Yoga Teachers

DR JITENDRA DAS, INDIA

Dr. Jitendra Das has studied and practiced Yoga, Ayurveda and Vedic scripture at school and university, as well as with senior Indian masters. He studied Yoga, Ayurveda, Sanskrit, Veda and related subjects in Haridwar.

Haridwar is known as the ‘door to heaven’, and attracts many Yogic saints and Ayurvedic masters. It is also an ideal place for Ayurvedic ancient healing and Yogic centres. Jitendra Das completed his B.A. 'Bachelor's degree' in Sanskrit, Yoga, Vedic literature and Philosophy subject, M.A. 'gold medal awarded' in yoga and scientific research, and 'Ph.D.' on Patanjali Yoga and Ayurveda at Gurukul Kangari University, Haridwar, Uttrakhand, India. He also completed MA in Sanskrit from Sampurnananda Sanskrita University, Varanasi.

Dr. Das has travelled, studied and practiced yoga all over India at Ashrams with practitioner monks, during his school vacations. After his graduation, he decided to share the knowledge and experience, that he gained through his practice and from other sources. Therefore, he developed a small place in Rishikesh for Eastern and Western seekers of Yoga and spirituality. By now, this place is well known as Patanjali International Yoga Foundation (PIYF), and is registered with the Indian government and Yoga Alliance international. He teaches and practices Yogasana, Pranayama, Bandha, Mantra, Mudra, meditation, cleansing Kriyas, Ayurveda and Vedic chanting at Rishikesh, and gives conferences, workshops and seminars worldwide.

Dr. Jitendra Das is committed to offering Ancient Style of Hatha Yoga (Patanjali system) and Ayurveda workshops and courses internationally, as well as he offers Yoga Alliance Regsitered 100, 200, 300 and 500 hours Yoga Teacher Training (YTT), Yoga-Therapy and Ayurveda (YTA) Yoga-Meditation Retreat and Yoga Classes in Rishikesh India. He calls the style of Yoga what he is teaching "Ancient Style of Hatha Yoga", meaning the real form of yoga from the source of Aancient Sage Patanjali

He is practicing Yoga since 1986 and studied Yoga in the university for five years to complete his Master degree in Yoga, He then spent another five years to complete research in yoga for a PhD Degree. He has been teaching yoga since 2001. He personally conducts and is responsible for all Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda, Yoga Meditaion Retreat and Yoga Courses at Patanjali International Yoga Foundation Rishikesh India.

TATIANA MOROZOVA, RUSSIA

Tatiana Morozova – the experienced teacher of PIYF with a long lasting period of self-practice – over 20 years and deep knowledge of teaching – since 2003. She teaches in Patanjali Yoga Foundation from 2006. Tatiana follows the Ancient Hatha-Yoga style both in her teachings and in her practice. She abides by the rule to get knowledge from Guru to disciple directly. Thus, the Great Masters of Gurukhul Kangri University, Haridwar, grew up Tatiana at first-hand. Master Jitendra Das is one of them.

At present Tatiana is the representative of PIYF in Russia and the leading teacher in PIYF ashram in Rishikesh.

Following the source-text books and her experience, Tatiana Morozova teaches asana classes on alignments, adjustments, therapy & work with the wall, prana and prana vidya classes. She perfectly leads meditations following hatha-yoga, raja-yoga, jnyana-yoga, sankhya-yoga & bhakti-yoga techniques. She has a deep knowledge about Ayurveda and ayurvedic medicine.

Under Tatiana’s guidance are such projects as an informative yoga-education: asana cards, asana posters, commentaries to the source-textbooks and its translation from English into Russian language. Tatiana Morozova is an experienced and trusted adviser for her younger colleagues -she grew up such the ace teachers of PIYF as Elena Lepeshko and Polina Goricheva.

SPYROS KAPNIAS, GREECE

Garudananda started doing Yoga in his childhood years, influenced by his first Guru, his father. Since he was young he remembers his father meditating and practiced asanas, trataka and pranayama. Despite doing Αsanas, Yoga Nidra and Pranayama at a very early age and remembering himself sitting on chairs in a lotus position since he was very young, drawn by a subconscious force towards yoga influenced by his father and the books found in his home, in Greece and especially in the rural areas, yoga was something totally unheard of.

Since he was 16 he took up martial arts, which he practiced for 20 years acquiring black belts in different styles and participating in seminars with many distinguished instructors from around the world.

At the age of 26 he started his inner quest and initiated himself to the Inner Western Tradition. He studied Theosophy in depth at New Acropolis and Tantra at Gnostic Church. He also studied for three years Kaballah at the “Iamvlichos School”. Continued for years with meditation at Edgar Cayce Institute, with the Spiritual Teacher Mr Vouloukos, and then at another meditation school, which was a branch of the Gurdjieff School. He was high degree at the National Lounge of Greece and also initiated at Rosicrucian Order.

