We believe that good yoga teachers come from good practioners, so at Kranti Yoga the focus of all our courses and trainings is simple, to help you grow as an individual.
Yoga is a unique and special journey that begins with you. We think that knowledge comes through experience! Therefore we place great emphasis on your self-practice and your understanding of alignment, adjustments and a proper ayurvedic diet to help you understand your body and mind in order to gain the confidence you’ll need to teach from a place within you.
By instilling in you a sense of focus, concentration and acceptance, we help you to find a place of strength from which life flows.
We have a unique program that combines the fundamentals of Ashtanga Yoga with Vinyasa Flow. Workshops focus on key areas to help you develop the physical strength and open key joints required to help you progress.
From our experience, this approach has the most profound effect on your practice and helps you to progress most quickly. You will notice a huge difference after practising in this way after just one week.
Tarun Agrawal Guru Chanababa
Tarun, founder and director of Kranti Yoga, was born in 1980 in Dongargarh, State of Chhattisgarh in Middle India. Following a family tradition he started to frequent a guru named Sant Chanababa at the early age of 9 for meditation and yogic spiritual talks named Satsang. Chanababa was an old Tantra Master living in a temple located on Shakti Mountain giving Tarun his spiritual name "Kranti" which means "Revolution".
In this early period of his life, Tarun already came in touch with the ethics of Yoga and at the same time this was the beginning of his spiritual journey.
At the age of 14, his guru found Tarun mature enough to begin with daily Yoga practice. For this reason Tarun started having Asana class with Swami Vidhyanand Saraswati at Shivananda Kutir Yoga Ashram and was trained there in different yoga styles: Ashtanga, Vinyasa FLow, Sivananda, Kundalini and Raja. It was in those days that Tarun gained his first teaching experience while replacing the Swami occasionally when he was absent. During this period he was taught in Ayurveda as well by Dr. Manoj Sharma.
In 1999 he became member of The Divine Live Society Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh and stayed there for around 2 years.
Over those years he came in touch with many spiritual Indian masters who influenced and molded his thinking and way of living.
After several stays in different ashrams, he finally started teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at OSHO International Ashram in Pune in 2001. Since then he has dedicated himself completely to this dynamic and powerful form of Yoga. During a longer stay in Jagan Mohan Palace in Mysore, Kranti was able to deepen his knowledge about Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga style which he considers the most suitable asana practice for himself.
In 2007, Tarun started his own yoga shala (school) in Goa and has since been teaching Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. Tarun was certified by Yoga Alliance in 2010, the same year he started travelling throughout Europe giving numerous classes and workshops. Back in Goa, he shares his knowledge with yoga students from all over the world in Yoga Teacher Training Courses, Intensive Yoga Courses and Yoga Retreats which he offers successfully in his shala on Patnem Beach.
Upendra Babu Khatri
Upendra Babu Khatri has been practicing yoga and meditation from a very early age with his father as well as many Indian masters in various different ashrams across the country. He has a Masters Degree in Yoga and Yoga Philosophy. He has a PG Diploma in Naturopathy and also in Sanskrit. He has spent time studying the impact of Yoga Nidra, Surya Namaskaras and Omkar Chanting on dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. With 7 years experience in the field of teaching yoga, he has decided to join the Kranti Yoga Team to share his wealth of experience and knowledge. He will teach Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Pranayama Theory and Chanting. We would like to welcome him to the team.
OM Dwivedi ( Guest Teacher )
OM is an internationally renowned Yoga spiritual master. OM Dwivedi was born and raised in the town of Rishikesh, the world yoga capital Rishikesh in Himalaya, India. Om Dwidvedi started studying yoga at the young age of 14 years. Om Dwivedi was introduced to yoga by his spiritual master due to some physical problems. Yoga transformed his life and helped him lot with his physical problems gaining flexibility and strength in his body. Then he entered the famous Omkaranada Ashram in Rishikesh. Om Dwivedi has studied yoga philosophy and practiced yoga there with several teachers and got the skills of Therapeutic Yoga.
He has completed several different courses including Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training, a two year diploma in ayurveda and yoga from Allahabad, Varanasi and Vedanta from the Sivananda Academy in Rishikesh. Under the guidance of many masters, Om Dwivedi has studied yoga intensively - the various forms of yoga – Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Karma Yoga, Kundalini Yoga and the various other elements like Pranayama (breathing techniques), Asana (yoga postures) and Dhyana (meditation).
OM Dwivedi has conducted numerous yoga workshops, yoga training sessions for groups and individuals. Adapting ancient yoga techniques and yoga postures to suit contemporary lifestyle requirements. This form of yoga is to open our energy centers, chakras and extremely powerful system of yoga that requires strong concentration and spiritual dedication.
BENU SREDHARAN NAIR
Benu, born and bought up in south India, is a lover of yoga and yogis. He studied for 25 years and graduated in Bio-Science and post graduated in Human Anatomy. He also studied basics in computer science. In 1996, he started to visit Mata Amritanandamayi Monastery, near his home, where he got a blessing from this enlightened master of modern India, the Hugging Mother. In 1998, an inner pulling came from The Himalayan regions. Thus in 2000, he went to Northern India and since then has intensely travelled around The Himalayan regions and has stayed with senior monks in monasteries of Himalayas.
