Banjaara Yoga & Ayurveda

Banjaara School of Yoga & Ayurveda offers internationally recognized 200-hour yoga teacher training and continuing education program certified by Yoga Alliance.

Yoga Retreats 9

Instructors 4

Jose Marquina

After teaching in North America, the UK, and taking part as a leading teacher in Hatha and pranayama in yoga teacher trainings in India, Jose realized the need for a new understanding of teaching for the modern yoga students, where the original values of yoga would not be compromised by the new learning tools and trends. His understanding about yoga has led him to conduct classes that are a perfect blend between traditional Hatha and modern Vinyasa, with a strong focus on alignment and mindful breathing. In his classes, he strives to find the balance to challenge the mind and body.

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Yoga)

Madhura Bhagwat

Madhu is from a Hindu, from a Brahmin family. Therefore, yama, niyama, and mantra chanting have been part of her daily life. She has a wide experience of practicing with the best traditonal Indian and Western yoga teachers. ​While working as a leading Ashtanga Vinyasa and yogic philosophy teacher in the teacher trainings in North America and the Indian subcontinent, she then realized how necessary it is to bring back the true meaning of what yoga really is, the perfect union between body, mind, soul and the Panchamahabhutas.

Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)

Dr. Arun Sharma

B.A.M.S (Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery), Dip. Panchakarma, Fellowship in Clinical Research, an expert Ayurvedic Physician who belongs to a family lineage of Ayurvedic doctors and Sanskrit scholars.He Completed his B.A.M.S from Shree Laxmi Narayan Ayurveda College, Amritsar. In addition to his formal education, he gained extensive practical knowledge from his Grandfather’s Ayurvedic practice and several other Vaidyas. Dr. Arun Sharma is one of the most respected Ayurvedic doctors in India and a reference in Ayurvedic education in North India.

Yesenia Hernandez

Yesenia is an internationally trained and traveling yoga teacher from the USA. She began her yogic journey in 2000 as a way to calm her mind and anxiety through movement and meditation. In 2013, she was certified in the Sivananda yoga tradition and has since completed a variety of trainings ​with teachers like Mark Stephens, Max Strom, Shiva Rea and David Keil. Having an extensive background in the medical field as a surgical assistant and massage therapist, her love and knowledge of the human body has allowed her to dive deep into yogic anatomy.

(Sivananda Yoga)

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Yoga)

Reviews 5


from Norway, November 2017

Melina Miquel

from New Zealand, May 2018

"A very complete and balanced course"

I didn't have expectations before the start of this course. I just read the descriprion without even having a look at the reviews, which I probably should've, but to say that it went above anything I could've thought of it is not enough. The knowledge of the teachers was surprising, the balance between the topics was perfect, the philosophy behind the practice blew our minds, the logic of the anatomy behind the postures, the meditation and breathing techniques challenged us until we became obsesed with them. If you want to have a very good starting point into the ongoing journey of becoming a Yoga Teacher, I would highly recommend this course. And just be there, take it all in and then take everything you learn into your daily life, after all yoga is so much more than what you do on the mat. Namaste

Elis Liivo

from Estonia, October 2017


If you want to be faster, stronger, smarter than go for it! Teaches us to have discipline over ourselves and ensures growth in yoga practice. You get honest feedback. You can use your creativity in the tasks (in teaching, creating classes). All the teachers work with a mission to give the best out of 200 h!

I am very grateful! And time flies very fast, if you have fun! :)


from Netherlands, November 2017

Die Kursleiter haben Respekt und Disziplin eingefordert, was einen geordneten Ablauf der Lektionen führte. Jedes Thema wurde sehr genau und gut erklärt.

Obwohl ich schon 60 Jahre bin, hat es mir sehr grossen Spass gemacht.

Mein Ziel war, endlich mehr Hintergrund Wissen über oder vom Yoga zu erfahren,

was vollumfänglich gestillt wurde. Ich war am richtigen Ort und bedanke mich für

die tolle Erfahrung. Madhura und Jose haben uns sehr gut unterrichtet.

Testimonials 5

a traveller

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I joined TTC 100hrs in Dharamsala. It was a great decision I made to join this course at Banjaara yoga. Needless to say, Asana and Pranayama practice was all great and I learned so many things and tips. What I loved was the details and their passion to preserve and teach traditional yoga. I wish I could joined 200hrs though it was impossible concerned my job. But I really glad my finally joining this. This experience was totally life changing one. Many people mentioned here that Madhura and Jose are strict. Yes, they are but with great passion and love to teach and share with you as much as they can. I would say that it is not easy to find teachers like them.

