Yoga tradition is always inspired by master who is called Guru. Guru is a sanskrit word for dispeller of darkness. Guru is the principle and energy source which brings light to the life of a disciple. They raise the level of human consciousness.
On our part, we hope to continue to inspire students by adapting the practice to the needs of the students guided by the principles of our former gurus.
Our tradition starts from Guruji > School of Bihar > Sivananda Yoga and can be traced back to 6 to 8 AD (Matshendranath/Gorakshanath/Adi Shankaracharya) and 500BC (Patanjali)
Guruji Yogacharya Dr Vishwas Mandlik is the founder of a non profit organization, Yogapoint (Yoga Vidya Gurukul) India since 1978. Yogapoint Singapore is the first branch outside India.
He is perhaps one of the most internationally known teacher in promoting Yoga Education or what is known as Indian Traditional Yoga. It is the unaltered, undiluted and original form of yoga.
He graduated as a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering and worked for 12 years. Paramhamsa Niranjananda Saraswati from Bihar School of Yoga where he comes from, honoured him with the title of ‘Yogacharya’ meaning ‘Best Yoga Teacher’ He was initiated as Rishi Sannyasa (part of sannyasa tradition) with the title of Rishi DharmaJyoti. He is the head of two Yoga Therapy Centers in Nasik and author of >18 books, >50 cds and numerous resource online. He is the editor of monthly Yoga magazine ‘Yoga Sugandha’ for the last 25 years.
His work has been a catalyst and a source of inspiration to thousands of yoga seekers, volunteers and teachers all over world including India. Often, referrals comes to the school, no matter what Yoga lineage they come from. He is now the advisor to Yoga Vidya Gurukul.
John Peh is the lead educator for our Teachers Training Course. His personal yoga practice is influenced mainly by Traditional Yoga and Yin Yoga.
Besides yoga lessons he provides personal yoga session for various diseases using a combination of stretching & trigger point techniques from the ancient eastern cultures - Indian (Ayurveda lifestyle), Chinese (Meridian), Thai (Therapeutic Massage) and Japanese (Reiki) tradition. The personal yoga session includes prescribing movements, breathing exercises, diet, cleansing techniques and identifying the weakest link to the organs.
His physical background comes from practising martial art (with black belt in Tae Kwon Do(WTO) and Military Unarmed Combat). He has Diplomas in Yogic Studies and Yoga Therapy from Yogapoint India (Yoga Vidya Gurukul). He also learned from highly respected yoga teachers from different lineage like Yin Yoga (Paul Grilley, Jo Phee, Sarah Powers), Power Yoga (Bryan Kest), Anusara (Noah Maze, Christina Sells) Synergy Yoga (Borg Oliver) and Asthanga Yoga (Kino MacGregor) among others.
He derives great satisfaction in helping others to recover themselves from the practice and giving opportunity for others to grow in their journey.
Winnie is a part time volunteer teacher. Her yoga practice is influenced by Traditional Yoga and Bikram Yoga.
She first encountered yoga in 2004 while running her own Fitness Studio and has since been practicing different styles of yoga. In 2007, after giving birth to her son, she was diagnosed with a prolapsed intervertebral disc on the right sciatica. The pain on her lower back was intense and her doctor advised surgery. Before agreeing to it, she decided to seek other alternative treatment and eventually discovered Bikram Yoga which helped her greatly.
She finally decided to pursue her Teacher Training with Yogapoint (Yoga Vidya Gurukul) to deepen her practice and expand her knowledge. She is also a certified aromatherapist with the International Federation of Aromatherapists, U.K. since 2002.
She believes in finding joy in each and every moment and is passionate to share with anyone, whether young, old, very old, sick or healthy. Her classes are built around focusing on moving the breath and intelligent sequence that are safe and challenging for students of different levels.
Rowena is a part time teacher with Yogapoint Singapore. Her practice focus on Traditional Yoga and Vinyasa style.
