age of 25 years, he had the privilege of being a personal student of his yoga guru from 1971-1989 and delved deep into the subjects of yoga, Upanishads, Samkhya, Sanskrit Grammar, yoga sutras, profound spiritual practices, chanting mantras and Ayurveda therapy. His application of learning and practice allowed him to begin his journey as a healer and wellness expert first with Ayurveda and gradually researching through the mental and psychological study of emotions and mental health. This paved the way towards co-relating them with the therapeutic power of Vedas through Vedic astrology and mantras. After an extensive study of ancient Indian literature and Buddhist texts too, he penned down his analysis, learnings and experiences in different books – Yoga for Body, Breath, and Mind, Yoga Therapy, Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings, Yoga Reminder and translated the works like Yoga Yajnavalkya and Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Today Sri A.G. Mohan along with his wife Smt. Indra Mohan, son Sri Ganesh Mohan and daughter Nitya Mohan and a team of experts is enlightening the yoga community by conducting various Training and therapy programs in India and abroad under the umbrella of Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda.
Ajay Tokas
With his roots in the traditional Hindu family, Ajay started his journey in 2004. Ajay is well acquainted with Bhakti yoga and went on many religious tours and came across many spiritual teachers. In 2010 he met his guru Sharath Jois and received level II authorization in Ashtanga yoga. He conducts classes in Delhi and his teachings reflect a blend of inner strength and spiritual awareness. Ajay Tokas has travelled extensively to places like Indonesia, Turkey, China, Philippines, Russia, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Russia, and Europe. His calm demeanor and focused approach inspires practitioners to reach higher levels of consciousness. Moreover his discipline and innate spirituality is reflected in the way he imparts wisdom and enables students to move through the asanas with ease and refine their practice through consistency and perseverance. Ajay’s unending quest for knowledge encourage him to keep learning and delve deep into the vast ocean of yoga and mentor people across India and the world with remarkable yogic intellect.
Grandmaster Akshar
Since childhood Akshar has the instincts of embracing a yogic life. Born in the Himalayan Mountains Akshar, at the age of 35 years indulged in acquiring yoga wisdom. As a result of strong perseverance and asceticism, he transformed into renowned Grand Master Akshar who established Akshar Yoga in South India. He is believed to possess mystical powers of healing techniques like Chakra Balancing, Positive affirmations, Aura Healing and emitting positive aura around. Grandmaster Akshar has mentored 3000 teachers worldwide and established 20 academies of Akshar Yoga. His teachings include a blend of Himalayan wisdom and contemporary wellness techniques that creates an innovative learning experience. He is credited with designing unique yoga courses for Corporates under Corporate Wellness Training and for children through Student Wellness Programs. Moreover, he introduced Aerial Yoga, Power Yoga and Akshar Yoga Wheel under the Banner of Made in India. Grand Master Akshar also encourages organic food and promotes them through ownership of Ayurveda and Organic Brand Labels. He is also the founder and owner of not for profit organization, World Yoga Organization.
Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani
MBBS, ADY, DPC, DSM, PGDFH, PGDY, FIAY, MD (Alt.Med), C-IAYT, DSc (Yoga) Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani is Director of the Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research (CYTER), and Professor of Yoga Therapy at the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry (www.sbvu.ac.in). A recipient of the coveted DSc in Yoga from SVYASA Yoga University in January 2019, he is also Chairman of the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, India (www.icyer.com) and Yoganjali Natyalayam, the premier institute of Yoga and Carnatic Music and Bharatanatyam in Pondicherry (www.rishiculture.in). He is the son and successor of the internationally acclaimed Yoga team of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj and Yogacharini Kalaimamani Ammaji, Smt Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani. He is a Gold Medallist in Medical Studies (MBBS) with postgraduate diplomas in both Family Health (PGDFH) as well as Yoga (PGDY) and the Advanced Diploma in Yoga under his illustrious parents in 1991-93. A Fellow of the Indian Academy of Yoga, he has authored 19 DVDs and 23 books on Yoga as well as published more than two hundred and fifty papers, compilations and abstracts on Yoga and Yoga research in National and International Journals. His literary works have more than 1600 Citations, with an h-Index of 19 and an i10-Index of 33. In addition, he is a Classical Indian Vocalist, Percussionist, Music Composer and Choreographer of Indian Classical Dance. He is a recognized Ph.D. guide for Yoga Therapy and is the first Indian to be recognized as an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA. In recent years he has traveled abroad 18 times and conducted invited talks, public events, workshops and retreats and been major presenter at Yoga conferences in the UK, USA, Italy, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. He is an Honorary Advisor to the International Association of Yoga Therapists (www.iayt.org), Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists (www.yogatherapy.org.au), World Yoga Foundation (www.worldyogafoundation.in) and Gitananda Yoga Associations worldwide (www.rishiculture.in). He is currently member of numerous expert committees of the Ministry of AYUSH including its National Board for Promotion of Yoga and Naturopathy, Scientific Advisory Committee & Standing Finance Committees of CCRYN, Technical Committee of the Yoga Certification Board, Expert Committees for Celebration of International Yoga Day and the Yoga & Diabetes program. He is Consultant Resource Person for the WHO Collaborative Centre in Traditional Medicine (Yoga) at MDNIY, New Delhi. He is also EC member and Director Publications of the Indian Yoga Association (www.yogaiya.in) and Board of Directors of the Council for Yoga Accreditation International (www.cyai.org).
Anand Mehrotra
A carrier of immense wisdom and vision for spiritual transformation, Anand Mehrotra is a magnificent teacher with his roots in the yoga capital Rishikesh. He is well acquainted in the ancient teachings and philosophies related to yoga. Anand has trained many renowned personalities from diverse occupations, cultures, and regions across the world. Founder of Sattva Yoga and Sattva Yoga Academy which offers various accreditation courses, he is a well- known entrepreneur, social change initiator, and an innovative thought leader. Anand teaches Sattva yoga which evolved from Vedanta and tantric traditions. It is a holistic and comprehensive yoga that incorporates modern science and mind-body research.
Yogacharya Arun Pandala
Yogacharya Arun Pandala is the co-founder, Joint director and one of the senior-most teachers at Sivananda Yoga Centre Gurgaon. He is practicing yoga since 1992 and started imparting training in 1995. Arun has set global standards for yoga. He is the Secretary of the Technical Committee set up by QCI to formulate and execute a voluntary certification process for yoga professionals and certify yoga schools in India and abroad according to internationally accepted parameters. He has also taught at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Centre. He also gives his learning and experience insights in reputed articles so that practitioners at any level of practice can understand about the yoga discipline and most importantly our physical limitations which are temporary. Arun quitted his advertising field job and embraced yoga and also understands how difficult it is to deal with stressful life of the modern world, therefore more and more people from diverse professional areas are turning towards yoga and why yoga is gaining popularity worldwide.
Ashish Kr. Sharma
Ashish is a young and experienced teacher of Hatha yoga. He focuses on proper alignment and flexibility. He underwent training under different experienced teachers but considers his brother Pankaj Sharma as his first guru. Ashish is well versed in asanas and understands the biomechanics of body. He is one of the best teachers of Hatha yoga in Rishikesh who helps in strengthening the body applying the geometrical approach in asanas. Ashish helps in optimizing the use and avoiding injuries of muscles while performing asanas. Resultantly, practitioners are able to gain control of their body and muscles which enables them to perform the complex asanas with ease.
Bharat Bhushan
Swamiji did not receive any formal education but only incorporated the teachings of scriptures and Vedanta in his lifestyle. He is inspired by Swami Vivekananda, Nanak ji, Swami Dayanand Saraswati ji, and Kabir. Swamiji has given many spiritual discourses on Vedanta and yoga for the weal of common man. Moreover, he always encourages people to give something to this world in return. He serves society through his yoga training camps, live blood banks, Yagya shala to preserve nature and prevent global warming. He has also educated the youth on how to stay healthy and channelize their energies for the development of society. He received several recognitions for his work like Padma Shri Yog Chakravorty, Modern Vivekanand, Honorary Doctorate and Bharat Rashtra Ratna to name a few.
Bharath Shetty
With the experience of over 21 years, Bharath Shetty is the founder of a new technique of Yoga Indea yoga which means inner light. This style is a combination of Iyengar, Hatha and Ashtanga yoga and focus on the coordination of breath, body, and mind. Bharath had suffered from chronic asthma and severe injury which incapacitated his legs. He recovered from both with the consistent practice of yoga and determination. In 1999 he met his Guru Sri BKS Iyengar and acquired knowledge and training in yoga. Thereafter he started teaching yoga. He set up Indea yoga in Mysuru in 2004 where regular TTC classes are conducted. Bharath has been conferred with titles like Yoga Shiromani and Yogacharya. He is the first Indian yoga teacher to receive E-RYT 500 certification and mentored over 900 teachers across 70 countries.
Birjoo H. Mehta
Birjoo is adept and focused yoga trainer who learned yoga under the tutelage of Sri BKS Iyengar in 1974. An engineer by profession, he is a very senior teacher of Iyengar yoga at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune and is a trustee of Light on Yoga Research Trust, Mumbai. He used to demonstrate the Iyengar yoga at the conventions and workshops attended by his guru. He learned not only right postures, alignment, and breathing but also imbibed the teachings about spiritual and mental processes and their prominence in performing asanas. Today he guides his students to think intellectually while going through the asanas and bring mind to a static and balanced state that can be directed towards performing the postures without any fear or anxiety of doing them. As a guest leader of Iyengar Yoga convention at San Diego in 2013, he lead national Iyengar yoga conventions in Germany, Spain, U.K., France, and South Africa.
B. Naga Kumar
A diploma in mechanical engineering, B. Naga Kumar always had an inclination towards asceticism. Kumar wandered from place to place and tried several occupations to find the truth. At this time he came across Osho’s teachings and techniques through Swami Poornananda. He practiced his teachings and was accepted in the order of sannyasins as Swami Jeevan Vimal by Swami Anand Swabhav. Kumar wanted to understand the connection between mind, body, and soul. Therefore he underwent training in different types therapeutic, transformational and healing techniques like ayurvedic massage, craniosacral therapy training, Joint release training and many more He also conducted various types of therapies like rose therapy, tantric therapy, who-is-in therapy, mind therapy, and Transomatic therapy thus working on mind and body in a unique way. In 2001 he started working as a trainer in the ayurvedic massage and conceptualized the idea of his center-Mumuksha, where healing and transformation practices happen. In 2007 he became a certified Transomatic Dialogue Therapist from Osho Ashram, Pune.
Sri BNS Iyengar
With over 70 years of yoga experience, Sri BNS Iyengar is the only traditional yoga teacher in a series of lineage of renowned gurus who is still there to guide people and comprehend the meaning of true yoga. He is the disciple of Sri T. Krishnamacharya and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. He is adept in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, a Sanskrit scholar and well acquainted with ancient scriptures. All this adds up to an amazing learned yoga teacher who knows what works best for the students, how to engage, involve and evolve every aspect of a being in yoga and its path. Born and brought up in a religious atmosphere, Sri Iyengar gained early education in prestigious college Maharaja’s Sanskrit College, Mysuru. He first learned yoga under Sri T. Krishnamacharya, thereafter he continued his learning under Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. In this duration of 12 years, he gained profound knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and specialized in various elements- Pranayama, asanas, mudra, vinyasavidya, Nyasa vidya, and many others.
