Hugo (Owner & Co-founder)
Namaste I am Hugo (Hartaj), a Yoga Teacher, trained under Master Teachers from ‘The Yoga Institute’ in Bombay (which is the Oldest organized Yoga Institute in the world, established in 1918). Trained in the original, classical & the most authentic form of Yoga (completed in 2015). I am a certified RYT 900 Classical Yoga Teacher.
Since then I have been learning & practicing Iyengar Yoga from Iyengar Master Teachers namely Rajiv & Swati Chanchani (Yog Ganga, Dehradun); many months with Usha Devi (Omkarananda Patanjala Yoga Kendra, Iyengar Yoga Centre, Rishikesh), also have spent a month learning & practicing at the RIYMI, Pune, The Mecca of Iyengar Yoga.
Last year in Dec 2018, did a month long Backbend Intensive, with Iyengar Master Teacher Pankaj Sharma (from Germany).
I modify my classes to match the practitioner’s needs, strengths and physical challenges. My classes combine a blend of styles and techniques, including Iyengar, Hatha flow, Vinyasa, Yin & Restorative. I emphasize on alignment and strength, as well as bringing students into the restorative nature of asana. Which means to learn & remember to breathe consciously all throughout your asana practice; and then with the breath taking the awareness inside to different parts of the body; thus making your asana practice, Meditative in Nature.
I am a firm believer in living up every moment of life through cultivated mindfulness and throwing yourself into new experiences that challenge your personal growth. Travel, fun, and self love through training your body, mind and spirit are vital aspects of mine.
My Journey into practicing Yoga began after leading a very stressful corporate work life in Canada, which brought me closer to an early burn out. This led me to question deeply ‘What is it, that is most important to me’. It moved me entirely to follow and continue on my Spiritual Path, which has been with me since early childhood and possibly from past lives.
Yoga to me is about exploring, learning more about yourself and truly understanding the universal connection we all have to each other. The most exciting and inspiring part of my practice is being able to share my experience with others, either through teaching asanas or meditation or talking about philosophy on how to fully live your life or taking a step back to allow myself to learn from students.
Couple of my favourite sayings about Yoga is that,
“Yoga is not about touching your toes but about what you learn on the way down”.
“Its not about how flexible you become in your body, what matters is how flexible you become in your mind, the approach to life, embracing change & how quickly you can come back to your balance.”
As a lover of life, health and happiness; my goal as a Yoga Teacher is to guide my students towards a deeper level of physical fitness, mental peace and healthy lifestyle.
(The Divine in Me BOWS to the Divine in You)
Namaste I am Ayesha, a Yoga Instructor, trained in India under Master Teachers from ‘The Yoga Institute’ in Bombay (which is the Oldest organised Yoga Institute in the world, established in 1918). I am a qualified RYT 900 Classical Yoga Teacher.
“You are where you are, of course with memories of the past and dreams for the future, but this present is the moment that is” and Yoga confirms this belief of mine.
Growing up in many cities of India, studying in the US, returning back and working in Chennai, India and spending a little time in France left me with many diversified experiences. Questioning my limitations and social norms became second nature. Somewhere the question “who am I” became a constant echo within me.
My experiments with food, lifestyle, traveling, dualities and the mind-body-soul took priority. As this journey commenced I encountered, what still seems like my greatest loss, my mother’s rapid death. It imbalanced me but also gave me a great insight into the process of dying, and the fragility and importance of LIFE. The fear of death left me, for it already took what was most sacred to me. Yoga has taught me to regain balance and to accept the PRESENT as it is.
Yoga is experiential, it is your own connection with your true self and in this great circle of life, where all are teachers and all are students, I open my heart space to share and exchange my experiences and learnings with all those who may be interested.