Inspired to become a yoga teacher after going through an ordeal with her mum, she decided to embark on a journey to India for her first 200hrs teacher training in 2010 with Yogapoint India (Yoga Vidya Gurukul), with the intention to help and to serve the community to allow them to enjoy the benefits of yoga. And since then, she is continuing the journey of learning yoga by attending training and workshops from many other great teachers such as Jason Crandell, Tiffiany Cruikshank, Anna Forest and more. In 2013, she went on to expand her knowledge and practice in Prenatal Yoga after experiencing the great benefits without the need of epidural and episiotomy. With her strong intention of always wanting to heal, help and serve the community, she sees Prenatal Yoga as an essential and beneficial tool to help pregnant women, to allow them the opportunity to enjoy the pregnancy fully.
Her life has been transformed by the practice of yoga, a practice that she strongly believe that can bring happiness to everyone regardless on the mat or off the mat physically and mentally.
Kuan is a part time teacher with Yogapoint Singapore.
Kuan yoga journey started in 2004 when it was really just a physical activity to workout her body after her corporate job. Soon, she loves the "me" time on the mat when it allows her to be grounded and be connected with her inner self. Since 2013, Kuan has completed her Hatha Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Point / Yoga Vidya Gurukul in India, Yin Yoga Teacher Training and Yoga Therapy Course in Singapore. One of her motivations to evangelise the benefits of yoga is the true sense of peace and joy yoga offers her - on and off the mat. She is passionate about helping others find a comfortable and competent way to move their bodies through life, with yoga. Her classes focus on body alignment, breathing, learning to find space from within to feel calm and blissful in body and mind.
She believes that her students are her best teachers. It brings immense joy when she sees her students beam in big smiles and their eyes lit up after classes.
Grace is a part time volunteer teacher with Yogapoint Singapore.
She have been practicing yoga for 15 years and 7 years ago she decided to pursue her dream of being a certified yoga instructor with Vidya Gurukul Ashram (Kate, Gandhar Guruji and Dr. Dorle were her teachers in the ashram) in Nashik city, Maharashtra, India. She was given a 200 hour training session which allows her to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies on how to conduct and teach yoga for beginners, and the fundamental of hatha yoga. She has never looked back and since has been teaching on private classes. She hope to impart her yoga experience with the students. She always belief that the more you teach, the more you learn, where every knowledge comes with the passion of learning.
She strive to continuously improve herself for a better self as a contribution to the community.
Emma is a part time volunteer teacher with Yogapoint Singapore.
She started yoga at an early age from her mother who Influenced her into the practice. Her mother was a source of inspiration and impart her knowledge after learning for many years from their neighbourhood Indian temple. She started experiencing the amazing calming effect of yoga during her stressful days. She have since continued the yoga journey from many teachers.
She hopes to improve the lifestyle of others especially on the mental and physical aspects.
Dilya is a part time volunteer teacher with Yogapoint Singapore.
Her Dad practices Yoga and watching him inspired her interest in Yoga. He was a source of inspiration and she naturally followed his footsteps. Practicing yoga makes her feel relax and re-energised. Yoga inspires her to live each moment more mindfully. It is a great tool for her to refresh and maintain a healthy work and personal life balance.
She hope to encourage everyone to learn and practice yoga.
Chin is a part-time volunteer teacher.
She started her yoga journey 7 years ago. She has been practicing different yoga styles over the years. In 2015 she completed her 200 and 300-hr yoga teacher training with Union Yoga Ayurveda Singapore and Indian Institute of Patanjali Yoga. Since then, she has been teaching yoga and she never stop her own yoga learning journey. She continue learning by attending workshops and overseas retreat to deepen her knowledge. She enjoys working on endurance and alignment in her class. She brings her ‘yoga is for everybody and every BODY’ believe to her class and happy to see every little progress her student made towards their own body mind and soul yoga journey.
To share her passion and to share the benefits of yoga, she is a volunteer teacher in few non-profit organizations such as Breast Cancer Foundation and Singapore Council of Women’s Organisation.
Cindy is a part-time volunteer teacher.
