Turiya Yoga and Core Philosophy

Our Story

Turiya yoga Founders My name is Akash and I've been practicing yogic techniques since my early teenage years in the holy city of Varanasi. Before becoming a yoga teacher and trainer I enjoyed a long career as a musician from the age of 15. This path led me to play with recognised artists all over Europe and Asia until the age of 26… This was the moment I decided to let everything go. I couldn’t really make peace with the competitive environment of the music business nor the way people treated each other. For 6 months I withdrew from any business activities or concerts and decided instead to go to the Himalayas in India and practice yoga. My plan was to practice yoga intensively and simply appreciate the view of the indian mountains and my home-cooking for almost half a year. This was when I became a yoga teacher in two ways.

Firstly I became a yoga teacher in my heart, simply because it led me to re-discover joy in my daily life. Secondly I became a yoga teacher to others because soon I discovered that sharing yoga was what actually made the most sense in my life. I took a couple of yoga teacher trainings in India and practiced under renowned Iyengar  teachers, Ashtanga Vinyasa teachers and in different yoga institutes in India. As a result, I feel I've cultivated a completely different way of being and of sharing life with others. My journey as a trainer in yoga teacher training's in India started 4 years ago. Students seem to love the energy of my classes and I love how my energy keeps being beautifully transformed by this meaningful exchange! Being half- Indian and half-German I'm rooted in both worlds, East meeting West, which helps me to guide students to study yoga combining the Indian way with Western clarity. In our yoga school, Turiya Yoga, we guide international students along their own path of yoga, to the wisdom of Mother India herself.

Turiya Yoga Academy

It wasn't long before I met Suzana, a Brazilian backpacker who had also taken a year’s yoga teacher training in a well-known institute associated with the traditional Kaivalyadhama. Together we took some time to travel India, Germany, Thailand and Brazil, giving small and affordable yoga classes while also deepening our own practice at different Iyengar and Vinyasa Flow trainings. It was during this trip that our dream of creating an international yoga school in Goa was born. In our travels, Suzana and I had realised how common it was to come across poorly trained yoga teachers. Both of us had had the experience of teaching yoga teacher trainings at other schools while feeling that the program, methodology and team could easily be improved. We realised we wanted to help students to become more confident and less frustrated as new yoga teachers.

Suzana had already studied and practiced yoga intensively before her travels in India. She had realised that more often than not, the West’s scientific view was completely set aside in yoga teacher trainings in India and yoga schools. In our perspective this was a big loss for the students there who expected to become international yoga teachers, later teaching in the West itself. Suzana had grown up in a family which combined an interesting variety of spiritual practices along with some intellectual perspectives on the human psyche: Japanese Zen, Christian Mysticism, Jungian Psychology, Hypnotherapy and African-derived spiritual expressions. It was in her second yoga class, however, that one thought really struck her forever: it is really possible to be happy! She was already deeply into psychology and Indian philosophy when she finished her yoga teacher training in Hatha yoga and, not so long after this, she flew to India. Her meeting with India and our own meeting was truly life changing for both of us. Turiya Yoga was therefore born as a mixture of many elements of ourselves, two passionate yoga teachers.

We are here, from the heart, for all the right reasons. Turiya Yoga was created in our hearts as a response to a world where a Yoga Teacher Training is extensively treated as only business while the practice of yoga itself keeps falling into the category of merely fitness or just health. For those reasons we have put together a team of warm-hearted and experienced teachers, from India and the West to offer Yoga Teacher Trainings in India, Goa. We are all partners in yoga and in life. We firmly believe in constructing a safe environment for truthful learning and truthful exchange through high-quality teachings and well-designed courses that support people from all over the world into taking their first steps as original and confident international yoga teachers. We are grateful to be a community of really passionate yoga teachers, each with between 4 to 8 years’ experience in providing either Yoga Teacher Training in India or teaching in-depth Yoga Workshops in the West. Our mission is to share far and wide a lifestyle we wholeheartedly believe in.

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