Our Team

Tarun Kranti Agrawal

Founder and Director of The Kranti Yoga

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.

Julia Gavin

500 hours in Ashtanga Yoga

Julia, thrives on the challenges of Ashtanga Yoga and has shaped her lifestyle to dedicate hours to her practice. She is a keen practitioner, studying with intensity anything and everything concerned with this traditional practice. Every class taught, be it Ashtanga Led Yoga Class, Vinyasa Flow, Hip Opening, Myofascia Release or Yoga Philosophy, serves the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. She strongly promotes the benefits of meditation through movement exploring the advantages of meditation both on and off the mat.

Julia completed her 500 hrs in Ashtanga Yoga, at Kranti Yoga, Goa in 2013. She then stayed to develop as an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher. She has lived and taught in India for 4 years. During this time, she explored ways to bring together the traditions of the east with the modern approaches of the west, promoting a balance of physical and spiritual. She believes this is strongly reflected in her teachings.

Julia is the Curriculum Coordinator for the 200 & 500 hr YTTC in Ashtanga Yoga at Kranti Yoga, Goa. She taught Anatomy/Alignment, Yoga Philosophy, Myofascia Release, Pranayama and Meditation. In 2015 she taught at the India Yoga Festival in North Goa.

Julia has since trained with both Janet Stone and Tiffany Cruickshank. She practised in Mysore under the tutelage of Ajay Kumar. When in Liverpool, she regularly attends teachings at the Kadampa Buddhist Centre and continues her Ashtanga Yoga training with Helen Aldred.

Sally Bee

200 hours and 100 hours Teacher Training Plus.

Always on the hunt for new escapades, Sally has always had a strong desire to learn and discover. She came to Kranti Yoga in 2015 to learn more about the tradition of yoga and to deepen and develop her own practice, subsequently completing her 200hr YTTC and 100hr Teacher Training Plus.

Born in London, Sally grew up with a love of culture. Having worked in a range of positions within the creative arts, she enjoys getting her hands dirty and allowing her imagination to roam. Sally weaves this creativity into her Vinyasa Flow classes, always emphasising the power and beauty of meditation.

Enjoying the harmony and richness it brings to her personal practice, Sally returns to deepen her own practice, knowledge and teaching skills and share her knowledge with the Kranti village community.

Dhira Krishna

Yoga In Gita

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.

Robert McWilliams

500 hours Kranti Yoga

Rob began teaching almost 10 years ago through his love for performing arts. After many years performing on stage he found himself delivering workshops to groups of budding performers, overcoming their fears and allowing himself to develop as a teacher in a field that he loved.

It was this background along with a keen interest in fitness that led Rob to yoga and ultimately into teaching yoga. Rob completed his 500hr YTTC at Kranti Yoga and has since been teaching in locations around the world. During his classes Rob focuses on the breath, which can be more important than the asana. “Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness and unites your body to your thoughts”.

Rob is a long term Kranti Yoga student who frequently returns to us to deepen his own practice, knowledge and teaching skills and to share his energy and experiences with the Kranti village community.


200 hours in Ashtanga Yoga

Lottie teaches both practical and theoretical aspects of the YTTC. She is the lead teacher for the 200hr yoga Philosophy classes and also teaches a strong led Ashtanga Primary Series, dynamic Vinyasa Flows and intuitive Adjustment classes.

After completing her Psychology degree, Lottie began her travels. Interested in developing her exploration of the intricate relationship between body and mind, she was drawn to India. Here she was able to deepen her understanding of yoga as well as her own practise, starting to approach the field from a holistic perspective.

Continuing her fascination of the spirit, mind and body Lottie is currently absorbed in yoga philosophy and asana practise. She is keen to connect all aspects of yoga combining both modern and traditional concepts into the Shala space.

Francesca Crescenzi

300 hr and 100 hr meditation

Francesca began studying Philosophy and psychology in Italy, her mother land, since she was very young, then finally when she moved to Spain in 2009 she stumbled into people that called themselves "Yogis" and she went deeper into what those people had to tell her.

The Yoga journey took her to study Yoga philosophy and meditation before she came in touch with the Asana practice, finally in 2010 she decided to explore the 3rd limb of Ashtanga Yoga, "Asana". She found an Ashtanga Mysore school in Barcelona and she started practicing with such a great and inspiring teachers that thought her how to use the body as a tool to control the mind and get closer to her consciousness. Since then, Ashtanga asana is her practice to heal the body and grow her soul.

