Akhilesh Bodhi and professional Yoga instructor, Reiki master and spiritual mentor, is the founder of the Mahamukti Yoga. Akhilesh has a deep understanding and extensive knowledge of Yoga practice which spans decades, and he developed his inclusive method of Yoga. He carries an endowment of teaching traditional yoga and mixes it with modern ways of BKS Iyengar and K.Pattabhi Jois styles for international yoga seekers. The fusion of Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha yoga and Raj yoga presents a holistic technique suited to people worldwide.
Akhilesh Bodhi has travelled worldwide to teach Yoga classes to millions of students and conducted regular yoga retreats and workshops in various countries like Austria, Turkey, Bali, Indonesia and other European / US countries. A staunch follower of Swami Dayanand Saraswati, he learnt Vedanta philosophy at Vedanta school, a yoga student of Sivananda Ashram in Kerala & Iyengar Institute Pune. He has studied with Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar and has also been trained with Ramananda Patel from San Francisco, USA.
He was born and brought up in a large joint family where he had to work hard with his brother to run the family business. After school, he used to get engaged in running the family restaurant. He remembers the punishments he used to receive for being late at work. His interest and passion got him to Lucknow University, where he completed his higher studies.
He joined Chinmaya Tapovan Ashram for two years in Dharmsala, Himachal Pradesh. During his training, he completely got aloof from his family and had no contact with any members. After six months of his stay in the ashram, he informed his family about his present condition. His family insisted he returns home since his mother was very ill. On hearing his mother’s condition, he returned to see his mother but could not stay long. His family tried their best to prevent him from leaving his home again but in vain. His parents’ death made him feel guilty for some time, but his life had already taken a different turn from where it was impossible for him to return. After two years of studies, he left for a pilgrimage to different Himalayan regions of Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath. He wandered around as a mendicant, begging for food. He had a quest to experience how mother nature takes care of him. He encountered different situations and events and got to experience different aspects of life.
One such incident has etched an indelible mark in his mind. Once while wandering through the foothills of majestic Himalaya, he had lost his way and had nowhere to go. There was not a single sight of human habitation nearby. As the darkness set in and the mountain winds started blowing noisily, the situation became more uncomfortable, but he did not lose hope and faith in God and somehow managed to arrive at a small house in the midst of a deep forest. A lady used to live there along with her daughter. Despite the scarcity of food, she offered her a single piece of bread (chapatti) and coriander sauce. She also offered him shelter for the night and provided a blanket to cover him from the chilling weather. But the wind was too cold for him to sleep under one blanket comfortably. He got out of the hut and got mesmerized by the beauty of the night. The silence of the night was invaded by the low creaky noise of the pine leaves of the innumerable frosted pine trees, and the dark sky was illuminated with the bright shining stars. The wonderstruck beauty of this moment enchanted him. This night had created in him a new craving for life. As a note of gratitude, our teacher travelled to the next village in the morning and brought food ingredients for the lady to survive and thanked her for her unconditional hospitality.
He started his school in India. He has frequently travelled to Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, Germany, Austria etc., for teaching and organizing a workshop around Europe. He began his courses on Yoga Teacher training in 2009 and continued to date. Under his supervision, he has taught almost 20 successful 200 AND 300 HOURS training sessions worldwide in collaboration with Ashiyana Yoga Center, Mahi Power Yoga, Siddhi Yoga, Neo Yoga Delft, Holland, Be-better Yoga Germany. He has dedicated his entire life to imparting his knowledge of Yoga science to this world and wishes to create a world of love, peace and harmony through his yogic practices and encouraging all the people to do the same.
Yogi Prakash Jawadeker was born in the Panchgani countryside in Maharashtra, India. He was brought up and educated in Pahcnagani, and he is an excellent Iyengar Yoga Teacher and Therapist Yogi. He has thorough knowledge in Yoga Therapy of Iyengar style of Yoga. The self-study gained through living in natural surroundings and the experience of the true art of living in every sphere of his life drew him towards ”YOGA”. Yogi Prakash Jawadeker has many thousands of followers around the world. He has taught many celebrities from Hollywood and Bollywood. In 1991 Prakash joined the world-famous BKS Iyengar institute in Pune and trained under the watchful eye of Mr Prashant Iyengar and Ms Geeta Iyengar. Prakash continues to study and practice yoga at this world-renowned institute. He has devoted many years to practising and teaching yoga at various places around the world. He is one of the few teachers recommended by Lonely Planet.