16 years ago he started getting seriously involved with yoga and the first style he adopted was Satyananda Yoga, under the guidance of his then instructor Swami Nirvikalpa, he also started visiting Satyananda Ashram, in Peania, Athens quite often. He completed Yogic Studies I there and followed seminars and annual courses in Kundalini Yoga, Raja Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Pranayama, SWAN, Yoga and addiction, Tattwa Sudhi and Yoga Nindra.

He has done seminars and Teacher Trainings in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Flow under the guidance of great teachers. For five years he has been involved with Iyengar Yoga doing seminars with many senior instructors and participated in TTC Iyengar in Greece. He has also involved himself with Kundalini, Anousara, Jivamukti Yoga, Aerial Yoga, AcroYoga, Acrobatics, and Antigravity Yoga. Also, is Certified Personal Trainer, Certified TRX & RIP.

He is a E-RYT500, the ultimate Certification from Yoga Alliance. With Teacher Training 200h at YogaWorks, 300h at Shiva Yoga Peeth, 200 & 300h Patanjali Yoga (The Ancient Style of Hatha Yoga), India. Is also Certified in Pranayama-Pranayoga and Acu-Yoga.

Owner of Shiva Yoga Academy in Greece, a Teacher Training School, which has started in 2014 and is a RYS200 Certified School from Yoga Alliance.

He is Qigong Teacher from Chinese Health Qigong Association. He studied for three years, under the guidance of Professor, Claudio Santi and Certified in Myofascial Therapy. An active Yoga Therapist MD, Ayurveda Certified and Energy Therapist, Acupressure MD, Reiki Master in more than 40 Reiki systems and has also been certified in Nadi Vigyam, Crystal Therapy, Chakra Therapy, Aromatherapy, Thai Massage and Thai Yoga Massage.

VERONIKA BILKOVICOVA, SLOVAKIA

Veronika's first experience with yoga occurred around 8 years ago, while she was studying at university. Her first yoga class was vinyasa style and it was love at first sight. It was a completely different experience from all the other physical exercises she had tried before. She fell in love with the connection of breathe and movement leading to a deeper sense of self.

After graduation, Veronika moved to Thailand, where she continued to learn various yoga practices, mostly from Indian teachers. Yoga slowly began to change her point of view on life. Also, showed her how to calm the mind, feel the inner peace, find balance and how to move beyond percieved limitations. After 4 years in Thailand, Veronika moved back to Slovakia, where she started to teach yoga at the local studio.

To deepen her knowledge and enhance her practice, in 2016, she travelled to Goa, India where she completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. After this training, she became even more passionate about learning traditional yoga, yoga therapy and ayurveda. This led her to study ancient yoga at Patanjali International Yoga Foundation Rishikesh India.

YOGI PRAKASH JI, INDIA

Prakash is born and brought up in a spiritual family based in Uttar Pradesh, India. He has been introduced to spiritual path and yoga at very young age. he started practicing Meditation, Asanas, Pranayama and Prayers from his childhood. At the age of 15 he attended many meditation seminars of Bharamakumaris University at mount abu. Later he meet Guru Yogteerhji from Sabathu, Himachal Pradesh. under his guidance he learn Yoga and meditation.

In 2004 he moved from his parental home and started traveling India. He initiated in osho’s neo-sanyaas and started living ,meditating in many Osho ashrams some as Pune, Himachal, Gujrat and Jabalpur. Here he got the understanding of Meditation, Tantara, Sufi, Vipassanaand Bhakti (devotion) and gone through various therapeutic groups and intense meditation. While living in meditation program for 5 years in Gujrat and Dhramshala ashrams.

He is also blessed to have Guru Purnanandji from Gujrat under his guidance he has done many personal silent retreats of meditation.On the path he learned Yoga from different institute and traditions. some as Astanga yoga from SVYASA Bangalore, an extended courses from Satyananda’s (Bihar School Of Yoga) ,Munger.

To improve the quality and knowledge of yoga Prakash is pursuing master degree of Yoga from Uttrakhand Sanskrit University ,Rishikesh. Prakash is teaching Meditation, Pranayama and Yoga Philosophy ( Patanjali yoga sutras, Bhagvata Gita,hata yoga pradipica etc ) in Yoga Teacher Training courses from one year in Rishikesh.

SWAMI AMLANANDA JI, INDIA

Swami Amlanandaji is a graduate of agriculture from Assam agricultural university. In 2009 he got rheumatoid arthritis, he cannot walk a distance, consulted doctor, took medicines, but pain on joints did not gone away completely. So he took the path of yoga.

He successfully completed assistant yoga teacher training under Patanjali Yoga Samiti, Asaam. After completion of his training, he conducted free yoga camps nearby village of his town.

In 2011 he left his home, and decided to stay at bank of holly Ganga River in Haridwar where he learned yoga, Pranayama, Meditation and Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

He extensively toured all over India and spread yoga. Conducted yoga camps in various schools, colleges, villages and towns. He firmly believe that the world health, world prosperity and world peace is possible only through yoga.