Ashram Teaching Team

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Swami Nishchalananda
Supporting Swamiji, the ashram has a number of experienced, skilled and fully qualified teachers:

Swami Krishnapremananda has been living,practising, serving and teaching in the ashram since 1997. He is a senior resident teacher and director of the ashram's yoga teacher training course. His yogic understanding has gradually matured over the years through contact with inspirational teachers, combined with sustained and dedicated practice. Whilst living in the ashram, he has trained in many aspects of yogic study and practice, gradually deepening his capacities to deliver the teachings to others in a clear and accessible way. He regularly teaches both within and locally to the ashram and further afield on many aspects of yoga, for example, Mudra, Bandha, Chakras, Koshas, Meditation, Pranayama and the yogic texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and Vigyana Bhairava Tantra.
He is also a trained counsellor.

Nick Edge is a born seeker who brings a very meditative and reflective style to his practice and teaching. As a gyana yogi, his main path is gyana yoga (the path of reflection and insight). He has been fundamentally inspired by his time at Mandala Yoga Ashram under the direction of Swami Nishchalananda and through his contact with other inspiring teachers, and has now fully stepped into the role of teacher, guide and inspirer. He teaches in a clear and engaging way, which is liberally sprinkled with humour!  As his path has unfolded he has become more and more convinced that yoga and meditation, as a science of self-realization, need to be presented in the most accessible way possible for the modern age. This allows the incredible possibilities offered by these profound and inspiring practices to be fully available to all that seek for deeper understanding, regardless of their age, gender, background or tradition.

Maha Sattwa was drawn deeper into the many aspects of Yoga and Meditation about 20 years ago. She first came into contact with the Ashram in 2008 and was a student of Swami Pragyamurti in London for several years. Completing the Ashram’s 1-year Kriya Yoga course in 2012 catalysed a series of changes in her life which culminated in her moving to the Ashram in early 2013. She graduated as a yoga teacher from the Ashram's Yoga Teacher Training course and has was part of the Ashram tutor team on the subsequent 1-year Chakra Course  and the 2015-17 Yoga Teacher Training Course.
Through her ongoing immersion in ashram life, Maha Sattwa continues to grow and develop, allowing her to bring sound experience, compassion and sensitivity to her teachings which she skilfully conveys to students in a clear and uncluttered manner.
 

Reva has been living in the ashram since July 2015, and has graduated from the ashram's yoga teacher training course. She has followed the Siddha Yoga path for over 10 years, receiving Shaktipat initiation from her Guru, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda in 2007. Her daily life expresses a clear dedication to living the principles of spiritual life and she teaches weekly classes locally to the ashram as well as in the ashram itself. She runs the ashram gardens, and promotes ashram marketing, with clarity, compassion and humour. 
She has a background as an analytic psychotherapist and is also a shamanic practitioner having trained with The Sacred Trust for over 10 years, including being an initiate of the Path of Pollen. Since being in the ashram she has deepened her practice and understanding of the transformative aspects of spirituality and yoga.

Regular Visiting Teachers

Swami Gyan Dharma teaches regularly each year in the ashram, as well as giving ongoing spiritual guidance and teachings. He has been travelling, practising and teaching yoga for 40 years. Trained in India, his life and actions are rooted in a meditative connection with his inner being. The depth of his wisdom is conveyed through his teachings. Just being in his presence can catalyse transformation.

 

Swami Atma was introduced to Hatha Yoga 40 years ago and has been a serious Yoga practitioner for the past 20 years.  Before becoming a resident a Mandala Yoga Ashram in 2004, she was a member of the Dharma Centre under the guidance of Swami Dharmananda Saraswati.  At Mandala Yoga Ashram her guiding light has been Swami Nishchalananda Saraswati; and it was he who initiated her as a Swami in 2011. She is a qualified Yoga teacher (Mandala Yoga Ashram & British Wheel of Yoga) and has been teaching in the ashram, in Wales and in England for the past 10 years. Though she says everything is Yoga, she specialises in Yantra, Meditation and Yoga Nidra.

Dr. Hania Katarina Kramlund is a specialist in family and general medicine in Sweden and has a degree in orthopaedic medicine. She also studied acupuncture for 3 years in China and Japan. She has practised Yoga for many years, became a Yoga Teacher in 2002 and applies yogic techniques to her patients. At the moment, she is working in occupational medicine where she mainly treats patients affected by stress disorders.

 

Rajesh David is a devotional composer and singer with a background in Indian classical music. He is a warm and experienced teacher who gives seminars on Nada Yoga & classical yogic texts in the UK & abroad.