Teachers

 

 

Acharya Yogesh

Acharcha Yogesh was born in Gujarat, India. He has finished the prestigious post graduate 'Yoga Studies' at Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute in Lonavala – one of the oldest and the most traditional Yoga institute in India, where he was a topper. Yogesh is a great teacher of tradtional hatha yoga, philosophy, cleansing processes and pranayamic techniques. One of his eminent specialties and passions is chakra therapy/cleansing and balancing. In the teacher training he shares his overwhelming knowledge of philosophy, yogic anatomy and meditation.

He is practicing alternate healing therapy, a combination of psychological counseling, Ayurveda, Chakra therapy, mudra therapy, yoga and pranic healing over six years. On his philosophical and spiritual journey he has studied many great seekers of the truth like Patanjali, Osho, Budhha, Gurdjeff, Lord Krishna, Aurobindo, Shankaracharya and many more. And what is more, he has not only studied these philosophies but he is trying to live a life according to the essence of these philosophies. Over the years he has developed a completely scientific attitude towards spiritual practices leading to a combination of Eastern feeling and Western mind. He spends most of his time in Osho - Gurdjeff communes when he is not teaching.

Amrita Sharma

Amrita Sharma has done her Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S) at the reputed Govt. Institute of Himachal Pradesh. She is registered with the Central Council of Indian medicine. With her special interests she further studied yoga and naturopathy to serve people better through her versatile knowledge. Her journey of learning and practice continued with her Master’s degrees in Alternative Medicine, specific research in medicinal herbs and degree in food and nutrition.

She believes that a person can be healthy if he is physically, mentally and spiritually healthy, which can be found back in her teaching, counseling, and consultations. She has been continuously practicing Ayurvedic medicine since 6 years. She gives consultations and conducts courses in various fields of Yoga and Ayurveda, such as Yoga Anatomy, Human Physiology, Yoga Philosophy, and Ayurveda constitution analysis. Dr. Amrita is passionate about making people knowledgeable about themselves, and guide them in the best way to make this world a better place to live in.

Amy Rae Ruben

Amy entered her first yoga class with the same hesitation and timidness of a first date. The 50-minute hatha yoga class at her University was far from perfect, but it opened her eyes to the complexity of the science of yoga. Having endured several knee surgeries at a young age, as a dedicated athlete, she knew, in that first class, that she had found the practice that would continue to heal, inspire and encourage her to slow down and look closer.

She received her first 200 and 500 certified yoga-teacher hours with Mahinder Prasad in Arambol, Goa in 2013. In the process of recovering from her own knee injuries, Amy became hooked on the therapeutical aspects of yoga. In her classes, Amy emphasizes proper alignment and encourages her students listen to their body's limitations. Amy is dedicated to the continuation of growth as a practitioner and teacher. For Amy, the connection to self, breath and spirit—the practice of yoga—is a ceaseless journey.

Amy is from Portland, Oregon in the United States. In 2010, she graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon.Amy has spent the last few years working in communications and sustainability, studying permaculture and herbal medicine, and enriching herself with world travels.

 

Diana Vergara

Diana dedicates herself to the study and practice of yoga practice since more than 10 years. During all this time, she has been exploring and experimenting different techiques that are related with the practice of consciousness awakening and with the development of the inner capacities of the human being. Meaning that this has an infinite capacity of power and we have only to wake them up to find this inexhaustible root of creative energy.

After her first long trip to India she created a method called “Evolving through of the develop of the senses”, where she puts into practice different tools that she learned through Yoga; to observe which is the effect that the yoga practice has in its different variants in a context more integral.


Diana teaches different techniques such as meditation, visualization, mantra chanting, asana, pranayama and conscious relaxation. Her studies have been deepened through teachers that she met through her trips in Chile, United states, Nepal and around of India; mainly in Rishikesh, Dharamshala, Varanasi and Bangalore. Her classes focus on awakening of senses, being the observer of body, mind and soul and through of this to get connection with your inner self. Respect the limitations of each one, for then overcome them and give a step forward. Everything ready to experiment a meditative state as the fundamental objective of the class.

Ellie Lardenoije

Ellie lardenoije teaches gentle vinyasa yoga classes. Through focusing on the breath she leads you from on posture to another. Sometimes smooth and fluent, sometimes powerful and strong. By paying attention to technique and the alignment of the body, she learns you to listen more carefully to your body. Together we’ll explore the limitations of our body and, especially, learn to accept them. While strengthening our body and deepening our breath, we create space to open our heart. It is the awareness of the body and breath that makes it possible to connect with our feelings. At the end, we learn to open up to life itself!

Ellie studied (eastern-)philosophy and clinical psychology. She practices Buddhism and Yoga by doing meditation, (trying to) live it’s ethic, reading it’s philosophy and writing articles about buddhism & youth (boddhitv.nl). She practices yoga on a daily base and loves to share her experience and knowledge of both Buddhism and yoga with you in one of her classes.

Currently, Ellie teaches yoga at WonderfulYoga, Sukha Yoga (sukhayoga.nl) and at the University of Amsterdam.

Mahinder Prasad

Mahi is a guest teacher the yoga teacher training courses. His teachings focus on the therapeutical effect of asanas and their adjustments, which is exactly what allows Mahi to use yoga as a therapeutic way of healing people with various pathologies of the body.

When Mahi was eleven his family members taught him yoga. Being Brahmin, his whole family focused on the spiritual development of a human and served as a great inspiration For example, Mahi’s father was a disciple of Sri Ramana Maharishi. However, not only family members influenced Mahi on his way; he spent a lot of time learning hatha yoga, bhakti yoga, meditation and karma yoga with different monks and swamis. By turning eighteen, Mahi went around India to continue his development on the yoga path, staying in Mysore, Bangalore, Rishikesh and some other places, absorbing different styles of teaching.

Merel Martens

Merel is the founder of WonderfulYoga aiming to spread the beauty and benefits of yoga with whomever is open and motivated to learn. For Merel, Yoga is awareness, both on the mat and in everyday life. The yoga classes on the mat serve as an inspiration to take along when stepping into daily life.

In her classes Merel creates a place where people can experience the peace within themselves. She teaches either Ashtanga or Dynamic Vinyasa Yoga classes where the flowing movements help the person to become more aware of the body and focus less on the continuous stream of thoughts. While breath is the key in yoga classes she pays great attention to the correct alignment of the body postures, so that every pose gives the best result. Because of her medical background and thorough knowledge of anatomy she makes poses accessible and light. Her classes are inspired by different styles but always blended with her own authentic personality. And this is what makes a true teacher; being authentic is the key to inspire others. In the teacher trainings Merel will guide you in the process of finding your authentic style, besides teaching anatomy, and Vinyasa Flow classes.

Merel has a degree in Medicine and International Public Health. After an international career in the health care sector she has given herself the freedom to dedicate her life to the philosophy and practice of yoga and meditation. After teaching in her hometown Amsterdam for some years she now resides in India.

 

 

 

Inspiration

Since ancient times the moon has intrigued mankind. First and, i just guess foremost, because of its metaphysical influence on life on earth. The moon came into being, approximately four and half billion years ago, after the earth collided with Theia, a body about the size of Mars.

I find myself on my bicycle in a summerdress. I did not check 'buienradar' so i am not prepared to that rainshower which is falling on me like an African monsoon. Mmm.. I have got two choices: I can either be iritated about the Dutch summer and curse myself for not being in some Mediterranean country sunbathing on the beach, or I can accept that what is and just enjoy the rain falling on my skin.

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