Shri B Raghavendra Shenoy
Shri Raghavendra is a dedicated and disciplined yoga teacher in Basavanagudi. His forte is Iyengar yoga and is the first formal teacher of renowned yoga teacher Gowrisha Hosakere. He has taught in Rashtrotthana Kendra and later he started teaching in Niraamaya Yoga Kuteeram, Bengaluru. He is a simple person with profound wisdom and a vision for yoga. He maintains the sanctity of the yoga venue by ensuring its cleanliness and punctuality. Moreover, his teaching style is a perfect example of learning with fun as he incorporates humor in his interaction with students.
Swami Chidanand Saraswati
Swami Chidanand Saraswati is the President and Spiritual guru at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh. He embraced a yogic life at the age of 8. He spent nine years of austerity in the forest and came back on the order of his guru. Thereafter Swami ji took formal education. He has a Masters Degree in Philosophy and Sanskrit and is proficient in many languages. His ashram reflects his philosophy which is to serve humanity and mankind. Swamiji through his ashram not only provide yoga training but also provide education to underprivileged apart from training and health care to those in need. He is the founder and co-founder of many organizations aimed at the welfare and development of nature and human beings.
CM Bhandari
C M Bhandari was born in a family of Vedic tradition in Dehradun. An alumnus of IIT, Kanpur with Masters in Physics, Chandra Mohan Bhandari has been a Yogi all his life which enabled him to delve deep into the insights of Yoga and practical aspects of Vedic Sciences. He is a former career diplomat and Ambassador of India to Cambodia, United Arab Emirates, Poland and Lithuania. Despite holding esteemed designations in renowned Government departments he is a simple and a humble trainer who is highly revered by his yoga students for his wisdom. He mentors people in Yoga and Ayurvedic science through his own experiences and acquaints students with the subtle and incomprehensible deeper levels of consciousness where engineering and biochemical processes take place all the time. Once a practitioner is able to understand the three personalities of a body, one can achieve holistic health, happiness, and wellness. Mr. C M Bhandari made Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh, his spiritual sojourn from 2010-12. Later he got engaged in transforming his native village Mawra, Ranikhet, Almora into Yog Ayurved destination and conducts yoga programs there. He also runs a Yog Ayurved Center in Poland and has authored several books like 3 Volume series- Yog Shakti, an Encyclopedia of Yogic Science, Journey to Heaven: Kailas Mansarovar and Saving Angkor on Cambodia’s ancient Hindu Temples to name a few.
Dr. Deepak Sachdeva
Dr. Deepak Sachdeva evolved the teachings of traditional yoga gurus like BKS Iyengar to devise a new concept of Medical Yoga. This concept is the combination of Medical Science and Hatha yoga. It aims at channelizing the inner and outer energies to harmonize the three elements of our being- mind, body, and soul. The medical science is applied in the diagnosis of a disease and yoga is used in its treatment. Dr. Deepak is the founder and healer at Dr. Deepak Sachdeva’s Medical Yoga, Delhi. Dr. Deepak is trained in classical yoga and a Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Restorative yoga from Dr. Karandikar's Kabirbagh Math Sanstha, Pune. He practiced and got trained under the aegis of Acharya Yoganand alias Dr. S.V. Karandikar (MBBS) who worked with Sri BKS Iyengar for many years and refined the yoga practice using Straps and belts to heal serious health problems.
Deepika Mehta
Three words aptly describe Deepika- Beauty, Balance and Brilliance. A strong-willed person who overcame her life-threatening injuries through yoga and meditation. She underwent training at Sivananda Yoga ashram, Kerala and later through K. Pattabhi Jois in 2002. She is a living example that ‘yoga is for everyone’ and it can heal you inside-out. Deepika is a Level-2 authorized teacher from KPJAYI. Deepika is one of the most well-known names in the yoga world today and has been on the forefront of yoga, fitness, wellness in India since 2001. She is known for her motivational and inspirational style of teaching, believing that anyone can achieve what they want if they put their mind to it. She has had several television shows of her own like Yoga City on NDTV Good Times, Tata Sky Active Fitness, Biggest Loser. She has been featured in various publications in India including Vogue, India Today, Elle Magazine, etc. and was featured on the cover of India Today. Deepika conducts regular yoga classes in Mumbai and imparts wisdom about diet and lifestyle to corporates and individuals all across the country.
Devki Desai
Devki is an Iyengar yoga expert who acquired training directly from Sri BKS Iyengar, Prashant Iyengar and Geeta Iyengar. Her yoga journey began in 1984 and Iyengar yoga training at the age of 19 years. In 1988 destiny brought her to Pune where she further enhanced her yoga learning and started teaching in 1995 with Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune which she continues till date. Devki has traveled extensively worldwide to promote the teachings of Sri BKS Iyengar. She imparts yoga training to women and children in both general and advanced classes. Her forte is Pranayama and therapeutic yoga. Devki teaches in a clear and precise way with profound insight and explanation of yoga philosophy and asanas. The wisdom, confidence and pleasing persona as a senior Iyengar yoga teacher has earned her great respect and affection from students all over the world. She is a fun-loving, energetic and enthusiastic trainer who incorporates the philosophy of Patanjali with ease and precision even simple enough for students to follow.
Dr. Fharzana Siraj
Dr. Fharzana initiated yoga at the age of 13 years. Having encountered severe problems during her practice she modified her practice to Iyengar yoga. She reveres Sri BKS Iyengar as one of the pioneers and authorities in the field of traditional yoga. She got completely healed and transformed through yoga. She completed her Doctorate in alternate medicine and Masters in Yoga Therapy and continued further research in the same field. Dr. Fharzana is MD in Alternate medicine from IBAM. She has done yoga instructors course from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhan Samsthana, Bengaluru, certified in yoga therapy from Mediyoga along with being a certified trainer from Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune. She is the founder and therapeutic yoga consultant at Orange Ray wellness Centre, Chennai and co-founder and therapeutic consultant of Krishna Yog Clinic, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Being a doctor she understands how different yoga exercises work on human anatomy and ensure proper healing and recovery along with maintaining the physical, mental and spiritual balance. Dr. Fharzana has enlightened and continues to enlighten the lives of several people through her center, workshops, and events in an effort to encourage people towards a life full of hope and prosperity.
Firooza Ali Razvi
Firooza Ali Razvi is yet another torchbearer of yoga with remarkable teaching acumen. She is an adept Iyengar yoga mentor who imbibed the yogic art from Sri BKS Iyengar since 1977 and has been practicing with Ms. Geeta and Sri Prashant Iyengar since 1977. She gives weekly sessions on yoga at The Light on Yoga Research Trust Mumbai since its inception in 1980. Moreover, she is a renowned and revered face of yoga in UK and other countries since 2006. She also represented Iyengar yoga at International Yoga Conference in New Delhi on the occasion of International Yoga Day in 2015 and also conducted workshops and lectures on Yoga in the U.S. which received an overwhelming response and made her pay a repeat visit to U.S. as a yoga icon. Ms. Firooza is M.Phil and teaches philosophy to undergraduates. Her yoga insight coupled with experience in philosophy facilitates strong guided support and co-ordination in practice and approach to yoga. She is one of the most influential yoga teachers today who marks her presence with her unique teaching style wherever she goes and has been scattering the pearls of wisdom and happiness.
Ganga Puri
Ganga Puri was born to a Juna Akhara sage Baba Santosh Puri who lived an austere life in the Himalayas and Narvada Devi Puri Ma, a German by origin who came to India and was drawn to the culture and yogic life in India. Ganga Puri thus remained in the company of holy men and women which laid the foundation of an enlightened life. Ganga Puri is a Physics and Mathematics graduate from Garhwal University. He embraced full-fledged yogic life in 2011 after his father took Mahasamadhi. After 12 years of consistent and profound self-study and practice, Ganga developed his own system of yoga – Ayasa Vinyasa Yoganga Abhyasa, a 7 limb Hath yoga practice including Shatkarma, Asana, Mudra, Pratyahara, Pranayama, Dhyana and Samadhi. Ganga has devoted his life to helping yoga seekers gain the right guidance to traditional yoga practice. His sessions ensure proper alignment, balance of male and female energies, clarity in mental vision, control over the breath, balance of gunas and opening of Chakras. The ashram has evolved into a centre for Spiritual research, Ayurveda and yogic art of living. With a thorough knowledge of ancient scriptures and adroitness in practice, he has been invited by many countries for his enlightening sessions at Retreats, Yoga Festivals, and studios.
Geetha Shankar
With a rich experience of yoga training of over 20 years under the aegis of Shri TKV Desikachar, Ms. Geetha Shankar has studied yoga philosophy and application of yoga in illness and spirituality for over 20 years. She is HOD for yoga studies. She is also senior faculty at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and Director of KYM Institute of Yoga Studies, a teacher and yoga therapist consultant at KYM. She has conducted many programs which include theory, practice application, and philosophy of yoga. She also learned Vedic chanting and its significance in the healing process. In her career, till now she has conducted yoga classes encompassing all aspects of yoga, Yoga therapy classes and consultations nationally and internationally. She was appointed as Nodal Officer of Swami Vivekananda District Wellness Centre and directed District Wellness Centres at Puducherry,y Tamil Nadu, and Andaman and Nicobar. She has presented many papers and delivered lectures at various institutions of repute. In 2016, she was invited by Indian Embassy in China to conduct yoga workshop in Chengdu, China on the occasion of the India-China International Yoga Festival.
Swami Govindananda
A Charismatic teacher and a skilled yoga expert. Swami Govindananda has accumulated a wealth of knowledge from various yoga schools of repute. His guru was Swami Vishnudevananda. Swamiji joined Sivananda Yoga ashram in Kerala and acquired yoga knowledge from the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre organization. He graduated in physics and a B.Ed allowing him to impart complicated concepts with ease which is easily understood by students irrespective of their age or culture. He teaches his students involving the elements of passion, energy, and humor which is inexhaustible. With over 30 years of teaching experience, Swamiji has dedicated 23 years in Sivananda yoga Vedanta centers existing worldwide. He teaches a wide range of subjects from traditional yoga forms- Hatha, Raja Yoga, Meditation, philosophy, Vedanta philosophy, Sanskrit, Scriptures, Pranayama, yogic diet to advanced yoga and teaching skills.
Smt. Hansa Jayadeva Yogendra
She is a multi-talented personality in the field of yoga for around four decades. Hansaji has been a religious follower of yoga institute since long. A science graduate and degree holder in Law, Hansaji revolutionized the practices of Yoga Institute by her innate creativity, wisdom, and experience. She initiated the changes which she feels strongly about especially she widened the scope of women at the institute. In 1997 she became the director of the Yoga Institute, Mumbai. She has been active in promoting yoga through print and electronic media. Currently, she is the president of the International Board of Yoga.
Dr. H.R. Nagendra
A Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from IISC Bangalore, H R Nagendra moved towards enlightening the world with spiritual wisdom and training. He is an adept yoga therapist who serves as a personal yoga consultant to PM of India Mr. Narendra Modi. He has been a guiding light for yoga centers in Nimhans for over 15 years. He has written several books and research papers on yoga therapy, co-authored many papers, guided dissertations and presented several papers in conferences abroad. He has been awarded Yoga Shree in 1997 from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Currently, he is the President of VYASA.
