Yoga Teachers


A student is an empty vessel and a teacher is the source that fills this empty vessel with in-depth knowledge and wisdom. To be a great yogi, it is necessary to learn from the best yoga gurus and to gather information from the most authentic sources. Excellent teachers who can guide them and provide them with apt. knowledge are the ideal conduits that can lead a student towards becoming the best yoga practitioner and teacher. At Rishikul Yogshala, we believe in the same ideology and do not undermine the role of a good yoga teacher in achievement of desired outcome from a yoga teacher training program. Our entire team of yoga teachers and gurus are not just internationally recognized but also hold years of experience as yoga and spirituality educators.

The teachers recognize and analyze distinct aspects of each student on individual basis. With respect to their body type, requirement and level, the students are maneuvered as brilliant yogis with the help of specific training and learning methods. With this methodology, the students reap maximum benefits from the yoga teacher training program. Our teachers and gurus at Rishikul Yogshala ensure the students attain overall development along with a soulful yogic experience during the tenure of their entire program.

Our Yoga Acharyas are internationally certified and registered with Yoga Alliance. Along with exceptional teaching expertise, outstanding knowledge in the most authentic traditional forms of yoga and a distinct methodology has rendered them with the recognition of being some of the best yoga leaders in the globe. Yoga is not just a fitness tool; all our yoga teachers preach this majestic science as it originally is -- the eventual pathway to complete purification of mind, body and soul.


Swami Devatmanada Saraswati

Meditation, Inspirational and Spiritual Guide

A devotee of the proclaimed sage PoojyaGurudev Swami Chinmayanandaji, Swami DevatmanadaSaraswati is a beacon of peace, love and light. Devoting his life to yoga, he has renounced the worldly pleasures in 1987 and took Deeksha in 2001. An educated mind, he speaks many languages (English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Arabic, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi), holds a degree in Law and was also a lecturer in Kerala in the field of Commerce. But after working in Arab countries & serving the society in mundane ways, his inner being broke free from the everyday duties and sought eternal gratification.

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Swami Atmananada

Meditation, Inspirational and Spiritual Guide

Receiving the gift of Yoga from Kailash Ashram, Swami Atmananada Giri is a devotee of Guru Nutya Chaitanya Yati and has dedicated his life to the teaching of yoga and its facets. Swamiji met Guru Nitya in 1992 & his disciple, Sudhi Chaitanya in 1998 only to transgress above the everyday working of human life.

Born in Kerala, he was unaware of his spiritual capabilities but was humanitarian by nature, he wanted to help people and took up Homeopathy at Kerala and practiced Naturopathy for three years. Later on, he started in yogic practice in the year 2006 and since then there is no turning back for him. Read more


Annnamalai Prana Ji (Swami Thiyagaranjan)

Trained in the principles of the well recognized Swami Sivananda-Swami Vignanananda tradition of Tamil Nadu, the land of the Sidhhas, Annamalai Prana Ji is one of the most regarded masters of the yogic art. In Rishikesh, Prana Ji is recognized widely as the most experienced yoga master. Pranayama and yoga philosophy are his specialized fields of teaching. His classes are a syncretism of Indian and Western thought and could be highly interesting for a sincere learner.

Meditation, Kundalini Yoga and Ayurveda are among the other aspects of yoga learning that Prana Ji’s vast field of knowledge covers.


Gangesha Chaitanya

Meditation, Inspirational and Spiritual Guide

An expert in the yoga philosophy, Gangesha was introduced to the field of spirituality at a young age. Receiving his teachings from the great saint Swami Rama, this yoga guru dedicated his life in the up liftment of humanity.

An E-RYT and gaining an extensive experience in the field of yoga, he is successfully taking classes at various schools of Rishikul Yogshala. Bringing forth newness and variety to his classes, he is a master of meditation, Kundalini yoga and pranayama. A Naga Guru once, he has been in a pursuit to unlock the gateways of mystical realm only accessible by the adepts.

He inspires his student to tap this mystic kundalini energy lying inside them and reach higher realms. Focusing on the final assimilation, he is a grounded soul and a true nature lover.


Bipin Baloni

“Knowing the self is important, the teacher cannot show you who you are, you have to know yourself...The teacher is only the mirror which will show you how you look.”
Qus. When is your birthday and star sign?
Ans. March 14th and I am a Pisces.
Qus. As a teacher what do you focus on most?
Ans. Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha and Teaching Methodology.
Qus. What Yoga teacher training course do you teach and for how long have you been with Rishikul Yogshala?
Ans. I teach students both in the 200hr and the 300hr yoga teacher training course and I have been officially working with Rishikul Yogshala since 2010, so nearly 6 years. However, I have been practicing consistently since 2009. Read more

Yogi Prashant Ji

“Knowing the self is important, the teacher cannot show you who you are, you have to know yourself...The teacher is only the mirror which will show you how you look.”

