We believe that our teachers are an invaluable part of Kranti Yoga. Our teachers have been long term practitioners at the school and continue with their studies under Kranti's tutelage.
We accommodate the needs of our students, physically, spiritually and emotionally. All our teachers have trained at Kranti Yoga and have learnt yoga in the traditional Hindu way, living 7-8 months of the year in our shala with Kranti. During this time, they deepen their own Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice, improve their knowledge of yogic philosophy, learn how to teach yoga and live a truly yogic lifestyle.
In our approach to teaching, we aim to have a balance of both Eastern and Western teachers so that students get a healthy balance of yoga from both perspectives. We talk about asanas using both Western and Eastern anatomy. We discuss Eastern philosophy with a Western structure. We believe we bring a Western influence to the Yogic Indian. Great emphasis is put on ensuring that a consistent message is given to students whether classes are taught by our Indian or Western teachers.
We have the best people teaching and organising the courses. The variety of backgrounds and prior life experience that each of our teachers come with allows the team to guide you through your learning journey effectively. We aim to teach in a progressive yet fun environment, encouraging everyone to learn and share along the way.
Meet the team...
Tarun Kranti Agrawal
Tarun Agrawal, founder and director of The Kranti Yoga Village, was born in 1980 in Chhattisgarh, Middle India. Following a family tradition, at the age of 9, he frequented a guru named Sant Chana Baba for meditation and yogic spiritual talks. Chana Baba was an old Tantra Master living in a temple located on Shakti Mountain. He gave Tarun his spiritual name, Kranti, meaning revolution. It is no surprise that this has therefore become the name of his successful business, a yoga school with accommodation, on Patnem Beach, Goa.
Tarun started his spiritual journey when he was just a boy. He started Asana Classes with Swami Vidhyanand Saraswati at Sivananda Kutir Yoga Ashram and was trained there in several different styles of yoga: Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Sivananda, Kundalini and Raja. During this period, he was also taught Ayurveda by Dr. Manoj Sharma. He started teaching yoga at the age of 14.
In 1999 he became a member of The Divine Live Society Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh and stayed there for around 2 years. During this time, he was exposed to many spiritual Indian masters who influenced and molded his thinking and lifestyle.
In 2001, having stayed in several different ashrams, he taught Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at OSHO International Ashram, Pune. At the same time, he furthered his training at Jagan Mohan Palace in Mysore over the course of 3 years. Here, he was able to deepen his knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Since then, he has dedicated himself to teaching others this dynamic and powerful form of yoga.
In 2007, Tarun started his own yoga shala (school) in Goa and has since been teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Tarun was certified by The Yoga Alliance in 2010. At this time, he started travelling throughout Europe giving numerous classes and workshops. His reputation grew. His once simple shala on Palolem Beach has evolved into a yoga community on Patnem Beach, The Kranti Yoga Village.
And so, Tarun continues to share his knowledge of yoga through his team. He is proud to have developed many of his former students to become yoga teachers in order to support the learning journey that comes with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga on the Yoga Teacher Training Courses. As the school grows, so to do our teachers, all under the close supervision and guidance of Tarun himself. His policy is that his teachers are trained with him in the authentic Indian way, living most of the year, with him in the shala. Tarun believes strongly in promoting the spiritual side of yoga to support the physical. This is evident from the curriculum that he has developed over the years and more importantly from the teachers that that he has nurtured to teach
Having discovered Ashtanga Yoga whilst training as a dancer in London, it soon became apart of her life, developing alongside her career as a dance teacher, eventually over taking it all together. Drawing from her dance background and yoga experience, Morwenna teaches flowing Vinyasa Flow Classes with creative transitions and dynamic sequencing. Imaginative cueing allows her students to gain greater insight into their individual body alignments and develop a deeper awareness of their own physicality.
Morwenna is also a firm believer in the benefits of the traditional practice of Ashtanga Yoga. She believes that through repetition, routine and enquiry you are able to gain insight into your physical and mental patterns and are able to become more mindful of your thoughts and actions on and off the mat.
During her training at Kranti Yoga, Morwenna was introduced to Ayurveda, which has now become an important influence on her life, especially Ayurvedic diet and nutrition. She believes yoga and Ayurveda together form a complete approach for optimal health, vitality and higher awareness that can lead to greater transformation in your practise, your health and your awareness of others. Just like yoga it is a lifelong learning process that is only improved through practice and experience.
After completing her training at Kranti Yoga she has been lucky enough to take classes with David Swenson, Sharath Jois, Shiva Rea and Meghan Currie. Teachers, yoga and people of all kinds continue to inspire and fuel the development of her practice and exploration of yoga.
