Sri Balmukund Singh Ji (India)
Guruji Bal Mukund Singh is very well known in the world of practicing and teaching yoga. He is a former student of Swami Dhirendra Brahmachari, the founder of the famous school of HaTha yoga in India. Guruji B.M. Singh is the successor of Brahmachari and continues his tradition, one that originated from the legendary Maharishi Kartikeyi who lived, according to legends, for about 300 years.
At the young age of 23 years old, B.М. Singh was personally selected by Swamiji Brahmachari from a group of more than 400 students to participate in a private mentorship. He spent two years studying with Swami, after which he began to teach on his own. B.М. Singh is still teaching today, not only in India but also around the world having traveled with seminars and workshops in more than 70 countries!
Now, B.M. Singh is the oldest and most respected teacher of the Delhi State Institute of Yoga (Moraiji Desai National Institute of Yoga) and has been the permanent coach of the Indian team for yoga sports for almost 15 years. He was the winner of the International Yoga-Sports Championship 3 times. To this day, Guruji BM Singh devotes most of his time to his students and he is the author of many yoga popularization programs in India. In addition to his efforts as a teacher, he still demonstrates an excellent yogic form – even passed the age of 60.
I was fortunate enough to have Guruji as my Teacher in the very beginning of my practice. He taught me the main lessons, including showing me the nature of Yoga and giving profound knowledge and understanding of the sacred techniques. Patient, Simple, Happy and Humble – this is how I will remember him.
Sw.Satyadharma Drbkdhaduk / Sw.Mangalteertham Saraswati (India)
In 1972 Sw. Satyadharma received the Sannyas initiation personally from enlightened master Osho in Mount Abu, India. He lived with master Osho until 1992. During this time he also was acquainted with Jiddu Krishnamurti as well as conducting spiritual practices with George Gurdjieff and Peter Uspensky (Russian philosophers/mystics). For a long time he was the dean of the agricultural program in the Anand Agricultural University (AAU) in India. To his students he is known to be an extraordinarily bright and kind person, as well as a guide to the world of dynamic meditation.
The feeling of pure joy never was leaving my heart when I was living and practicing next to the Swamiji. He opened for me completely different understanding of laugh, dance, trust and love. He gave me a Sannyas, name and taught me to celebrate every moment of Life!
Sw.Mangalteertham Saraswati is a respected and beloved teacher who teaches history, philosophy, anatomy and physiology of yoga and meditation. He received his spiritual name and his Karma Sanyasa from the famous Swami Satyananda Saraswati, whom he met in 1980. After 19 years, he accepted Purna (full) Sanyasa. During this period of time, he was engaged in research and the teaching of genetic mechanics and human engineering at Bihar University (India). From 2000 to 2005 he continued research work at the Charringrock School of Medicine, Cambridge and Royal Colleges (London). In 2005, he received a diploma in Quantum Medicine in Moscow. In honor of his teacher he founded the “SATYANANDA CENTER for Research and Therapy in Holistic Traditional Medicine” in India. In 2005 he was nominated by the Ministry of Health of India as a member of the expert committee for research in yoga at the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi. He is the author of several books and many studies in the field of yoga, which have brought him fame worldwide. At the young age of 70 years old, he is still an active member of the New York Academy of Science!
Swami gave me lessons of scientific side of meditation, deep understanding of Yoga Nidra and relaxation. Being in presence of his wise and gentle personality – a great gift.
Alex Nikitin / Artem Frolov / Ilya Juravlev / Sveta Ivankina (Russia)
Alexander Nikitin is the founder of the St. Petersburg Ashtanga Yoga Center.
He began his studies at the Morarji Desai National Yoga Institute, New Delhi. He studied in the tradition of Sivananda Yoga in the Vivekananda Yoga Therapy Institute (Tamil Nadu, India) under the guidance of Manusami Madavan and at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute with Sri K. Pattabhi Joice and Sharat Rangaswami.
He is currently practicing Kriya yoga in the tradition of Lahiri Mahasai (Guru Ji Shri Shailendra Sharma).
Artem Frolov is a cardiologist, yoga therapist, phytotherapist and reflexologist.
He has been practicing Hatha yoga since 1997 and teaching since 2003.
He is a leading teacher and the head of the course “Yogatherapy” (St. Petersburg, Russia). He teaches the training courses for aspiring yoga teachers at the St. Petersburg Ashtanga Yoga Center and the Yoga108 Center.
He is the author of the book “Herbs for Yogis”, as well as having numerous publications on the physiology of yoga, yoga and phytotherapy.
He is a chairman of the St. Petersburg Yoga Society.
Ilya Zhuravlev is a talented international yoga teacher. He mainly practices Kriya Yoga in the tradition of Lahiri Mahasai (Guru Shree Shilendra Sharma, Govardhan). He is a Certified Hypnotherapist and member of the Expert Council of the Association of Professional Regressologists (Russia).
He is co-founder of the “Yoga Center108” in Moscow and the online magazine “Wild Yogi”.
In 2011, together with M. Baranov, he organized an international Yoga-Rainbow festival. Since then they have successfully held 13 more festivals in Turkey, India and Russia.
Sveta Ivankina is a teacher of Hatha yoga. She is a specialist in the traditional physical education systems. Svetlana travels extensively and studies in India where she has gained experience in the practice and teaching of various yoga systems. Sveta has a very light and cheerful disposition, she endlessly inspires her students and gives her light and warmth in every class.
I am grateful to my teachers from Russia for a huge amount of knowledge, support and inspiration. After several years of practice, I realize how important and valuable their lessons were in order to form a solid foundation for my personal practice. Santosha, Tapas and Swadhaya have made sense to me because of them. They are my infinite inspiration.
Sw. Prem Adeh (Russia/India)
Adeh has lived and worked in India for 20 years. For the past 12 years he has led the Himalayan Zen School in Rishikesh and Dharamsala, India.
Prem Adeh started his practice at the age of 22 years old when he received initiation from Swami Maha Vishnu and studied the «expanded consciousness» meditation. A few years later he became a Christian ascetic and went on a retreat for two years in the Tien Shan mountains, practicing Hesychasm (from Greek “repose, silence.”).
Later while in a Zen monastery in France, he received the blessing to teach Zazen from Katya Koren Robel, President Soto Zen Buddhist Association.
I was living and working as assistant by his side in India. Swami taught me how to stay on the path of the spiritual practice while at the same time remaining grounded and aware in reality. In the massage lesssons he explained and showed to us what the healing touch and flow of energy really mean and how they can improve yoga practice, well being and health.
I bow to all great souls and teachers which I ever met in my life. Your knowledge, wisdom and kindness lightened My Way.
गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुर्गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः
गुरुरेव परं ब्रह्म तस्मै श्रीगुरवे नमः