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Acharya Harilalji

Acharya Harilalji completed his Yoga Teacher training course and Advanced Yoga Teacher Training course at Sivananda Ashram in Neyyar Dam, Kerala, attaining the title Yoga-Acharya. Afterwards he lived and taught yoga in Sivananda Ashram both in Kerala and the Himalayas for 1 1/2 years. Furthermore he completed a seven month full-time diploma course/ practice in yoga therapy (Yoga Therapy Instructors Course) at Prasanthi kutir, Bangalore with 'A' grade. In his teaching he easily recognizes both weak and strong areas in his students physicality and accordingly can suggest different asanas or variations depending on the individual. He is also the tutor in 'Nagelil' Ayurveda Medical College in Idukki district, Kerala and focuses on bringing the different aspects of yoga together in his teaching.


Anantharavi Thillainathan

Anantharavi Thillainathan - ORGANIZATION: Yoga Arogya Kendra - Affiliated with International Yoga Federation (World Wide Yoga Governing Body).

Aanantharavi Thillainathan (M.D.Acu. /E.R.Y.T. / I.Y.R.T. / D.Y.T.) from Yoga Arogya Kendra, is an inspiring yoga master, having grown up with yoga and Ayurveda as a part of his family tradition. At the age of 10 he got his first yoga training in Hatha Yoga from his grandfather. He has mastered advanced asanas and has deep knowledge of the anatomical effects of yoga. He is an instructor for yoga and Ayurvedic Marma Massage, has taught yoga at various institutions, and is the director of Yoga Arogya Kendra in Sri Lanka.

He guides students to learn and work into poses safely, with adjustments given as needed according to their abilities and the time needed to progress with their strengths and weaknesses. He offers classes tailored for different needs: developing more flexibility and mobility for stiff bodies; meditation for those under stress; or encouraging stretching for those training with weights.

He has been teaching Patanjali, Hatha and Kriya yoga since 1993 to corporations and thousands of individuals in Sri Lanka . His main focus while teaching is to get in touch with the deeper aspect of one’s self, “ones spirit”, not just to do exercises. His style of teaching incorporates sounds and vibrations, preparation exercises, movement, and breathing techniques. His broad experience and direct personality enables him to meet people´s needs and show them where they need to go for optimal growth.


Chandra Cohen

Chandra Cohen - Chandra has practiced yoga intensely for many years; he has also studied with both Swami Vishnu-devananda and Swami Dayananda. His knowledge of the scriptures is extensive. He has taught Indian philosophy at Hunter College in New York City. Chandra has a humorous, yet clear way to lead you to your inner truth.


Chandrashekhar Pandey

Chandrashekhar Pandey - Prof. Dr. Chandrashekar („Shekhar“) Pandey - teaches at the Institut of Social Studies, Den Haag, Netherlands. He is a "seeker" and a teacher at the same time. On his pilgrimage through the Himalayas and Tibet he was searching for answers in nature and the monks. His thoughts are simple and are easily agreed on. In his Seminars, Tetreats and Satsangs he sensitizes young people as well as professionals from the Economy for moral and spiritual questions.


Chitra Sukhu

Chitra Sukhu - Chitra grew up in the many Sivananda Ashrams. Her parents, Yogi Hari and Leela Mata, joined the Sivananda Yoga Organization when she was three years old. Since then Chitra has practiced yoga and meditation daily. She is an experienced yoga teacher, registered with the Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level, and has a Diploma in Ayurvedic Sciences from Kerala Ayurveda. She is also an accomplished Indian classical dancer in the ancient style of Bharata Natyam.

Chitra has “birthed” the organization, New Age Kids, Inc. – helping children to establish a sense of self from an early age. She has twelve guided meditation CD’s to her name; some have been used in school curriculums. She has authored an acclaimed children’s book, “Elven Rhyme – Journey through Time”, as well as the playwright “To My Amazement.”


Gauri Eckhart

Gauri Eckhardt - Gauri is a massage therapist, experienced yoga teacher, and director of the Sananda Yoga Center in Madrid. She has studied many yoga systems, including Sivananda, Iyengar, Ashtanga and Bikram, as well as other systems of physical exercise (Feldenkrais, Pilates, Alexander technique). Her knowledge of human anatomy is extensive. Her teaching style is clear and exact, yet light-hearted. She challenges  students; after her lessons your body will feel as though you have been re-born!


Leela Mata

Leela Mata - is a well-known yoga teacher from Florida and mother of 4 children. She has practiced yoga, Ayurveda and meditation since childhood. She has taught for more than 20 years with great love and understanding and gives seminars around the world.