Her first encounter with Yoga started at a young age with a fusion of Qigong and Yoga postures. Her yoga foundational training is with Yogaworks under Alicia Cheung and Oliver Reinsch. Cindy studied and gathered her yoga knowledge through local teachers where she practices regularly, and with international renowned teachers like Jo Phee, Sarah Powers, Kino Macgregor, Tiffany Cruikshank, Desiree Rumbaugh and Andrew Rivin through teachers training and workshops. She hopes to empower every individual to be playful and creative in their own yoga practice and to discover and find the optimal alignment that best fit their body and flexibility. She likes to approach teaching based on functions and feelings rather than on aesthetic and look of yoga postures.
She wants to create awareness that every individual could practice yoga safely and deeply. Last, she hopes to inculcate a mindfulness practice to always appreciate and show gratitude to ourselves for being in the present moment, and to others without holding on to expectation and judgment.
Gandhar Mandlik heads Yogapoint (Yoga Vidya Gurukul) India since 2000, thanks to his father Guruji Dr Vishwas Mandlik. He is the founder of Yogapoint Singapore which is the first branch outside of India.
He is well versed in all aspects of Yoga from childhood from his father and grandfather. He is also knowledgeable in IT. He introduced Yogapoint.com website back in 2000 on his own further increasing the spread of yoga education.
His education was in Electrical Engineering and holds a Master degree in Clinical Psychology. With the sciences he was able to explain the scientific aspect of Yoga in relation to the Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali Sutras. His interest is to improve the psychological and mental health of everyone, going beyond just the physical aspects. He head the design of international courses for the ashram. From his good work, he was initiated to Rishi Sannyasa, equivalent to a Swami initiation by Guru Swami Niranjanananda.
A new modern therapy center located beside the present location is now in the works. Yogapoint Singapore is opened on 15th March 2017.
Kate Woodworth is from Australia. At Yogapoint India, she teaches and coordinates the english courses in the ashram. For Yogapoint Singapore she leads in Pre/Post Natal course.
She is a trained naturopath, massage therapist and nutritionist. She believes in the holistic practice of Yoga and how it can help to solve many of the problems we face in life.
She teaches at Yogapoint India and is a permanent volunteer at the ashram for many years. She was initiated into Karma Sannyasa from Swami Niranjanananda. She has taught Yoga teacher Training Programs, Yoga Therapy Course, Advance Yoga Course and Pre & Post Natal Yoga Programs.
She has been conducting various workshops in Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok and written many books on Yoga. She aims to connect with the underprivileged people and helping them better their quality of life.
Dr Prafulla Dorle, is homeopathic doctor, yoga teacher and yoga therapist. He is in charge of public relations at Yogapoint India
He has been providing treatment at Therapy center for last 10 years with great success with his in depth knowledge of the sciences. He has been awarded the fellowship in yoga therapy by the health university of Maharashtra.
He has been lecturing topics in Anatomy/Physiology and yoga therapy at Yogapoint and training how to handle various diseases with Yoga Therapist and Teachers Training participants.
He regularly conduct workshops in Singapore and Thailand
Andrea Laubstein is from Connecticut, US. She leads the Kids Yoga Teachers program at Yogapoint India and Yogapoint Singapore
In the US, she teaches children of all ages in various settings including child care center, yoga studios, family retreats and summer camps. She also provide selfless service in the rural schools of India.
She is currently pursuing her masters in Psychology at the University of West Georgia in the US. Her research interest among others, include yoga for children, child development, education and the role of the teacher.
Besides conducting Kids Yoga Teachers Training courses she also assists in other courses in the Ashram including the Yoga Teachers Training Course, Pre and Post Natal Course, Yoga Psychology Course and Yoga Therapy course
Roshan Nagapure is a residential yoga teacher at Yogapoint India. He has been teaching students for Yoga Teachers Training for the past 5 years
He practice the Indian Traditional Yoga and Traditional Exercise from his hometown in Nagpur.
He has a master degree in Yoga. He also won numerous yoga competition while in school and college including Yoga International Competition. He also posses a master degree in history
He regularly participated in Yoga conference and conduct workshops locally and abroad. He is inspired to deepen his knowledge in Yoga philosophy and Yoga lifestyle