Trainers

Nicole Dechow

Nicole is the founder of Soul & Yoga and leads the International Teacher Trainings of the Training Academy and teaches Yoga for 10 years.

In 2009, she quit her job and lived in India for 3 years to deepen her yoga and meditation skills.

In her lessons, she manages to convey the bridge between the Eastern and Western traditions in a modern way.





Disha Deshpande

Classical Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Vipassana Meditator, Reiki Therapist and Innerwork Facilitator

Disha Deshpande is a music journalist turned yoga teacher with an RYT 900 Hours in Classical Yoga and RYT 200 Hours in Ashtanga Vinyasa registered with Yoga Alliance. She is a Vipassana Meditator, Reiki Therapist and Innerwork Facilitator.

Trained in Classical Dance and a movement junkie, she incorporates various art modalities into her work. Her classes are multi-style - Hatha, Ashtanga Vinyasa and Restorative.

Introduced to Yoga by a neighbour at age 4, she turned to meditation during her teenage to understand and work on her depression, migraine and childhood trauma.

She conducts regular YogArt workshops, that combine Yoga Therapy with Intuitive Art to enhance creativity, release old patterns, and establish a deeper communication with yourself.

A true blue nature baby, she conducts Yoga and trekking Retreats retreats in the Himalayas during the Indian summers.

She believes that a yoga teacher's biggest guru is their own body and mind, and advocates a well rounded self practice. "If you cannot listen to the needs of your own body, and provide, you cannot truly listen to real needs of your student’s body and mind. A Yoga teacher is merely a facilitator for the sacred union of the body-mind-breath”





Chetan

Chetan is the lead teacher of Ayur Balance Massage, Yoga Anatomy & Meditation TTC. He is also a certified member of Complementary Therapists.

He is a Yoga alliance registered teacher and having a membership at (CTHA), a leading professional association representing sports, spa and complementary therapists in the UK and Ireland.

Along with teaching Massages, leading Meditation Retreats & Trainings, Chetan is actively conducting Anatomy and Physiology at our Yoga School and at teaching as well as at Rasovai.

He has graduated in Science, Masters degree in Reiki, Diploma in Ayurveda Massage, Diploma in Abhyanga and Marma Massage, Diploma in Ayurveda Yoga Massage, Studies in Anatomy- Physiology, Psychosomatic Conditions, studied and practiced Meditation and Healing.

Chetan is also affiliated with Atmodya the center of Ayurveda in Zurich.

He is sharing his work for last 20 years in India and abroad.

Chetan has been teaching across the world and has taught at Rosenberg European Academy of Ayurveda in Germany, Atomodaya from Zurich, Sundari Ayurveda in Germany, Ayurveda Praxis (Germany), Shakti Ayurveda Latvia and at individual level in Aryol ( Russia), Le Manoia ( France), Frankfurt (Germany), Mallorca (Spain) and Sweden.

Chetan’s teachings are a reflection of his experiences with different modalities varying from meditations over a period of ten years in Osho Meditation Commune, Pune to studies of Yoga at Aiyangar Institute in Pune. His insights with working for years in the field of bodywork, yoga and meditation bring a comprehensive guidance to the Yoga students in their quest to understand the nuisances of Yogic Anatomy and physiology.





Rohil

Rohil began his journey into yoga by coming into contact with meditation 7 years ago. In a quest to find his true Self, he visited many masters and guides from different parts of the country.

Soon the realization dawned that the real Guru is within, and other masters are simply mirrors. A year later he began to complement his meditation practice with Ashtanga-vinyasa.

He has spent long periods of time over the past few years with his teacher, Ajay Kumar(sthalam8) learning Ashtanga in the traditional Mysore-style.

Soon afterwards he began to teach, feeling the need to share the sacred practices that have brought about so much peace and fulfilment in his personal journey.

His unique style of teaching goes beyond simply the physical practice. The nurturing, yet challenging environment created in his classes pushes his students to tap into their inner potential.

His intention is to bring about lasting inner transformation through asana practice. He believes that yoga is not simply a physical practice and strives to highlight the philosophies that underlie these rich and sacred traditions.

Using yoga as not only a tool for physical transformation, but also to effect deeper mental and spiritual change.





José Marquina S.

