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Our Team

 

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We believe that our teachers are an invaluable part of Kranti Yoga. Our teachers have been long term practitioners at the school and continue with their studies under Kranti's tutelage.  

We accommodate the needs of our students, physically, spiritually and emotionally. All our teachers have trained at Kranti Yoga and have learnt yoga in the traditional Hindu way, living 7-8 months of the year in our shala with Kranti. During this time, they deepen their own Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga practice, improve their knowledge of yogic philosophy, learn how to teach yoga and live a truly yogic lifestyle.

In our approach to teaching, we aim to have a balance of both Eastern and Western teachers so that students get a healthy balance of yoga from both perspectives. We talk about asanas using both Western and Eastern anatomy. We discuss Eastern philosophy with a Western structure. We believe we bring a Western influence to the Yogic Indian. Great emphasis is put on ensuring that a consistent message is given to students whether classes are taught by our Indian or Western teachers.

We have the best people teaching and organising the courses. The variety of backgrounds and prior life experience that each of our teachers come with allows the team to guide you through your learning journey effectively. We aim to teach in a progressive yet fun environment, encouraging everyone to learn and share along the way.

Meet the team...

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Tarun Kranti Agrawal

Tarun Agrawal, founder and director of The Kranti Yoga Village, was born in 1980 in Chhattisgarh, Middle India. Following a family tradition, at the age of 9, he frequented a guru named Sant Chana Baba for meditation and yogic spiritual talks. Chana Baba was an old Tantra Master living in a temple located on Shakti Mountain. He gave Tarun his spiritual name, Kranti, meaning revolution. It is no surprise that this has therefore become the name of his successful business, a yoga school with accommodation, on Patnem Beach, Goa.

Tarun started his spiritual journey when he was just a boy.  He started Asana Classes with Swami Vidhyanand Saraswati at Sivananda Kutir Yoga Ashram and was trained there in several different styles of yoga: Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Sivananda, Kundalini and Raja. During this period, he was also taught Ayurveda by Dr. Manoj Sharma. He started teaching yoga at the age of 14.

In 1999 he became a member of The Divine Live Society Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh and stayed there for around 2 years. During this time, he was exposed to many spiritual Indian masters who influenced and molded his thinking and lifestyle.

In 2001, having stayed in several different ashrams, he taught Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at OSHO International Ashram, Pune.  At the same time, he furthered his training at Jagan Mohan Palace in Mysore over the course of 3 years. Here, he was able to deepen his knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. Since then, he has dedicated himself to teaching others this dynamic and powerful form of yoga.

In 2007, Tarun started his own yoga shala (school) in Goa and has since been teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.  Tarun was certified by The Yoga Alliance in 2010. At this time, he started travelling throughout Europe giving numerous classes and workshops. His reputation grew.  His once simple shala on Palolem Beach has evolved into a yoga community on Patnem Beach, The Kranti Yoga Village.

And so, Tarun continues to share his knowledge of yoga through his team. He is proud to have developed many of his former students to become yoga teachers in order to support the learning journey that comes with Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga on the Yoga Teacher Training Courses.   As the school grows, so to do our teachers, all under the close supervision and guidance of Tarun himself. His policy is that his teachers are trained with him in the authentic Indian way, living most of the year, with him in the shala. Tarun believes strongly in promoting the spiritual side of yoga to support the physical. This is evident from the curriculum that he has developed over the years and more importantly from the teachers that that he has nurtured to teach.

 

Julia

Julia Gavin

Julia, thrives on the challenges of Ashtanga Yoga and has shaped her lifestyle to dedicate hours to her practice. She is a keen practitioner, studying with intensity anything and everything concerned with this traditional practice. Every class taught, be it Ashtanga Led Yoga Class, Vinyasa Flow, Hip Opening, Myofascia Release or Yoga Philosophy, serves the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. She strongly promotes the benefits of meditation through movement exploring the advantages of meditation both on and off the mat. 

Julia completed her 500 hrs in Ashtanga Yoga, at Kranti Yoga, Goa in 2013. She then stayed to develop as an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher. She has lived and taught in India for 4 years. During this time, she explored ways to bring together the traditions of the east with the modern approaches of the west, promoting a balance of physical and spiritual.  She believes this is strongly reflected in her teachings.

