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 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.

Annamalai 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.

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.

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.

Gurmeet Singh

Asana, Adjustment & Anatomy

Gurmeet Singh was born and raised in the spiritual capital of India – Rishikesh. He teaches Asana, Adjustment & Anatomy 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.

Kavitha Hangargi

HathaYoga, Pranayama

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

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.

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. Hestarted pursuing his yoga studies at a tender age under the supervision and guidanceof Narendra Gussain, one of the most revered teacher of modern and traditionalyoga. Suraj Ji holds a Master’s degree in Yoga Science and is a Yoga Alliance certifiedRYT500 teacher. With yoga in his blood, he is one of the very few yoga professionalsin the country who have mastered the genre of yoga teaching known as the ‘modernyoga with traditional values”.


Asana, Anatomy

We can see science and relate it to yoga. Science is a part of yoga and yoga is a part of nature. We cannot say that yoga and science are separate.”- REMOVE THISA 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.

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.

Kushvendra Singh

Yoga & Meditation Teacher

Kush originally comes from Varanasi in India and he has been living in Nepal since 2015. Kush has become interested in yoga after his father passed away, this is when he started pondering the questions of life and death and came across yoga philosophy. Kush says that ever since he began his yoga practice he developed a sense of calmness, contentment, lightness of spirit and intuition. He says that he now has the energy to seek the truth, and living in the state of happiness and love has become the essence of his life. Besides the spiritual benefits, he has also experienced some physical benefits of yoga as his ailing lungs have healed since he started his practice.

Dipika Gauchan

Mantra & Ashtanga vinyasa

A Rishikul Yogshala alumna, Dipika Gauchan completed her Yoga TTC from Rishikul Yogshala a few years back. And since then she has been connected to Rishikul Yogshala at her heart and body both. Originally from Pokhara, Nepal, Yoga is not just a science for her, it is much beyond it. The art is so natural for her that it cannot be explained with words. She believes that each and every practitioner has to go through the path and with the help of the instrument (physical body, mind, and breath) it can be realized that you are already in the Truth and that truth is 'Yoga'.


I have a total experience of 9 years in this field with a Registered Yoga Teacher Certification (RYT) from a Yoga Alliance (YA) recognized institute. Hatha , Power Yoga ,Yoga Therapy are the yoga types that I've have specialized in. I possess sound knowledge about yoga movements such as asanas and other postures. Moreover, I am well versed with the relaxation and breathing methodologies and their principles.

Natasha Kochan

Natasha was born and raised in small-town Canada. She has spent the past three years traveling the world; exploring, learning, and connecting with others through the practice of yoga, meditation, and pranayama. She has received over 500hours of teacher training under Rishikul Yogshala in both Nepal and India, and has completed internship placements at world-renowned yoga and meditation centers throughout the globe. .


Yoga Philosophy, Psychology

Our teacher Salini is a passionate yoga patron and a firm believer in the truth that the science of yoga has the mystical powers to positively transform the health and well-being of a person. A Post Graduate Degree holder in Yoga Therapy, Memory Development, Psychoneurotics, and a Ph.D. Degree holder in the Yoga Science, Salini has extensively devoted her life to mastering the concepts of the ancient wisdom and its relevance in the contemporary times. She has a professional experience of six years and has prudently worked for Indian council for cultural .


Yoga Anatomy and Meditation

Our teacher Sanathanan is a trained ‘Yogasiromany’ from the International Sivananda College in Canada. Following his urge to deepen the practice led him to Bangalore where he successfully completed his Advanced Yoga Teacher Training. On the path of learning the art of yoga, there was no looking back for Sanathanan as he continued to expand his wisdom in Yoga by undergoing Advanced Learning in Yoga Therapy, Reiki, Ayurveda, and various healing techniques. Further, he imbibed the techniques of personality development .

Siddharth Bannerjee

Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga Philosophy, Meditation, and Ayurvedic Lifestyle

A scholar turned mystic, Yogi Siddharth holds a Masters Degree in Forestry from FRI and is a Gold Medalist. He served SPIC MACAY (Society for the promotion of Indian classical music and culture) as its National Joint Secretary during which he attended many discourses by Ram Krishna Mission, Chinmaya mission, and YSS (Yogada Satsang Sangh) / Anand Sangha and further participated in the Gurukul held in Dharamshala with HH 'the Dalai Lama'. From here, there was no looking back for him.

