Upaya Yoga Teacher Training

Upaya Yoga Teacher Training is a traditional center delivering a deep yoga and meditation approach and a strong practice through all courses and yoga retreats.

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Krishna Krishnaji

Upaya Yoga was founded by Krishna, who has a vast experience in imparting lessons in yoga under its different forms and styles. He is a certified yoga teacher from Yoga Alliance USA and Yoga Alliance International India. His yogic art forms come out as a combination of Ashtanga, Shivananda, and Hatha yoga. Krishna's attraction towards the traditional meditation became strong when he started to attend the Osho international meditation resort in Pune.

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Aradhana Yogini

Aradhana has studied yoga at the Sivananda yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in Neyyar Dam, completing a yoga Siromani. She went on to complete a master of yoga at the same institute in Madurai. She is an advanced practitioner of Hatha yoga and she has been teaching asana, meditation, and pranayama for the last five years. She also has experience teaching Yin yoga and Power yoga. She is a proficient speaker of Japanese, Hindi, Gujarati, and English.


Praba was born into a family of yogis who practice in the Ashtanga style that characterizes the south Indian yoga tradition. He is a talented teacher and teacher trainer and has been teaching for over six years. Through expert adjustments and a deep understanding of asana, his students’ abilities, and injuries, he is able to push his trainees to the next level in their personal practice as well as their own teaching.

Rohil Jethmalani

Rohil began his journey into yoga by encountering meditation six 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. 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 learning Ashtanga in the traditional Mysore-style. Soon afterwards, he began to teach, feeling the need to share the sacred practices.

Anil Kumar Sharma

Anil Kumar Sharma was born in Kangra Himachal Pradesh. Anil started to learn yoga to overcome his health problems but now yoga has become his lifestyle and passion. For the last few years, he started to share his knowledge and experience to other people by explaining them how yoga can benefit them. He completed his master degree in physical education from Mumbai University. He is mainly specialist in Iyengar yoga and he also teaches Hatha yoga.

Alida Maugeri

Alida is Italian originally from Catania. Her journey into yoga started four years ago in London to eventually bring her to India in the search for a superior meaning beyond this now worldwide acclaimed word yoga. She now firmly believes that yoga is a secure way for self-discovery, personal growth, and positive changing. Alida’s class aim to guide the practitioners closer to the self by moving into a flow where breath and asana can harmoniously merge together.

Vanessa Fabbrilei

VANESSA FABBRILEI is a certified yoga teacher, recognized at both national and international level. She is officially registered with CONI (the official Italian National Olympic Committee). She encountered Yoga many years ago and she immediately embraced its philosophy for the love of it. She has been practicing, learning and teaching Yoga ever since 2007. She runs her own Yoga Association in Florence where she holds several classes every day.

Ella Trotter

Ella’s passion for yoga started many years before she found herself at the Upaya Yoga center in Goa. After many years Travelling, volunteering, and living in Holistic communities around the world, she felt the calling to India, and the time to deepen her yoga practice. After completing her 200hr TTC, she stayed in India helping the running of Upaya Yoga School. Since then, Ella has been teaching all around the world, studying and practicing, and has now settled in Bali to run Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Retreat.


Marylene is a Yoga Alliance RYT-500 yoga teacher who specializes in Yoga anatomy, therapeutic applications of yoga, Corporate Yoga and Yoga for depression, stress, and anxiety. Her passion for yoga took a new turn when she helped a friend overcome depression through yoga. Curious about what other benefits a holistic approach to yoga could bring. She devoted her time and energy to study the 8 limbs of yoga. Splitting her life between a successful international corporate career and teaching yoga, she perfectly understood how everyday demands can get in a way of a healthy body and healthy mind.

Vivek Kalura

Vivek’s classes are safe and extremely precise as he always keeps on eye on the alignment of his students. He is capable of calibrating the class according to the level of his students making even the more challenging ashtanga yoga accessible to everyone. Indeed his passion for yoga is the reason of his teaching: he loves to share and transmit his knowledge as he wishes that anyone can experience the same that brought him to this path with such a strong determination and humbleness.

