Yogi Vishvketu (Vishva-ji)
Vishva-ji is committed to offering holistic yoga workshops internationally, incorporating diverse aspects of the practice: asana, pranayama, cleansing kriyas, Ayurveda and Vedic chanting, as well as to offering Yoga Alliance registered 200- and 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) programs in Canada and in Rishikesh (India). He calls this holistic style of teaching Akhanda Yoga, meaning whole and indivisible.
In October 2003 he released an instructional DVD entitled Moving into Bliss with Yoga, presenting a balanced sequence of asana and pranayama techniques in a harmonious and meditative flow set to classical Indian music. In 2009, he produced Anando-ham, a CD of niirguna mantras ideal for yoga teaching.
His love for community and the power of residential ashram-style immersion into yoga led he and his wife, Chetana Panwar, in January 2007, to found Anand Prakash Yoga Ashram in Rishikesh (India) where they live and teach six months of the year (Oct. – April).
Chetana came to the path of yoga through a meditation class in 1193. Upon returning from a two-year stay in Asia, she began to understand yoga as a broad wisdom tradition as well as a practical toolkit for mindful awareness. Chetana is passionate about integrating Jnana and Bhakti Yoga: philosophical contemplation, and devotional practices. ‘Yoga is unity in diversity, and allows us to recognise that the apparent duality between mind and heart is illusory’. This merging of mind and heart is apparent in her classes and in her writing: poetry, short stories, magazine articles, and now a Yoga Blog (akhandayoga.wordpress.com).
As a facilitator, Chetana enjoys leading mantra and transformational experiences; holistic movement-based yoga classes; and yoga philosophy/poetry discussions, whether for YTT, workshops or satsang gatherings. Her Akhanda Yoga classes are nurturing and grounding in flow and move seamlessly between Yogic aphorisms and inspirational messages; heart-centred energy work and nature imagery. Chetana’s intention is to share with participants the beautiful simplicity of the yogic vision through philosophy, poetry, movement and meditation.
Blending insights from her Master’s degree in adult education, and her training in Yoga, Philosophy and Meditation, she developed the curriculum and manual for World Conscious Yoga Family’s Yoga Teacher Training (YTT ) Courses. Chetana teaches Philosophy-Lifestyle-Ethics, Methodology, Prenatal Yoga and Transformational Experiences for the 200 and 500 hour YTT programs. Along with her husband, Yogi Vishvketu, she co-founded Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh, India where they live part of the year with their children.