Alexander has been teaching Ashtanga yoga for 22 years. He was certified by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 2002, a distinction only given to 33 people. He has a MA in Sanskrit and Indian Religions and has had the privilege to travel the world and teach yoga in numerous places. 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 was born in Czechoslovakia, where he studied Chinese literature and philosophy. He later pursued his studies in Jerusalem, Berlin and Paris, before enrolling at the Nalanda University in India to study Sanskrit and Buddhist philosophy. He then lived in Japan, Sri Lanka and Burma, studying and practicing as a Buddhist monk under renowned contemporary masters of Buddhism. One of his principal teachers was the Burmese meditation master Pa Auk Sayadaw, who recognized him as his first Western disciples qualified to teach meditation. Ven. 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. He has extensively taught the Dharma in both theory and practice, and led students in meditation retreats in Europe, North and South America, India, China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. He speaks Czech, French, German, English, Russian and fluent Chinese and reads and translates Buddhist texts from Pali and Sanskrit.
Ajahn Kalyano is a clinical psychologist, with over 40 years experience as a practicing Buddhist. He worked in hospitals in England as a clinical psychologist for over 20 years, and specialized into the rehabilitation of individuals with learning difficulties. Ajahn is also a Tai Chi teacher and has demonstrated a deep interest in the relationship between body and mind. In 1995, he was ordered as a Monk, and he has since been travelling a lot throughout Italy, Thailand and Australia. 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.
Vighneshwara Bhat holds a PhD in Sanskrit and is a distinguished Pandit. He has a traditional education from a Gurukula in Kundapur and the Sanskrit College in Mysore His specialisation is Mimamsa. He is Indian champion in debate within the philosophical branches of Mimamsa and Dharma Shastra. Vigneshwara has also written several books in Sanskrit and teaches at Sanskrit College, the Amritananda University and the Rama Krishna Mission in Mysore.
Knut Axel Jacobsen is a professor at the University in Bergen. He is a lecturer in comparative religion and the history of religions. He specializes in the Indian tradition and has published more than 30 books on the subject. He is an international acclaimed Scholar and is invited to academic conferences worldwide as a leading authority on Sankhya and Yoga. He is the editor in charge of Brills encyclopedia of Hinduism.
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 was educated in Sringeri Mutt and the Sanskrit College in Mysore. Vijaya holds two Vidvat degrees in both Nyaya and Vedanta and became Indian champion in debate on the Sankhya and Yoga philosophy. He runs his own traditional Gurkulam www.yogagurukula.in in his native Pandeshwara, a village 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. In 2005, she obtained certification as Ashtanga Yoga teacher from Mysore. Ellen is deeply interested in Buddhism, and has lived for nearly 2 years in a Tibetan Cloister in Bylakuppe, India. She later moved to Kathmandu, where she first studied to become a Tibetan translator and interpreter, and later completed a Bachelor Degree in Buddhist studies. Currently, Ellen teaches at Pranayama Yoga in Kathmandhu and is a highly appreciated and popular teacher for both workshops and retreats in Nepal and in Norway. More info at her website www.ashtanganepal.no
Pernille has practiced yoga with dedication for over 20 years. For over 10 years, she worked as a professional dancer, having graduated from the Royal Ballet School (UK) and Rotterdam Dance Academy. Pernille has been teaching yoga for 15 years, alongside her great experience with Pilates and Gyrotonic. Her classes are playful and deeply enjoyable. Pernille has an innate ability to uncover dormant potential in the body and in the mind. A mother of 3, Pernille is also co-owner of Puro Yoga studio in Oslo and one of the main teachers there.
With over 17 years of experience practicing yoga, and about 14 teaching it, Vedran is one of Norways most experienced yoga teachers. His teaching style is simple and informal. He focuses on correct technique, vinyasa and breath. Through a sound technical approach, and regular practice, anyone can achieve pretty much anything. Ashtanga is a practice that helps us to see who we are, so that we can choose that which no longer serves us and the world around us. Based on his personal experience and on the knowledge he has acquired through many years of teaching, Vedran manages to communicate this powerfully, so that his classes are energetic and informative. Following his classes, you will both feel sore and inspired. 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. In 2014, she completed her apprenticeship at the Jivamukti Yoga School in NYC, to which she travels back at least twice a year to deepen her practice under the teachings of David Life, Sharon Gannon, Yogeswari Azahar, Cassandra Rigney og Jules Febre.
Karina is also a certified 200H-Ashtanga teacher by R. Alexander Medin. Besides her regular classes in the Oslo area, she travels around to offer workshops and immersions. She has taught at, amongst others, Norways Yogafestival, Oslo Yogafestival, Movement Arts Festival Oslo, Prague Spirit Festival, Yogaweekend 2016. She has also held workshops for children and youngsters in schools, for students at The Norwegian School of Sports Science and for beneficiairies of the project Back in the Ring
Marthe Magerøy has ten years experience in Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar and therapeutic yoga. She has mainly taught in Oslo and is now affiliated with Hi Yoga where she has developed their therapeutic programs. In Marthes classes, the main focus is always acceptance as the very starting point for healing and self-development. She often teaches soft subtle flow classes with deep breathing and introspection.