Dr. Anita Rawandale

Dr. Anita Rawandale (Urja) is a graduate in the ancient medical science of India that is Ayurveda. She completed her B.A.M.S. degree from University of Pune, in 1995. She has been working for many years at Osho Commune International Department of Health and Healing. She has developed the passion for teaching the healing body arts and yoga therapies. She has been working with many private organization and Institutes including Shaki Ayurveda Latvia, Suryamarga Yoga (Italy), Osho Kivani (Italy). She has trained students under her personal attention in Korea, Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain.

Prem Bahadur Shah

Prem was born in Lumbini in west Nepal. Before moving to India three years ago, he completed his studies in Art but he still enjoys painting, playing guitar and flute in his free time. Prem joined Upaya Yoga more than a year ago and since then he has been a precious addition to our team. His creativity and caring personality manifest every single day when is preparing pure and delicious yogic food for our students. He never stops smiling to anyone who crosses his way. However cooking is not the only passion that Prem is sharing with us and our guests.


Prachi was born in the northern part of India, Rajasthan. In her home state, she completed a master’s degree in sociology because she was intrigued by the different parts of human lives and how it affects social interaction. After this, she was still hungry for knowledge and finished a bachelor’s degree in education which gave her the opportunity to teach in secondary school, where she taught Hindi classes. She started her spiritual journey when she moved to Pune, where she lived near to the Ashram of Osho. She actively followed and practised Osho’s teachings daily for two years.

Dr Nitin Patil

Dr Nitin Patil born in Kolhapur, interested in Ayurvedic herbal medicines since childhood is what brought him to study deeper in the philosophy of Ayurveda. He runs his Ayurvedic hospital in Kolhapur with specialized Keralian detox healing procedures. His interest in the anatomy of the human body got him interested to teach yoga students a deep understanding about yoga postures, alignments, deeper understanding about. His deep understanding knowledge and experience in Ayurveda make him the perfect member of the Upaya Team.

Neeraj Nautiyal

Swami Niranjan (Neeraj Nautiyal) was born in the Himalayas at the junction of the rivers Alaknanda and Mandakini in Rudrapryan. Since his childhood, Swami Niranjan has been living a yogi and a spiritual life under the guidance of many Himalayan masters. He traveled the Himalayas in silence visiting many auspicious sites of pilgrimage where he had an authentic experience of universal mother. His mission is to reveal the power of the Himalaya’s through devotion, yoga, and meditation. Neeraj believes this is the path to enjoy our inner adventures.

Reviews 17

Hector Laiglesia

from Japan, June 2018

"Great experience fantastic people but so many noises (const)"

Yoga teachers were awesome, great knowledge about Yoga very very helpful.Rohil you’re a legend my friend. Quiet place if you decide to go out of peak season.

Yoshie Suzuki

from United States, May 2018

"YTT in paradise"

Everything was great throughout my YTT training. The location is amazing, the yoga shala overlooking the ocean, greeted by sunrise and ending a day with gorgeous sunset every day. They maintain the facilities and accommodations clean all the time. Beautiful and mindful setup and you'll be happy just to be there.

The course and instructors are all great! We had two unique and awesome instructors leading us through our YTT200 course. Both are very experienced, dedicated and knowledgeable, couldn't have been any better than Rohil and Anil.

Stuff is also great. Prachi is a wonderful manager. She's friendly, approachable and she made sure our stay was comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Food is healthy and wholesome. Lots of fruits in the morning and vegetarian meals. This is India so curry is a must. But the chef sometimes surprised us with non-Indian dinner and ou-la-la pancake breakfast!

Overall, it was a wholesome, beautiful experience, and 3.5 weeks went so fast. The course is intense, but it all worth it. I met inspiring people from all over the world and you can only meet them here. I'm grateful for this opportunity and the certificate is the icing on the cake! Thanks, Upaya Yoga!

Diana Widmark

from Sweden, April 2017

"A transformationjourney"

I liked the environment with the ocean and the surroundings of beutiful nature. I liked the food and I like the mental climate at the school.