Julia is the Curriculum Coordinator for the 200 & 500 hr YTTC in Ashtanga Yoga at Kranti Yoga, Goa. She taught Anatomy/Alignment, Yoga Philosophy, Myofascia Release, Pranayama and Meditation. In 2015 she taught at the India Yoga Festival in North Goa.

Julia has since trained with both Janet Stone and Tiffany Cruickshank. She practised in Mysore under the tutelage of Ajay Kumar. When in Liverpool, she regularly attends teachings at the Kadampa Buddhist Centre and continues her Ashtanga Yoga training with Helen Aldred.

  

Grace Watson Farmer

Grace stumbled across yoga whilst living in Oxford 6 years ago and a regular practice quickly became a part of her lifestyle, particularly when recovering from a long standing shoulder injury.  Previously, Grace had been fuelling her lifelong passion for dance and movement by juggling part time Barre Concept teaching with a full time job, until she finally took the plunge and ditched the busy London based corporate life in pursuit of more Yoga. In 2014 she completed her 200 hour YTTC with Kranti Yoga, where she reignited her enthusiasm for movement and bodywork. She has been exploring the world and teaching yoga full time ever since and has never looked back!

Grace loves how yoga makes the world a smaller and more connected place and also enjoys exploring how Eastern and Yogic Philosophy can help to heal and rebalance us. Cultivating and nurturing an awareness of our mind, body and soul is one of the many reasons why Grace continues to seek and learn as much as she can on the topic of yoga; teaching at Kranti allows her to continually share and develop her knowledge and experience of all 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga.

Grace's style of teaching reflects the dynamic and flowing influences of her dance background, as well as encompassing the disciplined alignment focus of the Ashtanga techniques. Particularly fond of playful, fluid vinyasa sequences, she is also a firm believer in fostering a regular traditional Ashtanga practice to build strength and clarity in mind and in body. She believes that her daily Mysore practice has transformed her ability to focus and access the benefits of Yoga reaching far beyond just the physical and loves spreading these benefits to others through teaching Yoga.

Grace is a long term Kranti Yoga student who visits us often to deepen their own practice, knowledge and teaching skills and share their knowledge with the Kranti village community.

  

Béatrice Ayotte 

Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Beatrice is deeply passionate about life and adventure. She has always been looking for new ways to get out of her comfort zone and push her boundaries. The practice of yoga helps her to challenge herself daily: mentally, physically and spiritually.

The desire to deepen her practice brought her to Kranti Yoga in May 2014. She completed her 200 hr YTTC. With a passion for Vinyasa Flow, the traditional Ashtanga Yoga helped her gain a deeper knowledge of details and technique and a better understanding of the human body. Since graduating, she quit fashion school to pursue her goal of becoming a full time yoga instructor. She has been teaching various styles of yoga in her hometown including Yin Yoga, Hatha, Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Flow.  She has also branched out, teaching yoga to kids after completing her training in yoga for children in Montreal.

Beatrice believes that by practicing yoga, you get to know yourself better first through your body, your breath, your mind and all its patterns and therefore getting closer to your true essence, your Self. When you get to understand yourself better in your entirety, slowly you begin to understand everything better : people, nature, universal laws. You become more curious, more compassionate, more alive than ever. Yoga is a powerful transformative tool and she’s forever grateful to be able to help people to change their own lives through it, and therefore, change the world in her own way.

Having fallen in love with the traditional eastern yoga philosophy and the western creative yoga sequences, she has created her own practice that inspires and rejuvenates her and she hopes to share her love of it with you.

Beatrice is a long term Kranti Yoga student who visits us often to deepen their own practice, knowledge and teaching skills and share their knowledge with the Kranti village community.

 

Sally Bee

Always on the hunt for new escapades, Sally has always had a strong desire to learn and discover. She came to Kranti Yoga in 2015 to learn more about the tradition of yoga and to deepen and develop her own practice, subsequently completing her 200hr YTTC and 100hr Teacher Training Plus.

Born in London, Sally grew up with a love of culture. Having worked in a range of positions within the creative arts, she enjoys getting her hands dirty and allowing her imagination to roam. Sally weaves this creativity into her Vinyasa Flow classes, always emphasising the power and beauty of meditation.

Enjoying the harmony and richness it brings to her personal practice, Sally returns to deepen her own practice, knowledge and teaching skills and share her knowledge with the Kranti village community.

