Bala Yoga School offers yoga retreats and training with well-traveled and passionate yoga teachers set in ideal locations.
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Balaganesh Sivaprakasam, shortly Bala, born in a village very close to Auroville, grew up in Chennai to become an Import and Supply Chain Manager, got his first experience in yoga while he was living in Amsterdam. After his return to India and practicing with wonderful teachers in Auroville, he has decided to do 200-hr TTC in Sivananda style of Hatha yoga. He has been teaching yoga classes in Auroville since then. Besides Sivananda style, Bala has been practicing Ashtanga and Vinyasa himself for a few years. He believes the discipline of both body and mind is the only way to live a yogic life.
Hailing from Nepal, Purnima has done 200-hour Hatha yoga in Sivananda Ashram in Kerala, in 2017. Purnima started volunteering by teaching yoga for special children. From yogasanas, pranayama, dhyana, yamas, and niyamas, every aspect of yoga is life for her. She gained the opportunity to acquire yogic wisdom with authenticity straight from its origin in India. She is recognized as a great yoga instructor of ideal standards and spread the message of yoga across the globe. She practices living a life of authenticity, courage, and mindfulness. She has traveled to many countries.
Name - Sivaprakasam Chokkalingam DoB - 01/08/1949 Languages -Tamil, Sanskrit, and English 1. Able to independently conduct daily rituals and festivals in the temple and Hindu family residences. Broader understanding of traditional Hindu rituals and festivals of various regions of India. 2. Able to communicate fluently - Tamil, Malayalam, and English 3. Able to perform all the following services: Jathakarma, Namakaranam, Annaprashanam, Aksharaabhyasam, Vivaham (wedding) Seemantham, Bhoomi Poojan, Gruhapravesham, Upaakarma (Thread changing ceremony), Nishchayathartham (engagement).
Rebecca is from Spain and has traveled to the length and breadth of the world. She did a five-year course at university level to become a specialist in physiotherapy. She now lives and practices physiotherapy, and teaches yoga in Auroville, Pondicherry, India. She is a specialist in the human anatomy and the functioning of the human body. She did her 300-hour TTC in Asana Andiappan School of Yoga in Chennai, India. She is a level 2 certified Reiki healer and Vedic healer too. She is part of the sacred feminine circle and helps women to achieve balance.
Akshay started Kalaripayattu at the age of eight. He is a multi-talented artist, Ayurvedic Kalari Sikicha (therapist) masseuse. He is staying and studying Ayurveda and Kalaripayattu full time in the gurukul of his master / guru Lakshman Gurukal. He has traveled to countries like Finland, Denmark, Germany, France, and South Asia, and is a high-level practitioner who has participated in numerous presentations, demonstrations, and contests in India and abroad.
Lakshman Gurukkal is one of the few rare and revered Gurus of Kalaripayattu, Ayurveda, and Tantra. Following the tradition of family lineage, he had started learning Kalaripayattu at the tender age of five, under the tutelage of his father Guru Veerasree Sami Gurukkal. He has been awarded by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, with the title of Senior Fellowship (in Kalaripayattu and Natyashastra). He has a postgraduate degree in Advaita Vedanta. He is the director of Hindustan Kalari Sangam, the family center in Calicut, Kerala. In 2010, he founded Kalarigram in Auroville, Tamil Nadu.