Yoga Praveena H.S. Arun
The inclination towards yoga began when Arun developed Asthma. He was a chartered accountant by profession residing in Sringeri. In 1978 he met his guru Sri B.K.S. Iyengar at a yoga centre in Bengaluru where he was teaching. Soon he joined his institute in Pune and religiously followed and practiced Iyengar yoga and later developed his own style of teaching based on his learning from his guru and experience at the center. Today he has his own Prashant Yogashraya Retreat center in Bangalore. It’s been over three decades that Arun has been teaching yoga and has a huge network of followers worldwide especially South America. His approach to teaching is simple and based on individual needs. For his outstanding grasp of the subject and teaching skills, the state government and various institutions have honored him with the numerous titles. Some of them are - Yoga Praveena, Yoga Bhaskara, Yoga Sri, Adarsha Yogacharya, Rajyotsava Award, Swananda Kalasri.
Indra Mohan
Sri Indra Mohan has received Post graduate Diploma from Sri Krishnamacharya and is an adept yoga trainer who is both teaching and practicing yoga since 3 decades. She is a strong persona with calm demeanor who is a source of inspiration and support to her students. Just like his husband Sri A.G. Mohan she is a disciplined, dedicated and religious person with strong influence and understanding of ancient texts so much so that she derived the right way of life from them. Moreover, she believes in constant learning and imparting knowledge just the way she acquired from her guru, the traditional mode of learning considering each student as unique. She travels extensively with her husband to conduct various programmes and workshops in different parts of the world.
Ira Trivedi
Ira Trivedi is a wordsmith and an adept Hatha Yoga trainer in New Delhi. She is one of those enlightened yoga icons who instructed the first International yoga Day that created Guinness record for maximum nationalities participants and for being the longest yoga class. Ira has underwent profound training in asana and pranayama. She is a Master of Yoga from Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre and earned the title of Yogacharya. Ira appears as a host on Doordarshan and India Today apart from several other shows on television. She is quite inclined towards Hindu Philosophy and Vedanta. Ira is the proud owner and founder of Namami Yoga, a charitable organization that imparts yoga education and life coaching to underprivileged children in India. Ira has won several recognitions for her work on issues related to women like UK Media award for bride trafficking and New Indian Express Devi Women’s award. Ira has traveled extensively around the world and has been recognized amongst the 100 most influential women in the world by BBC in 2017.
Dr. Ishwar V. Basavaraddi
Dr. Ishwar Basavaraddi has been the director of Morarji Desai National Institute of yoga since 2005. He has served as lecturer and HOD in Karnataka University for 16 years and has a rich experience of over 28 years in yoga healing, education and research. Dr. Basavarradi has provided training and therapy to around 80,000 people from different areas. He is Masters in Philosophy and doctorate in yogic philosophy. He has also trained in Advanced yoga Sadhana from reputed institutions. Dr. Basavarradi is an eminent member of various National and International organizations.
Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudeva
Jaggi Vasudeva is a renowned yoga guru and the founder of Isha Foundation. Sadhguru aims to educate people about the purpose of yoga, its philosophy, experience, and conduct. He solves the mysteries attached to the divine power and yogic pathways to experience the power of self and the infinite in sync and balanced. Sadhguru was the son of an ophthalmologist and a graduate in English literature. Spiritual experience came at the age of 12 years when he met Malladihali Sri Raghavendra Swamiji. He taught him simple asanas which Sadhguru religiously followed and slowly transformation within was experienced by him. For some time he returned to his previous life to his family. But later went on his spiritual odyssey in search of the answers to his mystical experiences. He started his first yoga class in Mysuru in 1983 from there he started classes in Hyderabad and Karnataka and gradually Isha Foundation came into existence in 1994. He pioneered such concepts like Inner Engineering, Chit Shakti and IshaKriya, forms of guided meditation in spiritual awakening that people of the modern world can learn and derive its benefits.
Jawahar Bangera
Jawahar is one of the earliest disciples of Sri BKS Iyengar from Mumbai who initiated his practice in 1969. He is a stalwart in Iyengar yoga who imparts yoga training at Yogashraya in Mumbai. He has also been a strong resource who accompanied guruji on various yoga tours and a large number of workshops all across the world. He is a trustee of Light on Yoga Research Trust which came into existence in 1978 to celebrate the 60th birthday of Sri BKS Iyengar. The trust aims to promote learning and encourage people to practice Iyengar yoga. He is an experienced, dedicated and influential teacher who enables practitioners to imbibe and grasp the fundamentals of Iyengar yoga. Jawahar continues to conduct workshops in different Iyengar yoga centers from time to time. He has also been an esteemed guest trainer at various conventions held in different parts of the world. Jawahar is a distinguished teacher with a firm hold on the roots of traditional yoga and profound wisdom of Patanjali yoga sutras. He preaches that yoga is not confined to asanas but it is a whole set of all the eight limbs which many people miss out or just work only on a part of it. Jawahar Bangera believes that a practitioner evolves each day in some form or the other.
Dr. Jivasu
Jivasu – a pediatrician by profession has gained wisdom and expertise as a result of close analysis of experiences he had in his life. His fear of death convinced him to learn more about self and adopt a lifestyle that is healthy for him. Later he went to medical school where he studied spirituality and neuroscience from the works of Indian and western philosophers. After thorough research on various ailments, he delved into the study of Ayurveda, philosophy, and religion. Finally, he realized the essence of life is being natural as we are born from nature and it has the power to heal and whatever exists and ends is a part of the natural process. Jivasu today spreads his knowledge in different parts of the world and is directing people towards Naturality – Sahajta to live a healthy life. He currently teaches Naturality programs in Canada, India, and Japan along with his wife Karen.
Jyotsna Narayanan
Jyotsna is embodiment of creativity and tradition. She is adept in Bharatnatyam, an alumni of Kalakshetra where she studied about dance philosophy and tradition for a considerable period of time. She acquired wisdom in yoga philosophy and practice under the aegis of Sri TKV Desikachar for over three decades. The influence of family, teachers, friends and the Indianness empowered her in last 25 years to share her learning of yoga, dance and comprehend the written literature. She has delved deep into classical Indian dramaturgy and dance, to understand the logic behind emotions and relate it to yoga philosophy.
Kamal Singh
Yogi Kamal Singh is E-RYT 500 certified and remarkable Ashtanga yoga teacher. He has acquired a Masters Degree in yoga from Garhwal University and has many degrees to his credit from esteemed yoga institutions like Bihar School of Yoga, Sivananda Academy, and Satyananda Yoga Centre. Kamal has traveled extensively receiving the best from many yoga teachers. The essence of those teachings and his own research through his practice enabled him to devise his own style of teaching that involves a tremendous amount of energy, alignment, and adjustments. Kamal works on all these areas and instructions enable to practice this style of yoga safely and swiftly. Tattvaa Yogashala is the brainchild of Yogi Kamal which came into existence in 2007 in his hometown Rishikesh.
Dr. Kausthub Desikachar
Dr. Kausthub belongs to the traditional lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and has been teaching yoga for over 15 years to a variety of students. He started learning yoga at the age of 9 under the aegis of his father Sri TKV Desikachar. As a yoga teacher he initiated teaching at the age of 13 years. He completed dual Master degree from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences and became a full-time student and teacher of yoga. Thereafter in 2011, he acquired his doctoral degree from Psychology Department from the University of Madras, with his research topic – “Effect of Individualized Yoga Training on Quality of Life”. Dr. Kausthub is an acclaimed yoga therapist who provides remedies for all kinds of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual ailments. He has conducted many training and therapist training programs all across the world. His approach to healing includes Postures, breath regulation, meditation, dietary recommendation, lifestyle suggestions, chanting, visualizations, energetic seals, symbolic gestures and guided self-inquiry. He also has a remarkable teaching acumen where he incorporates traditional theories and practice with modern learning environment. Dr. Kausthub is a member and advisor to many recognized institutes and organizations - American Psychological Association, Member of International Positive Psychology Association, and Life Member of Indian School Psychology Association. He is also a co-founder of the online journal “Synergies in Healing” that bridges the gap between ancient wisdom and modern science. He has also been a Patron to the British Wheel of Yoga and an advisor to the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Kobad Variava
Sri Kobad Variava is a senior Iyengar Yoga teacher since 1976, who acquired yoga training from Sri BKS Iyengar. He also studied at Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute, Pune and also conducts yoga classes at Gamdevi for Light of Yoga Trust organized by Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute. He is a humble and fun filled persona who teaches with great zeal and precision. His profound wisdom has enabled him to become a renowned face of yoga with famous personalities. Sri Kobad is the founder of Shivkripa Yoga Center in Mumbai. Moreover he conducts yoga workshops and imparts personalized trainings to people in India and abroad. His main emphasis is on Pranayama and Proper alignment and believes that every human should be humble and kind in order to succeed in life.
Dr. Krishnaraman
Dr. Krishna is a yoga practitioner since the age of 14 years. A doctor by profession who integrates yoga in his medical research and practice. Dr. Krishnaraman is MBBS, FCCP and a graduate in Medicine from Madras Medical College, Chennai. He learned about the clinical benefits of Hatha yoga under the aegis of Sri BKS Iyengar. He continued his research in applying the principles of yoga in the process of healing. After finding visible results on ailing patients, he started spreading traditional yoga as a panacea for several illnesses. Dr. Krishnaraman is a medical practitioner at Mediyoga in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. He has authored books on yoga – A Matter of Health- Integration of Yoga and Western Medicine for Prevention and Cure, Yoga and Medical Science: FAQ which clarifies the unscientific myths about yoga and put forth adequate medical evidence to support its utility in medical field.
Dr. Latha Satish
A disciple of renowned yoga gurus Sri BKS Iyengar and Sri TKV Desikachar, Dr. Latha has successfully propounded the teachings of these traditional yoga teachers before many students. She is Ph.D. in Psychology and had been a research scientist in Madras University. She is well versed in both yoga and psychology. Dr. Latha has worked dedicatedly on various research articles on yoga- “Yoga Therapy at KYM” and Yoga Intervention of Persons with Epilepsy a three-year project by Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram under the patronage of CCRYN, where she designed therapeutic techniques as a research head. Presently she is managing Yoga research Therapy activities at KYM and has also started research studies on Effect of Chanting on Cognitive Functions of Children and Yoga Intervention for Management of Type II Diabetes. Dr. Latha is a co-guide in the research study on Yoga and Depression at KYM. She is also the chairperson of KYM Research Council and was invited by Ministry of AYUSH to speak at an international conference on Yoga for Public Healthcare.
Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani
Meenakshi Devi was born in U.S. but made India her home at the age of 25 years. She came to India to learn yoga and got influenced by its culture. She married Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj whom she met as his guru in 1968. She is the resident Acharya of Ananda Ashram founded by Swami Gitananda and devoted all her life to his teachings and taking care of the institutions founded by him. She lives along with her son and other teachers in the ashram. She has taught yoga and Bharatnatyam to around 10,000 village children. Meenakshi Devi is a journalist by profession; her articles get published in national and international newspapers and magazines. She has also been the editor of International magazine Yoga Life and also the managing editor of Ananda Ashram’s publishing unit Satya Press. She is also a popular speaker and organizing Secretary of yoga conferences. She has been the recipient of several awards: Yogamani in 1986 at the International yoga conference, Bhaskar award by Bharat Nirman for her contribution to Indian Culture and Spirituality an honour only given to 50 eminent people, Puducherry Government gave her the highest award for artist Puduvai Kalaimamani award for her work in Bharatnatyam. She was named as an eminent yoga expert to the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy. Apart from this she has also received an award for Outstanding Senior Citizen, Yogacharya Sundaram Gold Medal for Excellence in Yoga, Fellowship of Indian Academy of Yoga and was honored for bringing fame to Puducherry state, awarded by the Department of Women and Child Welfare, Government of Puducherry.