Mohit Bhandari

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga

Mohit Bhandari is a young, dynamic, and disciplined teacher. Born in Rishikesh, Yoga is part of his lifestyle and soul. He has learned and practiced Yoga under the mentorship of experienced yogis and teachers in Rishikesh and also completed his study in Yoga at one of the most famous Ashrams in the town called ‘Jai Ram Ashram’. He has been dedicated to his own learning and discovery of Yoga and feels truly blessed for all the valuable learning experiences he has gained from the inspiring teachers. He teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga Asana. He also has in-depth knowledge of Yoga Anatomy and Physiology, and Yoga Philosophy, along with other aspects of the science. He brings a warm and sincere energy to his classes. To this day, Yogi Mohit continues to engage, motivate, and empower people towards the path of health and wellness through Yoga.

Abhishek Negi

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga

Abhishek Negi started his yoga journey in 2011 when he set foot on the pious land of Rishikesh, the global yoga capital for the first time. He went on to study Yoga from Uttarakhand Sanskrit University Haridwar, India where he earned Post-Graduate Diploma in the Science. He started studying and practicing yoga under some of the most influential and well-known yoga teachers. After observing his dedication and dexterity, the renowned teachers allowed him to assist them with their classes.

Mahendra ji

Pranayama, Mudra, Shatkriya , Ayurveda

Born in Etah (U.P.), a town close to Shankasya (now Shakisha), a popular Buddhist place, Yogi Mahendra Ji heard his calling for Yoga during his schooling in Gautam Buddha Inter College. Breaking away from the initial plans of completing graduation and further running the family business, Mahendra Ji left home and traveled to Haridwar to respond to his calling. He remained under the shadow of Gayatri Pariwar at Shanti Kunj for four years during which he completed Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga Science from Deva Sanskrati University. Soon after, he did his Masters in Yoga Science from Uttarakhand Sanskrit University in 2016. His inclination to specialize in Ayurveda brought him to complete 6 months certificate course in Ayurveda.

Vijith Pavi

Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha Yoga, Acroyoga, Ayurveda

Yogacharya Vijith is an advanced level Yoga Alliance certified 500 RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher). Born and nurtured in Kerala, the land of Ayurveda, Yoga and Ayurveda has been his way of life since he was 14 years old. At the very age, he began Kalari Yoga, Kalari Marma Chikitsa, and Kalaripayattu. Vijith completed Ayurveda Panchakarma Spa Diploma course and Yoga TTC under the tutelage of his Guru RR Rajeev Gurukkal (CVN Kalari Kaduthuruthi). He has trained at Sivananda, Pattabhi Jois, and Shanti Yoga. He has been teaching various subjects pertaining to Yoga and Ayurveda for 9 years now. His core specialization lies in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha Yoga, Acroyoga, and Ayurveda.

Sri Abhinava Siddharoodha Swamiji

Hatha Yoga, Yoga Philosophy

Sri Abhinava Siddharoodha Swamiji is a spiritual leader and also specializes in the Vedic, Tantric, and Yogic Traditions. Belonging to the Siddha Heritage himself, he is the successor of the revered master, His Holiness Sri. Shivaputra Siddharoodha Swamiji. He studied yoga at the Rishikesh Yogashala after which he went onto explore more about the traditions and philosophy of Yoga and Ayurveda. He specializes in Buddhist Yoga tradition and is also a scholar in Bhagavad Gita. Further, he has gained mastery over the Hatha Yoga style and the third-eye Awakening technique. He is lauded for this wisdom and mastery over the spiritual as well as the practical aspects of Yoga.

Swami Vachananand

Ashtanga Yoga, Yoga Philosophy, Pranayama, Meditation

Swami Vachananand, popularly known as Shwaasa Guru or 'Master of the Breath', is a renowned yoga teacher and philanthropist. He got initiated onto the path of yoga as a Sanyasi (Ascetic) at a very young age after which he was sent to Guru Sri Marulashankara Shivayogi's Monastery for seeking wisdom and guidance. He further traveled to the Himalayas for gaining a deeper insight into the traditional science of Ashtanga Yoga, Pranayama, and Meditation. In 2009, he was featured on TV9 in the morning 'Yoga Yoga' program. The Guru propagates the motto of "Yoga Yukta-Roga Mukta" which implies that a Yogic society is an ailment--free society. With the same purpose in his heart and spirit, he has been walking the path of Yoga as a serious Yogi and Guru ever since.

