Lalit is the Founding Director of Himalaya Yoga Valley and leads all 200 & 300 hour Teacher Training Programs at the school. Lalit began studying at traditional Indian yoga schools known as Gurukulams at the age of 7 and he is honoured to have studied yoga under some of the most well-known and respected yoga Masters in India.
Lisa is from Cork where she commenced her yoga practice in 2007, initially to help with back problems. Following a yoga lifestyle is an integral part of Lisa’s daily life and she believes that practicing yoga in all its forms is essential for managing the stresses of modern living. She completed her 200 hr Teacher Training course with Yogachara Lalit Kumar at the Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre in Goa in 2011 and has practiced and studied closely under Lalit ever since.
Anca is from Romania and she fell in love with yoga in 2013. Rather than go to India to do her training, Anca decided to come to Ireland, a country she always wanted to travel to and do her training with Lalit at Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre, Cork. The most important thing Anca has gained from yoga is self-confidence. Her practice has evolved her confidence has grown. Yoga has given her the freedom to be present in the moment, enjoy life to the full and find happiness in the little things.
Jim started his yoga journey at the age of 39. In a short period he noticed the mental and emotional benefits of a regular practice. His passion for teaching grew from leading practices, under the guidance of Himalaya Yoga Valley, to multi-national troops while serving overseas with the UN. He enrolled in HYVC Yoga Teacher Training in Goa in 2013. Since then he has taught in a variety of settings including the Irish Defence Forces and the Slí Eile Farm Project where he is a voluntary teacher.
Carolann’s journey in yoga began in her late teens when her sister convinced her to go along to a class. It wasn’t until she was later diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and yoga was recommended by her doctor, that she found a regular practice. She was amazed by the positive effects that yoga had on both her physical and mental ability to tackle her diagnosis and it became a huge part of her life.
Mary was in her early sixties when her daughter brought her along to a yoga class. It just took that first class to alter her whole way of thinking and she completed the Level One teacher training programme with Himalaya Yoga Valley in 2016, and then was an intern on the 200 hour teacher training in Cork 2017. In spring 2018, she also completed the 500 hour teacher training in the Himalaya Centre in Goa and continues to inspire her students and practice regularly
Sonya began her yoga journey in 2001 stumbling into a class feeling stressed and exhausted from life in the corporate world.To fuel her passion for all things yoga she completed her teacher training with Himalaya Yoga Valley in 2015. She is a mother of two and dedicated to sharing the joy of yoga with others. She says: ‘Every day is different just as every practice is different, the important thing is just to show up.
Gavin initially trained as a yoga instructor in 2013 where he completed his diploma in fitness yoga where he taught for two years. In 2015 he travelled to Himalaya Yoga Valley to complete his 200hr and then in early 2020 went back to complete his 50 hr intense. As well as being dedicated in yoga, Gavin is also a personal trainer and head coach working in an environment to help students with their physical and mental health.
From London, Annabel has been practicing yoga since her late teens. While growing up, her mother was managing a health condition caused by stress. She used yoga as a tool to help her and Annabel saw the positive mental and physical effects yoga offered. At 19, while working in a sales role, she found a regular practice to manage work stress. In 2018 she decided to change her lifestyle and completed her initial Yoga Teacher Training with Himalaya Yoga Valley. Annabel has since completed yoga and mindfulness training courses in London and has returned to Himalaya Yoga Valley Goa to complete her internship course.
Karen’s interest in yoga was first sparked when attending local yoga classes in West Cork at the age of 16. Her practice has helped her grow stronger, more confident and mindful. It has also been extremely beneficial during times when stress and anxiety arose throughout my life allowing me to support and care for myself in a healthy way. In 2018, she began practicing regularly in Himalaya Yoga Valley centre in Cork. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training course in Himalaya’s centre in Goa in December 2019
Yogita was born in Delhi and studied Arts at Kurukshetra University graduating in 2007. Yogita is a RYT 300, having completed 200 and 300 hour and Teacher Training courses with Himalaya Yoga Valley in Goa. She has become a permanent and highly accomplished member of the teaching staff at the Centre. A highly respected and credible Senior Teacher, she has a warm and endearing teaching style, ever supportive and intuitive towards the needs of her students.
Tony first encountered yoga while on a working holiday in Australia in 1995. He completed a two-year hatha yoga Teacher Training Course with Yoga Therapy Ireland in 2007 and started yoga teaching. Further yoga study in 2010 brought him to Goa where he studied with Lalit and graduated from Himalaya Yoga Valley. He works closely with trainees in Goa and Ireland and has a wide range of teaching experience.. He has also worked as a web designer and an administrator at an Irish university.