Dr. Sushil Yogi
(Patanjali Ashtanga Yoga, Traditional Hatha Yoga, Pranayama-Meditation Teacher)
Dr. Sushil Yogi is a highly experienced and educated yoga practitioner who loves to share his knowledge with others. He is the founder and Lead Trainer of Chandra Yoga International. A native of India, Dr. Sushil was born and raised in Haridwar, along with the banks of the sacred Ganges River. Yoga has been a part of his life from a very young age, as it was studied in his very traditional primary education of Gurukulam. Gurukulum (children’s school) is based on an Indian tradition of education which puts emphasis on ancient scriptures such as the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Geeta and Yoga Sutra, as well as Sanskrit Literature. Every day, the young students are taught to meditate, practice yoga, and participate in traditional fire ceremonies (Yagya). While other peers decided to go on to pursue other career paths, Dr. Sushil’s love of yoga persisted, and he continued on with his Yogic Studies at the University level.
Dr. Sushil’s credentials include a Ph.D. (Doctorate) in yoga philosophy, 2 year Master’s Degree in Human Consciousness and Yoga Science (M.Sc.), a one year Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga, a one year Diploma in Vedic Karmkand (Vedic rituals) and a 3 year Bachelor Degree in Science from Gurukul Kangri University, in Haridwar, India.Additionally, he joined many national and international seminars, conferences and published 2 research books.
Learning the traditional art of yoga and meditation with great Himalayan masters such as Swami Ramdevji, Swami Ved Bharti Ji, Dr. Ishwar Bhardwaj Ji, Dr. Surakshit Goswamiji and other western teachers inspired Dr. Sushil to continue to spread the joy of yoga to others. He began teaching yoga in 2003 to private clients. In 2006, he began facilitating yoga retreats and workshops in the USA, UK, Europe, Asia, and Japan. After returning to India in 2013, he felt the need to bring his knowledge to the many aspiring spiritual seekers who visit India each year and began the yoga teacher training program.
Students appreciate his unique style of yoga asana teaching, which is filled with uplifting energy, fusing yogic and modern scientific knowledge with his genuine loving nature and sense of humor. Dr. Sushil’s favorite subject to teach is Meditation and Pranayama, and he spends time outside of classes discussing the practice of meditation with students interested in learning more about it. His teaching blends the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali with Chakra-based philosophy, describing how we can eliminate suffering in our lives and cope with the human condition. His unique teaching style brings the ancient practices of yoga into a modern perspective, providing techniques for students to practice traditional Indian yoga in a way that is applicable to their lives today.
(Traditional Hatha & Ashtanga Yoga Teacher)
Sandy has been with Chandra Yoga International since 2014. She is a devoted yogini in the traditions of Classical Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa. She has dedicated her life and work to train people to become mindful yoga instructors and how to deepen their own practice. Students have often said they can see yoga in every aspect of her life. Sandy believes yoga should be accessible to all people, and she demonstrates this in her welcoming classes by offering the use of props along with many variations. She has shared her knowledge and passion for yoga in USA, India, Laos, and Mongolia. Students enjoy her balanced way of calming and challenging them in class, always giving time to appreciate the gift of breath. Her background as a leading health professional allows her to apply and explain the health benefits of yoga scientifically and to a high level. She has also spent time deepening his own practice in the Shala of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India.
(Traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa & Hatha Yoga Teacher)
Aravind is a serious practitioner and yoga instructor in the traditions of Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa. He has been practicing yoga since the age of 15 when he attended a 1-month yoga course with his father at Isha Yoga Foundation in Tamil Nadu, India. Since then he has studied with and has infinite gratitude for his teachers: Vijay Amar, Vari Morales, Kura, and also Ajay Kumar. Students have said that he has a keen eye for noticing alignment, corrections, and how to strengthen and deepen their practice. Aravind empowers people to develop their self-practice and become understanding teachers, so his training extends far beyond just one month of a YTTC and follows them throughout life.
