Chitra – is certified to teach Integral Yoga at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels and also to teach pre- and post-natal Yoga and Yoga for Stress Management. She has been teaching Yoga since 1989 in Australia and the USA, across a wide range of settings, including group and individual classes for both adults and children, and Yoga retreats, Yoga for pregnancy and birthing, corporate groups and Yoga teacher training programs. Chitra has been a primary teacher trainer for Integral Yoga Basic Teacher Training since 2000, teaching on programs in Australia and the USA. Chitra has also run in-house training sessions for Integral Yoga teachers in Australia and India, staffed Integral Yoga Hatha Intermediate Teacher Training and was a primary teacher trainer for the Diploma of Health—Yoga offered by the Centre for Adult Education in Melbourne.
Chitra's main focus in her teaching is to encourage students to find the practice that truly supports them, and to offer the space in which participants can go deep within, allowing the body and breath to be the pathway to experiencing deep inner wisdom and joy.
Hridayan – has been studying and practicing Yoga over the past three decades. He trained as an Integral Yoga teacher in 1998 and is qualified to teach Integral Yoga at beginners and intermediate levels as well as Raja Yoga and has taught both Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga in numerous settings in Australia and at Satchidananda Ashram—Yogaville, USA. He also has a deep love for kirtan, the chanting of sacred mantras and names of the Divine, and has been facilitating kirtan and leading chanting programs over the past 20 years in Australia, India and the USA.
Mitra – has been teaching integral Yoga since 2000 after discovering Yoga for himself and experiencing the benefits he was compelled to teach it and share those benefits. He felt it was too good not to share. At its essence Mitra sees Yoga giving us a set of tools that we can use to get more out life, to be better and do better for ourselves and those around us. It helps us to deal with the challenges and savour the joys that life brings.
Mitra works in a rehabilitation centre as a Community Linking and Leisure Specialist supporting people recovering from brain injuries, stroke, amputation or spinal cord injury to return to a balanced enjoyable life in the community. Since training as a Yoga teacher he has also found ways to share Yoga through running meditation groups, relaxation sessions and Hatha Yoga classes for patients and staff.
Jivana (Jarrod) – has been a passionate student of Yoga since 1992. In 2001 he completed a two year part time ‘Diploma of Health – Yoga’ course with the Council of Adult Education and has been teaching regularly since. Around this time Jivana felt strongly drawn to the teachings of Integral Yoga and expanded his experience as a student and teacher of Yoga by completing the Integral Yoga Basic (2002) and Intermediate Teacher Training (2003) courses. Jivana enjoys all aspects of teaching and for those who have come to his class may have noticed that he loves to chant! He has a special interest in experiencing and sharing the deeper aspects of Yoga and striving to integrate the ancient wisdom of Yoga in daily life to be more easeful, peaceful and useful.
Anandi (Deb) – has been involved with Integral Yoga since 2000 as a Yoga practitioner and now teacher. She has participated in courses and programs within Australia and the USA and has been instrumental in organising retreats, Satsangs (Yoga talks) and international teachers’ visits for the Victorian Integral Yoga Association. During that time she has witnessed the benefits of Integral Yoga and strongly believes that Yoga is for every body. We are all ages and body shapes and manage diversity in many aspects of our lives. Yoga assists in developing an easeful body, peaceful mind and useful life.
Anandi’s classes cater for those who are new to and curious about Yoga, those returning after a break, and for experienced practitioners – anyone who wants to practise yoga in a peaceful, joyful and respectful way. The teachings of Integral Yoga have shown her that the practices shared in class – Hatha poses, relaxation, breathing and meditation as well as the underlying philosophy – have application through many parts of our everyday lives. Anandi is continually excited to see the links between Integral Yoga with her ‘other day job’ as a social work researcher and evaluation consultant.