In the words of Yogi Bhajan, Morwenna believes, ‘To be happy in life you must do two things everyday, you must sweat and you must laugh.’ She hopes to ensure you do both on a daily basis at Kranti Yoga.
Morwenna teaches Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series, Anatomy and Alignment, Myofascia Release and Yoga Philosophy.
Amelia Valls Ferrando
Amelia’s journey as a teacher started 10 years ago, having been trained in Pilates, Fitness and in Personal Training. She worked with a diverse range of people and communities. At that point she realized how much she loved to help people have a better, active life and decided to study a degree in Exercise and Sport Sciences, in Spain.
In 2014 she completed her 500 hrs YTTC at Kranti Yoga. Initially, it was to complement her field of work and studies. However, during her training she developed a completely different point of view about the concept of health. She realised that health is not just about the physical but the mind and soul also. Through Yoga, Amelia found balance in her life. She started to incorporate aspects of yoga philosophy not only on the mat but also in her everyday life.
After studying at Kranti Yoga, she returned home and realised how much she missed The Yoga Village. She returned to assist on the YTTCs in order to develop herself as a Yoga Teacher. Passionate about anatomy, she was quickly able to apply her knowledge in the Ashtanga Yoga practice, helping students on a daily basis to overcome the many obstacles faced physically. As a teacher she encourages people to listen themselves and their individual capacity. Amelia believes that we all are unique and have our own personal way to learn.
During the summer months, she works with a group of conflictive teenagers, helping them to control their emotions through yoga. She also continues her yogic learning journey throughout Europe and India and has recently trained with teachers David Swenson, Patrick Broome, Viswanathi and Vinay Kumar among others. Amelia is eternally grateful to all her teachers, who have guided her towards being the person that she is today. In gratitude of her teachers, she is determined to help others with their yogic journeys.
Amelia teaches Ashtanga Yoga Led and Self-Prctice Classes, Anatomy & Alignment of the Primary Series and Technical Workshops.
Grace Farmer Watson
Grace stumbled across yoga whilst living in Oxford 6 years ago and a regular practice quickly became a part of her lifestyle, particularly when recovering from a long standing shoulder injury. Previously, Grace had been fuelling her lifelong passion for dance and movement by juggling part time Barre Concept teaching with a full time job, until she finally took the plunge and ditched the busy London based corporate life in pursuit of more Yoga. In 2014 she completed her 200 hour YTTC with Kranti Yoga, where she reignited her enthusiasm for movement and bodywork. She has been exploring the world and teaching yoga full time ever since and has never looked back!
Grace loves how yoga makes the world a smaller and more connected place and also enjoys exploring how Eastern and Yogic Philosophy can help to heal and rebalance us. Cultivating and nurturing an awareness of our mind, body and soul is one of the many reasons why Grace continues to seek and learn as much as she can on the topic of yoga; teaching at Kranti allows her to continually share and develop her knowledge and experience of all 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga.
Grace's style of teaching reflects the dynamic and flowing influences of her dance background, as well as encompassing the disciplined alignment focus of the Ashtanga techniques. Particularly fond of playful, fluid vinyasa sequences, she is also a firm believer in fostering a regular traditional Ashtanga practice to build strength and clarity in mind and in body. She believes that her daily Mysore practice has transformed her ability to focus and access the benefits of Yoga reaching far beyond just the physical and loves spreading these benefits to others through teaching Yoga.
Grace joins up this season to teach Ashtanga Led Classes, Vinyasa Flows and Anatomy and Alignment.
Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Beatrice is deeply passionate about life and adventure. She has always been looking for new ways to get out of her comfort zone and push her boundaries. The practice of yoga helps her to challenge herself daily: mentally, physically and spiritually.
The desire to deepen her practice brought her to Kranti Yoga in May 2014. She completed her 200 hr YTTC. With a passion for Vinyasa Flow, the traditional Ashtanga Yoga helped her gain a deeper knowledge of details and technique and a better understanding of the human body. Since graduating, she quit fashion school to pursue her goal of becoming a full time yoga instructor. She has been teaching various styles of yoga in her hometown including Yin Yoga, Hatha, Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. She has also branched out, teaching yoga to kids after completing her training in yoga for children in Montreal.
Beatrice believes that by practicing yoga, you get to know yourself better first through your body, your breath, your mind and all its patterns and therefore getting closer to your true essence, your Self. When you get to understand yourself better in your entirety, slowly you begin to understand everything better : people, nature, universal laws. You become more curious, more compassionate, more alive than ever. Yoga is a powerful transformative tool and she’s forever grateful to be able to help people to change their own lives through it, and therefore, change the world in her own way.
