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.
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.
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 in Himalayas.
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.
Mitsue will be teaching the morning Hatha Intensive (blending Iyendgar elements), in our Teacher Training in Sept-Oct course in Himalayas and also she will offer private one-to-one sessions for the students during afternoon private coaching.
Dr. Aji Kumar, Reiki Master
Born in a humble farming family in Kerala, Aji was a civil Engineer with the Government
for eight years, before he decided to quit his material life for the
sake of sharing and healing. Since 1999 Aji has completed several
courses in Alternative science and also registered as Holistic
Practitioner from International University of Alternative Medicine,
He founded the White Shadow center in
his native Munna hills in Kerala where he is currently based. Since 2000
he has been teaching and healing many clients all over India and also
worked for two years in Europe. At the present he is one of senior Reiki
Masters in Kerala and mostly travelling and teaching around India and
Dr. Aji will be offering one or two days long Reiki Certification courses
in our campus, during our retreats in Kerala. Also he will be available
as our visiting faculty whenever any students requires a deep chakra and
sub-conscious healing work.
Assisting Teachers We will have the following Assistant teachers, who completed Teacher Training with us in the past and currently teaching in their own countries. They would be coming to assist in our retreats for one or more Teacher Training courses or offering their individual programs occasionally.
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.