Tarun Kranti Agrawal
Founder and Director of 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.
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.
With a huge appreciation of the integrated body, Julia teaches Vinyasa Flow in a way that encourages an exploration of strength and flexibility to achieve challenging postures through dynamic sequencing. She embraces this practice on a daily basis and, along with Myofascia Release Techniques, has advanced her own practice considerably.
Julia completed her 500 hrs in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, at Kranti Yoga, Goa in 2013. She then stayed in Patnem to develop as an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher. She has lived and taught in India for 5 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 YTTCs in Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Flow and Yin Yoga. She is currently one of the Lead Trainers on the 300 hr YTTC in Vinyasa Yoga, teaching Anatomy, Adjustments, Alignment and Vinyasa Flow Teaching Methodology.
Julia has since trained with both Janet Stone and Tiffany Cruickshank. She practiced 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.
200hr Iyengar, 500hr YTTC in Ashtanga and Ashtanga Vinyasa
Ever since discovering yoga three years ago, Vicki has been a passionate and dedicated practitioner. Initially it was her eagerness to heal a running-injury that prompted her to try it out. Once the curtains were drawn however, the many other mental and physical benefits were soon revealed to her. These days she enjoys experimenting with Vinyasa Flow and Iyengar classes, while the moving mediation of Ashtanga Yoga has become her true passion. Amongst students and peers, she is occasionally recognized and revered as the Beyoncé of Ashtanga.
For Vicki, whether in the role of teacher or practitioner, yoga is about continuous learning and growing. One way she ensures this is by maintaining a highly consistent self-practice—investing her personal growth within the four corners of her mat. She also searches outward, always curious and radically open-minded in her encounters with other students and teachers. Her eager mind is as absorbent as a sponge in the sun, always ready to be soaked in fresh knowledge. Simultaneously though, she makes sure her heart is like a sponge floating in liquid—filled with supportiveness and eagerness to help; always available to drip some of her invaluable knowledge and experience onto her students.
Speaking of the sun, Vicki is the kind of person you can jaw-droppingly observe running on the beach, in the scorching mid-day sun, barely breaking a sweat. Even though a certain amount of doubt reasonably remains, she otherwise makes for a pretty convincing human being. According to anyone who ever met her, she is in fact an exceptionally luminescent, joy-spreading, rainbow-leaking exemplar of the human race.
Vicki is lead trainer on the 200h Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow YTTC. In addition to leading the morning Asana practice, she teaches Anatomy- and Alignment, and organises a variety of workshops for the students.
200 hour TTC in Classical Hatha Yoga and Meditation, 300 & 100 hour + TTC in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at Kranti Yoga
Originally from New York, Laura was drawn to yoga and movement at a young age. At the advice of a dance teacher, she began a regular Bikram practice at 14 that 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 discipline.
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 TTC & 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 has practiced with several senior Ashtanga teachers.
A self proclaimed “yoga nerd,” Laura’s 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.
A journalism major in college, Laura’s inquisitive nature gave way to a strong interest in philosophy and self-inquiry which turned into a lifelong passion. She is grateful to share this passion with others teaching philosophy, Ayurveda, meditation, myofascial release and asana on the 300 hour TTC course.
Sat Chit Ananda
500hr Ashtanga, 100hr Yin and 100hr Meditation
Francesca began her inquiry into philosophy and psychology as a child—interests that would remain and develop into life-long passions. A seeker and wanderer by nature, Francesca left her motherland Italy and headed to Spain in 2009. That’s where she first encountered some mysterious and fascinating beings who called themselves “yogis”. Captured by these people’s words and spirit, a spark was ignited.
It was through philosophy and meditation that Francesca undertook the first steps of her yoga journey. In 2010 she felt ready to explore the third limb of Ashtanga yoga: Asana. In Barcelona she found her way to an Ashtanga Mysore school, where she commenced her practice with amazingly inspiring teachers. They taught her how to use the body and a physical practice as a tool to control the mind, andshowed her that this practice would lead to spiritual growth.Francesca’s yoga journey was accompanied by journeying around the globe for many years—before arriving at Kranti Yoga for her 200h YTTC, with a burning desire to share yoga with others. After her teacher training she travelled around India, did her 300h YTTC in Mysore, as well as a 100h Meditation TTC in Dharamsala. Her most recent certification is in Yin Yoga; she did 100h in Sri Lanka.Francesca believes Yin Yoga to provide a perfect balancing counterpart to an Ashtanga practice.
At the shala you will notice Francesca’s presence bringing extra colour to the already exuberant surroundings, and her warm and open heart always willing to share her experience and knowledge.
Francesca is currently one of the Curriculum Coordinators and Lead Trainer on the newly established 100h YTTC in Yin Yoga.
