Yoga Teacher's Team
SURYA SHIVJOT (E-RYT 500, MA, SME)
Surya is originally from Lapland and her passion for yoga led her to study across Europe and India. Through years of devotion to Vipassana Meditation, Kundalini Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and Somatic Movement, she connected deeper into the transformative potential that is contained within ourselves. Surya is a certified Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga teacher, KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher, Somatic Movement Educator, Community Educator and she holds an MA in Dance and Somatic Well-being. She studied Kundalini Yoga in Sahej Academy in the UK and Multi Style Yoga in Yoga Mystica in India and is grateful to share these profound sacred practices. Through her personal devotion to Yoga she has realized the many benefits, that has potential for physical, mental and spiritual change.
Surya imparts her passion for holistic wellbeing in her teachings where she seeks to inspire people to find their fullest potential and ability to gain self-responsibility, where the potential is rooted in ancient Yoga traditions. Happiness is our birthright and no matter what our background, age, state of health, or religion is, we are capable of finding our innate ability to uplift ourselves and recognise our awareness.
AMY SUZANNE (RYT 500)
Amy began her yoga journey at the tender age of sixteen, when she enrolled on a yoga course with her Mother. This seed of ‘yoga’ grew to fruition whilst she was living in Thailand and she began to practice Hatha yoga daily. As her practice grew, she found an inner peace and self-confidence that she felt compelled to share.
Working as a primary school teacher is when she first began to share her yogic teachings. Through her fun and dynamic yoga classes which are a combination of storytelling, asana, pranayama and mindfulness, she tries to instil a love of learning. She believes every child is unique and tries to create a safe and harmonious environment for children to share and learn together.
Amy eventually totally immersed herself into the ancient practice of yoga. Completing 500 hrs yoga training in India with Guru Mahi. There she found a new depth and desire to share her knowledge. She now combines her teaching skills with her yogic knowledge to teach both children and adults. Her interests lie in the meditative qualities of movement and yoga’s innate ability to heal and renew both the mind and the body. She aims to have her students leave her classes feeling centred and at peace as well as equipped with the confidence to empower their lives.
Amy teaches internationally; dividing her time between India and Thailand where she teaches at the various ‘Mahi Power Yoga Centers’. When in the United Kingdom she teaches hot Vinyasa yoga at the renowned British franchise ‘Hotpod Yoga West Wales’ as well as running her own Hath flow, Ashtanga and private Therapeutic Yoga sessions.
AKSHAY KOUSHAL (ERYT 500)
Akshay grew up in a small town in north India and he started practising yoga at an early age. He immerses himself in his yoga practice to retain some life balance and began devoting more and more of his time and energy to it.
As his passion became a calling he sought out Gurus and teachers throughout India. He studied yoga Asana and philosophy with monks at different ashrams in the Himalayas, Bihar and Rishikesh and slowly left the corporate world to take up yoga teaching as a full-time job. Ten years of self-practice and seven years of teaching experience makes him a strict teacher who pays a lot of emphasis on bio-mechanics of the body (the subtle movements of body parts) while performing an asana.
Akshay weaves this teaching style and bio-mechanics into his anatomy classes which are purely practical in nature. He aims to give students a firsthand experience of the physical and physiological impact of yoga Asanas. Not just muscles but the movement of Prana also has to be guided in yoga Asanas to move the flow of energy to higher psychic centers known as chakras according to Hatha yoga practice. He believes that proper application of bandhas and sub bandhas can bring about this movement which can be felt in yoga asanas.
Yoga according to Akshay is union, created through awareness which can be brought about by walking the path that the seers of the past described in the scriptures. The Limbs of ashtanga yoga are the torch bearers which guide the dedicated seeker to attain the true knowledge of the self.