Finally after a few years of travelling around the world she decided to take a break and to start sharing what she learned, that's why she took her first 200hr YTTC in India at Kranti Yoga.

Since then she has been traveling around India and took 300hr YTTC in Mysore and 100hr meditation TTC in Dharmashala to learn how to teach those life changing practice.

In July 2017 she studied Ayurveda in PVA Ayurvedic hospital in Kannur, Kerala, and recently started studing Yin Yoga to balance the Ashtanga Yang practice. She took 100hr Yin teacher trainig in Sri Lanka last August 2017 and kept on teaching this beautiful practice at Kranti Yoga !

"Yoga is your inner journey, the rest will follow".

Chloe Alex Stock

300hr certification in Hatha

Whilst living in New Zealand Chloe gained her Pilates qualification before she followed her heart to India to study and practise in order to gain her 200hr certification at Kranti's and 300hr certification in Hatha in Rishikesh at Shiva Yoga Peeth . Chloe's classes range from traditional led Primary Series to dynamic vinyasa flows and restorative yin style sessions; her passion comes from teaching what she knows and practices personally and having the ability to translate that knowledge and break down of postures in the classes she teaches. It's obvious from Chloe's hands on approach to teaching, that her passion lies in finding a true understanding of our own bodies as individuals and tailoring that knowledge to our practice. Being a qualified sports massage therapist has provided Chloe with an in-depth understanding of anatomy and fascia; combined with a study of Ayurveda, her teachings are a balance of scientific Western principles and the holistic approach familiar with Eastern philosophy. From years of travel and teaching around the world, Chloe has gained great valuable teaching experience through retreats and studios in London, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Italy & Nicaragua. Chloe is a long term Kranti Yoga student who visits us often to deepen her own practice, knowledge, and teaching skills and share her knowledge with the Kranti village community.

Laura Shanks

200 hour TTC in Classical Hatha Yoga and Meditation

Originally from New York, Laura came to yoga over 15 years ago through dance. At the advice of a dance teacher, she began a regular Bikram practice that soon evolved into a personal practice of her own. Over time, and through experimentation with various styles of yoga, her practice blossomed beyond the physical, becoming an all encompassing, spiritual practice. She has completed a 200 hour TTC in Classical Hatha Yoga and Meditation at an Ashram in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, as well as a 300 hour & 100 hour plus TTC in Ashtanga Vinyasa here at Kranti Yoga. Having fallen in love with Ashtanga Vinyasa, she went on to complete a TTC with Kristina Karitinou-Ireland on the Full Primary Series and practiced with senior Ashtanga teachers, David Williams, Radha and Pierre, Louise Ellis & Tina Pizzimente.

A self proclaimed “yoga nerd,” Laura’s daily practice includes not only Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, but expands off the mat to traditional forms of yoga including Bhakti, Nada, Kriya, Raja, Jnana, and Karma, as well as Adviata Vedanta.

A journalism major in college, Laura’s inquisitive nature gave way to a strong interest in philosophy and self inquiry, with a passion for writing. When she’s not on the mat, she continues to study the yogic philosophical and Ayurvedic principles that have transformed her life.

As a former fashion publicist, she now uses her communication skills and love for Kranti Yoga to help with the development and growth of the Shala whilst visiting us often to deepen her own practice, knowledge and teaching skills and sharing this knowledge with the Kranti village community. - sat chit ananda

Vicky Reynolds

500hr YTTC in Ashtanga and Ashtanga Vinyasa

Vicky began practising Yoga 3 years ago, and has been teaching for 2 years.The physical benefits of the practice are what initially attracted her to Yoga. But it is now the lifestyle and community around Yoga that has made it a true passion.

She completed her first 200hr YTTC in IYENGAR Yoga in November 2016 in Calgari, Canada (her hometown).

She then came to Kranti to complete her 500hr YTTC program in Ashtanga and Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow in March 2017.

Vicky is incredibly excited to be back at Kranti for this 2017/2018 full season to teach and develop future teachers!

She loves building connections with students and sharing knowledge experience and passion with them all.