 

Dhira Krishna

Dhira Krishna Rupa Das is currently serving as a preacher and counselor in Goa.  He conducts regular courses of Bhagavat Gita and Srimad Bhagwatamin English and Hindi at different places in Goa. He has acquired Bhaktishastri, a certified course based on the teachings of Bhagavat Gita. He joined ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) full time in 2007 in Goa and has been initiated by H. H. Radhanath Swami Maharaj.

Dhira joins The Kranti Yoga Team to teach philosophy, in particular to teach Yoga In Gita. We are delighted to learn and share with him.

 

 

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Robert McWilliams 

Rob began teaching almost 10 years ago through his love for performing arts. After many years performing on stage he found himself delivering workshops to groups of budding performers, overcoming their fears and allowing himself to develop as a teacher in a field that he loved.

 

It was this background along with a keen interest in fitness that led Rob to yoga and ultimately into teaching yoga.  Rob completed his 500hr YTTC at Kranti Yoga and has since been teaching in locations around the world. During his classes Rob focuses on the breath, which can be more important than the asana. “Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness and unites your body to your thoughts”.

 

Rob is a long term Kranti Yoga student who frequently returns to us to deepen his own practice, knowledge and teaching skills and to share his energy and experiences with the Kranti village community.

 

 

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Jennifer Rebecca Wong

 

 

Meet Jennifer Rebecca Wong, the embodiment of East-meets-West!  She’s a Canadian yogini with European and Asian descent, interested in the exploration of ancient eastern yoga traditions viewed through the lens of modern western cognitive and contemplative neurosciences.

 

In 1999, a family tragedy led to a shift in her life path, from classical piano performance to the study of neuroplasticity, and the therapeutic uses of music and movement. During her studies in behavioural neuroscience, she became fascinated with the nascent field of contemplative neuroscience and began to develop a daily asana, meditation, and pranayama practice.  When she discovered ashtanga, it was love at first practice!

 

The yoga practice had had transformational and healing effects on her life and bereavement process.  And she is truly grateful for the inspirational people who offered their gems of wisdom during that time.  Over the years, she practiced with:  Ron Reid, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Rolf & Marci Naujokat, the Puri siblings at Santosh Puri Ashram, Saraswhati Jois, Eddie Stern, Manju Jois.  Her current mentors are: John Scott and Nancy Gilgoff.

 

During her second trip to India, she stayed at an ashram for two months where she realized her path and duty:  to share the beautiful practice of yoga.  Over the last decade, she participated in over 1000hrs of yoga teacher trainings and development sessions, consistently seeking out lineage teachers to get closer to the source.  The art of teaching remains her strongest passion.  In yoga, she brings an emphasis on an individualized approach which she developed in her over 25 years experience in teaching, adjudicating, and mentoring in the classical music field.

 

Jennifer spent the greater part of the last three years in India, and truly feels India to be a second home.  She discovered that yoga is a lifestyle and the benefits of the practice, which are many, generalize to every aspect of life and she is grateful for each day she can share the beautiful practice with others.  In her classes, students are guided with love, compassion, and humour, to honour themselves and to nurture a sustainable, life long yoga practice. She’s looking forward to meeting and joining you on your yoga journey.

 

Jennifer Rebecca Wong is a long term Kranti Yoga student who visits us often to deepen her own practice, knowledge, and teaching skills and share her knowledge with the Kranti village community.

 

Namaste

 

 

Christine 

 

Christine Lucy Howells

 

 

Christine’s fascination to travel, learn new cultures and meet new people started from a very early age.  As a child she spent time in India and always felt a desire to return. Finding Yoga in 2012 she continued to travel. Learning, teaching and practicing around the world in New Zealand, Indonesia, China, Spain and England before returning to India where she spent a year immersing herself to the study of Yoga, completing her 500 RYS Advanced Yoga Teacher Training in Ashtanga along side training in Hatha, Vinyasa and Yin Yoga.
 
Since then Christine has continued to study and delve deeper into the different aspects  and benefits of yoga - teaching Children and Families Yoga in orphanages in India and around the UK.
 
