Riyas Babu

Founding director, India

Riyas is a yoga practitioner and the founder of Babu’s Yoga House, Norway. He has been teaching across the globe since 2009 and is a career journalist. He authored ‘In the Country of Longing’, a novel based on the genocide in Darfur. Riyas is the founding director of The Varkala Yoga Festival.


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Yogacharya Anoopanand

Founding director, India

Inspired by the teaching of Swami Vivekananda, a disciple of Sri Rama Krishna Paramahamsa, Yogacharya Anoopanand has founded Mathatitu yoga ashram in Varkala in 2014. He has travelled throughout India and has mastered different styles of yoga and believes in bringing together all branches of yoga exercises together.


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Nasser Al-Farhan

Project Manager, UK

Naz has been practicing martial arts and flexibility training for 10 years but only recently embarked on a yogic journey since his arrival in India at the start of 2018. Nas will be overseeing all aspects of the festival and has been involved in the development and planning since its inception.


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Amirtha

Project coordinator, Holland

Amritha is a full-time yogini, having been a fervent student, practitioner and instructor since 2008.  Having spent the last few years sharing her love for Yoga and the multitude of benefits from this practice and lifestyle to kids and adults in schools and community centers in South East Asia. Now she’s based in Kerala and excited to set forth the loving expansion of Yoga to the world and school kids through the auspicious event of the IVYF!!!


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Anubhav Tanwar

Project Coordinator, India

Anubhav first started practicing yoga in the foothills of the Himalayas in 2013. Since then he has been continuing his studies with yoga teacher training and regular hatha and ashtanga practice. Anubhav has been involved in the development of the festival since its inception.


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Laura Peters

Project Coordinator, UK

Laura has been travelling in Asia since October 2016. She has a background in education and charity work. Having newly discover yoga in the home of our prestigious yoga festival, Varkala, Laura will be coordinating and managing the social media activities and work for our UK market.


 

 

David Gillett

Design Team, Australia

David Gillett aka Harlequin Chameleon is a music producer, visual artist and graphic designer from Western Australia. He has over ten years experience in the events industry covering areas as diverse as promotional graphics, staging, lighting/decor, site management, recycling and performance. He met the organizers of VIYF whilst on a yoga pilgrimage to India and decided to bring his holistic understanding of event mechanics to the festival. He will be working on the graphic and visual promotion side of the event as well as providing additional support where it is required.


Santhosh Krishnan

Project Coordinator, India

Santhosh Krishnan is a full time yoga practitioner, teacher and a fervent student, has been working in India and abroad with many reputed yoga institutes. He has completed Masters in Yoga Therapy from Svayasa University and also holds PG diploma in Yoga from Annamalai University. He has been training and learning the intricacies of yoga from different traditional styles and disciplines like Sivananda Asam, Isha Yoga and Patanjali Yoga peeth.


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Vincent Henzel

Social Media, Sweden

Vincent is a medical student and certified yoga teacher who first encountered yoga in Rishikesh, India. Vincent will be coordinating and managing the social media activities and work for our Scandinavian market.


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Dan

Social Media, Israel

Dan has been travelling the world since he finished his army service. A certified ashtanga teacher with a passion for learning and a love for India, Dan will be coordinating and managing the social media activities and work for our Hebrew market.


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Daniela Caruso

Social Media, Spain/Austria

Daniela currently lives in Spain. A career translator and yoga enthusiast, she has solidified her passion for yoga in India. Daniela will be coordinating and managing the social media activities and work for our Spanish market.


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Olga Prevova

Social Media, Russia

Olga is currently working on a mental health project in her home country. In her spare time she organises charity events and festivals and ashtanga yoga enthusiast. Olga will be coordinating and managing the social media activities and work for our Russian market.


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Laura Horvat

Social Media, Austria

Laura first discovered yoga six years ago whilst living in Thailand and running a health-food café and movement studio. She is currently teaching and practicing yoga in Austria. Laura will be coordinating and managing the social media activities and work for our German and Austrian market.


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Arun Sivaraj

Digital Marketing Head, India

Having worked as the Digital Marketing Head & Trainer for a private company in India, Arun has worked aside many brands to leverage their presence and for brand promotion. He has trained hundreds of students in the field of Digital Marketing and does consulting for various companies. He will be heading the digital marketing operations for the Indian Market.


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Arnaud Kawka

Social Media, France

Arnaud has contributed to leading research projects related to the inclusion of people with disabilities. He was French vice Junior Champion in boxing before he became an embedded software engineer. Arnaud will will be coordinating and managing the social media activities and work for our French market.


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Boban Vijay

Project Coordinator, India

Boban works as an assistant director in the film industry and also has a keen interest in script writing and music. He has studied a foundation yoga course at Sri Ravishankar’s Art of Living, Bangalore Ashram. Boban is one of the festivals project coordinator.


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Betty Elsabeth

Social Media, France

Betty has been a yoga and samba teacher since 2011. She also works as an interpreter for various healers around the globe. Betty will be coordinating and managing the social media activities and work for our UK market.


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Jessica

Social Media, Canada

Jessica discovered the playful world of yoga approximately 6 years ago while searching for a greater purpose. She has been practicing regularly ever since various types of yoga and recently completed a yoga teacher training during a 6 month stay in South India. Though from Montreal Canada, she is currently studying at Byron Bay Purna Yoga Center in Australia, teaching yoga by the beach and setting up a yogic online business to spread the love!


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Eleni Fkou

Social Media, Greece

Eleni Fkou is born and raised in Athens/Greece but considers home the whole world. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher (500h) and founder of Surya Yoga Center (Greece). As a kid she practiced gymnastics, acrobatics and other sports, she studied business administration but her inquisitive nature led her back to explore body’s and mind’s limitations to Argentina where she practiced acrobatics (aerial, duo, handstands) in circus schools and she continued after in Greece, until a knee injury led her to the word of Yoga and her first Teacher Training in Rishikesh (2012).


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Parvati Victoria

Social Media, US

She has consistently been practicing yoga since 2000,to aid her with chronic pain management,following .  She has been an avid student ever since, completing her first teacher training program in 2006. A yoga teacher for 12 years, she is also an Intuitive Energy Healer and a Sacred Empowerment Mentor.


 

Urashima

Project Coordinator, India

Urashima is a careered yoga teacher, trained at Sivananda Ashram in Neyyar Dam and Yoga Darsamam in Mysore. He runs a Yoga Shala in Kovalam, and is widely experienced teaching yoga across the rest of India and abroad. Having taught and organizing in various Yoga festivals around the world , such as Denmark and Russia. He will be applying his skills set to organize the festival, by coordinating the VIYF guest speakers, teachers and performers.