Menaka Desikachar
Sri Menaka Desikachar is the wife and disciple of renowned Yoga teacher Sri TKV Desikachar who learned yoga under his guidance for around 40 years. She graduated as a yoga teacher by Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya and has been quite active in propounding the teachings of his father-in-law, Sri T Krishnamacharya. For many years, she has served as the director of Vedavani, a department of Vedic chanting in Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai. Sri Menaka is adept in Vedic chanting and an impeccable yoga therapist with keen insight about the spine, physical misalignment and constitutional imbalances and how the application of yoga can ensure healing and balancing the physical as well as mental set up. With strong yoga acumen and a pleasant demeanor, Sri Menaka is a source of inspiration and the most sought after person for guidance especially for female students at the time of pregnancy and for understanding the problems regarding health of children. She has conducted several programs about yoga, Vedic chanting and yoga therapy with her husband and children for spreading the yogic light in India and abroad. Presently she is a faculty member of Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation, Chennai.
Mini Shastri
Mini Shastri is a renowned yoga expert and lifestyle trainer. A granddaughter-in-law of India‘s Late Prime Minister Sri Lal Bahadur Shastri. Mini is trained in Hatha yoga from Kerala and acquired further wisdom in yoga from renowned institutes in Chennai, Mysuru, and Bengaluru and through her travel across the world. She is a gentle, soft-spoken and composed persona with an eye for detail and perfection in practice. Mini Shastri imparts yoga training to practitioners of different levels and diverse needs. Her Yoga studio Omyogashala in New Delhi is quite unique and has an ambience of silence, sanctity, devotion and focus, strongly resembling a traditional yoga shala. Her teachings are not just confined to asanas but also encompass meditation and chanting. She has remarkable wisdom about anatomy and her spirituality is quite profound and commendable. Being a fitness expert she has conducted several workshops on food and nutrition. She has also authored a book titled Yoga for Kids.
M.S. Viswanath
He is popularly known as Masterji. Sri Viswanath has been teaching yoga for over 40 years. He started his yoga training under the guidance of his uncle Sri K. Pattabhi Jois at the age of 10 years and remained under his aegis for 15 years. He has been empowering the teachers to further their practical and theoretical wisdom of yoga. Masterji started Pathanjala Yoga Kendra in 1970 and has been teaching yoga since then. In 1973 he started working full time in Bengaluru and met students from all across the world. He has conducted yoga sessions in many countries and has several recognitions to his credit like the Dasara Award for his contribution in the field of yoga. Masterji‘s unquenchable thirst for knowledge persuaded him to read the wide ancient literature about yoga and consequently understand its origin, evolution, and essence in life.
Dr. M.V. Bhole
Dr. Mukund V Bhole is a medical Doctor and physiologist with profound wisdom in research and therapy. In 1959 after graduating in the medical field he joined Kaivalyadhama Yoga Research Institue, Lonavla as Research Assistant in Physiology. He was also sent to AIIMS for higher training and completed MD in Physiology by working on the technique of Kapalbhati in yoga. He introduced yoga on modern medical lines in Czechoslovakia as an ambassador of Govt. of India. He was deputed to Iran where he worked with blind people and gave lectures on yoga therapy in medical colleges there. Dr. Bhole was also sent to Russia by ICMR for collaborative research on labile arterial Hypertension. He also gave lectures in various organizations in Brazil, Argentina, and Europe on yoga. He has been to various countries across the world on invitation from yoga groups. Presently he is working on experiential yoga- based on working with Breath and breathing movements. He is also a member of several reputed organizations-Central Council for Yoga and Naturopathy, New Delhi, Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi, Lokmanya Medical Foundation, Pune, Institute of Clinical Research and M.L. Dhawale Memorial Trust, Mumbai and SAMPARC, Lonavla. He was invited as resource persons in their seminars conducted for naturopaths, teachers and Research workers. He was awarded a Doctorate of Science in Yoga by SVYASA, Bengaluru for his research in the field of yoga. He was awarded the title of Yogacharya by Jindal Yoga Institute. Dr. Bhole is the founding member of Yoganubhava, England and Italy. He is also a life member of- Indian Medical Association, Bruhan Maharashtra Yoga Parishad and Indian Science Congress. He has authored and edited many works- Authored Guidebook on Experiential Yoga, Co-authored Helping Yourself Towards Zero Backache, Worked as editor of journal Yoga Mimamsa, and Edited Abstracts and Bibliography of articles published from Kaivalyadhama.
Dr. N. Ganesh Rao
Dr. Ganesh is a constant learner with several degrees and a diploma to his credit. He has a Diploma in Naturopathy, Diploma in Yoga Education, Diploma in Management, Doctorate in Philosophy and Specialist instructor in Home nursing and First Aid and has conducted more than 17,000 sessions of yoga. His teachings are aimed at facilitating the transformation of physical, mental and psychological areas which is one of the core purposes of yoga. Once these areas are worked upon, a person is able to overcome the limitations which work as an impediment in the path of eternal happiness and weal. Due to his constant endeavors, Dr. Rao is like a vast ocean of wisdom which he applies in training and mentoring students. He plays multiple roles today like guiding Ph.D. students of Mumbai University and K.K. Sanskrit University in yoga and Philosophy. He is the Advisor and Member of Board of Studies of Kaivalyadham, Lonavala and also a visiting Faculty at Kaivalyadham, Mumbai, and Lonavala. He is a visiting faculty for various degree and diploma courses at K.J. Somaiya Institute.
Dr Neel Kulkarni
With over 40 years of mentoring through workshops, classes and counseling in health and yoga, Dr. Neel Kulkarni has contributed immensely to yoga. He is the founder of the Adhiyoga system and had also compiled it in his book titled Adhiyoga- Authentic yoga system. Adhiyoga involves almost all the aspects of yoga- chanting, meditation, pranayama, yoga exercises, yoga philosophy, therapy, teaching methodologies and other practices related to classical yoga and health science. It serves as a complete guide for those seeking yoga and those pursuing a career in yoga training. Dr. Neel Kulkarni is a great scholar and an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur with a degree of B. S. and M. S in Aerospace Engineering. He is a man of profound wisdom who has invested valuable time of his life in learning Sanskrit, 45 years of study in traditional Yoga texts like Patanjali yoga, Gherand Samhita, Hatha yoga Pradipika,Shiva Samhita and worked for over 40 years in acquiring knowledge about anatomy, hygiene, nutrition, medicine, exercises and Naturopathy. Thus he is a storehouse of knowledge. Dr. Kulkarni had studied under the aegis of adept yoga gurus like Pandit Balakrishna Sharma and Iyengars. Dr. Kulkarni has instructed in several countries worldwide including U.S, France, Italy, England, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Vienna and was the International Yoga Day speaker in Russia.
Swami Niranjanananda
Swami Niranjanananda is the disciple of Swami Satyananda Saraswati. He embraced the yogic life at an early age of 4 years. He acquired training in spiritual and yogic sciences at Bihar School of Yoga, Munger under the aegis of his guru. For 11 years he traveled extensively understanding different cultures and propagating yoga around the world. Later he was initiated as Paramhamsa sannyasin. He established for the university of Bihar, Bihar Yoga Bharati and Yoga Publications Trust. Swami ji also initiated yoga for children and guided yoga practitioners around the world. Later on, his guru passed on his legacy to Swamiji to expound traditional yoga. Swami Niranjanji is a storehouse of yogic knowledge, philosophy, and culture. He can adroitly combine the traditional yoga practice and philosophy with modern tradition making learning a wonderful experience. He was conferred with the third-highest civilian award Padma Bhushan in 2017 for his remarkable work in the field of yoga through his literature and Teachings.
Nivedita Joshi
Having gone through severe spine injuries, destiny took Nivedita in the care of Sri B.K.S. Iyengar. With her tenacity and optimism, she managed to conquer her physical limitation and after a year walked out of the Iyengar Institute fully transformed both physically and spiritually. Since then Nivedita has been a dedicated trainer and practitioner of Iyengar yoga. Her positivity and sense of social responsibility is transforming lives all across the country and different parts of the world. Currently, she is the head of Iyengar yoga centre- Yogaksheema, the only accredited centre of Delhi and NCR region. Nivedita has been and continues to be an active participant and trainer in workshops and conventions organized for corporates and people in general both national and international.
Om Swami
Om Swami is a mystic yoga guru who pursued his quest to find god since childhood and underwent fascinating experiences and collected every drop of learning from both his previous life when he was the owner of a lucrative software business and from the day he took up the path of yogi. Om Swami was born in North India in 1979 and later went to Australia for his studies. As a child, he continued his sadhanas and studied scriptures. But his untiring quest inspired him to renounce the materialistic world and went to the Himalayas to explore the almighty manifesting itself in every part of nature and the universe. Just like an ancient age sage he lived in damp caves, surviving on fruits and berries, learned to meditate for several hours. His relentless search for god and perseverance allowed him to gain a keen insight about all aspects of spirituality. He can control his heartbeat, pulse rate, and body temperature. Om Swami is a quintessential of simple living high thinking, modest and deciphers the meaning of life is humanity, love and truthfulness and not abstinence. Moreover, he differentiates between religion and spirituality as the latter is achieved by connecting with God through meditation, not by violence in the name of religion. Om Swami mostly remains in a meditative state which he finds blissful but continues to enlighten the world through his ashram – Om Swami Ashram, Himachal Pradesh, his website, articles, and books.
Born in 1933 in north India, Sri Tiwari was the disciple of Swami Kuvalayananda. He was delegated the responsibility of managing the Nature cure Hospital at his ashram Kaivalyadhama and later in 1966 he was entrusted with the responsibility of managing the entire institute. Sri Tiwari prepared the Encyclopedia of Yoga for Indian government. Moreover, he has been teaching yoga for over 40 years. He is well versed in yoga philosophy, therapy, and traditional yoga. He has several books on asana, yoga, and philosophy. He is a revered teacher of hatha yoga and pranayama. Sri Tiwari is a selfless yoga trainer who doesn’t desire any recognition. His soul has recognized its purpose of life which he attempts to fulfill by sharing his wisdom with the rest of the world.
PC Kapoor
Sri PC Kapoor is the Director of Sivananada Yoga Vedanta Centre, New Delhi. PC Kapoor focuses on the holistic form of yoga which includes asana, Pranayama, Satvik food, relaxation, positive thinking and meditation. He also believes asana is like lubricating our body, a proper relaxation of mind and body is necessary and equally important are the other elements food, right breathing and meditation. He believes that yoga is a way of life. Mr. Kapoor says that Yoga can be learnt by anyone, it doesn’t require any special tools or attire but a firm mindset to stay strong and healthy in life. A little space is sufficient for yoga practice. Yoga is a complete science of life and a vast system of self -development of mind, body, and soul. Mr. PC Kapoor is a member of research committees on yoga. Regular workshops are conducted at the ashram to enable students to enhance individual practice. Mr. P C Kapoor emphasizes on the need to gain proper understanding of the practice .Therefore workshops are conducted on balancing, flexibility, headstand, Shat Kriya and Inversions. Special sessions on meditation and positive thinking are also conducted.
