Akhilesh Bodhi (Founder)
Akhilesh was born and raised in Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. He left his family in 1987 after graduating from Lucknow University. He joined the Chinmaya Mission, where he studied and lived with Swami Chinmayananda for two years. Still, his urge to find practical solutions to his questions pushed him onward. He went on an extended pilgrimage, moving from ashram to ashram.
When he met H.H. Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the Vedanta and Sanskrit scholar, Akhilesh found a place in which to root his quest and studied with H.H. Swami Dayananda Saraswati for three and half years in Tamilnadu, India. In 1994, Akhilesh started teaching Vedanta, Yoga, and meditation under the guidance of his Guru, H.H. Swami Dayananda.
Akhilesh completed his yoga training with Vivekananda Kendra, at the Sivananda Ashram. He has also studied under Gita Iyengar, Prashant Iyengar, Ramananda Patel, Rudra Gura, and the Abhaya of Iyengar tradition. In addition, he has studied with the great Qigong master, Mantak Chia.
Akhilesh Brahmachari, an expert yoga instructor, spiritual mentor and Reiki master runs the Neo Yoga Center. He has extensive knowledge and deep understanding of Yoga practice that spans decades and has developed his own comprehensive method of Yoga that blends Hatha Yoga with the teachings of Iyengar Hatha Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Raja Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Tantra Yoga, and Laya Yoga. Since developing this method, he has given workshops and retreats around the world in countries such as Switzerland, France, Spain, Russia, Singapore, Germany, and Hong Kong.
Acharya Yogesh was born in Rajkot (Gujarat), in India in 1976. He is associated with therapeutic aspects of different yogic practices. Yogesh has finished the prestigious post-graduate Yoga studies at Kaivalya Dhama Yoga Institute in Lonavala, one of the oldest and the most traditional Yoga institute in India, where he was a topper. He is an excellent teacher of philosophy, yogic anatomy, and traditional Hatha Yoga. Yogesh has mastery over cleansing processes and pranayama techniques. One of the eminent specialties of Yogesh is chakra therapy/cleansing and balancing.
He is practicing alternate healing therapy, a combination of psychological counseling, Ayurveda, Chakra therapy, mudra therapy, yoga and pranic healing over six years. On his philosophical and spiritual journey, he has studied many great seekers of the truth like Patanjali, Osho, Budhha, Gurdjeff, Lord Krishna, Aurobindo, Shankaracharya and many more. And what is more, he has not only studied these philosophies but he is trying to live a life according to the essence of these philosophies. Over the years he has developed a completely scientific attitude towards spiritual practices leading to a combination of Eastern feeling and Western mind. He spends most of his time in Osho.
Swami Shiva Brahmananda Saraswati left his home at the age of 19 in quest of spiritual knowledge. He spent three years on the banks of Narmada river doing penance. Following that he joined Arsha vidya peetham, Rishikesh where he completed the three-year Vedanta course conducted by Dayananda ashram from 2003 to 2006. After the course, pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati sent him to the tribal belt in Madhya Pradesh to start a free student home. He spent three years managing the student home. After that, he was appointed as the Regional coordinator for AIM for Seva Uttarakhand student Homes.
Kerstin Linnartz has been doing Yoga for the last 17 years. Kerstin Linnartz spent many years here in India to deepen her own practices and teaching the students from across the world. Kerstin Linnartz is certified as an “Advanced Yoga Instructor” by Worldwide Yoga Alliance, for 500 hours standards for Registered Yoga School and commenced by Swami Kailasananda. She got a diploma from “Yoga Vedanta Academy” in Rishikesh in addition to the title of “Yoga Acharya”. Moreover, she trained in the classical Hatha Yoga Anatomies with Acharya Swami Sivadasananda, at Ashtanga Yoga with Doctor Ron Steiner, did highly developed teachers training regarding Bandhas (energy lock) and Breathing and studied human Chakra System as well as Ayurveda, and Vedanta Philosophy. She studied Yoga Kriya during a year lecture after original scripture of Paramahansa Yogananda.
During the numerous years of her practice, she got lots of inspirations from various teachers at the Yoga centers and ashrams in Europe, the USA, and India of course. Thus her teachings combine different elements from “system” Yoga- from the classical Hatha to a more active Ashtanga and she focuses not only on focusing on your body and not to narrow down the teachings to the meager “forms”.