Founder - Director, Yoga Vidya Retreats/Ashram
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500
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Krishna Chaitanya is a professional Yoga Trainer and Spiritual teacher, with a special expertise in the field of meditation, philosophy and psychology of Yoga-Vedanta. He lived and practiced for more than twlve 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 19, 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 – that 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 – and he is still a soul-warrior on a pathless path, experimenting with life and waiting for one real flash of life (eternity)!Krishna will be teaching Hatha Yoga Methodology, How to Teach, Yoga in Big Picture classes in our Teacher Training Retreats.
Swami Prabodh Chaitanya
Swami Prabodh Chaithanya 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 has been
lived and taught in Rishikesh and Varanasi for several Years.
Prabodhji will be teaching Meditation and Yoga Sutras during our YTT retreats.
Sujith, E-RYT 200
Sujith, youngest of our team, has experience of teaching international students for more than five years. Born and grew up in Thrissur, 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 Sivanada Ashram, he has been working with 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. Shankar BAMS
Born to a famous Ayurveda Doctor couple, Dr. Shankar, is the sixth generation Doctor in his lineage of centuries old Keralan Ayurvedic traditions based in Guruvayoor. Dr. Shankar and his family are also famous for manufacturing authentic ayurveda medicines for more than 80 years, with hands and raw herbs - no factory made medicines! Besides his traditional family background in Ayurveda, Dr. Shankar is also graduated as a professional doctor (BAMS) from the university of Calicut in Kerala and at the present pursuing his MD Degree.
At different timings of the year
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 been always drawn more towards alternative medicine and traditional health sciences , which he pursued 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 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 is 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 Trainings and will also contribute his valuable technical knowledge in this field in the afternoon workshops.
Born in a traditional Brahmin family of Andhra Pradesh, Murthyji is an expert in the Classical Sanskrit Scriptures of Yoga Vedanta. Raised up on the Hindus rituals and orthodox spiritual life, he was a school teacher, before deciding to embrace the monastic life since 1998. After a short stint of Spiritual Service in the Ramakrishna Order, Murtyji went on to study Classical Yoga Vedanta course in the main Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh and then Yoga from Bihar School of Yoga. He also spent three years in Dayananada Ashram in Rishikesh and also in Coimbatore as a Brahmachari studying the classical Sanskrit language, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras and other sacred scriptures of Yoga Vedanta.
completing his studies Murthyji spent about seven years in personal
sadhana (spiritual practices) in various spiritually charged temples in
South India. During this period he also learnt Smarta Ritual practices
of Kerala in Cochin and Sri Vidya in Tamilnadu.
will be teaching Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Chanting, Sanskrit and also
will be leading some of the Meditation sessions in our Teacher Training
Multi-Style Expert 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 spritual approach of Yoga.
In India, she was trained at the Sivanand Ashram in kerala and then went on to complete a Teacher Training and 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.
Other Assisting Teachers /Interns for YTT Retreats in Kerala:
Some students are staying back immediately after the course or some past students returning, for helping us with assisting yoga classes and taking care of the students in our retreats. We are thankful for all these students for sharing their time and energy in making these retreats a beautiful experience for the new students.
All our main faculty are professionally qualified and have experience of teaching International Students in English for at least five years, besides their years of practice in their traditional ashram backgrounds.
In all the teacher training retreats, we will be giving the opportunity for our past students to come back as assistant teachers to help in the yoga classes and to refresh their own yoga experiences.