Resident yoga teachers at our ashram
Founder – Director, Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
Krishna Chaitanya is a simple Yoga Teacher who thinks of himself as an eternal student in awe of the ocean of yoga wisdom. His special expertise is in the field of traditional Hatha yoga, meditation, philosophy and psychology of Yoga-Vedanta. He lived and practiced for more than twelve years in some of the best ashrams in India – such as Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Order (Calcutta), Bihar School of Yoga (Munger), Himalayan Tradition of Swami Rama (Rishikesh) and Sivananda Ashram (Kerala). Embracing the monastic life at the age of 18, Krishna is a born social rebel and revolutionary thinker who doesn’t want to be brainwashed by books, teachers, or spiritual traditions – so naturally the result is, a roller coaster life in search of Unknown – which took him to various teachers and traditions in many parts of the world. After being a spiritual vagabond for years, he is now a living encyclopedia on Indian spirituality. He is still a soul-warrior on a pathless path, experimenting with life and searching for Peace within.
Krishna will be teaching the morning philosophy class on Yoga in Big Picture and Anatomy and Teaching Methodology classes in our Yoga Teacher Training Retreats.
Swami Prabodh Chaitanya
Meditation and Yoga Sutras
Swami Prabodh Chaitanya is a Yoga-Vedanta Scholar who also holds a Masters Degree in English literature, besides his traditional studies in Sanskrit under his teacher H.H Swami Bodhananda Saraswathi of the Chinmaya Mission. He also took his Bramacharya initiation from H.H Swami Chinmayanandaji, the founder of Chinmaya Mission. After his initiation, Prabodh Chaithanya furthered his studies of the Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Brahmasutra (aphorisms) under the guidance of H.H Swami Dayananada Saraswathi of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam. Since completing his traditional studies in Yoga and Vedanta under these great teachers, Prabodhji lived and taught in Rishikesh and Varanasi for several Years.
Prabodhji will be teaching Meditation and Yoga Sutras during our Yoga Teachers Training retreats in India.
Vinod Kumar Rajan, E-RYT 500
Senior Hatha Yoga Teacher
Raised up in a farming community on the countryside of Kerala, Vinod is a hardworking Yogi who loves to dream big and smile big. His always-be-positive attitude is a great solace for all our students going through intensive transformation in our ashram. The encounter with his spiritual master, Sri Tathata (http://sritathata.org/) changed the course of his live, to embrace Yoga and Spirituality as a personal Sadhana and selfless service to teach Yoga classes, since 2000. Eventually Vinod had the fortune of learning various classical traditions of Siddha Vidya from Swami Sachidananda, who is a direct disciple of Sivananda Paramahamsa of Siddha Ashram. After completing 500 hours of teacher training and working at Sivananda Ashram, Vinod taught Sivananda Yoga in Gurgaon, near Delhi, North India for five years. From 2011 he was also teaching in Vietnam and Russia. Vinod is now one of the resident teachers at AyurYoga Eco-Ashram, leading the morning yoga practice for advanced students and also training new yoga teachers in traditional Hatha Yoga, Pranayamas, Kriyas, and Meditation.
Senior Hatha Yoga Teacher
Sanjay began his yoga practice during his childhood, with his Yogi father K.K. Gangadharan. After the completion of his Mathematics degree, Sanjay went on to complete the diploma certification course in Yoga Therapy, and the Yoga Instructor course from the renowned SVYASA University in Bangalore. After graduation from SYVASA, Sanjay worked at various yoga centers and resorts around India where he specialized in teaching Hatha Yoga Asanas, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra, Kriyas, Meditation, and different relaxation techniques. Sanjay also has more than six years of experience teaching yoga in Russia and Azerbaijan. In Russia, he worked at one of the biggest yoga centers in the country, and conducted various yoga related programs and seminars for international yoga conferences and yoga festivals. Now, Sanjay brings with him to AyurYoga Eco-Ashram more than ten years of professional yoga teaching experience and an extensive knowledge of the yogic sciences. He will be teaching Yoga Asanas, Pranayamas, Meditation, and Yoga Nidra to both the Teacher Training students and the Yoga Immersion / Intensive students.
Lillie is a gentle and compassionate soul, who took up yoga for self discovery after an unfulfilling search through college into the professional workplace of the healthcare system of the USA. She followed her dreams to AyurYoga Eco-Ashram in India, not realizing that she would not only become a great yoga teacher, but also be given the opportunity to help the growing ashram, with her many talents. Other than assisting teacher trainees and guiding Yoga Immersion students, Lillie is a key part of our admin team. She coordinates with International students and our staff and lends a helping hand when students need someone to talk to. She is also our creative director, providing beautiful photography of the place, art, and cultural activities.
Guest Faculty at different timings of the year
Lucas Fernando, Msc Yoga
Yoga Immersion Teacher
Lucas began his yoga journey at a Sivananda Yoga Center in his hometown, Madurai, the Temple City of Tamil Nadu. While working as a banker, he became more interested in yoga, and decided to pursue a Masters of Science Degree in Yoga from Vivekananda Yoga University in Bangalore (SVYSA). During the two year program, he studied philosophy, yoga therapy, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, a yoga teacher training course, and a special project focused on senior’s yoga. After completion of the course, he taught daily seniors yoga classes, as well as private classes in Madurai. Since August 2015, Lucas has been at AyurYoga Eco-Ashram, where he teaches the Yoga Immersion retreats and assists in the Teacher Training workshops. His special knowledge about yoga therapy, combined with his gentle and kind manner, makes him an excellent and approachable yoga teacher, especially for beginners and seniors.