Paramahamsa Prajnanananda
An ocean of ever flowing wisdom and grace, Swami Prajnanananda is the charismatic Kriya yoga preacher. He attained skill and knowledge under the aegis of his guru Sri Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharananda. He met his guru in 1980 when he was initiated into Kriya yoga. Swami Prajananananda was quite different from his peers. He used to spend most of the time in prayer, puja, and meditation. He was a professor of Economics in Ravenshaw college Cuttack. He accompanied his guru in his tours across India. He always wanted to be in peace and solitary places and in an unquenchable thirst for truth, he used to retreat to Himalayan region meeting many spiritual sages and collecting every drop of wisdom to become a vast ocean of love, kindness, energy and spiritual aura. Swami Prajnanananda has always been a dedicated student and a very kind-hearted person who used to help old people in the temple to get a glance of god when the temple used to remain closed. As a president of Prajnana Mission, he carried out programs to promote spiritual education, health services and philanthropic causes all around the world. He uses simple, short precise and delightful ways to demonstrate and comprehend the knowledge gained from ancient literature and his own experience.
Dr. Pranav Pandya
A disciple of Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya, Dr. Pranav is considered to be the pioneer of scientific yoga. He holds reputed posts in renowned institutions- President of Swami Vivekananda Yogavidya Mahapeetham, Head of All World Gayatri Parivar, Director- Brahamvarchas Research Institute, Chancellor- Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya and Editor of Akhand Jyoti. He is Gold Medalist in Medicine and qualified for U.S. Medical services in 1976. He gave up his lucrative job in BHEL as ICCU in- charge and under the guidance of his guruji joined the Yug Nirman Mission and as the Director of Brahmavarchas Institute brought Science and Spirituality together. He achieved many milestones in Ayurveda, Psychology, Yagyapathy and therapeutic aspects of meditation and Pranayama. With profound research and wisdom of ancient scriptures and Ayurveda, Dr. Pranav has created vast literature on scientific spirituality from 1978-1990 under the aegis of his guruji. He single handedly established Gayatri Parivar branches in 80 countries in 1990 when Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya took Mahasamadhi. He represented Scientific Aspects of Indian Culture at the Parliament of Worlds Religion and also addressed the joint Session of The House Of Lords and The House of Commons in the U.K. in 1992. Dr. Pranav Encouraged and guided the Youth towards the three-fold path of Sadhana, Upasana and Aradhana, Self-discipline, Attainment of Divinity and Selfless-service. He founded a Unique University of Indian Culture in 2002 with the Ordinance from Uttaranchal State Government and recognized by UGC which aims at motivating the youth towards social service as well as their self-development. It is being developed on the model of Nalanda and Taxila gurukuls. He was honored with Lifetime Achievement Award at the National Symposium on Science for Holistic Living. NASA recognized him as a distinguished Scientist and reformer for worldwide dissemination of scientific aspects of Indian Culture.
Prashant S. Iyengar
The son of Late Sri B.K.S. Iyengar, he is an Iyengar yoga expert. With rich experience of several years and profound knowledge of yogic science, Prashant has trained numerous students in India and abroad. His teachings are focused on internal spiritual experience which is unique in every individual and what one derives from his/her teaching is quite different. But yoga is not about physical postures but involves breathing, the involvement of mind, body, and soul and how each yoga asana influence all the parts of body along with brain. So his teachings are quite enlightening and based on a thorough understanding of human anatomy and its functions which he gained from the study of ancient literature. Prashant Iyengar is the Director of Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune.
Raghu Ananthanarayanan
Sri Raghu Ananthanarayanan is alumni of IIT Madras and a direct disciple of Sri Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar. The profound insight about Yoga and behavioral sciences makes him adept in both Science and art. He is credited for his unique approach of personal exploration and expression and transforming the organization. His untiring efforts have turned many basic developmental organizations into Modern industrial set ups. This BioMedical engineer combined his knowledge of manufacturing systems with Human Processes of Yoga and evolved a methodology known as Totally Aligned Organization and model titled Tensegrity Mandala which serves as a guide for organizations to transform themselves and their workforce. Since the past three decades, his teachings have brought a turning point in the cultures of several organizations. He served as a faculty at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram for over a decade. He also empowered many craft groups and Tamil theatre group Koothu-p-Pattarai. Sri Raghu Ananthanarayanan learned process work from Prof. Pulin Garg and formulated a strategy to process work combining laboratory learning with Yoga and theatre. He has penned down many papers for reputed journals and authored remarkable works like Learning through Yoga" (Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, 2nd Edition 2002), "Organization Development and Alignment" (Sage Response, 2013) and Totally Aligned Organization (Productivity and Quality Publishers, second edition 2008).
Swami Ramdev
Swami Ramdev represents the face of Indian Yoga Guru. He is renowned all over the world and has been a prominent personality in popularizing yoga within and outside India. He is the founder of Divya Yoga Mandir Trust for the promotion of yoga. Swami Ramdev belongs to Haryana who embraced a yogic life at a very early age. He learned yoga and Sanskrit and later joined kalwagurukul to teach yoga to villagers. He gained profound knowledge of Indian Scriptures and practiced Yoga. Baba Ramdev has been organizing several yoga camps and has been educating about the benefits of yoga and how the right lifestyle can provide cure to multiple diseases. His efforts have resulted in the shifting focus of masses towards health aspects and finding solutions to their problems in yoga. Ramdev has also opened various centers for yoga and pharmacies in order to promote herbal and ayurvedic products under the aegis of Patanjali Yogapeeth Trust.
Sri Ram Khandwe
Sri Ram Moreshwar Khandwe is a seasoned yoga icon who is carrying forward the legacy of his Guru Yogmurti Janardhan Swamiji, his organization Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal, Nagpur which has today branched out in different parts of Nagpur with over 103 branches. This yoga institute was incepted in around 1951 to create awareness about yoga, educate people about healthy living and heal people through yoga and make yoga a way of life for everyone at a time when it was considered to be a legacy only of saints and sanyasis. Swamiji founded the concept of Sanghik or group yogasanas that involved people in large groups allowing them to reap the benefits of yoga and overcome the ill effects of westernization. Sri Ram Khandwe in the capacity of the Secretary of Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal is spreading yoga to different places through seminars, competitions, workshops in different schools and centers of Janardan Swami Yogabhyasi Mandal. Moreover, it publishes magazines like Yogprakash, records audios and videos to reach a maximum number of people who are looking for yoga and treatment. Though not a certified medical practitioner but Sri Ram‘s wisdom of yoga is unmatched and has cured patients with slip disc, High or Low Blood pressure, Diabetes, Joints pain, Spondylitis, Depression, Asthma, Insomnia and many others through Nishulk Rogopchar program. He is continuing to spread and train practitioners of yoga so that the light of yoga can be reached to every being justifying the mission of “Bahujan Hitay, Bahujan Sukhay” of his guruji. Also, this organization is preparing future yoga icons through its teacher training certifications, Asan Pravesh and Asan Praveen and Diploma courses in Yoga involving all aspects of yoga, health, and therapy for the benefit of society.
Rajiv Chanchani
Rajiv Chanchani is an expert Iyengar yoga teacher who learned the traditional yogic art under the aegis of Sri BKS Iyengar. He along with his wife Swati Chanchani laid the foundation of yoga abode Yoga Ganga in Dehradun in 1988. With over 30 years of experience, Rajiv is mentoring students in India and Europe. They have marked their presence in different parts of the world with their unique style of teaching. Rajiv has co-authored book Yoga for Children. Moreover, he has been a strong promoter of yoga in educational institutions and also designed a yoga curriculum for the ICSE board. He enabled yoga to be promoted as a part of the school curriculum. Rajiv also conducts workshops and classes for RIMYI, Pune. He and his wife work dedicatedly to propagate yoga. The ambience of their institute and the energy of their classes draw people from far off places to pay a visit at their institute. Their way of teaching includes the study of yoga ethics, philosophy, and Ayurveda too. Rajiv and his team designs intensives for yoga to allow students delve deep in the practice and understand the roots of yoga and the significance of postures through mythology and history. Moreover, they are continuously learning new dimensions in yoga by traveling extensively to historical places, meeting scholars thereby connecting the dots and unearthing the relationship between Indian aesthetics and yoga philosophy.
Ram Kumar Gupta
Ram is an amazing spiritual teacher and a quite humble person. Ram completed his professional yoga education from Kaivalyadham in 1992. He has a degree in nature cure science and a Masters degree in yoga and meditation. He had been the head of the Yoga wellness department in “Chandra College for Yoga and Naturopathy, New Delhi, Ananda in the Himalayas Rishikesh, Jindal Naturecure Institute Bangalore in India. He is the course co-coordinator and senior teacher at Shree Mahesh Heritage Training School, Rishikesh. This institute is the brainchild of Baba Shree Mahesh, a great scholar of Vedic sciences and spiritual teacher. Ram’s teaching style evolved from his years of consistent practice, study and training in different forms of yoga and meditation techniques. He directs people towards the inward journey of self –realization. He teaches with simple techniques and solutions which help the students move towards health and wellness to make them happy and positive in their lives.
Rajvi H Mehta
Rajvi H Mehta is a trained biomedical researcher and an expert yoga practitioner. She started practicing Iyengar yoga at an early age under the blessings of Sri BKS Iyengar. Rajvi was unaware about the kind of transformation yoga was meant to bring in her life. Today she acknowledges his father’s decision to initiate her into the practice of yoga. Rajvi is one of the rare gems who has completely imbibed the teachings of yoga gurus and carrying forward their legacy for the weal of people all across the world. A doctor by profession, Rajvi has profound medical knowledge which she incorporates in teaching yoga and knows the effect of each asana and breathing practice on different parts of the body. Rajvi is a senior faculty at Iyengar Yogashraya, Mumbai and has been associated with the Iyengar family since long. She is also an editor of the journal Yoga Rahasya and has written many enlightening books, articles, and journals both at the national and international levels. Rajvi shares her experiences as a doctor and as a yoga teacher about the severe cases of patients she has handled and how yoga practice completely transformed people with minimal chances of recovery. Apart from teaching yoga her works continue to enlighten people all across the world which discuss the true meaning of Iyengar yoga, its effects and the teachings as delivered by Sri BKS Iyengar.
Prof. RS Bhogal
A highly qualified Yoga teacher and proficient in different languages, Prof. R.S. Bhogal is a Research Head and senior faculty at Kaivalyadhama, Pune. He is a post-graduate in psychology and NET qualified in Organizational psychology with around 23 years of experience in research and 20 years of experience in teaching. Prof Bhogal has been a Principal of Govardhandas Seksaria College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis at Kaivalyadhama, Pune. He has also been the Managing Editor and Associate Editor of Yoga Mimamsa for 17 years. Well versed in yoga and psychology coupled with expertise in teaching Prof. Bhogal is an inspirational and influential speaker on yoga psychology in various conferences and seminars in India and abroad. He was conferred with the Shivram Apte award of Fergusson College, Pune and Bharat Jyoti award by IIFS, New Delhi. He has many books and scientific papers to his credit based on yoga and psychology, Psychophysiology of Traditional Yoga in Korean, Yoga and Modern Psychology in English and German and Yoga and Mental Health and Beyond in English to name a few. He is a teacher with a calm and composed demeanor. He is an active member of many ongoing research projects at Kaivalyadhama and credited with many international publications. His areas of excellence are meditation, Pranayama, Omkar and psycho-physiological aspects of yoga and effect of yoga on mental and spiritual health.