300hr Hatha and 500hr Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow
Steph has a background in the performing arts and attained a BA Hons degree in Dance studies from University in Liverpool, UK. She found a passion for dance at an early age and this continued to be a big part of her life growing up. After University she went on to choose a different career path and has worked in hospitality for serveral years.
Steph first found her love for yoga through a way of keeping fit 6 years ago. After seeing the benefits of her yoga practice both physically and mentally she became dedicated to learning more. She completed her 300 hours in Hatha Yoga in 2015 and went on to teach regular classes and share her passion around the Liverpool area. Steph completed her 500 hours at Kranti yoga in Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow. It was here she found her true love for teaching and her own yoga practice.
Steph is very excited to be here at Kranti to deepen her knowledge further and gain valuable experience teaching and doing what she loves. She is dedicated to seeing students grow, learn and blossom into yoga teachers and loves building strong connections, passing on her own experiences.
Thai Massage Therapist and Teacher, Meditator and Breath Coach
Describing someone with words is a reductive act—before you know it, the essence of the person may have disappeared in the abstraction process. In Didier’s case, this is a real risk.
It is plausible that Didier left his mother’s womb doing chakrasana, and that he spent the first few years of his life exploring happy baby as well as other naturally occurring asanas. Slowly and then suddenly though, bowing to the normative pressures of society (mainly his parents), he too was moulded into a typically stiff and rigid teenager, and later, adult. It wasn’t until 2015 that he finally dragged his unhappy legs and pizza-oriented mind to a yin yoga class. Thus, in the midst of planning to open a pizzeria in Brazil, Didier’s outlook on the future radically transformed. Already during the first yoga class he ever attended, he realized that becoming a yoga teacher was his path to follow.
After completing his 200h Yin Yoga YTTC in Amsterdam, he immediately rented a studio space and started teaching this beautiful and relaxing style of yoga. Yearning to balance out his yin with yangthough, his gaze soon turned towards India. He saved up some money, sold all his stuff, and soon left his homeland (maybe for good) to travel all the way to Goa to learn the energetic and powerful flow of Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga. After his certification, he travelled India and other eastern countries, before once again returning to the Yoga School in his heart. These days he is focusing on Pranayama, Meditation, and building his knowledge about the human body and spiritual strength. Always eager to share his knowledge, Didier is a generous and motivating soul.
Didier is one of the Curriculum Coordinators and Lead Trainer on the newly established 100h YTTC in Yin Yoga. He teaches meditation, and also assists on the 200h Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow YTTC.
500hr Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow
Enzo’s experience and influences are of a truly global nature. Having travelled and studied with several teachers in the Philippines, India, the U.S., and around Europe, he has internalized a palette of inspiration from around the globe. Enzo’s discovery is the multifaceted and holistic applicability of yoga, having found groundedness as well as continuous growth in the physical, mental and spiritual traditions.
For six years now,Enzo has dedicated himself to yoga. Since finishing his yoga teacher training at Kranti Yoga School in India three years ago, his inclination has been to share the beautiful practice of yoga—with an open mind and a willing heart. His overarching goal is to contribute to a more mindful and compassionate world community. As an Ashtanga teacher, he is repeatedly described by students as someone who artfully balances motivational strictness with just the right amount of reassuring softness. Enzo is also deeply passionate about Vinyasa Flow, andoffers creative, challenging and playful classes. He employs his artistic side when crafting sequences, and skilfully guides his students through dazzlingly fluid moving meditation on their mats.
Enzo is one of those people who can talk to anyone about seemingly anything—always exceptionally attentive and interestedinwhat his interlocuters have to say. In addition to offering a vast web of knowledge about anything from yoga-relevant anatomy to fine arts, Enzo exudes an energizing and contagious life-loving glow.
Enzo is currently a trainerand assistant on the 300h Vinyasa Flow YTTC, leading technical workshops (for the 200h YTTC as well as the 300h), and teaching Adjustments classes.
500hr Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow
The roads that led to Ida’s yoga journey started with a backpack and a single pair of flipflops. Always on the move, she paradoxically found momentary stillness through movement, visiting yoga studios around the globe. It wasn’t before arriving in Rishikesh in 2017 that she first opened her eyes to Ashtanga yoga. At first the style seemed a bit intimidating, but with practice she gradually came to love the challenges encountered on the mat. The state she found her mind and body inafter practice was a whole new experience—one that left her acutely inspired.
She witnessed the structure and discipline of Ashtanga yoga transforming her lifestyle, drastically improving her focus and presence both on and off the mat. The practice soon became a vehicle for personal growth, providing her with the tools and courage to let go of self-doubt, as well as opening her mind to the virtues of acceptance and contentment. In October 2017 Ida headed to Goa for her 200h YTTC in Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow at Kranti Yoga. After a month of immersive practice and blooming friendships (as well as a respectable number of hours of floating in her tube in the ocean), Idafelt that she had only just gotten started. Thus, she stayed on for her 300h YTTC and loved every minute of it.
