Bharath Shetty (Director)
Yogacharya Bharath Shetty is the first yoga teacher in India to be certified as E-RYT 500. He also has RCYT and RPYT to his credit. Having more than 2 decades of yoga teaching experience, he has trained more than 600 teachers from over 70 countries.
Born in a small village next to the temple town Udupi in Coastal Karnataka, Bharath was drawn to Yoga after experiencing the alleviation of his sufferings from chronic asthma. He practiced Yoga and regained the good health ever since. His first teacher was Mr. Kumara in Shantivana Trust, a Yoga and Naturopathy center close to his hometown. To spread the benefits of Yoga to masses, he decided to become a professional yoga teacher. In this pursuit, he underwent training at Pune, under the legendary Yoga Guru B.K.S. Iyengar, one of the most inspiring and revolutionary teachers of 21st Century. This, helped him gain deep insight into the Iyengar style of Yoga.
Today he is a certified teacher with qualifications from the Indian Yoga Institute, Vivekananda Kendra, Bangalore (Grade A); International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Trivandrum (Grade–Excellent). He was awarded Yoga Siromani and Yoga Acharya titles on completion of the trainings. Bharath is the winner of Himalaya Yoga Olympiad (Indian National Yoga Championship), Haridwar, 1998; and Bangalore, 2001. He has also specialized in Pranayama, Kriya, Meditation and Special Therapy classes for women, children and ailing people. He has organized several Workshops in Malaysia, Switzerland, Bangkok, Belgium, Germany, Bangalore, Bombay and locally in Mysore. He has also organized many workshops at Union Bank of Switzerland, Oracle, ANZ Information Technologies, Theorems in Mysore and is regularly holding a group of workshops for the Staff Management and large number of visitors who come to visit Mysore.
At present, he is the Director of Aananda Yoga India and Yoga Bharata in Mysore. Since 2005 he has been conducting Teacher’s Training courses, which are internationally recognized by Yoga Alliance USA. Till date, he has successfully trained over 550+ certified teachers from more than 65 countries all over the world. On personal front, he is married to Archana Shetty from his hometown. They are blessed with two daughters – Aajna Shetty and Abijna Shetty.
Archana Bharath Shetty
A serious & passionate advanced Yoga practitioner who has balanced her life from home to learning & spreading awareness about Yoga. Mrs. Archana is married to Yogacharya Bharath Shetty & has been trained under him. She is one of the Directors of Indea Yoga. She is also one of the senior teachers of Yoga Bharata & Indea Yoga with the teaching experience of more than 10 years. She is experienced in teaching beginners as well as advanced practitioners & focuses more on back bending & hip opening asanas. She also takes pre-natal & post-natal yoga classes at Yoga Bharata as well as assists Mr. Bharath Shetty in Mysore Style classes at Indea Yoga if required.
The teaching method of yoga makes to relax our body & mind. It made me to refresh my mind by removing all the stress. They taught us according to our requirement. It has improved my concentration.
Ms. Pratima Giridhar is a yoga guru par excellence with experience of teaching for over 20 years. Coming from a Traditional Hindu family, she was drawn to yoga at a very young age. She got herself trained at Yoga Shri in Hindu Seva Prathishtana (Banglore) aimed specifically for women & women related problems. She has completed her “Advanced Level Yoga” and a course in “Kundalini Yoga. After being guided by Dr Omkar, Pratima has successfully trained many students in the intricacies of yoga for about 10 years before joining Yogacharya Bharath Shettyy’s team.
A greater exposure for yoga was acquired by her under the watchful eyes of Bharath Shetty. She is currently a Level II (RYS 500) teacher certified from Yoga Aliance USA. Pratima particularly specialised in teaching teachers who need specific corrections related to alignment. Her Mysore Style Yoga classes which concentrates on providing individualised programmes for different problems has been highly appreciated by a plethora of students.
I spent a month at Yoga Bharata taking the 8:30 Hatha class (Mysore Style) with Pratima and this month has completely changed my yoga practice and my whole approach to yoga.Thank you so much, Pratima, for all the help, patience and knowledge you gave me. Also the tips you gave me on how to put together my practice depending on how much time I have were really helpful. 🙂 I will definitely come back again.
Yoga Bharata offers the best training for any beginner or serious practitioner: attention to detail and a strong foundation. Ms. Giridhar is an experienced teacher and gives amazing hands on instructions. This is my second time back and I look forward to several more months to strengthen my practice.
Clever approach of teaching yoga with steps and according to people. I learnt a lot of things that were never taught to me. The teacher has been very nice and listening. This is a great class, hard to find in India. Keep going this way! Many thanks
This was an excellent experience, I can`t think of a way to improve it! Thank you, Prathima!
An ardent practitioner of Yoga for the last few years with Bharath Shetty. He has been assisting Bharath since the completion of the course. He fits into the Indea Yoga team almost to perfection, knowing his qualities of maintaining discipline to the classes and punctuality, just like his master. Nikhil chose this yoga path out of choice after working for over 3 years. One of our senior teachers here at the Shaala.
Prashant Kumar Verma
An avid Sportsman, Adventurer and passionate Traveler, Prashant is a Level- II (RYS 500+ hours) certified teacher from Indea Yoga (Mysore). He has been practicing yoga for quite a while, along with different other sports for more than 12 years. Before becoming a yoga teacher, he got trained-under and assisted Yogacharya Mr. Bharth Shetty, and senior teacher Mr. Nikhil Utthapa. Being an ardent Athlete and adventurer, he has been into Trekking, Hiking, Swimming, Scuba diving, Motorcycle rides, and different forms of Martial arts.