Christine's passion is to share her love for Yoga with students from all over the world, helping people to utilise the physical and psychological benefits from it. From  complete beginners to advanced practitioners ~ Yoga is accessible to everyone. 
 ''Anybody can breathe. Therefore anybody can practice yoga." - T.K.V. Desikachar 
 
Christine is a long term Kranti Yoga student who visits us often to deepen her own practice, knowledge, and teaching skills and share her knowledge with the Kranti village community.
 
 
 

 

Chloe

 

 

Chloe Alex Stock

 

 

Whilst living in New Zealand Chloe gained her Pilates qualification before she followed her heart to India to study and practise in order to gain her 200hr certification at Kranti's and 300hr certification in Hatha in Rishikesh at Shiva Yoga Peeth .  

 

Chloe's classes range from traditional led Primary Series to dynamic vinyasa flows and restorative yin style sessions; her passion comes from teaching what she knows and practices personally and having the ability to translate that knowledge and break down of postures in the classes she teaches.

 

It's obvious from Chloe's hands on approach to teaching, that her passion lies in finding a true understanding of our own bodies as individuals and tailoring that knowledge to our practice. 

Being a qualified sports massage therapist has provided Chloe with an in-depth understanding of anatomy and fascia; combined with a study of Ayurveda, her teachings are a balance of scientific Western principles and the holistic approach familiar with Eastern philosophy.

 

From years of travel and teaching around the world, Chloe has gained great valuable teaching experience through retreats and studios in London, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Italy & Nicaragua.

 

Chloe is a long term Kranti Yoga student who visits us often to deepen her own practice, knowledge, and teaching skills and share her knowledge with the Kranti village community.

 

 

 

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Laura Shanks

 

Originally from New York, Laura came to yoga over 15 years ago through dance.  At the advice of a dance teacher, she began a regular Bikram practice that soon evolved into a personal practice of her own. Over time, and through experimentation with various styles of yoga, her practice blossomed beyond the physical, becoming an all encompassing, spiritual practice.  She has completed a 200 hour TTC in Classical Hatha Yoga and Meditation at an Ashram in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, as well as a 300 hour & 100 hour plus TTC in Ashtanga Vinyasa here at Kranti Yoga.  Having fallen in love with Ashtanga Vinyasa, she went on to complete a TTC with Kristina Karitinou-Ireland on the Full Primary Series and practiced with senior Ashtanga teachers, David Williams, Radha and Pierre, Louise Ellis & Tina Pizzimente.

A self proclaimed “yoga nerd,” Laura’s daily practice includes not only Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, but expands off the mat to traditional forms of yoga including Bhakti, Nada, Kriya, Raja, Jnana, and Karma, as well as Adviata Vedanta. 

A journalism major in college, Laura’s inquisitive nature gave way to a strong interest in philosophy and self inquiry, with a passion for writing.  When she’s not on the mat, she continues to study the yogic philosophical and Ayurvedic principles that have transformed her life.

As a former fashion publicist, she now uses her communication skills and love for Kranti Yoga to help with the development and growth of the Shala whilst visiting us often to deepen her own practice, knowledge and teaching skills and sharing this knowledge with the Kranti village community. - sat chit ananda

 

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 Lottie Ibberson-Scott

 

Lottie’s yoga journey began in her early teens, in her bedroom, with a book she stumbled across in the local bookstore. She’d never heard of yoga before finding the book, but was instantly grabbed by the fascinating Asana and Sanskrit. After nearly ten years of practice she decided to deepen her knowledge by attending her first teacher training course in 2012. Lottie attended the 500 hour Yoga Alliance Advanced Teacher Training course at Kranti Yoga in 2015 and has also completed teacher trainings with Manju Jois.

Lottie is truly passionate about Yoga and loves what she does; practicing, teaching, living and sharing this ancient science, believing yoga to be immensely transformative and healing for everyone. 

Now a full time yoga teacher, Lottie considers herself first and foremost a student and has maintained a strong, daily, dedicated Ashtanga Yoga practice for many years. With each year that passes, her love for the yoga grows, evolves and moves deeper and it’s this love for the practice has seen her travel to India several times, to study Yoga for extended periods of time, including at the KPJAYI Institute in Mysore, with Guru R.Sharath Jois.

 

Lottie now returns to Kranti Yoga this year to further extend her knowledge and pass on her vast experiences with others at the Shala

 

 Namaste

The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.

B.K.S Iyengar