R. Sharath Jois
He comes from a family of renowned yoga Guru Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Sharath commenced his yoga practice at the age of 7 and refined it till he attained the age of 14. He started with formal yoga education at the age of 19 with a disciplined approach. He is the only student of his grandfather K. Pattabhi Jois to have completed six levels of Ashtanga Yoga system. He currently resides in Mysuru and imparts training to students of K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. As a yoga trainer, Sharath understands the relevance of a teacher. He believes that a yoga mentor gives a direction and equips one to elevate in the self- journey of yoga and explore oneself. Yoga is not confined to asanas but is a journey to understand and prepare oneself mentally and physically to acquire and enhance the wisdom that leads to awareness. His students consider him to be supportive, dedicated and that he teaches in a comprehensible way through examples and allows students to learn by experiencing their own practice that helps one to master their practice that seems to be daunting and move to a higher level. For Sharath, Ashtanga yoga is a way of life to stay healthy and contented and that presence of a good teacher in practice is of utmost importance to observe and learn not just the postures but the true essence of yoga and accordingly work out your own practice that is real and not imitated.
Ravi Swamy
Ravi initiated his yoga journey in 2000. He is a renowned Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher at Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Shala, Chennai. He acquired yoga wisdom under the tutelage of Shri K Pattabhi Jois and now continues his learning with his son Shri Sharath Jois and Mrs Saraswathy. Ravi is a dedicated and disciplined teacher with an eye for detail and ensures that his students are able to imbibe and learn every instruction as it is crucial for a strong foundation of yoga knowledge and practice. Ravi applies the techniques of Bio-mechanics and his profound understanding of adjustments to ensure that his students swiftly work through their practice and get the right posture.
Rudra Gowda
Rudra Gowda is native of Karnataka (India) and belongs to an agricultural family. He met Guru Iyengar more than thirty years ago in the Shivananda Ashram of Rishikesh. Since then he has been a devoted disciple and founded the Rishikesh Yoga Study Center. He is an expert Iyengar yoga teacher with over 25 years of teaching experience. A senior teacher of Iyengar yoga and has been teaching yoga in Rishikesh, the yoga capital of India. Br. Rudra Dev is a highly revered and one of the most sought after yoga trainers at yoga Study Center of Rishikesh. Moreover Yoga Study Center is the hub for the first and most famous courses of Iyengar. Rudra Dev ji’s disciples include both Indian and western yoga seekers.
Sadhana Lele
With over 30 years of experience, Sadhana is a yoga teacher and therapist at Lele Guruji Yoga Varga and is teaching there since 1986. She is also working at Sohum Research centre since 1999. Sadhana is highly qualified and adept teacher in yoga and philosophy. She is B.A. in Yoga, M.A., philosophy and Sangeet Alankar, vocal-M.A. Sadhana acquired yoga wisdom for 15 years from Shri Lele Guruji , her father-in-Law. She also pursued special studies in Patanjali yoga sutras since 2005 and is a certified yoga teacher from SVYASA, Bengaluru. Sadhana has conducted several yoga sessions and workshops for corporate offices from 2001-2008, ladies clubs, housing societies, Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune University. She also conducted a special program for sanyasinis at Sw. Narayana Temple, Bhuja. Her research and knowledge is reflected in her works which have been published like Yogakiran published annually by Lele guruji yoga Varga, Mulankarata Yogasane, 35 Minite Arogyachi and Yoga Calendar to name a few.
Saraswathi Jois
A Strong mother and a dedicated daughter started her yoga at the age of 10 under the guidance of her father Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. In spite of facing several hardships in life she turned out to be a complete woman in every role. She was strong support to Sharath, his son who suffered from several ailments at a very tender age and started teaching yoga in Mysuru at a very nominal price. Her love for yoga allowed her to start her own institute in her home at Gokulam in 1984 and started teaching there. Later his father moved his yoga shala, K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute to Gokulam where Saraswathi also joined him.
Saraswathi Vasudevan
Saraswathi Vasudevan is widely acclaimed yoga trainer holding a Masters degree in Nutrition and Psychology from the University of Madras and a Post graduate Diploma in Yoga. She is E-RYT 500, YACEP, yoga therapist and the board member of Yoga Alliance. She entered the aegis of yoga 15 years ago and had the privilege of acquiring yoga wisdom from Sri TKV Desikachar. Moreover, she also served in Krishnamacharya Yogamandiram, Chennai and thus she is undoubtedly serving the yoga community as yoga teacher, teacher trainer, consultant and therapist for over 26 years now. Her applaudable contribution is the inception of Yoga Vahini, Chennai and Hyderabad in 2010 in collaboration of her husband Sri Sundar. Saraswathi has been profoundly engaged and headed the research and development of yoga. She has conducted several workshops on yoga and yoga therapy with a scientific view in order to bring personalized yoga therapy in the healthcare sector of India so that people can avail its benefits and live a healthy and empowered life at all stages. Moreover, it also works towards creating awareness and impart the wisdom that can be passed on in the form of trainers, teachers, and healthcare specialists.
S.A. Sreedharan
Sreedharan is a learned yoga philosopher and a Self-management expert. He is the senior disciple of Swami Parthasarathy. Sreedharan applies his ancient wisdom and research experience of over 20 years to enlighten the lives of people of the modern world. He inspires individuals to recognize their inner strength and live life to their full potential by channelizing their energies in constructive pursuits and experience peace and prosperity. Sreedharan lays emphasis on mental well-being. He helps people to understand their intellect and find ways to work on improving their emotions and get clarity in thinking. Sreedharan has also conducted over 3000 lectures across the world interacting with a diverse audience.
Sharat Arora
Sharat acquired full-time training under Sri BKS Iyengar. He used to take regular therapy sessions for his patients along with performing all asanas. Thus he combined his yoga experience with his knowledge of medicine to evolve a well-defined yoga therapy concept. During this phase of his evolution as a yoga therapist, he came into contact with Buddhist monks and introduced with the concept of Vipassana which made him understand the purpose of yoga in his life and what he can provide to others through his wisdom and experience. This was the state which is known as enlightenment where Sharat found the purpose of his life. The teachings of J.Krishnamurti and HWL Poonja paved his way to become an accomplished yoga therapist with an approach to holistic yoga. The clarity in instructions, detailed focus on trainees and elaborate knowledge about therapeutic yoga allow Sharat’s students to recover from injuries and chronic illness.
Dr Shardha Batra
Dr. Shardha is a certified teacher in healing Vedic chants from the Krishnamacharya institution, Chennai. She is a medical specialist and adept in Vedas and Vedic sound healing. She imparts knowledge in life coaching, wellness, and meditation through different sessions for individuals as well as groups to help them remove energy blockages and provide both mental and physical healing. With a strong foundation of scientific knowledge and deep insight on Vedas, she inspires and mentors contemporary generation with the help of stories, Vedic sounds and archetypes to convey her message and learning in an easy and comprehensible manner. Dr. Shardha has authored articles for esteemed organizations like TOI, Speaking Tree and shared her wisdom with her spellbinding approach through electronic media and radio. She also scripted programs for FM on International Yoga Day wherein she motivated the masses by enlightening them about self-realization. Dr Shardha has authored the book titled “The Eternal Guru Speaks”. She also plays the role of consultant for corporates and has been a visiting faculty at Ananda Spa Rishikesh for seven years from 2006-13.
Sharmila Desai
Sharmila comes from a lineage of classical dancers featured in the books of London Chronicles. She continues to study at K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysuru since 1997. She is a KPJAYI certified teacher. Her works reflect her in-depth knowledge and great exposure. Her book titled Yoga Sadhana about Ashtanga yoga, pregnancy, birth and motherhood based on the teachings and experiences of her female students. As her call for social service, she has organized various workshops and programs for street children and conducts yoga therapy workshops abroad. Currently, she resides in Goa and conducts classes at her institute Ashtanga Yoga Morjim, apart from organizing Yoga events worldwide.
Sharmila Mahesh
Sharmila was born in Mysuru to a family of enlightened and proficient yoga mentors of the Jois family. Since her early childhood, she along with her brother Sharath started learning yoga from their grandfather and used to imitate his students due to their interest and curiosity. Sharmila is a commerce graduate from Mysuru. Sharmila Mahesh started taking formal instructions in yoga from her mother and teacher at the age of 14 years and started teaching with her at the age of 18 years. She loves to pass on her wisdom, grace, and strength she has gained from her mother Saraswathi Jois as a woman and as a yoga teacher. In 1996 when she was appointed as the principal teacher of Ashtanga yoga Institute, Bengaluru founded by Sri K Pattabhi Jois and since then she is training people in Mysuru style Ashtanga yoga. She gives individual attention to the students considering the ability of practitioners and leads them effortlessly through the postures and asanas. She is inspired by the discipline, dedication and patience of her teachers which she observed as a student and applies the same while enriching the lives of practitioners with her wisdom.
Shashikala Govinda
She is one of the three sisters who laid the foundation of the yoga center – Mysore Three Sisters, Mysuru. They have been associated with the Jois family and are teaching Ashtanga yoga for more than 20 years. Shashikala is a skilled, supportive and experienced Ashtanga yoga teacher. She started her training under the guidance of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the year 1994 and is spreading his teachings for the past 15 years. Shashikala is well versed with yoga and anatomy and therefore is able to train the practitioners with ease and comfort when it comes to alignment and co-ordination of the body with the asana. Shashikala also imparts anatomy training to students at her yoga center and is also acquainted with martial arts. Just like any good trainer, Shashikala also tries to clear the mental vision of practitioners so that they can focus on practice and go through the session with proper grasp of the lessons and avoiding injuries.
Dr Shruti Nada Poddar
Dr Shruti is adroit in multiple arts with a strong sense of social responsibility which is reflected in her amazing work to benefit the society at large. Founder of Shruti Foundation and Chairperson of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Rajasthan, she is a widely acclaimed Socialist, Educationist, Environment Conservationist, healer, poet, musician, mentor and teacher trainer. Her brainchild, Shruti Foundation, 2007 was incorporated as a not for profit organization to promote leadership, health, healing and wellness with a focus on knowledge systems and sciences. Social initiatives like environment conservation, skill development, sanitation, employment generation for youth and women also hold a special significance for Shruti Foundation. Dr Shruti as a mentor and teacher has expertise in healing through Nada, music and has come up with Nada Vibronics Wellness Ecosystem, innovative work in healing with Nada-sound and vibration techniques. She conducts various courses and retreats for wellness, leadership, Indian psychology, self-management and consciousness and has been conferred with awards like Delhi Ratna Award, 2007 for her unique contribution in healing through sound and music. Dr Shruti applies ISM / AYUSH systems in curing people. Her foundation is involved in conserving and refurbishing heritage sites in Rajasthan. Her initiative as an entrepreneur, Vedaaranya is engaged in promoting tourism of heritage sites in Rajasthan for the upliftment of people of that place. As a teacher and trainer, she has empowered 15000 teachers in Integral Education and convened the series WE-ASC World Education Culture Congress to bring together the world for including culture in education. Her wisdom of indigenous systems of knowledge has been utilized in policymaking at Government level, Education and skills training. She is handling esteemed and multiple positions like MD of Nada Vibronics Pvt. Ltd, Principal Convener, Vedaaranya Heritage Festival and Principal Promoter Vedaaranya Project, Rajasthan, Member, Advisory Committee of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Founder and Trustee Shruti Foundation, Principal Convener WE-ASC World Education Culture Congress, Chairman, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Pioneer, Nada Vibronics, Vibrational Healing Systems to name a few.
