Krishna Das Baba
Aranya Yoga Ashram was founded by Krishna Das Baba. His ashram is a certified yoga school, registered with Yoga Alliance for 200-hour, 300-hour and 500-hour Teacher Training Programmes.
Krishna was born and raised in a peaceful mountainous setting in the Western Himalayas of North India, where he was introduced to yoga at an early age. He started his practice at age 15, under the guidance of his Guru Ji Sri Sitaram Das Baba Ji from the lineage of the Ramananda Sampradaya, a Hindu Spiritual Order of Vaishnavites. Upon initiation into the monastic order he started teaching in different ashrams and yoga schools around India until founding Aranya Yoga Ashram.
For the last 10 years, Krisha Das Baba has been directing yoga classes, the 200 hour teacher training course, and various workshops on meditation, healing and ayurvedic cooking in Gokarna, Palolem and Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh.
His practice has helped transform the lives of many students throughout his 30 years of teaching, deepening and strengthening their practice through his dedicated and individualized training.
He has practiced yoga for the past four decades and embeds the principals of the practice within his daily life. When asked about his yogic philosophy, he says he will not try to define it because it has already been defined enough throughout history. Krishna’s love for yoga is simple and rests within the tranquil, cleansing nature of the practice. He says that it is possible to achieve a longer life along with a sense of community and enchantment through the practice of yoga. Krishna’s hope is to convey this aspect of the practice to his students. He says yoga provides peace of mind, good health and compassion through sharing and friendship with others.
Krishna also enjoys spending his time conversing with visitors about his early life spent living in an ashram and his vast knowledge of Indian culture and history. After spending twenty years literally walking throughout the country gathering knowledge, making friends and spreading peace, Krishna’s compelling and enthusiastic storytelling alone makes Aranya Yoga Ashram an absolute gem.
Suzanna lived half of her life in India.She is a Bhakti and Hatha Yogini, Reiki Master, Sound Healer, Chromo therapist and Holistic Counselor.She assists in teaching the yoga teacher training and leads the comprehensive Holistic Yoga Course. Born under the Mayan sign of the blue hand on a galactic activation portal day she is a born Healer and Counselor.The more than 20 years of experience of living permanently in India shaped her insight into human psychology and behavior.She will also look after you in terms of accommodation, information about the programs, surrounding area, Q&A’s, your host and office person in Dharamsala. She speaks English, Hindi, German and Italian.
Eleanor is originally from the United Kingdom where she attended Nottingham University studying History and later completing her law degree at BPP University in London. Originally embarking on a career in the legal sector, Eleanor quickly became disillusioned by the law and the lifestyle it encompassed. Practising Yoga began for her as a means of escaping her fast-paced London life. Soon realising yoga to be her true calling Eleanor left London moving to India to undertake a yoga teacher training at the Aranya yoga school with Krishna Das Baba. The training had a deep impact on Eleanor, expanding her knowledge of yoga and broadening her horizons, so much so that she decided to stay on and assist him with his classes whilst continuing to learn. Using her formal hatha and ashtanga training Eleanor has since used these as a foundation to explore different areas of yoga, adapting her practises to incorporate vinyasa flow sequences for a more fast paced practise and yin yoga as a means to manifest a more meditative state within the practitioner. Eleanor now teaches vinyasa flow, yin, traditional Hatha and pranayama at the Aranya yoga Shala in Gokarna and assists with the teacher training groups in their Daramshala, Goa and Gokarna centers.
Isabel was born in New Zealand, where she studied Biomedical Science, gaining a deep understanding of the functioning of the human body at a cellular level. Disappointed with the drug-centric system of western medicine, and suffering from autoimmune disease, Isabel turned to yoga and natural therapies to heal the body and mind. She practiced Vinyasa, Hatha and Yin yoga for many years in New Zealand and Australia until she felt it was time to dive deeply into the yogic life, and headed to Rishikesh, India to complete her Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training course. In Palolem, she met Krishna, and began teaching Hatha and Yin Yoga classes at Aranya Yoga Ashram. Having stayed for a period in a monastery in rural Myanmar practicing intensive Vipassana meditation, Isabel is an experienced meditator. She aims to guide others to connect deeply with themselves, healing the mind and body by cultivating loving kindness and understanding.
Pankaj has been practicing yoga since he was a teenager.After graduating from business school he joined SVYASA Yoga University in Bangalore where he completed a 2-year residential program covering all the subjects of yoga including yoga therapy.After completing the MSc at SVYASA, he worked in different yoga schools and studios in India teaching yttc’s. He has a very kind and friendly nature, is creative and open-minded.He believes in life as an adventurous journey that brings happiness to the core of the soul.
Dhani is from Italy, where he works in the catering business.In 2012 he left his work as a project manager and decided to change his life.He traveled to Australia and New Zealand where he stayed for 2 years and then traveled on to Asia for another 8 months. In Asia, he immersed himself into Buddhism and its culture. Throughout his journey, he practiced calisthenics and free body movement.After traveling to India he started to learn ashtanga and hatha yoga from his guruji Krishna das baba.He is now a skilled ashtanga and hatha yoga teacher.He will be guiding you in the classes in Palolem during the winter season.