Qus. When is your birthday and star sign?
Ans. September 11th and I am a Virgo.

Qus. As a teacher what do you focus on most?
Ans. Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and Adjustment/Alignment.

Qus. What Yoga teacher training course do you teach and for how long have you been with Rishikul Yogshala?
Ans. I teach the 200hr and 300hr yoga teacher training course and I’ve been working with Rishikul Yogshala for about 4 years. Read more

Deepa Ji

“For me Love is to give happiness to yourself to not ‘beat up’ yourself...If you can share what you have and your happiness even with someone who hurt you, then that is love.”

Qus. When is your birthday and star sign?
Ans. April 16th and I am a Taurus according to Indian Astrology.

Qus. As a teacher what do you focus on most?
Ans. Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Mantra Chanting and Laughing yoga

Qus.What Yoga teacher training course do you teach and for how long have you been with Rishikul Yogshala?
Ans. 200 hour and 300 hour and I have been teaching at Rishikul Yogshala for 2-3 years. Read more

Pankaj Ji

Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha Yoga & adjustment alignment

Pankaj is a certified yoga teacher and a badminton coach. Belongs to traditional spiritual family, he is guided and trained under expert and traditional yogis. He has completed his Masters in Yoga, covering all the elements of yogic science. He has been teaching Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga since 4 years after his RYT200 certification.
His students love him for his perfection in correcting the postures while considering their body limits and safety. An encouraging yoga teacher, he hold a deep understanding of teaching asana classes with mindful integration of meditation, breathing techniques, yoga philosophy and mantra.


Manoranjan Chand

“ I am not a teacher, I just share my experiences and memories...We are all equal and I try to understand everyone by being open.”


Qus. When is your birthday and star sign?
Ans. February 10th and I am an Aquarius.

Qus. As a teacher what do you focus on most?
Ans. Mudras, Yoga Nidra, Chair Yoga ( modern day style of yoga for desk workers), Shat Kryia both practical and theoretical, Ayurveda specialist, Cooking.

Qus. What Yoga teacher training course do you teach and for how long have you been with Rishikul Yogshala?
Ans. I teach the 200 Hr YTTC and I’ve been at Rishikul Yogshala for 1 year. Read more

Yogi Manoj Rawat

Yoga has been Manoj’s calling since early childhood. He received his fist initiation to the yoga ideas from his grandfather who asked him to follow the path of karma yoga. Later on in his life, Manoj explored Bhakti and Karma in depth to take his yoga journey further. Born in the holy city of Rishikesh, which is also recognized as the ancient seat of yoga practice in India, the vibes have always been strong around Manoj and that is why he finally chose to share and spread his yoga skills as a teacher.

He spent his learning time in various Ashrmas, living the hermit way of life with communities of Swamis and Yogis. His understanding of traditional yoga intensified with the days spent at Swargashram, Sivananda Ashram and Jai Ram Ashram. Today, Yogi Manoj is a teacher certified from the prestigious Bihar School of Yoga.


Gurmeet Singh

Anatomy & Physiology

Gurmeet Singh was born and raised in the spiritual capital of India – Rishikesh. He teachers Hatha Yoga, Yoga Anatomy, and Physiology at Rishikul Yogshala. Gurmeet Ji holds a Post Graduate degree in Yoga from Uttarakhand Sanskrit University and is a Yoga Alliance certified E-RYT 500 yoga teacher. He has been teaching yoga since 2007. Gurmeet Ji started his yoga journey with Ved Niketan ashram under the supreme guidance and blessings of Swami Dharma Nanda. During his journey as a yoga professional, he was rewarded with an opportunity to be associated with a German organization where he worked closely with several renowned Physiotherapists for over 6 years. His time with them earned him an in-depth knowledge of adjustment and alignment and of various safe practice techniques. He also acquired knowledge regarding yoga science and modern science of Human Anatomy.


Kavitha Hangargi

HathaYoga, Pranayama

Being born and raised in a spiritually well-established family in Karnataka, Kavitha Ji’s upbringing was instilled with all the values and teachings of Basavanna (one of the greatest saints in 12th-century and a highly-distinguished Hindu philosopher, statesman, Kannada poet). She spent most of her early days in her hometown. The spiritual environment of her surroundings helped her in her spiritual studies and was the greatest motivation behind her pursuing the path of spirituality at such a juvenile phase of her life.

