TEACHERS

We extend our deepest gratitude to all our teachers who have shared their knowledge and wisdom with us. Through EKA, we seek to spread their blessings and guidance.

Begin your yoga journey by consulting our experienced teachers.

Swami Yogaratna Saraswati 

With over 34 years of experience in practicing and teaching yoga from the tradition of Bihar School of Yoga (BSY), Swami Yogaratna Saraswati is a beacon of light for those on the path of meditation. She is known around the world for her talent in leading Yoga Nidra and other Meditations from the tantras, yoga therapy, yoga for children, the higher techniques of Chakra Sadhana, Kundalini yoga and many others, including satsangs (talks) and kirtans (group singing).

Her ashram in Gokarna called Shankar Prasad Foundation is the representation of her true spirit. With regular yoga and meditation classes open to anyone, an organic rice farm, an English medium primary school, 100% environmentally sustainable practices, and community projects across Gokarna such as dog sterilization, reforestation, and waste management – the ashram is an inspiring place to imbibe the true spirit of yoga. 

Born in Paris of Australian parents and raised in India, Swamiji studied art, education, and linguistics in India and Australia. After studying, working, and travelling, she committed her life to spiritual quest.

Sudeepta Shanbhag

Sudeepta began her yoga journey in her teens and has been teaching for over ten years. She studied with teachers in India and the US in different yogic traditions including Hatha, vinyasa, prop based, restorative and yin. She started Pranayama and Yoga Nidra practice about 15 years ago, and has completed Yoga Alliance certified 200 and 300 hour teacher training in the US under Kim Manfredi, a 200 hour training in Yoga Nidra under Swami Yogaratna Saraswati, and Level 1 and Level 2 training for teaching individuals with special needs. In addition to teaching Asana and Yoga Nidra classes to adults, she teaches yoga classes to children with special needs like cerebral palsy (improve mobility and strength), autism (motor skills, balance, changing behaviour patterns) and kids with cancer (pain relief, emotional resilience). She is a mother to energetic twin boys who help her appreciate the practice of sitting in stillness.

Sudeepta has a Masters in Biomedical Engineering and ten years of work experience in research and business analysis.


Priyanka Jain

Priyanka is the founder of Eka, and through the app she seeks to bring to the world the lesser known aspects of yoga such as Pranayama, Yoga Nidra and the numerous styles of Meditations from the Tantras. She plans, writes and curates the content in the Eka app, and is often the head behind the various sessions. She has practiced yoga for more than five years, and completed her 200 hours Teacher Training Course in 2019, and is a regular self-practitioner. Read her story here

Priyanka has a B.Tech from IIT Bombay, and an MBA from Judge Business School, Cambridge UK. Prior Eka, she has worked in analytics, business consulting, non-profits, and as a senior member in startups in the sustainability domain.

Bernie Gourley

He is a writer and yoga teacher (RYT-500.) While he holds graduate degrees in International Affairs and in Economics, in recent years he has focused on studying the science of improved mind / body performance. He teaches asana and pranayama as a means to better health, clarity, and emotional stability.

In a martial arts practice of over twenty-five years, he studied Japanese kobudo, muay-thai, kalaripayattu, and tai ji quan.

He is an American, but lived many years abroad in India and England, and has visited approximately 40 countries to date. His website can be found at: www.berniegourley.com