“For me, yoga is about going inward and exploring the deepest core within ourselves, and finally how that brings us closer to the world around us.”
Andreas Thorud is a certified philosophical practitioner via NSFP (Norwegian company for philosophical practice) with further studies of counselling in the process of sorrow from Modum Bad. He took his Masters degree in philosophy at the Oslo University in 2011, with further studies in religion history, theology and pedagogy. He runs his own discussion - and course offer via Areté Philosophical Practice, and works on the side as a folk high school-teacher and as a sensor at the Stavanger University. From his younger days he has experience as a professional football player in the Norwegian elite series, and during this period he received the price as the “anti-racist of the year” from NISO (athletes union) and Norsk Folkehjelp (humanitarian solidarity organization). Andreas completed his 1-year deepening into yoga with Alexander Medin in the spring 2017. 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. His core interest is in the Greek-Roman tradition, especially Neo-Platonism and Stoicism, but he also drives on Christian Mysticism and modern existentialism. 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. To communicate and share this understanding, and to stimulate a higher level of consciousness around what yoga and philosophy can offer us, as individuals and human beings, could be one of his future projects.
Igor Coelho is a yoga teacher at HiYoga. Ballroom and Contemporary dance University background, he began his yoga practice the moment he felt some kind of connection with himself and with the world around him went missing. Overwhelmed by the benefits of his practice, he began to share his passion for yoga with others. His desire to deepen and expand his practice and theoretical knowledge of yoga has led him to study in India. As a 500 CYT, he infuses his passion for yoga in each class with gentle and encouraging cues, a focus emphasis on the breath, drishti and being present. His approachable but challenging classes focus on traditional Hatha yoga and alignment based Vinyasa Flow. Through his playful, non-judgmental and heartfelt classes he hopes to inspire true lifestyle change by aligning the mind, body, emotions and spirituality, bringing eastern philosophy to the contemporary fast paced western lifestyle.
Ellen Marie Medin
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. Ellen has 11 years experience as a teacher in sports and outdoor activities. She also has competence in climbing, yoga, skiing and snowboarding. On a daily basis Ellen is responsible for the yoga balance-line at the college in Hallingdal and organise longer trips and bigger projects that is driven by the school. Her focus is specialised towards cooperation and conflict handling. She lives in Hemsedal and has been a yoga teacher since 2015.
Christian Andvig began his studies of Yoga and Tibetan Buddhism in 2012. He has undergone training in Hatha yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga and Yogic Arts. The hours of Christian´s classes always have an internal focus that binds the physical yoga practice together with the philosophy of yoga. Those who come to his classes will get an improved understanding of why you do what you do on the mat, while at the same time gaining a practical experience of the yoga philosophy in your own body, mind and heart.
Runar Lundvall studied psychology at UIO, sports science at NIH and physiotherapy at HIO. After completing a tour in 2011, he established his own company, and is now working full time as a therapist and personal trainer for SATS | Elixia. 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. In addition to teaching, he is employed as a professor at the PT education at AFPT in Oslo, where he teaches sports injuries and mobility training. Runar is responsible for the teaching of anatomy at Puro-Yoga in connection with the Yoga Teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga. Runar has practiced yoga for 10 years. He is also interested in basic lift, turn and body control, and actively exercises in his spare time.
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. He is also a skilled carpenter. Albins eternal optimism and positive attitude towards life has made him a sought-after lecturer and yoga teacher for BITR, showing improved ways in how to make a comeback in life through building up healthy patterns that last long term.
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 knows all about what it takes and what is required to build up healthy patterns that may last long term. He executes care and understanding in how to control and maintain the mind and spreads a joy of aura around him. Cato is one of the main teacher in Back in the Ring and teaches at Velferdsetaten, Stedet, Safir and Grønlandsleieret 31B. Now at the age of 60, he is as vibrant, healthy and strong as he was in his 20s, and shows the youth how yoga should be lived and practiced.
Lukas Gustavson: “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.”
There’s no need to have previous experience or to bring a partner in my class. Everyone is welcome and the class will be tailored to each individual. Whether you’ve never tried Acro Yoga before or have quite some experience, you will enter new territories and explore new skills. Everyone will be working with spotters (helpers) that make sure each exercise will be done safe and sound.
Tommy Tangen was introduced to yoga during a longer prison sentence at Ila prison in 2013. He felt deeply touched by yoga and chose to relinquish other forms of exercising and just focus on yoga. It helped him loose ten kilos, find a greater peace of mind and release a lot of aches and pains. During his stay at Ila, he practiced yoga almost every day and was given the opportunity to take part in several in-depth courses. After release in 2016, Tommy has continued his study and practice of ygoa. Now he is one of the main teachers for Back in the Ring at Velferdsetaten in Oslo and teaches Yoga for Vestre Viken Hospital and the Salvation Army in Bærum.