Having fallen in love with the traditional eastern yoga philosophy and the western creative yoga sequences, she has created her own practice that inspires and rejuvenates her and she hopes to share her love of it with you.
Beatrice will be back in the shala this season teaching Ashtanga Led Classes, Pranayama, Teaching Methodology and Vinyasa Flow.
"Surrender to what is. Let go of what was. Have faith in what will be". (Sonia Ricotti)
Anna's journey began 8 years ago when she started practicing Ashtanga yoga with Hamish Hendry whilst working as a Performing Arts Teacher in London. Yoga evoked a sense of calm in Anna and began to help relieve some of the stress she felt as a culmination of working for many years in inner city education.
Anna believes the discipline and routine of an Ashtanga yoga practice can bring clarity of mind, energy, acceptance, balance and peace within, as it is a "subtle and organic" transformative process that helps remove the obstacles that obsure who we really are. Anna feels it gives us the courage to accept change in our lives because, as we become mindful and deliberate in our practice, this can lead us to be more mindful and dliberate with our life decisions.
First coming to Kranti in October 2014 to take the 200 hours YTTC, Anna returned in October 2015 to complete a further 100 hours training before taking up the position as Teaching Methodology teacher on the 200 YTTC . Here she relates to, cares for and accompanies each student through their development, drawing out their learning, whilst encouraging and giving time to discovery. Using her extensive teaching experience to bring her lessons to life, she cultivates learning and possibility, creating an informed, hopeful and respectful environment where learning can flourish. Students realise their full teaching potential with confidence. Anna also teaches Primary Series led and Vinyasa flow classes which incorporate guided meditation through yoga nidra.
Anna also manages The Karma Yoga Program along with the continuous professional development of all our teachers.
She continues to develop her own personal practice with teachers who have included Sarai Harvey Smith, Tania Bond, Netta Imber, Norman Blair and Adelene Cheong. She loves the physical, mental and spiritual strength she has found through her practice but knows the journey has only really just begun.
Dhira Krishna Rupa Das is currently serving as a preacher and counselor in Goa. He conducts regular courses of Bhagavat Gita and Srimad Bhagwatamin English and Hindi at different places in Goa. He has acquired Bhaktishastri, a certified course based on the teachings of Bhagavat Gita.
He joined ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) full time in 2007 in Goa and has been initiated by H. H. Radhanath Swami Maharaj.
Dhira joins The Kranti Yoga Team to teach philosophy, in particular to teach Yoga In Gita. We are delighted to learn and share with him.
Julia was originally a Mathematics teacher from UK until she stumbled across Kranti Yoga while travelling in India. She immediately signed up for a Yoga Teacher Training Course, 200 hours followed by 300 hours and was teaching at Kranti Yoga on completion in 2012. Previously, Julia had been practicing a variety of different styles of yoga including Vinyasa Flow and Hatha for over ten years. However, she has developed, with Kranti Yoga, as an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher. She particularly enjoys the pace, focus and meditative qualities of Ashtanga Yoga along with the anatomical awareness that the practice brings. For Julia, Ashtanga Yoga is a very physical, mental and spiritual activity that promotes a positive sense of welling being in everyday life. She is very much devoted to her practice. Julia lives in India for most of the year and is learning more about yoga in the traditional way.
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, Ashtanga Yoga has a huge appeal as there is always more to learn whether from a philosophical point of view or something of a more technical anatomical nature.
During the 'off season' Julia spends her time travelling in pursuit of yoga. She delights in the pleasure of being a studenst rather than a teacher. This summer she trained with various teachers including Sharath Jois, Janet Stone, David Swenson, Tiffany Cruickshank and Helen Aldred.
Julia supports Kranti Yoga and is responsible for the daily running of courses at the shala. She teaches Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series Led Classes, Ashtanga Yoga Self-Practice, Anatomy and Alignment of the Primary Series, Teaching Methodology, Yogic Lifestyle and Restorative Yoga.
Mara & Shanti
Mara and Shanti make up our Guest Relations Team. Although Shanti can be mostly found sleeping on the job, Mara is fondly known at Kranti as the 'Mother of the Shala.
From very first enquiry, to confirming booking details and sorting your arrivals, Mara is in charge of everything guest related and particularly loves leaving handwritten notes for late night arrivals so they feel at home! She prides herself on making the whole booking process as easy, informative and carefree as possible so that you can join us in the magical Kranti Yoga Village and have the time of your life!
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