Leela Mata is a very intuitive spiritual teacher. She makes complex information easily understandable, applicable, and perhaps most importantly, experiential. In her presence you can almost effortlessly let go of old attachments. Emotional cleansing and spiritual awakening happen almost by themselves and in the end you're imbued with a sense of peace and inner strength with which you can face the challenges of everyday life.

Dr. Aruna Rajendran

Dr. Aruna Rajendran - Our Indian Ayurvedic physician completed a 6.5-year training at the University of Madras in Chennai in South India to become a classical Ayurvedic Doctor. She was educated at the Shyadhiri International Institute and at the Kottakal Arya Vaidya Sala in Panchakarma, and in  Ayurveda Therapy in Kerala. She possesses great expertise and experience to advise you in consultations, ayurvedic therapy, and in individual Panchakarma cures.


Dr. Devendra Prasad Mishra

Dr. Devendra Prasad Mishra – M.S. (Ayurveda) Shalya, Banaras Hindu University, B.A.M.S., P.D.C.R., Dip.Yoga. Teaches and consults at various national and international institutions. He is trained in both traditional Ayurveda and Western Medicine. He is a master of Ayurveda Marma therapy and Pulse diagnosis. Dr. Mishra is the founder-director of the Kewalya Nature Care Society, which is working for the propagation and development of Ayurveda, Yoga and other Natural sciences.  


Dr. Nalini Sahay

Dr. Nalini Sahay - is a disciple of Swami Satyananda Saraswati, founder of the Bihar School of Yoga. Nalini has many facets of experience. Currently she runs TORCH, an NGO working with street children and HIV/AIDS patients in New Delhi. She is a psychologist whose past experience includes teaching therapeutic yoga at schools and hospitals. Dr.Nalini Sahay has great charisma and will inspire you with her clear instructions, practical idealism and insight.


Shanmug Westley Eckhardt

Shanmug Westley Eckhardt - Director and Head of Training at the Sananda Yoga Center Madrid. Founder of the Yoga Teachers Association AIPYS. He is a graduate psychologist and a direct disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda. For 17 years he led the Sivananda yoga ashram in Canada and in the Bahamas. During his 30 years of yoga practice, he trained thousands of students.


Ram Vakkalanka

Ram Vakkalanka - Ram Vakkalanka is an Indian Sanskrit expert, talented sitar player and experienced meditation leader.


Sukadev Bretz

Sukadev Bretz - is the founder of Haus Yoga Vidya and the Yoga Vidya organisation. From his adolescence he was fascinated by the possibilities of the mind, learned fast reading autodidactically and attended concentration and memory training courses. At the age of 20 he graduated in industrial management from Munich university, with a minor in psychology. In 1981 he did his yoga teachers training with the Sivananda Yoga Centres. Swami Vishnu-devananda gave him the title of “Acharya” (yoga master), charged hin with the building up of yoga centers as well as the training of yoga teachers and assigned him one of his successors. In 1992 Sukadev founded the first Yoga Vidya Centre in order to teach a yoga practice that can easily be


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Swami Bodhichitananda

Swami Bodhichitananda - Swamiji has lived in Rishikesh since 1991. He worked as the personal assistant of Swami Chidananda at the Sivananda Ashram. Swami Bodhichitananda founded the Kaivalyam Forest Ashram, an experiment in nonviolent positive being. Besides teaching Swami Sivananda’s Integral Yoga, he is an authorized Kriya Yoga Teacher in the line of Paramahamsa Yogananda. He has most recently founded and is building the Himalayan Yogis Ashram in Rishikesh.


Swami Guru-sharanananda

Swami Guru-sharanananda - is a master of Hatha Yoga and has earned degrees in philosophy and in the interpretation of the Upanishads. He is the head of the Ashram School in Omkareshwar, and is an expert in Vedic Astrology and natural healing methods.


Swami Saradananda

Swami Saradananda - is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda and has a teaching style that inspires you to want to practice. She teaches yoga and meditation world-wide, and is the author of a number of books including "Yoga Mind and Body", "Teach Yourself Yoga", "Chakra Meditation" and "The Power of Breath". With a great love of India, she also leads frequent pilgrimages.


Swami Tatvarupananda

Swami Tatvarupananda - is a master of the vedantic art of narration and tells analogies and stories with deep humor. He comes from Kerala. He got his vast knowledge of vedanta and spiritual truth as a disciple of Swami Dayananda, one of the closest disciples of Swami Sivananda. Swami Tattvarupananda teaches Vedanta and Bhagavad Gita at the Sivananda Ashram and with Amma.


Swamiji Swamiji - Swamiji is a yoga master from Rishikesh, India. His mere presence is highly uplifting. He radiates profound peace and quiescence, causing you to connect with your true nature on a deeper level. Tensions seem to drop away by themselves; your mind turns inward of its own volition.

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