Since Yogini Gopika was a young girl she was in love with the deep beauty and peace found in Nature. For her life was always full of magic and mystery. Upon getting her first “real job” after college, she can remember thinking with a feeling of longing for something greater, “there must be more to life than this”. Upon discovering yoga everything transformed and she made a swift exit from mainstream society in search of life’s true meaning. Her journey back to herself had begun.
After teaching yoga in New York City for about a year she journeyed to India. She spent the better part of 10 years in Vrindavan, the land of Lord Krishna, where every step is a dance and every word is a song. It is here that she fell in love with the culture of bhakti and where she found her spiritual home. Her life fell into a rhythm with the Universe and the Divine. Everything became spiritualized as living in this ancient holy place brought about purification of the heart. This time period taught many lessons and gave much spiritual strength.
Ayurveda, the art of living in exquisite balance, taught her much about herself and her beloved nature. Becoming an Ayurvedic Practitioner was a natural compliment to her yogic lifestyle. Finally ready to share her wisdom she has been teaching Ayurveda and Yoga through lectures and teacher trainings both at home and abroad. All this time she was practicing Tantra, intuitively weaving together spiritual practices with life to create a more boundless and fearless existence. Her purpose has always been intuitively Tantric – to expand and move beyond limitations to bring out her fullest potential and use her gifts to inspire others to do the same.
She became a certified Tantra Yoga teacher through the tradition of Nepalese Tantra under the guidance of Yogi Prakash at Shanti Yoga Ashram, Nepal – the land of Tantra itself. Since then she has been working by his side to develop the ashram and has been co-teacher in three successful teacher trainings so far. It is her greatest joy to share the light and love that yoga has to offer with other spiritual seekers and inspire them deeply to make real change in their life; so they may embrace a yogic lifestyle that is in harmony with themselves and the world around them. Hari Om Tat Sat.
Yogini Gopika, ERYT, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Tantra Yoga Teacher, is ready to guide you to uncover your own power and unique gifts. With more than 16 years of teaching and coaching experience; she possesses effective methods and tools to help you bring your life into alignment. While living mostly in India, she has developed the intuition and insight necessary to create inner transformation. Whether you desire radiant health, material abundance, deep intimacy or spiritual awakening; Gopika can act as a catalyst on your path of becoming who you are meant to be in this life.
Certifications: Tantra Yoga Teacher Training 500 Hours, Shanti Yoga Ashram Nepal (Yogi Prakash), Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hours, Atmananda Yoga Center NYC, Hatha Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hours, Integral Yoga Institute NYC - Yoga Alliance Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, American Institute of Vedic Studies (Dr. David Frawley), Maharishi Ayurveda Practitioner Training/ Apprenticeship, Harit Spa Madrid Spain (Pilar Franco)
Growing up in a traditional Indian family he has a strong foundation of spiritual practice from childhood. His mother is a Yogi, which influenced the whole family to understand the 8 limbs of yoga and also the practice of them. He grew up in Rishikesh, also called the capital of Yoga, this is a very spiritual place situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, with the holy River Gangaji giving high spiritual energy to everyone around.
Growing up he wanted to be an engineer and therefore pursued and completed a polytechnic diploma with the vision of finishing an electrical engineering degree. While studying the diploma his mother influenced him with her journey within Yoga. So, when the choice was there to be made, he switched his path into Yoga and enrolled into a 2-year long journey of working and attending classes at Rishikesh Yog Peeth in India. Her he was trained in Hatha and Ashtanga rooted in traditional style of Ghatastha Yoga (Kriya, Mudra, Bandha) as well as in Anatomy, Pranayama, Meditation, intention-setting. Trained to see the individual student, to be able to give the best variations to the specific individual. A lot of focus on adjustment to enhance the student’s alignment. After finishing the 2 years training Rishikesh Yog Peeth send him to his first teaching job in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India. After Darjeeling he returned to the school to teach drop-in classes in Rishikesh. Then he got a job teaching at a YTT in South Goa, India, which lead to a connection to us here at Shivalaya Yoga Ashram. Aman is teaching Hatha, Anatomy and Ashtanga with us.
Certifications: Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hour, Yog Peeth Rishikesh - Yoga Alliance, Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training 300 Hour, Yog Peeth Rishikesh - Yoga Alliance
A spiritual seeker, Yoga practitioner and teacher with years of experience learning & practicing Yoga under revered masters Like Swami Veda from Himalyan tradition, Swami Yogananda saraswati from siddha hatha yoga tradition, who raised him and initated into yogic path, Kriya yoga tradition and numerous other Masters and yogis of Himalayas; he enjoys giving the knowledge he has gained to others. He strives to spread the true wisdom for peace, joyful and harmonious living through the practical teachings of yogic science.
Certifications: Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training 200 Hour - Yoga Alliance, Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training 300 Hour - Yoga Alliance