Through your classes I can feel my body, my structure, muscles, and how to control it. Many times people forget how to do this, how to engage. Now I’m concentrating my mind to control my body. I’ve learned how to live in the moment by doing asanas and feeling the celebration of life through our temple (body). Your classes give me a pace that I don’t usually have in my self-practice, so you teach me another more calming and relaxing way to experience new asanas, with correct postures. I appreciate your old soul in a young body” -Calixto, California, USA. Jan 2017
Siddhartha Veer, born in a traditional Indian family, grew up around the temples and ashrams of great sage Neem Karoli Baba. These ashram visits and wandering in Himalayan foothills gave him the deep spiritual understanding of the ancient Vedic wisdom.
As a result of his past and present life Samskaras, he had many opportunities to meet masters in the Yogic and the Vedantic traditions and still continues to. Among these masters whom he had met, M.M Swami Veda Bharati has caught his attention. Swami Veda was a great Vedic Scholar of this century. Siddhartha Veer has lived in his presence for some years studying Yoga, Vedanta and practicing many methods of meditation. His interest grew deeper in the art of Yoga and meditation which lead him to take Deeksha(initiation) from Swami Veda Bharati and live in Rishikesh by Mother Ganga to further Self-Realisation.
Siddhartha Veer comes from a tourism background. Rishikesh being the capital of Yoga has inspired him to teach Yoga Philosophy, Meditation, Pranayama and meditative chants. Through his intuitive insight and style of teaching, he takes his students to a different level of understanding which shows his dedication towards Yoga. As his master has said to many- “The world has a misery, the world has suffered. Do what you can, to reduce the pain. Do what you can, to soothe their minds.”
He is a yoga practitioner and a socialist has learned yoga from famous yoga institute “kaivalyadhama” Lonavla, Pune. He has been practicing yoga since soon after finishing his school. He has worked with many yoga organizations like “Aatm Yogashala” and “International Vedic Yoga Center”. A social firm NGO “Happy Faces Foundation” actively involved into the causes of providing better child education and complete overall welfare is running under his loving guidance since 2013, in the area of Rishikesh. He is dynamically working to spread the fundamentals and basics of yoga with the foundation of a yoga school in Rishikesh.
Deepak is an inspiring teacher, and blends classical Hatha Yoga adapted for all levels with vinyasa yoga to make classes fun, challenging and inspiring. He connects with each and every student and his warm, open demeanor allow him to really see what each student needs.
(Ayurveda, Anatomy and Philosophy Teacher)
Dr. Vineet is a highly qualified Ayurvedic medical therapist. He received his Ayurvedacharya (B.A.M.S) Degree, in medical science, from Gurukul Medical College, Haridwar, India. He is certified in Yoga and has also participated in the International Ayurveda and Panchkarma Congress, in New Delhi.
He has an experience in designing formulas of Ayurvedic/herbal drugs/medicine as well as knowledge for the treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes, joint pains, obesity and skin disorders.
(Hatha & Shivananda Yoga Teacher)
Mimo was born in Chiba, Japan. She completed a 200-hour Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training course at the Neyyar Dharm, Kerala, India. Following this experience, Mimo continued her yoga education with the Maharishi Yoga Vihar foundation in Rishikesh, India, earning her 500-hour certificate. Additionally, Mimo completed a three-month yoga and meditation course with Kaivalyadham, in Lonavala, India. She also continued her education with a month intensive higher level meditation course in Thailand.
Since completing her yoga education, Mimo has been teaching meditation, yoga, and Philosophy. She has hosted yoga retreats, workshops, and teacher training courses in Japan, India, and Hawaii since 2007. In 2009, Mimo joined Chandra Yoga International as a teacher of Sivananda and Hatha Yoga. Our students love Mimo’s classes because of her calm demeanor and ability to help students to “feel” each asana as they perform it. We are very pleased to have Mimo as part of our teaching staff at Chandra Yoga.
“The meaning of our self is not to be found in its separateness from God and others, but in the ceaseless realization of yoga, of union”