India has long been the breeding grounds for mythical yogi’s. From mythical powerhouses like Vishwamitra and Valmiki to orange-clad entrepreneurs like Baba Ramdev; you can find a self-proclaimed ‘Yogi’ anywhere and everywhere in this country.
With so many phony, or even under-trained yoga trainers in the population, it’s very difficult to separate trained experts from amateurs. To help you out with this problem, Fitato brings you a list of top of the class Yoga Instructors of Pune, that helps you pick and choose the best Yogis!
Deepti Rajpal – Power of Yoga
“Power of Yoga helps people to live their life healthy and feel good about themselves. At the age of 17 I started to do power yoga and today I feel blessed to be introduced to power yoga. I not only lost oodles of weight but it was a turning point in my life in all aspects physically, mentally and spiritually.
I started to teach Power Yoga at an early age. To begin with, I took training under gurus and thus, trained for their respective institutes. I also provided my training at various gyms, spas, hotels and now I conduct my classes in my personal classes as well. I have trained in aerobics for years, practiced kickboxing, a certified instructor from Leena Mogre’s institute in aerobics, weight training, dietitian, and nutrition. Then I Studied from Shri Yogendraji Yoga Institute in Santacruz where I learned yoga in deep, this was a true intro to yoga.”
Needless to say, Deepti is one of the foremost Yoga instructors in the city. She not only has credible degrees, but she has also studied the yogic arts among yoga gurus that gave her the kind of training that is hard to get elsewhere.
Kadam Vikram – Brahmasmi Yoga Institute and Research Centre
Vikram was born and grew in the arms of nature-rich Konkan before moving to the city of Peshwas, Pune, where he pursued his MBA in HR from Symbiosis Institute of Business Management Pune. Soon after he was chosen by John Deere, a world admired American corporate in Pune for whom he continues to work full time since 2010. He presently is the Admin and Facilities Manager of the company.
Submitting himself to various forms of Yoga he also learned and started practicing the world famous “Bikram Yoga”, a very disciplined and demanding Yoga practiced in a Hot and Humid studio.
Yoga helped him shed off 18 Kgs. Vikram didn’t stop here. He went to the USA in April 2014 and completed one of the toughest Teachers training at Bikram Yoga college there. since then he is fulfilling his new pursuit in life …teaching Yoga to many and as many he can. He has been teaching at Bikram Yoga Centres in India and additionally free of charges wherever else he can, to Senior Citizens, Children and the underprivileged.
Vikram believes in the magical powers in people practicing his chosen sequence of Asanas, liberating the hidden energy within. He derives his purpose in seeing his students healed and happy.
Vikram is the inspirer and co-creator of Brahmasmi Yoga Institute and Research Centre In Pune, India where he teaches Yoga helping his students thereby to learn the artful alignment of body, mind, and soul
We welcome you to experience early sparks in you of the amazing energy within, which his Yoga sessions awaken in you!
Kranti – O Yoga Universal
Kranti has 15+ years of experience as a Yoga Instructors. She has learned the art of Yoga from Yoga Vidya Dham, Nasik and from Pune University. She has also done Naturopathy from Yoga Vidya Dham, Nasik. Kranti also had the good fortune of studying Medical Yoga Therapy from Dr. Gore of Kaivalyadham, Lonavala. She is also a certified Aerobics Instructor. She holds an M.Com degree from Pune, University.
Kranti has vast and varied experience in teaching Yoga. Her client list includes very well-known companies in Pune like Bajaj Auto Ltd., Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences, Thyssen Krupp Ltd., Army Sports Institute, MindTree Ltd., Clarion Technology, Magarpatta City, JW Marriott to name a few.
Kranti’s classes are powerful and dynamic, with a focus on alignment and with detailed instructions. Her other specialties include various workshops on Meditation, Pranayama, and Yoga for pregnant women.
Rinul Pashankar – Aerial Yoga
You can learn this art of getting a healthy body & mind under the guidance of Rinul Pashankar! Trained in Iyengar and Sivananda yoga, traditional forms of this ancient exercise that goes back several ages, Rinul was first introduced to this concept in New York. A multifaceted person, she learnt aerial yoga or anti gravity fitness as it is popularly known as in Hong Kong and then decided to take yoga to another level by bringing this innovative technique to Pune!
A combination of traditional yoga poses with the use of a hammock, aerial yoga defies gravity and allows you to perform various yoga poses to explore, refine, and advance traditional asana, both in the air and on the ground. Uniquely developed for beginners through all levels of experience.
Zahabbiya – Y’Phoria Yoga
Zahabbiya started practicing Yoga in 2011. In order to deepen her knowledge, she joined & completed 2 Yoga Teacher training courses based on the principles of Bihar School of Yoga & Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute. She is a Certified RYT-200 Hrs Yoga Teacher from Yoga Alliance.
As the commitment and dedication to her practice grew, so did her desire and urge to share the benefits with others. Zahabbiya slowly started to assist her students and guide them with her experience to become committed and to practice yoga independently. Yoga has helped Zahabbiya in many ways, not just physically but also in her lifestyle. She is happy to share the benefits and joy of yoga with anyone who is keen to practice with her.
With classes running in Pune and Singapore both, Zahabbiya truly takes a multi-cultural multi-national approach towards teaching yoga to her students. Her popularity can be seen bubbling out of the reviews that her students and customers give her on her Facebook page and website. She takes it a step even further by selling yoga related goods that better help her customers live their lives better. A must try for any yoga aspirer.
“After having worked in the Corporate World for the last 15 years in the Finance Industry I decided to give up my salaried assignments to pursue my passion in Fitness and Dancing.
I have been a Kathak Dancer since I was 4 years old having completed my degree from Prayag Sangeet Samiti, Allahabad Gharana. The last 6 years I have been a Salsa Dancer (social) after completing my training under Irisha Poonawalla one of the leading salsa dancers in the country.
I have been practicing Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga for the last 8 years and I am a Hatha Yoga student from Kaivalyadham Institute, a 90-year-old Yoga Institute affiliated to Pune University.
I not only teach Yoga and Pranayam but also am trained in Shuddhi Kriyas ( cleansing processes). I am also trained to heal people or give therapeutic solutions for various injuries and other health-related problems like Obesity, Migraine, Cervical injuries, Lumber injuries etc.
I am a Certified Zumba Instructor and a member of the prestigious Zumba Instructor Network (ZIN) which provides me with their latest choreographies and music and keeps me updated with additional knowledge.
I also give personal training in Functional Fitness which are mainly high-intensity bodyweight exercises.
I was teaching Power Yoga at Gold’s Gym, NIBM Road 4 years ago.”
Partner at “The Dance Floor”, Dance studio based in Pune, I undertake Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga (Power Yoga) and Functional Fitness batches.
Regular Zumba batches at The Dance Floor, MJK Studio and other events on request from societies and clubs. She also worked with Multifit as an instructor.
With a very wide network of working in multiple fitness interests, Swaty comes with a ton of experience and knowledge in various fitness forms. We wouldn’t have done justice to this list without including her in it!
With articles like these, Fitato strives to bring to you the best upcoming and already established fitness studios and personalities that deserve the limelight for all that they have done for Pune and the fitness scene in India. Do check out the app for more such people and studios.
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