Bend it like Buddha Yoga is an RYS 200 that offers yoga courses and retreats in a center adjacent to a stunning beach location in Algarve, Portugal, and India.
L. Farrah Furtado E RYT 500
L. Farrah Furtado is Canadian-Portuguese and is a Yoga Alliance E RYT 500 Ashtanga Vinyasa teacher, author of three spiritual best-selling award winning books, and director of Kaohsiung Yoga School and Bend it like Buddha Yoga in Portugal. She has lived in Asia for over 14 years, studying the healing arts in Buddhist monasteries in Taiwan, Balinese healing with energy healing masters in Ubud, and has trained in the traditional Ashtanga Vinyasa system and pranayama with BNS Iyengar, the lineage of Pattabhi Jois and Krishnamacharya in India. Farrah is a third degree Usui Reiki master.
Kanchen started practicing yoga two decades ago and has been teaching professionally for over 10 years, Kanchen has studied with many eminent teachers about asanas and adjustment and is well versed in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga and Hatha yoga. Kanchen has studied with Balaji Rao thombre and pranayama, mantra, mudra, and philosophy with Sri BNS Iyengar in Mysore. Kanchen has also won many prizes at district and state level competitions. She established and has been running successfully the BNS Iyengar Khrisnamacharya School in Mysore for over a decade.
Srimathy holds a post-graduate diploma in yoga studies from the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM). Srimathy Gopalakrishnan’s association with yoga began nearly 14 years ago. In 2003, after a long stint as a teacher in KYM, Srimathy began learning and practicing classic Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Having learned the ropes from Guruji Pattabhi Jois himself, now he is continuing to study with Shri Sharath Jois and Mrs. Sarashwathy.
Pujari is from Holland and teaches Osho meditation and gentle Hatha yoga. He also has been teaching permaculture and community self-sustainability for over 10 years. Pujari was first awakened to the yogic lifestyle in India in the 1960s and he has an enormous wisdom to share with everyone he meets regarding meditation, yoga, and self-community sustainability. His wisdom, energy, unique journey, and generosity are enormously inspiring.
Reshy has assisted and also led several 200-hour yoga teacher training programs in India and Thailand for different schools. She has registered her yoga school, Yoga Space, with Yoga Alliance and offers 200-hour yoga teacher training in Hatha and Vinyasa flow yoga. Reshy trained in the discipline of yoga under two very experienced teachers, Sujata Nerurkar and Dr. Renu Mahtani at Param Yoga, in Pune, India, where she completed her foundation in Hatha yoga teacher training and medical yoga therapy in 2011. She trained further in Vinyasa yoga, prenatal yoga, science of pranayama, and Viniyoga.
Monika first came in contact with Thai yoga massage in 2008 when she took her first Thai yoga massage training with Cyriac at the Thai Yoga Massage School in Bangaluru. Even though she had a successful 15 years of high flying career in the consulting sector, she aspired for a vocation where she would be able to help people find a better quality of life. Her friends and surroundings helped her understand some things about her being a “person-of-touch”. This bought her to learn about Thai yoga massage in 2012 and her journey as an alternative healer started.
For any student who is truly interested in learning Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and learning all the philosophies and interconnected practices such as Pranayama, Mudra, etc., Sri BNS Iyengar is a gem. Sri BNS Iyengar is “the last link to the real deal”. He is the oldest living teacher of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. He carries an authenticity that comes with his age, background, and lifelong dedication to yoga. At the age of 87 he continues to conduct his classes daily with passion, humor, and inspiration at Mysore Krishnamacharr Yoga Shala.
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