Saurabh Chaudhary


Saurabh is the founder and lead yoga teacher at Akshara Yoga School. He has received his yoga education and training from the leading institutes of yoga in India. He is a Master of Science (Yoga) degree holder from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (SYVASA) University, Bengaluru. He is also a Diploma holder in Yoga Studies from Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi.

Saurabh has deep empirical as well as philosophical understanding of the Yoga system of Hindu Darśana. He is fortunate to have received his yoga education under the finest brains, who have brought laurels to the nation through their cutting-edge contribution in the field of yoga. Dr H.R. Nagendra of SVYASA University, Bengaluru and Dr. I.V. Basavaraddi of MDNIY, New Delhi has been instrumental in shaping his personality. Under the tutelage of such leading personalities in the field of yoga, Saurabh has been able to gain command over the secular as well as metaphysical domain of yoga. He has full command over ancient Yoga scriptures like Patanjali Yogasutra, Bhagavad Gita, Major Upanishad, Hatha Yoga Pradipika. 

He has extensive yoga teaching experience with hands-on proficiency in yoga application. He has been trained in the therapeutic application of yoga by working on live cases of non-communicable diseases. Towards the completion of his Master’s Degree in Yoga, he conducted an experimental research on the efficacy of yoga in physiological stress in working executives of corporate sector.

He has also received training in Aṣṭāṅga Vinyasā under Yogacharya Ramesh Sheety. He is a member of Indian Yoga Association and a registered yoga teacher from Quality Council of India and RYT 200 from Yoga Alliance, USA.

Varvara Marinatou


Varvara hails from Greece and started her yoga journey as self practice to experience the benefits of Yoga at a time when Yoga was not so much popular in Greece. The unique self transformation that Yoga gifted her, led her to undertake the first Yoga teacher training course in Greece. Her passion and yearning for yoga and spirituality made her to visit India where she further got trained in Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga styles. She is now E-RTY 200 certified yoga teacher from Yoga Alliance, USA. She is also a certified Yoga teacher form International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA). She has wide range of teaching experience and has led classes from Ashtanga to Hatha flow to a range of students from beginner to intermediate level. She carries a deep sense of service and has served the community of senior citizens through yoga to bring a positive change in their lives. In her teachings she is energetic, intuitive, protective and caring which has accorded her constant love from all her students.

She has the ability to demonstrate and teach more than 100 asana and several breathing techniques and has conducted yoga teacher training programs in Greece. She has attended professional workshops on yoga anatomy, musculoskeletal traumas, Yoga for senior people, asana adjustment and role of Chakra on human personality. An avid practitioner and student of Yoga Varvara also have many exclusive Yoga workshops under her belt. Some of those are Flow yoga, Yin yoga, Anusara yoga and Prenatal yoga. She is also trained in Tantra yoga level 1. She is also a certified trainer of Pilates Mat Level 1. She also loves languages. Apart from her mother tongue Greek, she is a qualified teacher in French and English. She also knows basic Hindi.

She is also a member of Hellenic Yoga Teacher Association and International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA). After learning Hatha Yoga at Akshara Yoga School she joined her alma mater. She is now married with Saurabh and happily follows her passion of Yoga.

Gaurav Chaudhary


Gaurav earned his Masters in Economics from Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. His passion for agriculture took him to his roots where he entered into Sustainable Agriculture, Agricultural Consultancy and Dairy farming. Today he is a thriving entrepreneur in sustainable Agriculture at Chaudharyfarms®, location of Akshara Yoga School. His forte lies in providing the school with school-based, quality-focused and esthetically build sustainable infrastructure.

His expertise in agriculture is a valuable support to Akshara Yoga School located at the family farm. The idyllic natural environment preserved in the school and the production and serving of nutritious organic food add to the overall living and learning experience of students. This sustainable approach supports our Yoga School with clean air, water, organic food and farm fresh milk.

He is also entrusted with the school administration, dealing with the operations and management of resources in an effective manner towards improvement in teaching standards, learning environment and overall experience of students.

He is an admirer of Indian Philosophy out of its scientific orientation and practical value in life. He practices Yoga for his personal wellbeing.

Priyanka Nair


Priyanka is the founder of Pia Yoga, a yoga studio based in south Goa. She has received her yoga education from The Yoga Institute, Mumbai and Ashtanga Yoga Shala, Mysore. She is a trained professional in Ashtanga Yoga who came into the spotlight after founding her own unique practice ‘Priyanka Nair’s blindfolded Yoga’ which she teaches people along with her regular Ashtanga practice. She is now E-RYT 200 certified yoga teacher from the Yoga Alliance, USA. She has a wide range of teaching experiences and has led classes on Ashtanga and Hatha yoga, conducted several workshops on meditation, introduction to Yoga for beginners, anatomy, alignment, chakra balancing, prenatal yoga, sound healing meditation and pool yoga.

Prior to moving to Goa and setting up her own yoga studio, Priyanka was teaching Yoga in the metropolis of Mumbai, also her hometown. Yoga being her new way of life, prompted her to move to the blissful state of Goa. She now runs her yoga studio and lives a happy and content life with her two cats Polly and Toffee and her loving husband.

While in Mumbai, she taught at some of the top yoga studios and fitness centres of the city slowly gaining recognition for her unique way of teaching. Her client list included some of the city’s most famous and popular actress, models, etc. It was during this time she felt a calling to come up with her own form of Yoga practice, something that took things one step further into yoga and that would bring mindfulness into daily life.

Over time, she conceptualized ‘blindfolded yoga’ that has become so popular and successful that many others have been inspired and now teach this form of yoga as well. Whether it’s regular Ashtanga Yoga, blindfolded yoga, yoga theory or spirituality, Pia has a unique style of teaching that is a surreal blend of her calm approach and practicality that helps her students feel a sense of better health, mindfulness and gratitude in their regular day to day lives.

She is registered with the Yoga Alliance Yoga, USA. She also is a certified Pranic healer having completed 4 levels in Mumbai. Besides yoga, Priyanka loves any form of physical activity be it Pilates or bungee jumping and is a big foodie.