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Brahmananda Yoga Teacher at Grempoli Retreat

Narendra Bharwaney (Brahmananda)

Brahmananda was born in Africa to Indian parents and now lives in London. He has been involved with yoga for 30 years and teaching for 15 years. He was director and course coordinator of the Satyananda Yoga Academy Europe until recently stepping down. Since 1988, in order to further his studies and expand his experience, he has regularly spent time in ashrams in India attending programs and immersing himself in karma yoga. Brahmananda has worked as a special needs educator and mental health social worker for over 15 years. During this period he employed yoga and meditation techniques to help address the spectrum of needs in this environment.

He runs regular courses and programs in the UK and abroad, on various aspects of yoga; meditation, yoga psychology and yantra drawing and painting. Exploring yantra’s deeper transformative effects on the personality is his main area of interest and expertise at present.

Brahmananda’s down to earth approach and deep understanding of yogic principles, combined with his Indian heritage and English humor, makes his teachings unique, being extremely clear, of high level and, at the same time, accessible.

Connect to Nature
31st August – 2nd September 2018

This Weekend is an opportunity to relax, restore and connect yourself to nature inside yourself and outside. The aim of the retreat is to reintegrate our connection to Mother Nature in your daily routine by joining a regular yogic lifestyle in the peaceful, beautiful and quite surroundings of the Toscan Hills in Grempoli. Simple Yoga practises (Asanas, Pranayamas, short meditation, Yoga Nidra, Seva, Kirtan, Havan) throughout the day will help to balance the energies in body and mind.
The Weekend is an offering to all Grempoli members and those who wish to join us to come out to nature and reconnect with oneself and eachother.

When: 31st August to 2nd September 2018 / starts on Friday 7 pm, finishes on Sunday 4 pm
Where: Grempoli Retreat, 30 km from Florence
Contribution: By donation
Information/sign up: or Tel+ 39 345 1324134
Led by: Nityaprem (Nicole Wangler, Switzerland) and Premarpan (Prem Meli, Italy)

Green days: Harvest from the garden at Grempoli

Green Days

Grempoli organizes Green Days. These are open to all those interested in working on the land, understanding how to live in a more sustainable way or simply wishing to reconnect with the Earth. During upcoming Grempoli Green Days, we will learn to grow food organically, using permaculture techniques, plant a new orchard and build a chicken coop.

Contact us for information about timings and future dates.


Asana at Grempoli


Asana – postures – develop flexibility and muscle tone, improving overall vitality. They are practiced with awareness, care and respect for one’s own limitations. The regular practice of asana helps to reduce stiffness and blockages, toning and harmonizing the various organs and systems of the body, promoting overall health. They also have a beneficial effect on the nervous system, improving balance and calming the mind.

Pranayama at Grempoli


Pranayama – breathing techniques – use the breath to purify, balance and expand vital energy. They promote positive mental and emotional states, harmonising the entire nervous system and inducing a sense of inner balance, tranquillity and peace.

Yoga Nidra at Grempoli

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra – deep relaxation – is a systematic practice that leaves the body and mind refreshed and energised. The ability to relax is a learned skill that can be extremely useful in today’s world, especially for people who are often stressed.

Meditation at Grempoli

Dharana and Dhyana

Dharana and Dhyana – concentration and meditation techniques – lead toward an experience of meditation. The various concentration techniques aim to develop the ability to observe thought patterns and feelings without being caught up in them. These techniques reduce mental tension, increase clarity of thinking and bring about greater self-understanding, leading to serenity and inner peace.

Swami Yogajyoti

Swami Yogajyoti is a highly respected and loved Satyananda Yoga teacher. Her first introduction to the tradition was in 1988 through Mandala Yoga Ashram in Wales. For more than twelve years from 1992 onward, she lived and worked as a sannyasin at the Bihar School of Yoga in Munger, India, where she developed her fine teaching skills and subtle wisdom. In 2005 she returned to Cork, Ireland, where she now teaches yoga classes and seminars. She brings to this retreat her deep understanding of the practices and a rare ability to guide the practitioner to a place within.