Acharya Siddhartha Krishna
Acharya Siddhartha Krishna belongs to a family of learned Bhakti yogis. He is the son of renowned yoga teacher Usha Devi from whom he learned asana and Pranayama. He grew up seeing his father studying religious scriptures and delivering lectures on religious texts. At the age of seven, he was sent to Kailas ashram Brahmavidya Peetham to pursue his studies in Sanskrit, Vedanta, and Upanishads under the aegis of Swami Vidyanand Giri. Acharya Siddhartha wrote a detailed Sanskrit commentary on Pannini’s Ashtadhyayi after which he started teaching philosophy, yoga, and logic at the Kailas Ashram apart from Sanskrit grammar and thus his interest in teaching developed. Siddhartha has edited works on Vedanta and has written commentaries on Yoga Philosophy and Sanskrit texts. He teaches at Omkarananda Patanjala Yoga center in Rishikesh and also gives guest lectures abroad. He is able to deliver the wisdom of Vedanta and yoga philosophy with ease and clarity to his students and that too without any break.
Dr S.N. Omkar
Dr. S.N. Omkar founded Yoga Mandir in 1989 in order to promote holistic health through yoga. The main emphasis of the center is to promote yoga education amongst children to ensure their overall development. Engineer by profession, Omkar has done B.E.( Mechanical), MSc. in Engineering and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering. He acquired yoga training from renowned Yogacharya Dr. B.K.S. Iyengar. He is working as Chief Research Scientist at the Indian Institute of Science, Dept of Aerospace Engineering. Dr. S.N. Omkar was appointed as Yoga coach for Karnataka cricket team and has trained renowned cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and M.S. Dhoni. Anil Kumble is one of the trustees of his yoga center- Yoga Mandir. Dr. Omkar has many recognitions and honors to his credit like the Editoral Board Member of Journal of yoga and Physical Therapy. He has conducted numerous events on yoga to serve the unprivileged groups of our society like yoga for disabled people. For the first time, yoga was introduced for the cricket team under his guidance. Dr. Omkar has been a part of many national and international conventions on yoga. He has inspired people through his radio and television shows. He conducted yoga lectures for astronauts and also introduced the SURYA program- Student Upliftment and Rejuvenation through Yoga.
S. Sridharan
Sri S. Sridharan is a renowned yoga expert in India and abroad. He underwent his yoga training under the aegis of eminent yoga teachers like T. Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar for over 30 years. He was a senior banker in his previous life. Sri Sridharan is an adept yoga Therapy consultant and trainer with over 40 years of experience. He has shed his light of wisdom on many bureaucrats, judges, media personalities and artistes. His forte is asana, Dhyan and Pranayama. He has traveled to internationally recognized schools on the invite in order to impart training to students. He has been a strong resource in the making of present yoga teachers. Sri Sridharan integrates Vedic chants in yoga practice as per the teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya, to create a holistic yoga experience knowing how the sound and vibrations improve yoga practice. He has also been a content developer for KYM publications. He is the member of the governing body of Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga under the ministry of AYUSH, Government of India. He is also a Chairman, Standing Finance Committee of Indian Yoga Association, formed under MDNIY by all leading yoga institutes of India in order to develop and promote yoga education in India. Currently, Sri S. Sridharan is the trustee and senior yoga expert at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a renowned spiritual and humanitarian leader. He has worked towards promoting love and non-violence globally. Through his organizations Art of Living and International association for Human Values, he has guided many towards the path of eternal happiness and peace. He has reached across 155 countries and has over 370 million followers all over the world. Guruji has devised such programs which empower people to face national, international, individual and community level challenges. He was a gifted child and could recite Bhagwad Gita at the age of 4. He is degree in Physics and vedic literature. Guruji is well versed in meditation and SudarshanKriya which is a breathing technique which allows pranavayu to flow freely. SudarshanKriya is an integral part of guruji’s programs. His communities-The art of Living and International association for Human Values work hand in hand in promoting peace, conflict resolution and develop human values. He has won several awards globally like highest civilian award of Colombia, Mongolia and Paraguay, Padma Vibhushan and many more.
Srivatsa Ramaswami
Sri Srivatsa Ramaswami is of those privileged personas who acquired yogic wisdom from Sri T Krishnamacharya and has been with him for quite a long duration around 33 years and started learning with him at the age of 15 years. Born in Chennai in 1939, presently he lives in the USA and teaches there, a torchbearer of Sri Krishnamacharya’s teachings. He has also recorded his experience with Sri T Krishnamacharya in his book Yoga for the Three stages of Life. He met him while he came to teach yoga to his family for some time especially to his differently-abled brother. Later Sri Ramaswami became his disciple and continued to study with him. Also, he studied with him on to one class and learned the art of teaching as at one time he was studying and teaching simultaneously. Sri Ramaswami was a sportsperson in his student life but slowly took to yoga. Yoga was taught in his school and at that time yoga was at a nascent stage in India. Sri Ramaswami acquired in-depth wisdom about the effect, purpose, and science of yoga. Moreover, he learned philosophy, Samkhya Karika, Upanishads, Vedanta and chanting. Sri Srivatsa has contributed immensely in taking forward the teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya through his unique style of teaching, recordings and writing several books related to health and yoga-like Indian Review Journal, Yoga for the Three Stages of Life, The Complete Book of Vinyasa Yoga to name a few. Sri Ramaswami is a committed yoga icon with profound yoga knowledge. He has been a trustee of Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram. Presently he is registered with Yoga Alliance as a yoga teacher with E-RYT 500 level certification and imparts Teacher Training courses in India and abroad. For over 25 years he has been serving Kalashetra, an institution of National Importance recognized by Govt. of India, Yoga Brotherhood and Ramachandra Medical University.
Sudhir Tiwari
Yoga journey of Sudhirji began under the guidance of his teacher Swami Digambarji and Sudhirji’s father Sri Om Prakash. Sudhirji attempts to present yoga as an experience rather than just asana. His teachings incorporate the traditional practices of yoga and the various sutras mentioned in ancient yoga scriptures in order to achieve balance and spiritual contentment through techniques that lead to Ishwarpranidhana-surrender to God. Sudhirji conducts programs and workshops across different countries. His profound knowledge and western medicines coupled with expertise in yoga allow holistic healing and the right vision towards a healthy lifestyle for the practitioners. He is enriching the lives of people through his mantra Breath Positive, Breath Yoga.
Surinder Singh
Surinderji was a mechanical engineer by profession who later took up yoga as his purpose in life. Surinderji was encouraged and educated towards yoga by his guru Sri Swami Dharmananda of Ved Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh. Surinderji has taught thousands of yoga practitioners at his academy Swasti Yoga in Rishikesh. Surinderji is an expert in Hatha yoga and focuses on asana, alignment, and adjustment and also conducts workshops on the same. He infuses positivity and support which every new trainee looks for while starting anything new. He adroitly puts his knowledge of mechanical physics to help students achieve proper alignment and balance in hatha yoga.
Dr. S.V. Karandikar/ Acharya Yoganand
Inspired by his guru Sri BKS Iyengar, Dr. S. V. Karandikar started yoga therapy at Kabir Baug Sanstha, in 1989. He was M.B.B.S. and army personnel by profession in 1962. Dr. Karandikar started his practice as a family physician in 1966. He underwent extensive training in the science of yoga. Presently he is the Director of Sunjeevan Yoga Therapy Project at Kabir Baug. His intense knowledge and profound research of 20 years gave birth to a new system of therapy which is a blend of scientific knowledge and traditional yoga applied in healing a patient. This therapy earned strong support not only in India but abroad too. This system known as Sunjeevan Yoga is applied to patients suffering from diseases wherein first the modern medical science is used to diagnose the ailment thereafter yoga therapy is put to work by using cotton straps, belts, ropes, pillows, blankets to perform traditional asanas in a simplified and modified form.
Swati Chanchani
Swati is the co-founder and Director of Yog- Ganga Centre for Yoga Studies, Dehradun. She learned yoga under BKS Iyengar and has spent several months practicing and teaching yoga at Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, Pune. She has made significant contributions to promote yoga as a part of syllabi in Indian Educational institutions. She along with her husband authored the book Yoga for Children: A Complete Illustrated Guide to Yoga Including a Manual for Parents and Teachers which has been acknowledged and reprinted 35 times and has been translated in different languages. Their institute not just teaches traditional yoga but also enlightens about the traditional architecture and philosophy and beautifully relates subjects like art, music, dance, literature, and architecture with yoga that is effortlessly comprehensible and interesting to learn. Swati Chanchani has taught yoga in premier educational institutions and has designed diverse intensives of yoga. Moreover, she has delved deep into the roots, philosophy, and stories behind traditional yoga to refine the yoga practices and incorporate the moral and ethical elements in their yoga teachings.
Usha Devi
Ushaji is also a resident teacher at Patanjala Yoga Kendra. Ushaji started yoga in 1993 with her guru Sri BKS Iyengar and still spends several months at his center in Pune. When another accident left Ushaji incapacitated and almost handicapped, she finally decided to take shelter of yoga to heal her completely. Finally, she recovered well and today she is there giving training to several students and managing the organizational responsibilities at the ashram quite well. It is the result of unwavering trust in her guruji and yoga that made her stand strong at the time of difficulties wherein her patience and will power were put to test. As a trainer, Ushaji is quite disciplined and strict as far as practice is concerned. This is because she has a deep connection and bonding with her students and wants them to receive her teachings well that empowers them and enrich their lives. Moreover, yoga is a revered art that can be learned through proper discipline and conduct.
V. Balakrishnan
He is an expert practitioner trained under the guidance of her mother V. Nanammal. He is well versed in traditional yoga and teaches at his own center Ozone Yoga Center established in 1972, Coimbatore. Balakrishnan has taught yoga to more than 1 lakh students. Many students trained by him have been selected for International yoga competitions and gold medals. Balakrishnan himself was among 17 Indian representatives selected for the championship organized by the South Asian Yoga Federation. He floated for an hour in water at the Ramakrishnan Kalyanamandapam for Yoga awards. Balakrishnan is an expert in Naturopathy and yoga while his wife Chitra is a National gold medalist in Yoga.
V. Nanammal
Popularly known as Amma, a 99 years old yoga gem is an inspiration to people of all ages who try to excuse themselves for not staying fit. This grand old lady is the oldest yoga practitioner in India and perhaps the second oldest in the world. She is doing yoga under the guidance of his father since she was just 10. She knows more than 50 asanas and performs most of them even today. Never been to a doctor for any ailment, she teaches yoga at her institute Ozone yoga Center in Coimbatore, with her son Balakrishnan. Amma has won Padma Shri award, Nari Shakti award to name a few.
V Srinivasan
V Srinivasan is the yoga expert and one of the senior teachers of Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM). He acquired yoga wisdom under Yogacharya Shri T.K.V. Desikachar as a student of the Teacher Training Program at KYM and gained profound and comprehensive insight of Yoga in theory and practice. He delved into the study and research of all the important texts in Yoga and application of Yoga for illnesses and spirituality for over 15 years. He provides yoga therapy to care seekers at KYM. He has done his Masters in Yoga from Tamil Nadu Sports and Physical Education University Chennai. His area of specialization is yoga philosophy and yoga therapy. He is also well-versed in Vedic Chanting and functions as a Healing Chant Teacher.
