Resident Yoga Teachers at AyurYoga Eco-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. Since the age of 18, Krishna lived for more than 12 years in some of the best yoga ashrams in India – such as Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Monastery (Calcutta), Bihar School of Yoga (Munger), Himalayan Tradition of Swami Rama (Rishikesh) and Sivananda Ashram (Kerala).
Though very much rooted in the traditional spirituality, Krishna has been social rebel and original thinker who don’t want to be brainwashed by books, teachers, or spiritual traditions. 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 year, Krishna founded this ashram with the hope that India needs a place for modern yogis to practice ‘simple’ yoga in Mother Nature, without any cultural and spiritual exaggerations overemphasized in most of the ashrams in India run by Gurus/cults.
Krishna will be teaching Yoga Philosophy, Yoga Anatomy and Teaching Methodology in our Yoga Teacher Training Retreats. He teaches Yoga and Pranayama sessions to Advanced students who are comfortable with 3 hour sessions. He is also being regularly invited by other retreats/ashrams around the world to teach and share his 20+ years of life dedicated to practice and teaching yoga.
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 Brahmasutras 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 in our Yoga Teachers Training courses in India. He is also a Sanskrit expert and teaches Philosophy classes for Ayurveda and Yoga Retreats in India.
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. Always-be-positive attitude of Vinod is a great solace for all our students going through intensive transformation in our ashram.
The encounter with his spiritual master, Sri Tathata changed the course of his life, 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 at Sivananda Yoga in Gurgaon for five years. Vinod also worked in Vietnam and Russia before joining AyurYoga Eco-Ashram.
Vinod teaches the morning yoga practice in our Yoga Teacher Training courses and training the new yoga teacher trainees with Yoga Anatomy and Teaching Workshops.
Senior Hatha Yoga Teacher
Sanjay began his yoga practice during childhood, with his father K.K. Gangadharan, a well know yoga teachers in Kerala. 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 Vivekananda Yoga 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.
Sanjay teaches the morning Yoga Asana classes, Pranayama, Meditation, Yoga Nidra sessions to both Yoga Teacher Trainings and Ayurveda & Yoga Retreats in our ashram. Sanjay’s slow but long asana holding classes are very classical examples of traditional hatha yoga in India.
Yoga Therapy Teacher
Neha Sharma is a certified Yoga therapist and Post Graduate in Yoga & Naturopathy from Indian Institute of Yoga and Naturopathy. Neha is also specialized in Medical Yoga, a unique yoga practice designed and developed by internationally reputed Dr. Deepak Sachdeva, that combines ancient yoga with principles modern medical science. Since the age of 12, Neha practiced under the guidance of her Yoga guru Sri Balmukund ji from New Delhi.
Neha worked with children with visual disabilities in New Delhi to help them build a positive body confidence. Neha also worked as Yoga consultant at Delhi International School where she developed the curriculum for dealing with stress and anxiety levels among children.
Other than teaching Yoga Classes and Meditation to our Ayurveda and Yoga clients, Neha is a multi-talented teacher, helping the ashram with administrative, marketing and organic farm. With her own experience of converting a barren land owned by her family into a model organic farm, Neha is now experimenting and developing organic menu plans for our guests in the ashram.
Dr. Elza Francis
Ayurveda Doctor & Teacher
Dr. Elza is a traditional Ayurveda doctor from Kerala, with a specialization in Panchakarma Detox treatments. She is also very experienced in treating nervous system disorders and arthritis. Dr. Elza is a patient and kind listener. Though coming from rigours traditional systems, she is very practical in organizing the treatment procedures and diets according to each patient’s needs.
She completed her BAMS Ayurvedic Medical Degree from Atreya Ayurvedic Medical College Hospital & Research Center in Bangalore, Karnataka. Dr. Elza furthered her training at the Government Ayurvedic Hospital and Artha Ayurvedic Hospital for Spine & Neurological Disorders in Bangalore. She also worked with renown Kottakal Ayurveda Center in Kerala. Furthermore, she has worked in Shri V.H. Hospital and Kerala Ayurvedic Chikitsalaya in Gujarat, India.
Dr. Elza’s diligence to proper treatment and care for everyone’s needs, based on their medical history and current health, is one of her outstanding attributes. She also teaches theory classes on Basic Introduction to Ayurveda to our Yoga Teacher Training students.
Marketing & Communications
Lillie is a gentle and compassionate soul from USA. She took up yoga for self discovery while studying biology at University of Wisconsin. After working in the healthcare field she came to India in search of a holistic system for well-being. In 2013 she was part of the very first training organized at this ashram. She fell in love not only with yoga but the very concept of this unique ashram. Since then she stayed back in India to help with this ashram and eventually fell in love and married Krishna, the founder of the ashram.
Lillie helps many other students from the West like her, to come and have an authentic experience of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda in India. She is the bridge between the traditional teachers of the ashram and the western clients. Lillie also teaches Pre-Natal yoga and Hatha yoga classes occasionally. She is an artist who loves painting and creating gardens and natural spaces.
Dr. Neel Venugopal
Ayurveda Doctor and Teacher
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.
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 also has expertise in providing and managing direct patient care for physical examination, evaluations, diagnoses, and treatments. Dr Neel is an expert in Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis and Marma Therapy, as well as medicine manufacturing. He has conducted many seminars, workshops and consultations around the world to share his in-depth knowledge in Ayurveda and Marma Therapy.
Yoga and Meditation Teacher
Chandrika found her practice early on in life, with a natural inclination toward meditation and mindfulness. Over the course of eight years she explored various yoga traditions, such as Vanda Scarevelli and Kashmir Shaivism, as well as completing her Yoga Teacher Training with Sivananda in Kerala, and Krishnamacharya Mandiram in Chennai.
Her main inspiration draws from the Krishnamacharya Tradition, which specializes in individualized classes integrating breath work and chanting with movement, with its base rooted in the ancient philosophy of Patanjali’s yoga sutras.
Chandrika shares the depth of her own practice which links the power of the ever-deepening breath to movement that in turn increases the awareness of the mind and body. Her mindful and conscious nature reflect through her teachings, creating an integrated healing for all levels.
Swami Turya Chaitanya
Meditation and Yoga Sutras
Swami Turya Chaitanya is a disciple of Swami Dayananada Saraswathi of Arsha Vidya Gurukula, a 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.
Other Assisting Teachers /Interns
Some students stay 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.