Alexander has been teaching Ashtanga yoga for 22 years and has a MA in Sanskrit and Indian Religions. Alexander is the founder of the association Yoga for Livet, which has been responsible for the two projects Back in Ring and Gangster Yoga. In 2015, Alexander took over Nøsen and has since transformed it into a beautiful Yoga Retreat Center.
Bhante Dhammadipa has studied Chinese literature and philosophy, Sanskrit and Buddhist philosophy. He has also been studying and practicing as a Buddhist monk under renowned contemporary masters of Buddhism. Dhammadipa’s years of training in retreat combined with his extensive scholarly background make him an ideal teacher, able to guide students in transformative meditation practice grounded in a deep understanding of the path.
Ajahn Kalyano is a clinical psychologist, with over 40 years experience as a practicing Buddhist. In 1995, he was ordered as a Monk, and he has since been travelling a lot. He came to Norway in 2015 to lead the Thai tradition of forest cloisters in the north of Europe and he is currently leading his own cloister in Skiptvet.
Vigneshwar Bhat Holds Degrees in Mimamsa, Dharmashastra, Agama and Yajurveda, and is pursuing his PhD in Karmamimamsa Philosophy. Vigneshwara has also written several books in Sanskrit and teaches as an Asst. Professor at the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amrita school of arts and sciences, Mysuru campus.
Knut Axel Jacobsen is a professor at the University in Bergen. He is a lecturer in comparative religion and the history of religions and specializes in the Indian tradition. He is an international acclaimed Scholar and is invited to academic conferences worldwide as a leading authority on Sankhya and Yoga.
Vijaya Kumar Manja grew up in a traditional Brahmin family. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Yoga Therapy and has 15 years of traditional Sanskrit studies. He runs his own traditional Gurkulam in southern India. Vijaya is a respected lecturer in India and people come from all over the world to study with him in his Gurukulam.
Ellen was one of the very first Ashtanga Teachers in Norway, and founded Ashtanga Yoga Oslo in 2002. Ellen is deeply interested in Buddhism, and has lived for nearly 2 years in a Tibetan Cloister in Bylakuppe, India. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Buddhist studies, and currently she teaches at Pranayama Yoga in Kathmandhu. She is a highly appreciated and popular teacher for workshops and retreats both in Nepal and in Norway.
Pernille has a background as a professional dancer and has practiced yoga with dedication for over 20 years. Pernille has been teaching yoga for 15 years, alongside her great experience with Pilates and Gyrotonic. Her classes are playful and deeply enjoyable.
With over 17 years of experience practicing yoga, Vedran is one of Norways most experienced yoga teachers. His teaching style is simple and informal. He focuses on correct technique, vinyasa and breath. Currently, Vedran collaborates with Puro Yoga in Oslo.
Karina Eline Kibsgård has been teaching yoga since 2008 and currently teaches at various yoga studios in Oslo. Her background is in Dance, Ashtanga Yoga and Jivamukti Yoga. She was introduced to yoga through her studies at the Norwegian National Academy of Ballet. Today, she is one of few 800H Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teachers in Scandinavia.
Andreas Thorud took his Masters degree in philosophy at the Oslo University in 2011, with further studies in religion history, theology and pedagogy. In addition to his Yin- and Ashtanga yoga classes he teaches yoga at the Norwegian Yoga Festival and in Hamar prison through the “Gangsteryoga” project. In the last year, Andreas has been deepening his practice and understanding of Yoga, studying together with Alexander Medin, and has observed abundant similarities between Eastern and Western philosophy.
Ellen Marie Medin has her education at The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH) and The Norwegian Police University College. She worked 2,5 years as a police officer before she was hired at Hallingdal Folkehøgskule as a teacher in 2005. Her focus is specialised towards cooperation and conflict handling. She has been a yoga teacher since 2015.
Runar Lundvall studied psychology at UIO, sports science at NIH and physiotherapy at HIO. As a lecturer and therapist, he works independently with yoga and treatments in the private sector. Runar is particularly interested in pain, mobility training and stress problems. Runar is responsible for the teaching of anatomy at Puro-Yoga in connection with the Yoga Teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga.
Albin Bendu had a promising sports career in boxing, football and diving. He was one of Norways best breakdancers in the 80s, but threw away all his talents in a long drug career and crimes. After a long prison sentence in Ila prison he begun to practice yoga in 2013. Since then he has continued to educate himself. Albin is today one of the main teachers in Back in the Ring.
Cato Krogseth is a prime example that it’s never too late to make a U-turn in life. After more than 35 years of drug abuse, Cato has put the painful past behind and become an engaged human individual who shares yoga in an honest and straightforward manner. Cato is one of the main teacher in Back in the Ring.
“Acro yoga to me is a highway to the heart. After my first experience of Acro yoga I witnessed such trust and understandingbetween complete strangers that it’s clear to me that words are a very inefficient form of communication.”
Tobias Palm first discovered yoga while teaching Argentinian tango in Buenos Aires in 2007. He began practicing Ashtanga yoga at Ashtanga Yoga Oslo, founded by Ellen Johannesen, and in 2016 he completed 500-hour-level certification training with John Scott to teach both Primary and Secondary series. Until the end of 2016, Tobias was the main teacher at Ashtanga Yoga Oslo. Currently, he assists John Scott during his retreats he holds in different countries.
Heidi started practicing Ashtanga yoga in 2000. After few years of practice she went to Mysore where she practiced with Pattabhi Jois, Saraswati and Sharath. who authorized her in 2010. A yearning for more led her to "Yogagurukula", a traditional spiritual school located in South India Karnataka where she has been living most of the time since 2011 with her guru Vijaya Kumar Manja. Her studies has included also chanting, sanskrit and philosophy and going deeper into the meditative practices as well as assisting and serving her teacher.