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 trainings 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.
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.
Our Mission, our Vision
Turiya Yoga is an internaional school that specializes in yoga teacher training in India. The school exists to share a lifestyle that brings happiness to whoever wishes to be a part of it. For us, our mission is simple: to unite people who have their hearts set upon teaching, learning and experiencing this ancient skill of self-knowledge, on and off the mat. We are a platform of connections, bringing together skilled and truthful teachers, practitioners, students and companies that are – or wish to be – guided by this beautiful philosophy.
Of course we could not differ our philosophy as a yoga school from our philosophy in life. In one of the great scriptures of yoga, the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, our attitude towards others and the world around us is to be guided through what is called the Yamas:
- Non-violence and Truthfulness. For us as a team this is about being honest and safe in what (and how) we share and offer you as well as what we know and teach. We also offer transparency about where else (or with who else) you can keep learning and growing on your own after the course. We happily encourage you to spread your own wings!
- Non-stealing. This is about the importance of your own time and how we pledge never to steal it from you by not offering our best. We honour the time you spend with us and the big investment in yourself that you are making so all the courses, classes and activities are planned in the best possible way for you to maximise your experience with us.
- Bramacharya.Though some people connect it only to celibacy, a wise teacher once told us that Brahmacharya is really about doing everything with your heart fully engaged. In this way everything you do becomes an offer to your true self, the Universe or God - whichever name you prefer! For us, it is the essence of our work, our goal every moment.
- Non-possessiveness. For us, this means that we are not being guided by greed. Money, wealth and comfort are welcome in life, however, our policy is not to have them as the guiding star of our school.
“Nothing is as strong as gentleness and nothing is as gentle as real strength” and Suzana encompasses that. She is soo well versed in Yoga and in Philosophy.
I felt Manu worked with what I already knew and brought out the better of me! One thing that really stood out for me also was the savasana and meditations, some of them really went really deep for me… Here I was thinking I was gonna do an Ashtanga class and I’m doing some spiritual development too.
Suzana definitely knows her asana inside and out and the energy in the room was always very calm. I feel very fortunate to have studied with Suzana. I am most inspired by her gentle nature, I know I struggle with that… She’s strong and soft at the same time.
I wasn’t sure about Ashtanga but Manu really gave me a new perspective, made it accessible for me and enjoyable - I didn’t know it could be! He also gave a spiritual aspect to it, which I never had experienced in an ashtanga class… … Integrating body, breath, soul, spirit… It was a lovely environment and he had certainly a humbleness while sharing his experience.
I really like the way Suzana introduces the poses so we get the alignment right! I think that really makes a difference ! I also really enjoyed the quotes in the end of the classes, when everyone was with their hearts opened …
Manu’s classes were amazing! He brought an incredible happy energy to the room , he was really knowledgeable and I felt really comfortable and safe! I felt like I could ask him anything and I got a really good response and overall I loved his classes and I think he is great!
I always felt just comfortable and supported in Suzana's classes. Suzana was very intuitive and personally could tell when I was a little off and would check on me every now and then and I appreciate that!
Manu's classes taught me endurance and patience ! He was always very helpful and offered different ways to make more sense of the asanas and movements using tools like blocks, belts and allowing us to ease our ways into certain postures. His compassion or his patience is something I would love to bring to my classes, to my students.