Iris Schmidt

from Austria, June 2018

"200 Hrs YTT"

The welcoming of everyone at Upaya- we were like a small familiy!


from Italy, March 2018

Wonderful experience, all was as expected.

Great Food, kind and wonderful manager Prachi, Teachers Rohil and Anil and Jennifer were awesome!!

Unfortunate loud at night due to party beach nearby, bring good earplugs.

Raphaella Eastman

from United States, February 2018

I liked the location, the food, the staff

Samuel Martin

from Australia, February 2018

"Upaya's Mountain Paradise"

The location, staff, student to teacher ratio, level of service provided and intangibles were absolutely amazing

Alexis Harman

from United States, December 2017

"Absolutely Amazing Experience"

The location and environment were great. Secluded, within nature. This is the place to go if you want to deeper your practice and go within.

The food was always amazing and the accommodation was great. Anything you need is taken care of!

The staff were great and really made me feel like family when I was staying there.

The teachers were extremely knowledgeable and the schedule allowed for a lot of material to be covered. They are very genuine and really want you to learn as much as possible and understand the material.

Sita Bhuller

from United States, June 2017

"peaceful yoga training "

the location was perfect. away from the noise and chaos of town. able to focus all your energy to the yoga course. the course content was good. a lot of focus on alignment and classical style

Maaike Groeneveld

from India, May 2017

"Fantastic yoga teacher training"

The location is beautiful, in the middle of nature, very calm. I liked my private hut with little terrace. The teachers were friendly, knowledgeable, patient and very inspiring. I enjoyed the pranayama and asana classes very much. It was great that we got a lot of teaching practice. The food was healthy and tasty.

Serge Muller

from Luxembourg, April 2018

"Excellent Yoga-Teacher training"

Hospitality, quality of food and quality of yoga classes

Testimonials 5

Petra Sweden

Upaya Yoga website

I had few classes with the amazing yoga teacher Krishna during my stay in Arambol beach in Goa. These few classes were unforgettable and Krishnas presence and teachings skills are the best. Krishna is very precise and he is not farad to tell you when you are doing something wrong, and thereafter help you to do it right. He is a pusher and will push you to do more that you believed you can which was an amazing feeling. I was so happy with Krishnas classes and I would recommend everyone to do yoga with him. He really is the best teacher I have had and I feel blessed having had the chance to learn from him.

Christine Holtan Norway

Upaya Yoga website

It did not matter that I was in bad shape and had some pain when I started. Krishna is good to incorporate and adapt so that it is possible to take it at your own pace. He put much emphasis on preventing injury and overloading, especially in the beginning, and now the body is virtually painless! . There was great energy in the studio and in class, and I felt welcome right away. We learn a lot while were at it, and there are still lots of laughter and good mood, while we push ourselves as far as we are getting into. Every time I stuff something new and get some more, and it is inspiring to see that the other master more and more. Soon I stand on your head Thank you for challenging, great hours and good teaching, Krishna!

Saskia Heringa Tnne Norway

Upaya Yoga website

This TTC gave me a good basic to start my work as a yoga teacher. It showed the many different sides of yoga. The diversity of yoga teachers was good, and there was a lot of knowledge to absorb. The body felt great after doing so much yoga in one month. It is nice that this TTC is for everybody, and everybody will get benefits of it, no matter if you are a starter or advanced. It was good to have this TTC as a basic, and be able to build further from her.

Hui Hui Yung China

Upaya Yoga website

I decided to join the one month yoga teacher training course not only for the certificate, but more importantly I wanted to find out my real feelings about yoga. The whole month, we did a lot of practice every day. It was tough and sometimes I was really exhausted but I was very happy. I have to say it cannot be a more right decision to go there. I have made new friends and learned a lot, not only yoga asanas but also new attitudes towards life. It seems that yoga opens a new window in front of me. I love yoga and I would like to share it with everyone.

Kalle Eilertsen Norway

Upaya Yoga website

I have had yoga classes with Krishna. Softens a rigid body. Top strength and balance well. Recommended :)

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