After teaching in North America, the UK and taking part as a leading teacher in Hatha and Pranayama in Yoga Teacher Training in India, he realised the need for a new understanding of teaching for the modern yoga students, were the original values of Yoga would not be compromised by the new learning tools and trends while keeping a dynamic approach to ensure the best learning results.

His understanding about yoga has led him to conduct classes that are a perfect blend between traditional Hatha and modern Vinyasa, with a strong focus on alignment and mindful breathing.

In his classes, he strives to find the balance to challenge mind and body, skyrocketing the progression of his students in the shortest amount of time while providing a strong base of yogic knowledge.





Madhura Bhagwat

Co - Founder of BYA, Yoga Therapist, E-RYT200 & RYT500 & Yin Yoga Teacher

She belongs to a Hindu - Bramhin family, for this reason, Yama and Niyama (yogic lifestyle) and Mantra Chanting have been part of her day to day life. She has a wide experience of practicing with the best Tradional Indian and Western Yoga Teachers, she thus represents a beautiful blend of Indian culture with a western approach. ​

While working as a leading Ashtanga Vinyasa and Yogic Philosophy teacher in the Teacher Trainings in North America and the Indian Sub-Continent, she's come to realise how necessary it is to bring back the true meaning of what Yoga really is, the perfect union between body, mind, soul and the Panchamahabhutas (five elements).

Hence, her primary focus since the opening of BYA has been to offer the highest quality Ayurveda and Yoga education to the Banjaara teacher trainings, in the most accesible way for modern yogis while passing on the Yogic traditions in the purest form. Madhura's classes are inspiring, energetic and functional, influenced from her life as a dancer, hatha traditions, ashtanga vinyasa, creative vinyasa, the awareness of movements with breath, her deep love for Yogic Philosophy, Mantra Chanting and Ayurveda. Her classes balance contemplation with sweat, long - held asanas & a healthy dose of alignments.





Lien Mei (Rute) E-RYT200 - Holistic Therapist & Reiki Master

Co - Founder of BYA, Yoga Therapist, E-RYT200 & RYT500 & Yin Yoga Teacher

Lien Mei is a holistic therapist who uses various techniques of yoga philosophy, Reiki , massage and biomagnetism to awake the healer and the master that we all have within.

She started practising yoga in 2009 and from 2012 on she devoted her life to the study and practice of different ancient philosophies concerned about the mysteries of humanity, the universe, and the nature of divinity. She shares what she knows with joy, passion, and an open heart, always focusing on the present moment.





Dr. Arun Sharma

B.A.M.S (Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery), Dip. Panchakarma, Fellowship in Clinical Research

An expert Ayurvedic Physician who belongs to a family lineage of Ayurvedic doctors and Sanskrit scholars. His Training in Ayurveda and Sanskrit Language started at a young age. He Completed his B.A.M.S from Shree Laxmi Narayan Ayurveda College, Amritsar. In addition to his formal education, he gained extensive practical knowledge from his Grandfather’s Ayurvedic practice and several other Vaidyas.

Dr. Arun Sharma is one of the most respected Ayurvedic doctors in India and a reference in Ayurvedic education in North India. He teaches Western and Eastern(Yogic/Ayurvedic) Anatomy to 200Hr & 100Hr Yoga TTC Banjaara Yoga students at Ayuskama Ayurveda Clinic & Panchakarma Center. ​​





Lucy

Her love for Yoga began in 2012 while living in Australia. Learning Hatha from a traditional teacher she quickly felt connected to, and intrigued by this ancient practice that was so subtly enhancing her outlook towards daily life.

Inspired by this experience she decided to delve deeper into Yoga and all that it encompasses by travelling, learning, teaching and practicing different styles and traditions around the world. In 2015 she returned to India, to immerse myself completely to the study of Yoga. Exploring the birthland of Yoga and studying with multiple teachers and accredited schools over the years she has completed 700RYS Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin and Children's Yoga.

Since then Iife has been lived by finding home in different parts of India and around the world through sharing Yoga with children, families and adults.

In 2017 her path took her back to Goa to teach as a Ashtanga & Vinyasa Yoga teacher trainer. From this her yoga journey continued to grow through helping passionate yogis become teachers, whilst continuing to self study and connect with the practice of Yoga in different aspects of daily life.

Her passion is to continue to share the gift of Yoga with people from all over the world. Aiming to highlight the tools for people to then utilise the physical and psychological benefits of Yoga and all it's infinite elements.