Ramesh Balasubramanian

Hatha Yoga and Yoga Therapy

From southern India hails our beloved yoga teacher Ramesh Balasubramanian. After earning his Masters Diploma in Yoga and Naturopathy and becoming an RYT 500-hour YTTC teacher from Yoga Alliance, he devoted his life to yoga. He is a well-qualified and experienced professional of Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation techniques, Yoga Nidra, Therapeutic Yoga and Thirumoolar Yoga methods. His dedication and passion for yoga gets reflected in his ways of teaching the science. He imparts the knowledge with a lot of high spirits, energy, humor, motivation and traditional values allowing complete engagement of students.


Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama, Teaching Methodology and Mantra

Shibin has extensively spent his years of life in unearthing the traditional science of Yoga and Ayurveda. In the year 2009, he completed a course in health-wellness and fitness-Ayurveda from Thulasi Ayurveda yoga hospital. The years of 2013 and 2014 gave him the opportunity to successfully complete the 200-hour and 500-hour yoga teacher training respectively. He is a 200-hour yoga teacher training graduate from International Sivananda Ashram in Neyyar Dam, Kerala, India. During the same time, he was indulged in Karma yoga projects at an ashram, attended Yoga Philosophy sessions and assisted in various TTC and ATTC courses at organizations.

Ashish Nautiyal

Hatha Flow and Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow

Being born and brought up in Rishikesh-- the land of yogic wisdom, the science of yoga comes naturally to him. From a very young age, he started gaining training on the basics of Yoga science. He completed his formal teaching of Hatha yoga under the guiding light of well-known Guru Sri Ravi Bisht, Ashtanga Vinyasa and Pranayam under Master Jitender Gussain. Ashish has a total experience of 5 years in teaching yoga and possesses a sound knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and basics of Yoga. A charming and charismatic person by nature, Ashish teaches the class in a very traditional way. His dynamic, young, and energetic personality makes the yoga classes a happy learning place to visit.


Hatha Yoga,Adjustment and Alingment,Yin,Meditation

Since 1998, Urashima has been dedicated to practicing and teaching yoga. He fulfilled his yoga training from Sivananda Ashram, Neyyar Dam and Yoga Darsanam, Mysore. He has spread the light of yoga across India and to farthest places of Europe, Denmark and Russia. At these foreign locations, he teaches yoga at yoga festivals. He runs a Yogshala in Kovalam, Kerala, where he was a yoga teacher under Dr. Unni’s Agastyaa’s Heritage Ayurvedic center for four years. He now teaches yoga as a yoga teacher in Varkala.

Ratheesh Kochukattil

Pranayama, Philosophy, and Meditation

Ratheesh was born in Kerala, where he studied Vedanta Philosophy for five years in Shivagiri Ashram. During his teenage years, he undertook a monastery life, and since then, he has been committed to the science of yoga. After the completion of 5 years in the ashram with Vedanta study, he felt the earnest desire to pilgrim in the Himalayas. As an ascetic, he has roamed around the Himalayas barefoot to places like Amarnath, Badrinath, and all over India. During his odyssey, he met many adepts and sadhus in the Himalayas who have inspired him spiritually. He reached Rishikesh, where he met His Holiness Swami Veda Bharti and he began his spiritual journey.

Anil Kumar

Hatha yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Alignment, and Adjustment

Our teacher, Anil Kumar belongs to the Shantikunj Ashram, Haridwar -- the divine land where the sacred Ganges exists the Himalayas. He is guided and trained by professor Dr. Sunil Yadav. Anil Ji has devoted his life to unearthing the gems of Yoga and Ayurveda and has earned various degrees including a Master’s Degree in yogic science, a Diploma degree in yoga and naturopathy, and a certification in Ayurveda and health conservation from reputed institutes.

Rajat Purwal

Yoga and Naturopathy

After completing his higher studies, he started his search for the right direction which ended with the science of yoga. Innately motivated to bring mankind closer to the natural system of healing, Rajat completed a diploma in yoga and naturopathy in the same year.

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