In Uttarkashi, a place on the way to Himalayas, he observed a silence of six months under the guidance of Swami Preamanada, a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh. After the breaking of silence in 2010, he stayed with Swami Premananda for a year to learn Vedanta, through a text call Yoga Vasishta. This life in Uttarkashi helped him to study about the mind and nature. He was given a chance to meet so many traditional and modern monks who visit Uttarkashi every year. In 2006, he took a diploma in yoga from Kerala University and in 2012 took another yoga diploma from Bihar school of yoga under the guidance of Swami Niranjananda Sathy.
Benu is the author of three books for Amazon and is also familiar with the teachings of Satyananda and Ammaji. He is pleased to share this with those who are new to Indian heritage and eastern philosophy. Benu is also interested in Satsanga holy discussion, travelling and meeting with spiritual seekers of the globe.
Magda started doing yoga in 2003 and experimented with various styles, including hatha, vinyasa flow, vinyasa krama and power yoga, before she fell in love in Ashtanga Yoga in 2009. Since then, ashtanga yoga has become her daily practice and she has participated in numerous classes, workshops and retreats around Europe and India with internationally-recognised teachers such as Hamish Hendry or Ronald Steiner.
In 2011, she turned her organised life upside down by quitting her full time job as a translator and moving to India to follow her passion of yoga. This decision has opened the door to a journey of self-discovery and spiritual exploration which has transformed her understanding and meaning of life and yoga completely. She has completed her Teacher Training with Kranti and practiced with him for a few years until he felt her ready to join the Kranti Yoga Team.
She teaches Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga classes as well as alignment and adjustment classes and her extensive experience in teaching (she used to be an English teacher and university lecturer) has proved to be of great value as she can immediately recognise her students’ needs and challenge each of them individually.
She’s a strong believer in the power of smile and laughter and the importance of following one’s dreams, an intuitive idealist and explorer whose infectious enthusiasm and zest for life inspire her students and help them find what yoga truly means for them.
Julia was originally a Mathematics teacher from Liverpool until she stumbled across Kranti Yoga while travelling in India. She immediately signed up for a Yoga Teacher Training Course and was teaching at Kranti Yoga as soon as she graduated from the 500 hours YTTC..
Previously, Julia had been practicing a variety of different styles of yoga for over ten years but she has developed, with Kranti, as a yoga teacher of Vinyasa Flow having developed the fundamentals through Ashtanga Yoga. She particularly enjoys the pace and the focus of Ashtanga Yoga but loves the creativity and dynamism of Vinyasa Flow. For Julia, yoga is a very physical activity that promotes a positive sense of welling being in everyday life.
As a teacher, Julia believes strongly in lifelong learning and that we should always be trying to broaden our mind by trying something different as often as possible. She says that new experiences are key to our sense of fulfillment whether you are learning a new language, skill or hobby. For her, yoga has a huge appeal as there is always more to learn and to achieve whether it be on a physical or spiritual level.
Judith’s curiosity of yoga began when she was a teenager, watching her brother doing yoga in the garden. He is a yoga teacher and founded Cihangir Yoga School in Istanbul. It was in Istanbul that she really began her yoga journey, spending her summer holidays with her brother and practicing at the yoga school. Her early influence, after her brother, was the Power Yoga Method, as taught by Bryan Kest. Judith travelled around the world to attend his workshops and also Bikram Yoga, which she practiced regularly back home. She encountered various teachers while at university then a workshop with David Swenson led to an Ashtanga practice.
In 2011, while attending a retreat in Portugal Judith met Kranti. The following year she began her studies with him and completed her teacher training in Patnem. It was with Kranti that Judith began to establish her daily Ashtanga self-practice. Judith's practice is also informed and supported by other research. She believes in an evolutionary style approach to movement and nutrition and has recently begun to incorporate different disciplines of strength training and movement complexity. Ultimately yoga and movement practice encourages one to form an intimate relationship with the body and mind. This leads to a life of self-discovery and inner peace. She has total trust in the healing and transformative qualities of yoga thus creating a life with more awareness.
Alex became interested in yoga in 2003 while still living in England. She found that combining a Vinyasa midweek class with a Saturday morning Hatha class helped her to maintain her sanity during her first years as an EFL teacher. She also found that it complemented her Reiki practice (started in 2000) and deepened her self awareness.
After trying out different types of yoga in different countries, she settled on a preference for both Iyengar yoga, discovered in Italy under Karin Montali as well as Ashtanga, which found her last December in The Yoga Retreat in Koh Phangan. She feels that both styles require great discipline and for her, that brings the greatest peace. She still feels like a beginner, but that makes the practice more satisfying. Alex is a Reiki practitioner and masseuse and will be joining us this season to provide administrative support for Kranti Yoga, fulfilling her dream of finally coming to India to work on her practice.