Shiv Singh Pundir is a young and dynamic Ashtanga Yoga Teacher. Yoga teaching is his passion. He teaches yoga postures with proper adjustment and alignment. He knows how and where to work on an individual’s body. His deep knowledge and passion for teaching yoga make him a unique yoga teacher. He is inspired by great Indian sages of the past and K. Pattabhi Jois. He learned yoga in his teens under the guidance of teachers of Shivananda Ashram in Rishikesh. Yoga has been a part of his life for over six years. It has helped him grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires him to live each moment more mindfully. He Teaches Ashtanga In a 200 Hour and 300 Hour Teacher Training program.
From an early age, Guru Mahi was introduced to yoga. His whole family followed the yogic principles practising pranayama and meditation. Sri Ramana Maharishi, a renowned Indian Yogi Master, was his father’s teacher, and Mahi’s father endeavoured to pass on the precious yogic knowledge imparted to him to his young son. Mahi naturally began to pursue a life of spiritual seeking. Coming of age, Mahi began to seek to continue his education on the yogic path, and he travelled India practising and learning from renowned Gurus such as Jois in Mysore. On discovering Iyengar yoga, Mahi began to develop his signature approach and interest in the healing quality of yoga, mainly concentrating on alignment and anatomy.
Mahi is renowned as a yoga teacher who has a style of teaching that is entirely his own. He teaches a combination of pure Vedic knowledge, intuitive alignment, and hands-on adjustment, creating a harmonious balance that helps prevent and alleviate ailments and injuries specific to each practitioner.
Nachatter grew up in Northern India. He has a history of traditional sports which he enjoys pursuing. He came to yoga as a medium to complement and balance the effects of some of his other sporting activities. He found himself at Guru Mahi’s training centre. Nachatter found a deeper connection to yoga practices than he expected, especially Ashtanga yoga. He decided to pursue the yoga path further and now assist at the Mahi Yoga School. Students enjoy his support and adjustments in class, as well as his wonderfully positive attitude.
Jane is a dedicated student of yoga; she describes herself as passionate, creative and a dedicated self-starter with eight years of training, teaching and studying yoga internationally. Her devotion to her practice allows her to work with integrity. She prides herself on her kind and compassionate nature, allowing her students to feel supported and gain confidence in their practice. Jane is based in Cornwall, U.K., where she teaches SUP yoga, kids yoga and Hatha/Vinyasa classes that combine philosophy chakra yoga, meditation and even dance. Jane has recently put her skills into running Bhakti Yoga festivals to raise money for charities in the ethos ‘Yoga Gives Back’.
Paria inspires students through the practice of yoga to connect with their own personal wisdom, healing abilities, and vast potential. She teaches Hatha and vinyasa flow Yoga. She professional in the field of Yoga and fitness exercise. Deepening her yoga practice and also taking her first steps towards teaching her classes are gentle or dynamic (depends on group) Vinyasa Flow integrating alignment, core work, and breathing techniques with basic poses and creative sequencing. Workshops all across the globe, focusing on headstands, Hip Opening, arm balances, vinyasa foundation, and fearless living. Each class is designed to energize the body, cultivate a meditative consciousness, and give greater vitality and health.
An advocate by profession, Aakanksha, who grew up in a traditional Indian home with a spiritual upbringing, had always felt a calling to study and practice the art of yoga and meditation. The hectic life she had led, coupled with the stress and health ailments, finally motivated her to change stream and join the Mahamukti Yoga centre to pursue a more balanced and sustainable lifestyle, where she has completed 500 hours of Yoga Teacher Training. Aakanksha teaches on Yoga Teacher Training Courses at Mahamukti Yoga. She loves to share her broad knowledge of anatomy and combines her practical teaching tips with her deep yet accessible discussions of yogic philosophy. In her Yin and restorative classes, Aakanksha guides her students through well-rounded sequences that leave you feeling lighter and happier. It is a wonderfully rejuvenating experience to attend her class.