Program Director and Head Teacher - (E-RYT 500)
At the age of 13 Pankaj began his yoga journey in his birth place, the holy city of Varanasi and when he turned 15 he began teaching and sharing the ancient knowledge of Yoga. His teaching style is inspired by the Bihar School of Yoga where he completed his first yoga training with his guru. He spent many years with different yogis to experience the yogic lifestyle. Later on, Pankaj participated in yoga competitions, where contestants demonstrate transitions, skills and alignment in asanas. Pankaj won the Yoga Championships in Varanasi held by the All India Cultural Association in 2003 and 2006.
From his past experience he developed a passion for proper alignment in the asanas and Pankaj teaches Hatha Yoga with focus on adjustments. This method allows his students to experience the postures with the full benefits. As long as you are open and honest about yourself Pankaj will train you to learn how to align yourself in the asanas and listen to your body to reach your full potential. The Art of Alignment class with Pankaj is students favorite and for a good reason. In a very detailed and practical way Pankaj goes through each of the main Asanas to learn how to be aligned in the asanas and how to adjust students.
Pankaj began working with foreigners in 2003 and has a great understanding of the imbalances in the modern human mind and body. He challenges students to overcome mental and physical blockages to help to bring back balance into people's life.
Benu Guru Ji
Benu is a spiritual seeker, traveler and a lover of yogis and Yoga. Benu was born in South India, Kerala. He did 25 years of modern education and accomplished his graduation in science, post-graduation in medical anatomy and basics in computer science.
In search of spiritual education and company of yogis, he left South India in the year of 2000 and moved towards the Himalayas. In 2003 Benu stayed with Swami Satyananda in his Ashram Rikhia Peeth to undergo a Gurukul tradition course. In 2007 Benu did another diploma in Yoga at University of Kerala. In 2011 he did a Yoga diploma course at Bihar School of Yoga under Swami Niranjanananda. Benu studied the basics of Vedanta under Swami Premananda for two years. In 2012 Benu did a course in Art of Living, under SRI SRI Ravishankar in his main centre in Bangalore, South India. Benu began teaching Yoga in Varanasi and Goa from 2001.
Since 2013 he has officially been working as a teacher in Pranayama and Yoga Philosophy in USA alliance registered schools across the country.
Rajnikant Singh was born and grew up in Delhi. He was first drawn to the power and subtlety of the 'breath' in the form of meditation which opened him to an inner and outer calmness. His yoga journey began 4 years ago when he left his career in finance sector and fulfilled a life long ambition of becoming a yoga teacher and now teaches yoga anatomy in Rishikesh. Inspired to follow his passion further, he practised iyengar style of yoga and continued to study on deeper levels where he sighted acumen and assertion of what he had been finding on his own through practice. He merged tools like primal movement and deep relaxtion(yoga nidra, meditation and energy healing) to empower his students. He enjoy teaching musco-skeletal system and share the fascinating, beautiful and amazing facts about the human body on different levels. He is known for his unique style of teaching and ability to make things simple and easy to understand to his students. His Motto is to create awareness about understanding our mind and body, sleep, breathing patterns & diet etc. And he seeks to inspire and help his students to realize the limitless potential that already resides in them."
Swami Prem Viren
Swami Prem Viren has learnt meditation in the presence of Osho. With an experience of 45 years in meditation Swami Prem Viren has been sharing his teachings the last 20 years with the spiritual seekers in Rishikesh.
Swami Prem Viren is a spiritual guru and he teach many different types of meditation (almost 20 different techniques). He is a very simple person and is living a yogic life. Swami Prem Viren has a beautiful energy. You can't help but smile and be grateful for the interesting knowledge he shares.