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.

AMBA DUGO CARRERAS, SPAIN

Amba Dugo is surrounded by Yoga, Meditation, Yoga- therapies, Mantra and many yoga masters since she was born. She started her first yoga Teachers Training, a six years one, at the age of sixteen in her hometown Valencia, Spain. It was a complete Training on integral, traditional and hatha yoga leaded by Emilia Nácher, a veteran teacher in Spain.

She started her journey on the yoga path that time, in 2006, and yoga changed her body, mind and lifestyle that´s why she realized quickly she wanted to share that with others and give energy to that precious discipline which is a present in her life. Amba started teaching at eighteen.

In 2014, She again attained Yoga Alliance Registered 200 hrs Yoga Teacher Training with Dr Jitendra Das at Patanjali International Yoga Foundation and since that time she started to organize activities for the school in Spain. Amba is arranging trips with her students to the training to the Yoga Foundation, Rishikesh, India.

Amba is a teacher in the yoga centre runned by herself and her mum Mavi Carreres, Centro Bam Bam Bhole in Llíria, Valencia, Spain. She has taught in India, England and mostly in Spain. She runs workshops, retreats and regular yoga classes in The Ancient Style of Hatha yoga in Valencia and other Spanish cities. She teaches in yoga festivals in Spain since 2013.

Amba says "If you walk two steps in yoga, three more appear in front of you. In yoga you will always need to move forward. Just do it.

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.

MARIA VIOSCA TORNEO, SPAIN

María Viosca Tornero studied social education at the university of Valencia. After this, she moved to Azores Islands, Portugal, for two years. In that period of time, she finished her career working as a social worker in a shelter with poor children, and learning the Portuguese language, which she dominates very well. At that time she started to practice yoga. 

After this period in Azores islands, she decided to travel around South America for one year and a half, where she started to go deeply in the yoga practice, receiving lessons for many different teachers around this continent. In this amazing travel she realized yoga was her passion 

After this trip she went to France, to work for a while and earn some money to make her dream real (go to India to learn more yoga). She spend one year working in France in some different works and also learning the French language.

During this time, in one of her visits to Spain, she assisted to one intensive course of yoga in Valencia, with Dr Das and with Amba Dugo, in the yoga school Bam Bam Bhole. During this intensive course, she realized she loved Patanjali Yoga ( Ancient Yoga ) so she decided to travel to Rishikesh India with the school Patanjali International Yoga Foundation Rishikesh India to learn more about the Ancient Hatha yoga, which María considerate very powerful and a very good base of the knowledge of what yoga is and means. After finishing her studies in India, she returned to Spain where she has been working as a yoga teacher, transmitting to her students the ancient style of hatha yoga she learned at Patanjali Yoga Foundation Rishikesh India.

PERRINE MARAIS, CANADA

Perrine Marais got her first yoga practice like most westerner in a gym, 13 years ago. Wanting to deepen her knowledge she started traveling to towns around where yoga studios were more populars.

Perrine was then working in a hospital as a respiratory therapist . After a transforming travel to Costa Rica where she was attending a yoga retreat she realised that she wanted to teach yoga. The next year she went back to Costa Rica for her first teacher training following Baron Baptiste principles. For the next two years she only taught vinyasa and power yoga.

Wanting to learn from the "root" and ancient principles, she traveled to Rishikesh India Patanjali International Yoga Foundation and followed her second teacher training with Dr Jitendra Das. Her body and mind changed so much in that training that she realised she should learn and practice more following the ancient style hatha yoga. In 2015 she went back to Patanjali International Yoga Foundation for another teacher training and she brought with her students from Canada. She mostly teach at Pure quilibre Centre de Yoga in St-Hilaire (quebec) and is a proud ambassador for Lolë. She gets to teach free classes for Lolë so that everyone get access to yoga and organize workshops in her hometown as well. Perrine also teaches meditation to her hometown hockey team and basketball team to help them be more focus on the game.

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.

HELENA ARHANGELSKAJA ~ ESTONIA

Helena Arhangelskaja has fundamental medicine education ( Tallinna Tervishoju kõrgkool 1991). She is Yoga therapist, Classical Chinese acupuncture therapist and Thai Yoga-massage teacher. All her life she working with human body, mind and soul.

She start her Yoga practice in 2002 in Estonia with her friends. And when she realized she wanted to find a real Yoga teacher, she went to India, Rishikesh. Here she began her studies in 2006 at Patanjali Yoga Foundation with Dr. Jatendra Das and Tatjana Morozova. Here she gained basic knowledge in Yoga therapy, Ayurveda and Yoga teaching. For two years she spent a total about six months improving her knowledge and practice of Yoga at Patanjali International Yoga Foundation Rishikesh India.

In 2008 she organized a school of Yoga and Thai yoga massage in Estonia. She teaches Yoga, Thai yoga massage. Helps people restore health. To do this, she uses Yoga therapy, craniosacral therapy, Classical Chinese acupuncture and kinesiology. She also organizes training seminars on Yoga and meditation in her city.