Banjaara Yoga & Ayurveda is a Yoga school based in Goa and Dharamsala, India. Registered with Yoga Alliance and the Government of India, Banjaara Yoga & Ayurveda that provides Yoga education to practitioners from all over the world. Our specialization is in Yoga Teacher Training and courses on Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Yoga for Health Care, Mantra Chanting, Pranayama, Meditation techniques and Yoga Nidra.
Our aim is to be a bridge between cultures by giving the original teachings of Yoga in a modern manner to international students in comprehensive terms, this way they can make the most of it and share this knowledge when they return home.
Our Yoga Teacher Training internationally recognized, which means that after successfully completing the course our students can teach Yoga anywhere in the world.
The word Banjaara means a Nomad or Traveller in the Hindi language. This concept represents a very important aspect of what it used to be the original yogic lifestyle when the ancient practitioners used to travel incredibly long distances in search of spiritual growth. This way of living would shape the practitioner's personality, teaching him or her the importance of kindness, self-discipline, courage, patience and through his long days of introspection, show him that detachment and surrender are the only ways to become one with the Self.
This is exactly what Banjaara Yoga & Ayurveda is about, however with a slight twist, as BYA also teaches how to lead a yogic life in a fun and much more practical way without blindly following strict or stereotypical rules which would eventually bring suffering, if they don't come naturally to ourselves.
In Yoga & Ayurveda we believe in these values. Being travellers in our own journey along the yogic path, we have gathered and are still collecting the teachings and knowledge which are as useful today as they were in the past. Our aim is to help others to overcome the obstacles of life through yogic and ayurvedic means, without being judgemental, as we know that each and every one of us has also walked a long distance to find ourselves where we currently are.
We encourage every single one of our students to improve and pursue the best version of themselves by stepping on the yoga mat and walking together towards their goals.
Banjaara courses on Yoga and Ayurveda are open to all, regardless of the age, culture, experience, country or level of fitness. We make sure that all our students have the tools and equal opportunities to improve and learn to the best of their capabilities. Our experience teaching in different countries to students of diverse backgrounds has shown us how to balance our classes to suit the needs and requirements of each group of yogis.
Jose Marquina Sanchez - E-RYT200 & RYT500, is the founder of Banjaara Yoga & Ayurveda. After taking part in Yoga Teacher Trainings in India and the UK, he realised the need for a new understanding of teaching for the modern yoga students, were the original values of Yoga would not be compromised by the new learning tools and trends.
His understanding of yoga has led him to conduct classes that are a perfect blend of traditional Hatha and modern Vinyasa, with a strong focus on alignment and mindful breathing. In his classes, he strives to find the balance to challenge mind and body, skyrocketing the progression of his students in the shortest amount of time while providing a strong base of yogic knowledge.
He has studied with some of the best Yoga schools across India, learning the traditional yogic techniques from lifelong Himalayan yogis, however, he has never stopped his training and continues with his studies to give the best education to the Banjaara students.
Madhura Mukund Bhagwat - E-RYT200 & RYT500, is the founder of Banjaara Yoga & Ayurveda. She belongs to a Hindu - Brahmin family, for this reason, Yama and Niyama(yogic lifestyle) and Mantra Chanting has been part of her day to day life. She has a wide experience of practising with the best Traditional Indian and western Yoga Teachers, she thus represents a beautiful blend of Indian culture with a western approach.
While working as a leading Ashtanga Vinyasa and Yogic Philosophy teacher in the Teacher Trainings in North America and the Indian Sub-Continent, she's come to realize how necessary it is to bring back the true meaning of what Yoga really is, the perfect union between body, mind, soul and the Panchamahabhutas (five elements).
Hence, her primary focus since the opening of BYA has been to offer the highest quality Ayurveda and Yoga education to the Banjaara teacher training, in the most accessible way for modern yogis while passing on the Yoga traditions in the purest form. Madhura's classes are inspiring, energetic and functional, influenced from her life as a dancer, Hatha traditions, Ashtanga Vinyasa, creative Vinyasa, the awareness of movements with breath, her deep love for Yogic Philosophy, Mantra Chanting and Ayurveda. Her classes balance contemplation with sweat, long-held asanas & a healthy dose of alignments. Her constant endeavour is to guide the Banjaara students to achieve their goals and reach new heights in their practice.