Vijay Kumar
Vijay started yoga under the guidance of her mother, the initiator and inspiration for him and his brother Vinay. After assisting his brother for a few years, he moved to China for 5 years to help his brother’s student set up a yoga center there. He taught and gained new experiences in that country. He is deeply inspired by the dedication of his brother Vinay. Like his brother Vijay also believes in Ishwara Pranidhana-surrender to god. He took six months break from asanas to practice meditation and self- introspection. Vijay Kumar has his own Ashtanga yoga shala- Ashtanga Saadhana, Vijay Kumar Yoga Shala, Mysuru.
Dr. Vijaya Kumar Manja
Vijay Manja was born to a Brahmin family in Udupi, Karnataka. He is a multi-talented persona in traditional yoga and philosophy. He underwent the Upanayana ceremony at the age of 8 years. After completing high school he went to Sringeri Sharada Peetham, one of the four Advaita centres established by Shankaracharya which is renowned for Vedas and Shastras and acquired a Sahitya degree. Thus he enriched his knowledge about Sanskrit literature and Rig Veda. Vijay furthered his learning in Sanskrit, Naveena Nyaya (medieval Indian logic) and Advaita Vedanta by studying in Maharaja Sanskrit University under the aegis of Vidwan Gangadhara Bhat. After 6 years he earned the degree of Vidwat. Vijay is Ph.D. in Yoga Chikitsa and a Masters in Sanskrit from Karnataka Open University. Vijay initiated his yoga practice at the age of 16 years in Mysuru with Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga both basic and advanced series. Vijaya teaches at his yoga shala – Yogagurukula in Pandeshwar, Karnataka and enlightens the students about traditional yoga philosophy, Sanskrit, rituals, meditation, Pranayama and Patanjali yoga sutras apart from Teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga.
Vijay Sen
Vijay Arun Sen is a richly experienced teacher with over 20 years of teaching yoga and practitioner with over 40 years of Ashtanga yoga practice. He has accumulated vast knowledge and experience by practicing in the renowned traditional yoga centers. After evolving his yogic techniques Vijay started teaching at Mamallapuram. In 1998 he was invited by his students to Dharamshala to teach yoga. Currently Vijay conducts classes at Goa, Mysuru, Rishikesh and Dharamshala-his present abode. As a result of his perseverance and dedication he developed Universal system of Hatha Yoga that allows student to gain profound understanding, relaxation and healing. In this form of yoga physical postures, breathing and meditation are used as instruments in order to release vital energy from within.
Dr. Vineeta Ketkar
Dr. Vineeta is MBBS from Mumbai University. Currently she is the family physician since 1980 in Pune. She is the founder of Gnosis Medical Yoga Center in Pune in 2006, where she imparts yoga health services apart from her profession as a physician. Dr. Vineeta has a rich experience of 35 years in clinical practice from Pune and around 14 years of profound training in yoga Education and training from Kabir Baug Yoga Center, Pune which works on the concept of Sunjeevan i.e. diagnosis and treatment based on medical science and science of yoga. She has also done training and education from BKS Iyengar Institute, Pune. Dr. Vineeta is a dedicated and disciplined personality who always tries to understand the cause of disease. This approach coupled with the wisdom of yoga and modern medicine made her more inclined towards the therapeutic aspects of yoga. Moreover she is also involved in the treatment of Degenerative Musculoskeletal and Psychosomatic Disorders through medical Yoga therapy.
Yogi Vishvketu
A yoga teacher who shares his knowledge and experience in a light and interesting manner. He is known to spread happiness and laughter with whomsoever he comes into contact with. He is a Himalayan yogi who started studying Vedic texts at the age of 8. After gaining advanced knowledge of Hatha yoga and pranayama from Yogi Nath, he motivated students from all across the world to live a contented yogi life. Yogi Vishvketu imparts training in holistic and Akhanda yoga through various workshops and conferences. He is also an expert in ayurveda and has written books on yoga philosophy. He continues to inspire the students towards gaining a holistic nurturing of mind, body and soul with the help of Satkarma, Pranayama, Asana, mantra, Kirtan and meditation along with the 8 sutras described by Patanjali. He actively provides training for Yoga Alliance registered programs in Rishikesh and Canada. Akhanda yoga is the type of yoga that encompasses all yoga forms and creates a balance emotionally, physically, intellectually and intuitively through the five elements of both practice and principles. Yogi Vishvketu is a compassionate and jovial teacher who encourages one to follow a non-competitive and contented approach to challenging tasks.
Vishwas Mandlik
Mr. Vishwas Vasant Mandlik is the founder of Yoga training and Naturopathy center, Yoga Vidya Dham (1972), Nasik. He is also the vice-chancellor of Yoga Vidya Gurukul (Yoga University) and has treated around 13,500 patients suffering from chronic diseases like Diabetes, Asthma, Spondylitis and Hypertension and has also cured people with psychosomatic disorders. Yoga Dham, a non-profit organization and a renowned institute in India, alone has 150 branches in India and is now expanding its roots in other parts of the world. Mr. Vishwas belongs to Pune and completed graduation in Electrical Engineering from Government College of Engineering, Pune University. Since 1995, he dedicated his life to the practice and preaching of yoga at Yoga Dham. Till now 250,000 people have completed the basic training course Yoga Pravesh and 8,500 teachers work all over India. Apart from establishing Vidya Dham and Yoga Gurukul he also founded Yoga Chaitanya Seva Pratishthan - A trust aimed to spread the yogic light in remote India, he also started Yoga Chintan, a periodical magazine on yoga. Mr. Vishwas has the credit of authoring more than 18 books, more than 50 audio cassettes and 2 software on yoga education therapy for women and kids and presenting over 15 research papers in international yoga conferences. For the last 25 years, he has been the Editor of Yoga monthly titled “Yoga Sugandha”. Mr. Vishwas conducts lectures, workshops, and courses on yoga therapy all over India and is a source of inspiration for thousands of teachers, practitioners and yoga seekers worldwide. Due to his wisdom and commendable contributions in the field of yoga, Mr. Vishwas has earned several recognitions mainly Lifetime Achievement Award by College of Engineering Pune, Outstanding Achievement Award, initiated to Rushi Sannayasa by Paramhamsa Niranjanananda Saraswati on 6th March 2007 and gave him the title of Rushi Dharmajyoti. He also honored Mr. Vishwas with the title of Yogacharya. Saraswati Award was received by Mr. Vishwas from Kailas Math, Nasik.
Yogacharya V. Sheshadri
Yogacharya V. Sheshadri is one of the rarest gems in traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, who is admired for his experience and wisdom. He is giving training in Ashtanga Vinyasa and Pranayama since 1994. He has traveled extensively in the quest of yoga and Transcendental Meditation. Yogacharya Sheshadri has done intensive training at Parakala Mutt Yoga Shala (Mysuru) under the guidance of his guru Sri BNS Iyengar. He learned Pranayama, Mudra, Bandha and Yoga Philosophy. Sri Sheshadri has a keen insight for details in posture and understands the needs of old as well as new practitioners. His remarkable sense of guidance and support enables the student to reach its full potential in posture and alignment. With a firm belief in Guru Shishya Parampara, Sri Sheshadri has shared his wisdom of traditional yoga with his son Harish. In 2008 Sri Sheshadri along with his son Harish started training students at their new yoga shala Patanjala Yoga Shala, Krishna Murthypuram, Mysuru.
Sri Yashwant Saran
Yashwant Saran is the co-founder and CEO of yoga studios chain 136.1 named after the decibel frequency of OM in Chennai. Yashwant conceptualized the idea of setting up a chain of yoga studios that offer a variety of yoga styles at one place. Therefore, he took a break from his job of seven years as a professional in the fitness industry and wandered at 10 different yoga ashrams to learn and deepen his wisdom about different types of yoga. Thus, he gathered a wealth of knowledge from diverse regions and assembled them at one place, 136.1. The yoga taught at the studios is Satyananda Yoga, Power Yoga, Shivananda Yoga, Kaivalyadham yoga, Mysore Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Yoga style of Krishnamacharya’s Yoga Mandiram. The studio chain has now spread in multiple locations like in Alwarpet in Chennai, Bengaluru, and Ahmedabad. Moreover his observation about yoga in Indian society persuaded him to bring the art closer to its people who were more inclined towards western way of fitness and exercise. Ironically, people from the west were making yoga their way of life. Sri Yashwant Saran propagated and unearthed the scope and meaning of yoga which was once viewed as slow and untrendy and people had only a confined knowledge about the immense power of yoga. He presented yoga in a holistic, modern and comprehensible way allowing people to view yoga from a broader perspective.
Swami Yogananda Saraswati
Founder of Shri Hari Yoga Ashram, Manali, Swami Yogananda is a yogi who spent his life as an ascetic and experienced every moment of his transformation through yoga. Just like a traditional and revered sadhu he spent his life meditating in a cave near Gangotri for 12 years. He teaches hatha yoga in Manali and humbly imparts his wisdom in a very precise form. His presence is not just enlightening but pleasant and inspiring too. Though he has completely lost his vision due to retinitis pigmentosa but considers it as his strength believing that he can now focus on his spiritual path keeping one of his senses away from misleading him. Swamiji believes that yoga is meant to prepare us to reach the highest level of awareness Dhyan Samadhi and is not confined merely to fitness and flexibility. Swami Yogananda believes and teaches a traditional form of yoga as it is the essence and foundation on which other forms of yoga flourished and modified in the present-day world.
Zubin Atre`
Zubin Atre` is the founder of Atre`yoga studio, Delhi. Zubin has over 10,000 hours of yoga experience and precise knowledge of human anatomy with a keen insight of ancient yoga. Zubin is an adept yoga trainer who is well acquainted with the kinesthetics and can understand individual needs and impediments during the practice. Zubin’s expertise and instructions allow the practitioners to smoothly work through his yoga. He can understand the physics behind force and movements of the body which works as a catalyst in formulating a tailor-made series of yoga for different people and needs. His excellent knowledge and inclination towards yoga materialized into Atre`yoga. Atre` yoga is a combination of five series of asanas with modifications based on individual needs. These asanas are focused on flexibility, balance, breath and strength with in-depth awareness about anatomy and movement. Zubin is a sports yoga specialist and has designed several yoga exercises for working people as most of the jobs include a sedentary lifestyle that is quite challenging in terms of physical and mental health. Zubin has authored a book It Takes Two To Yoga . He has travelled extensively for retreats and on-site Sports and Science projects. Zubin stresses on Breathing in practice applying Physical conditioning and meditation techniques to ensure optimum benefits of yoga.
Zubin Zarthoshtimanesh
Zubin got introduced to yoga through his father who was getting treatment under the aegis of Sri BKS Iyengar as Zubin’s father was suffering from ankylosing spondylitis. It was Sri BKS Iyengar who made the recovery of his father possible with the help of Iyengar yoga. His father thus advised him to take up yoga in order to live a healthy and happy life. After his graduation, he started teaching yoga. Zubin has traveled with his guru extensively and has been involved in educating about the yoga and the best practices involved which leads to transformation in different aspects of personality. Zubin is the founder of Iyengar Yogabhyasa at Matunga, Mumbai which provides training to a large number of yoga trainees.
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