This woman is an always-smiling, radiating sphere of positivity and approachability. With her vast and deep passion for hummus and pink floating tubes, Ida reminds the people around her of the endless joy we can unlock if we appreciate the “little things”.
Ida assists on Anatomy- and Alignment and Teaching Methodology classes on the 200h YTTC, teaches Ashtanga Led, Slow Flow, and Vinyasa Flow guest classes, and is also responsible for the Yoga Intensive Holiday guests.
500hr Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow
Having developed a beautifully blooming practice the last few years, Faye accomplishes a balanced practice by mixing “drill style” Ashtanga with the more fluid, elegant Vinyasa Flow. Before falling in love with the physical, mental and spiritual strength yoga can provide, Faye spent her days staying healthy through more typical, Western fitness and sport. Sweating at the gym however, didn’t quite satisfy a yearning for a more holistic approach to personal health and fulfilment.
Since attending her first yoga class, Faye has felt increasingly convinced of yoga as a path to a holistic lifestyle. Spending a lot of time in the air, travelling various corners of the globe, yoga has become a way to find groundedness. Whatever the situation or surroundings, she rolls out the yoga mat and finds a place where she can cultivate gratitude for the present moment.Before Faye’s path led her to India to pursue her 500h Teacher Training course at Kranti Yoga School, she also explored the workings of the body as a personal trainer and massage therapist. Always looking to learn, Faye’s knowledge is broad as well as deep, and she is always curious about different angles from which to improve her understanding.
Faye is a ray of sunshine; warming up anyone within a hundred-meter radius with her smile and laughter. She is always available for a chat, eagerly offering attentive ears and thoughtful advice.
At Kranti Yoga, Faye assists on the 200h Ashtanga Vinyasa Teacher Training, and teaches Ashtanga Led, Vinyasa Flow and Slow Flow drop-in classes.
500hr Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow
Alex is a former professional dancer who has travelled the world,
intermittently performing in and choreographing shows.
After working in London for the last 15 years combining a career as a TV
Executive alongside her continued passion as a Dance Teacher, she
decided to take a sabbatical to travel the world doing voluntary work for
various International charities.
Alex has a degree in Combined Health Studies and, having practiced various styles of Yoga over the last 10 years, which complimented her dancing, she ended her sabbatical and decided to quit her life in England and chase her dream of living and working abroad as a Yoga Instructor.
She trained in Athens first and then at Kranti Yoga in Goa and is now a qualified RTY 500 with the Yoga Alliance and has spent most of her career so far teaching in various locations in around Greece.
Alex’s background in Hatha, Ashtanga and Vinyasa means she teaches a variety of styles which she mixes to compliment each other.
“I enjoy a balance of fun and focus in my classes and I allow my dance background to influence my classes in parts, sometimes including music and more fluid movements. I want my students to leave feeling energised and happy!”
Alex’s classes include emphasis on breath, energy, flow, alignment, power and relaxation; postures which will invigorate the physical and mental being, leaving you with a general sense of change, growth and wellness. “Every class I teach I see as further development in my lifelong journey of Yoga and I enjoy being able to share this experience with others each time we practice.”
Alex joins us this season assisting on the 200hour YTTC in Pranayama, Anatomy and Teaching Methodology.
500hr Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow
Paddy’s first step onto the path of yoga was motivated by much unwelcome backpain. Working in IT, sitting a lot in front of a desk, he found himself suffering from ever-frustrating stiffness and aches. Occasional attendance at yoga classes in his Irish hometown quickly developed into a regular, daily self-practice, as he soon realized the immense benefits his body was enjoying from the movement. The lower-back pain soon became a forgotten manifestation of the past.
A curious and explorative soul, Paddy experimented with a multitude of different styles of yoga, before discovering the best match: Ashtanga. Surrendering and dedicating himself to the practice of Ashtanga felt like a calling, like a true and fruitful source of self-development and peace. An inward self-practice left Paddy in a state of almost-fulfilment. As a natural generous and giving person, he felt a strong urge to help others discover the transforming practice. Thus, he committed himself to becoming a Yoga teacher.
After completing his 200h YTTC in Ashtanga Vinyasa flow in February 2017, Paddy returned to his hometown in Ireland to introduce friends, family and locals to Ashtanga. Having reached his goal of becoming a yoga teacher, Paddy always remains hungry for knowledge; considering himself as much of a student as a teacher. Having fallen in love with the atmosphere, beautiful surroundings and inspiring learning environment at Kranti Yoga, he decided to return for his 300h YTTC. These days Paddy contributes to the Kranti community, showering people as well as animals with his caring, calming and always encouraging presence.
Paddy teaches Vinyasa Flow and Slow Flow drop-in classes, and works behind the scenes transforming the website krantiyoga.com