Yoga TTC in Dharamsala
Yoga TTC in Rishikesh


Experienced, friendly teachers make all the difference in a TTC program.
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Pankaj Seth, Program Director and Head Teacher (E-RYT 200), (RYT 500)

Pankaj began his study of yoga at the age of 13 in his hometown, the holy city of Varanasi, and began teaching yoga at age 15. Pankaj has competed in numerous yoga competitions, in which contestants demonstrate their skill in asana (postural alignment) and transitions. In 2003 and 2006, he won the Yoga Championships in Varanasi held by the All India Cultural Association. Pankaj teaches Hatha Yoga, inspired by the Bihar School, with focus on adjustments, allowing students to experience postures past their pre-conceived limits. He began working with westerners in 2003 and has gained deep insight into the typical blockages and imbalances of the modern western body and how to bring balance back.

Emma Bird, Yoga Teacher

Emma Bird fell in love with the practices of yoga asana 7 year ago. Emma has over the years accumulated a deep of knowledge of anatomy and physiology. She is a qualified personal trainer and versed with sports massages as well . She has taught her specialised subjects in colleges and is now teaching hot pot vinyasa flow and hatha yoga in uk to help others lead a happier and healthier life style.

Dr. Usha Dobhal, Meditation & Spiritual Counseling

Renowned spiritual teacher and healer, Usha Dobhal, founded and currently directs a meditation and healing center in Dharamsala (Buddha Hall Holistic Healing & Teaching Center). She regularly travels throughout India and Europe to conduct workshops on healing, meditation, and self-empowerment. Usha completed her post-graduate degree in Alternative Medicine, Naturopathy, & Energetic Mastery. In her teachings, she combines Eastern spiritual wisdom with her knowledge of Western remedy treatments.

Suann Polverari, (E-RYT 200), (RYT 500) Meditation, Belly Dance and Arthritis Exercise Teacher

I’ve always been a student of yoga (the physical practice) and I knew how good it was for me and others, so I was a dedicated practitioner for many years before I decided to teach. It wasn’t till my Mother became ill that I really saw how Yoga, Meditation and Faith helped her tremendously which helped her heal. This is when I got “the calling” to teach and share these amazing healing practices with anyone who would listen to me….so I began to study the philosophy of yoga.

In 2006 I graduated from OM yoga center in NYC where I focused my studies on yoga and aliment based yoga practices taught from a Buddhist Philosophy. During and after my training I realized that compassion and love is FREE and easy to give and get if you just practice. Shortly after my training I began to teach at a women’s healing center in a major hospital. I loved watching the women in my class transform and become healthier. I went on to completed a training course with the Arthritis Foundation and now I am a trained exercise teacher and teach in hospitals as well as health centers. In 2008 I graduated from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition and I hold a certificate of accreditation as a Health Care Counselor from the Teachers College of Columbia University and the American Association of Drug-less Practitioners (AADP).

Since 2005 I have been a student of Middle Eastern Dance/Oriental Dance and I’m well versed in all aspects of their techniques. I studied with Safiya, a highly accomplished teacher for many years. Learning this art of dance with the use of finger cymbals and veils, I continue to study and dance in NYC and in my home in Pushkar, India. I use moves, and music to open the body, which allows my students to express themselves truly and freely.

In 2007 I founded a company called Choices New York today it’s known as the Shiva Shakti Yoga Shala. My mission is to provide people the proper tools to lead a more balanced lifestyle. My healing approach to diet and exercise is based on the oldest science of life – Ayurveda. I travel the world teaching yoga as a way to heal naturally and to help the individual feel more connected to everything.

Suann is the creator and teacher of Welly Belly an exercise DVD about Wellness through BellyDancing for the Handi-Capable.

Dr. Sibichen George, Anatomy Teacher

Dr. Sibichen George is an Ayurvedic doctor with over 30 years of experience. He trained under both his father and grandfather (both traditional Ayurvedic doctors) in his home state in southern India, Kerala—the capital of Ayurveda.

Siddhartha Veer, Philosophy Teacher

Siddhartha Veer, born in a traditional Indian family, grew up around the temples and ashrams of great sage Neem Karoli Baba. These ashram visits and wandering in Himalayan foothills gave him deep spiritual understanding of the ancient Vedic wisdom.

As a result of his past and present life Samskaras, he had many opportunities to meet masters in the Yogic and the Vedantic traditions and still continues to. Among these masters whom he had met, M.M Swami Veda Bharati has caught his attention. Swami Veda was a great Vedic Scholar of this century. Siddhartha Veer has lived in his presence for some years studying Yoga, Vedanta and practicing many methods of meditation. His interest grew deeper in the art of Yoga and meditation which lead him to take Deeksha(initiation) from Swami Veda Bharati and live in Rishikesh by Mother Ganga to further Self-Realisation. 

Siddhartha Veer comes from a tourism background. Rishikesh being the capital of Yoga has inspired him to teach Yoga Philosophy, meditation, Pranayama and meditative chants. Through his intuitive insight and style of teaching he takes his students on a different level of understanding which shows his dedication towards Yoga. As his master has said to many- “The world has a misery, the world has suffering. Do what you can, to reduce the pain. Do what you can, to soothe their minds.”

Jyoti Shiva

A descendant of a mixed heritage (Greece and Himalayan tribe) Jyoti shiva grew up in the foggy Himalayas where he lived with his shared family and his grandfather, who had been practising Herbalogy for years in an Indian Himalayan village known as a Vaid.With a curious and inquisitive personality from a young age, his spiritual journey at a very young age.

Jyoti Shiva then travelled to various places and learned from various teachers all over the country and the world. He completed various trainings in different parts of India such as Rishikesh, Dharamshala and learnt yoga, Vedanta, kriya yoga, Iyengar yoga, reiki, tantra yoga, ashtanga, vinyasa and adwaita practice. While he was teaching yoga in Europe he was offered a substantial career owing to his qualifications i.e Masters in physics and mathematics , but he chose not to accept the offer. Rather he decided to travel extensively in India and further develop his abilities in order to gain a fundamental understanding of life and the universe and further pass it on to people to seek the same answers for the betterment of their lives.

On his journey his also discovered the magic of his own internal rhythm and voice and went to various Classical teachers/gurus and performed at international gatherings. Eventually he attained the answers to his lifelong questions through meditation and the grace of universe while he was in the Ramana Maharishi ashram in south India.

Dr. Amrita (Anatomy Teacher)

Dr. Amrita’s journey of holistic healing started ever since she graduated in the field of Ayurvedic medicine and surgery with her post graduate specialization in Ayurvedic herbs and healing therapies of Ayurveda.

She further explored her talent with various diplomas in Yoga and naturopthy, Diet and nutrition and her studies in alternative medicine. She also studied masters of business administration with human resources as a major field to combine all her wisdom to explore the wonders of life through ayurvedic and yogic healings.

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