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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.

Antarshuddhi teaches Yantra and Mantra at Grempoli Retreat

Nadeshda Stürzebecher

Nadeshda is a trained artist, educator and yoga teacher. Founder of the Bhavani yoga centre in Vienna, she has been practising yoga since 2001, deepening her experience through continuous training and by staying in ashrams around the world. She completed her art education in painting, tapestry and animation at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. In recent years she has become interested in the art of yantra and mandala, linking her skills as an artist to the science of sacred geometry. She also works as an art teacher in school and outside, encouraging and inspiring both children and adults to develop their creativity.

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 adapted and 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; in particular, pranayama, meditation and yoga nidra, yoga psychology and the chakras and yantra drawing and painting. Exploring yantra’s deeper transformative effects on the personality is his main area of interest at present.
Brahmananda’s down to earth approach and deep understanding of yogic principles, combined with his Indian heritage and English humour, makes his teachings unique, being extremely clear, of high level and, at the same time, accessible.

Helen Cushing for Restorative Retreat Grempoli

Helen Cushing (Sw Ahimsadhara)

Sw Ahimsadhara is teaching at Grempoli for the Restorative Retreats. She has coordinated weekly classes for war veterans in Australia since 2004. Ahimsa also taught women refugees from Afghanistan, Bhutan and Myanmar, and has worked one-to-one with individuals seeking recovery and healing from the deep pain of trauma. Prior to teaching yoga Ahimsa worked in the media, including in publishing and television. With her interest and experience in writing she began publishing articles and books on yoga. Her latest book, titled Hope: How Yoga Heals the Scars of Trauma, draws on her work with war veterans who have served in Vietnam, the Middle East and other conflicts.