Swami Turya Chaitanya
Meditation and Yoga Sutras
Swami Turya Chaitanya is a disciple of Swami Dayananada Saraswathi of Arsha Vidya Gurukula, a world famous traditional teacher of Vedanta. Swamiji has been teaching Vedanta and Sanskrit for the past 25 years in and around Kerala, particularly at Cochin, where his Ashram is located. Hundreds of spiritual aspirants have benefited by the inspiring talks of Swami, and are capable of seeing the correct meanings of ambiguous phrases of Vedic texts, especially the Vedanta portion called Upanishads. His teaching is simple and a person who is not exposed to the spiritual side of thinking will get an opening in to the profound vision of ancient Vedic sages.
Dr. Neel Venugopal, BAMS
Dr. Neel was born in the Thrissur district of Kerala, India, in a village called Chavakkad to an aristocratic father with values and ethics. He expressed and developed interest in ayurveda since childhood, watching his father and his associates using ayurvedic oil called thailam during their martial arts (Kalari) practice in Vallabhatta Kalarisangham. Gradually he realized the scope of ayurveda in common treatment for all kinds of diseases and decided to become an ayurvedic physician. He obtained the medical practitioners degree- BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) from Kannur University Kerala. Dr. Neel has also done post graduation in yoga. Upon graduating, he served as a Physician in various specialized departments, including sports medicine, as a member of the Common Wealth Games Medical Team. He has also expertise in providing and managing direct patient care for physical examination, evaluations, diagnoses, and treatments. Dr Neel is good at medicine manufacturing unit as a monitor-medicine and an expert in ayurvedic pulse diagnosis and marma therapy. He has conducted many seminars, workshops and consultations around the world to share his in-depth knowledge in ayurveda and marma therapy.
Sujith, E-RYT 200
Hatha Yoga Morning Practice
Sujith, youngest of our team, has experience of teaching international students for more than five years. Born in Thrissur, where he grew up, the cultural capital of Kerala, Sujith was a champion of many yoga competitions in India during his school days – you will have to see his unimaginably advanced poses! After completing his high school, he preferred to join Sivananda Ashram, rather than an academic college. During his three years at Sivananda Ashram he completed both 200 hours and 300 hours teacher training and also gained his experience of teaching to bigger international groups. After leaving Sivananda Ashram, he has been working at various Ayurveda places around India as a Yoga Master. Besides teaching his unique style of dynamic Hatha, he was also trained as Ayurveda Therapist – though he prefers teaching Yoga than giving you a massage.
Dr Anup has been a professional Ayurveda Doctor for the past 8 years and, at present, is teaching as a scholar in KVG Ayurvedic Medical College in Karnataka in India. After completing his internship at this Medical College from 2006-2007, Dr. Anup worked as RMO (Medical Officer) with HealingVeda Solutions Pvt. Ltd. for two years. He also worked as a consultant physician with State Govt of Kerala for one year. Since 2009, he has been working with a well known traditional Ayurvedic Institution called Kottakkal Aryavaidyasala in Kerala and their branch hospital in Delhi. Since 2013, he has been on official leave, to pursue his PhD in Ayurvedic Surgery at KVG Ayurveda Medical college in Karnataka, where he also teaches medical students and organizes seminars dealing with research on Ayurveda and Modern Medicine. Dr. Anup is a visiting faculty who teaches the basics of Ayurveda in our training and retreats in our ashram.
Born in a traditional Kerala family, Sashi grew up and educated in different parts of India including Delhi and Haryana. After completing his graduation in Nutrition and Dairy products, Sashi worked for over 15 years in Health Industries in both India and Dubai. However, his heart has always been drawn more towards alternative medicines and traditional health sciences , which he has been pursuing with passion since 1994. Over the years, he studied, practiced and taught Yoga, Ayurveda, Siddha and Nature Cure. After obtaining the teachers training from Sivananda Ashram, Sashi also studied and was awarded with diplomas in Nature Cure from Bapu Nature Cure in Delhi and another Diploma in Siddha Medicine from Siddha Research Center in Chennai. He also studied Ayurveda Massage Therapies from various traditional Ayurveda families in Kerala. Since 2004, he has been back to his ancestral village in Kerala, as a healer and holistic practitioner, using a combination of traditional techniques of yoga, ayuveda, siddha and Nature Cure. Besides his teaching and healing time, he is also involved in promoting tourism in Kerala. Sashi will be teaching one of the morning practice sessions daily in our Teacher Training and will also contribute his valuable technical knowledge in this field in the afternoon workshops.
Senior Yoga Teacher
Mitsue’s first contact with yoga was through Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Art of Living Foundation where she learned the practice of Pranayama in Japan. Then, she deepened her practice with a Foundation Course at the British Wheel of Yoga in London. After the completion of this course, she went to India to get a deeper understanding of the philosophy and spiritual approach of Yoga. In India, she was trained at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala and then went on to complete a Teacher Training and an advanced diploma course at Yoga, Vidya Gurukul, in Nasik (Satyananda lineage). During her second trip to India, Mitsue also completed an intensive five months Teacher Training in Iyengar style and also assisted the classes for several months. Back in Japan, she also studied Iyengar Yoga as well as Yin Yoga while teaching in different studios in Tokyo. For the last few years, Mitsue has been teaching yoga in Japan and also in India while she continues her exploration of yoga through teaching and her personal sadhana in other traditions.
Other Assisting Teachers /Interns for YTT Retreats in Kerala:
Some students are staying immediately after the yoga teacher training course or come back to help us with assisting yoga classes and taking care of the students in our retreats. We are thankful to all these students for sharing their time and energy in making these retreats a beautiful experience for the new students.
All our main faculty is professionally qualified and is experienced in teaching International Students, in English, for at least five years, besides their years of practice in their traditional ashram backgrounds.