Our beloved Kavitha Ji began her real flight into the world of yoga and spirituality in the year 2006. She first practiced pranayama under the guidance of Sri Ganeshwer Avadhut in Srisailam forest. She then went on to practicing under another great master of Yoga and Spirituality, Swami Veda Bharthi, a disciple of Swami Rama. She mastered the art of meditation and philosophy in Swami Rama Sadak Gram under the careful guidance of Swami Veda Bharthi.

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Nisha Ahya

HathaYoga, Pranayama, Anatomy & Physiology

Nisha Ahya tried yoga first time when she was 13 and since then, she is in a regular touch with this sacred science. She was earning good in the corporate world , but felt stressed and unhappy internally, so decided to unroll her yoga mat again and to live life in a healthier manner. After realizing the amazing feeling of mindfulness and ‘being present in the moment,’ she thought of spreading this art through teaching.

She completed her yoga teacher training with Rishkul Yogshala and advanced studies from International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Madurai, India. Currently, she is a RYT500 and is experienced in teaching yogic sciences while focusing on breathing techniques and yoga philosophy. Read more


Suraj Choudhary

HathaYoga, Pranayama

Born in the blessed land of Rishikesh, also known as the ‘yoga capital of the world’, Suraj Choudhary is majorly known for his calmness, patience, and strength. He started pursuing his yoga studies at a tender age under the supervision and guidance of Narendra Gussain, one of the most revered teacher of modern and traditional yoga. Suraj Ji holds a Master’s degree in Yoga Science and is a Yoga Alliance certified RYT500 teacher. With yoga in his blood, he is one of the very few yoga professionals in the country who have mastered the genre of yoga teaching known as the ‘modern yoga with traditional values”.

Benkat Raman

Shatkarmas, Asana, Mudra & Bandha, Pranayama & Meditation

Benkat Raman is born and brought up in a well-known Brahman family of Gangotri- one of the four sacred shrines of Char Dhams of Hindus. Indulged in the hour-long deep meditative practices under the guidance of his Grand father, he embarked upon his journey of self-discovery at an early age of 10. As he grew up, his quest for the yogic knowledge kept on increasing.

He studied various scriptures of different religions and attended three months Satsanga at the acclaimed Geeta Bhawan ashram in Rishikesh. After completing his graduation from HNB Garhwal Univ. Srinagar in the year 2005, Benkat decided to make yoga a permanent part of his life.

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Vimal Sharma

Yoga Philosophy

Immersed in yogic practices from an early age of 11, Aacharya Vimal has been on the path of Yoga and Spirituality since childhood. Born and brought up in a traditional North Indian family, he spent his entire childhood amidst the sublime beauty of enthralling Himalayas.

In the pursuit of deeper and authentic knowledge of yoga, curious Vimal devoted his entire life to the yogic science and expanded his knowledge and wisdom by earning various degrees including Bachelor’s degree in Sanskrit, a Master’s Degree in Philosophy and a PG diploma in Yogic Science.

The most enlightening moment of his life came in 2005, when Mahamandaleshwar Sri Swami Veda Bharati- a disciple of Swami Rama, under his profound guidance helped Vimal discover his ‘true-being’.

Curious Vimal transformed himself into Acharya Vimal by learning yoga, mantra and other mystic methods with best of his efforts, will, commitment and dedication.

Kushal

Asana, Anatomy

A Master’s degree in Yogic Science and an experience of working with the Indian army as a yoga trainer, Kushal has explored the complicated aspects of yoga through the scientific perspective.

With a belief that Yoga and science are deeply connected and complement each other, his motive is to discover the spiritual aspects of this science and enhance the anatomical/physiological awareness of each of his apprentices.

Spreading the yogic wisdom, Kushal has helped thousands of souls in relieving stress and enhancing their physical strength. He doesn't leave any chance, when it comes to yoga and loves to volunteer at several yoga camps in Uttarakhand.

Dr. Murugan Pillai

Yoga and Meditation Practitioner and Teacher

Dr. Murugan Pillai is the Honorary Secretary of Nithya Chaithanya Kalari (Regd.) as well as the Joint Secretary, National Silambam Federation. Having over 30 years of experience, he has been decorated with the honorary Gurukal title, signifying that he has attained mastery from all his previous gurus in his lineage of this art.

Murugan Gurukal has revived the art of Kalari in North India. His zest for excellence has won him the respect of a number of disciples both within, and outside India.

Dr. Murugan Pillai is one of the few existing people in modern times who know the ancient art of Kalari Marma Chikitsa (Ancient Indian Touch/Healing System) or knowledge of special pressure points in the human body used in ancient warfare and medicinal system for treating several non-treatable diseases.

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