I especially liked Mantra chanting class with Madhura. I personally liked her way to chant Mantra and really made me interest to learn more about it. She gave us meaning of each Mantra and proper Sanskrit pronunciation which is very important and I guess not all yoga places could offer this to you. Even during asana class, she kept teaching us Asana with Sanskrit name of it. In the end we all appreciated her using Sanskrit repeatedly and now we memorized Asana in both English and Sanskrit. Before I had no idea what Mantra is and why we chant this before and after each classes. Now I know and even chant whenever I feel unstable or when need a concentration.

Jose’s class I felt was a calm and constant flow class which I liked and I will definitely follow his way. You will be given assignments during course. It sounds impossible and you might feel depressed. But think, they know this is tough. They know this is something. Know this is very short term to learn everything. Just do what you can do. I am sure we all appreciate what they have shared with us here in the end. Thank you Madhura and Jose.

Dora Dunatov

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Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times." Driven by Aeschylus's quote, in February 2018 I decided to enroll 25 days of 200-hour yoga teacher training in Thailand (Phuket). To be honest, I was looking for a yoga school in a rush, restricted by my visa length. The options were either too expensive or had bad reviews, plus most of them did not fit my schedule. As an amateur yoga practitioner, my motivation was primarily to learn more about personal yoga practice, which is why I have chosen multistyle yoga training, and the certificate to teach was a pretty convenient bonus.

Even though there was scepticism about giving rather big amount of money to some random foreign school, in the end the risk was taken.

Fortunately, my choice was one of the best risks I have ever taken. Banjaara & Ayurveda School is led by two amazing teachers, knowledgable, patient, strict, but kind, a young couple that cares about their students, whether it is about their wellbeing, whether it is about taking in as much knowledge as possible or carefully listening to various student's desires. Always ready to answer and explain, never losing the honest fire to teach. It is worth mentioning that Madhura brings an insider view of the place where yoga originated, while Jose can give you an insight on foreigner experience with yogic practice. Both of them are capable of keeping the attention in such a way that you don't even notice 2 or more hours have already passed. That is, however, extremely important in exhaustive tempo of really busy 4 week schedule.

Carefully chosen space for trainings, as well as food and accommodation programs - in my case, they met expectations. Combine the former with amazing company, and now precious colleagues, my February was one unforgettable experience full of beautiful moments, strong motivation, burst of knowledge and changing perspectives. Looking forward to their 500 hours YTT, I hope, in near future. Madhura and Jose, thank you again! Lots of love from Croatia

Ruth Jardine

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Completed my 200 TTC in Goa in Nov 2017. I now have the fundamentals to carry out my own daily practice and to teach others. Madhura and Jose have a wealth of knowledge they try their best to impact on every student. The teaching is authentic and traditional. The location is perfect, across the road from the beach. The experience will stay with me for life. Namaste

Taylor Reed

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This is my review on the 200Hr YTT that i did in Goa, India with the most amazing yoga teachers ive had the honor of meeting .My experience was nothing short of amazing with the vibrant life in Goa and the Yogic life style i was living. With the help of my teachers i really opened up my Yoga body and with time became more in tune with myself and my being. This incredible course really has changed my life in ways only Banjaara Yoga and Ayurveda school could .. Their impact on my life will be with me forever. I cannot thank these amazing souls enough for this experience and knowledge ive gained! Shanti Shanti Shanit ..Bless. Namaste

Ellen Dieden Sandell

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I attended the 200h training in Dharamsala, October 2017. Madhura and José are very dedicated teachers and really care for the students to learn as much as possible during the training. I think it is only after the training that I have realized how well we were taught, and I am very grateful for that! Especially the traditional aspects of yoga and the importance of correct alignment in asana practice, which I find to be so helpful both in my own practice and when teaching. The training was very intense both physically and intellectually but I loved every second of it. It was an amazing experience to be in this yoga bubble for one month together, and with great people from all over the world as well! We were constantly challenged on many different levels and I really learned a lot, about the many aspects of yoga and also about myself. However I found the training and teachings to sometimes be too strict and traditional, and whether that suits you is something to take into consideration when choosing your TTC. I arranged my own food and accommodation during the training and was very happy with that decision. There are many nice guesthouses and restaurants in the area. Bhagsu is a very beautiful place with a chill atmosphere!

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