Nurture. Learn. Evolve!
Ritu Rai is the founder of Yoga Gyani. A creator moulding the light within her, exuding onto others who choose to follow the path of Yoga and meditation. Her teachings are intuitive and powerful. She comes from the birthplace of Yoga, the magnificent country of India.
Who better to learn from than the one who belongs to the land of Yoga? A 200 RYT and 500 RYT certified teacher from the beautiful city of Rishikesh, India. She is deeply rooted in her work and her immense passion to teach others, the art of Yoga is what made her start ‘Yogagyani’. She encourages her students to harness the power within. She loves her work and immerses herself into teaching others.
Ritu began her practice when she was just ten years old. She shares her own alchemy of Sadhana and Dharma, which she believes to be her true religion.
In Ritu’s words: I grew up in the amazing country of India, which is the birthplace of Yoga. I started practising Yoga at a very young age and have been immensely passionate, extremely dedicated and disciplined about it. The stress of having to be the best at everything is nothing new in India. We are always asked to push ourselves beyond our boundaries and the only thing that has kept me going between all the stress is practising Yoga. The burden of years of debilitating anxiety showed me that balancing the rich beauty of life was about being ‘calm’. I realized that by being still and not wanting to chase everything in life, is what will make me achieve my true potential. The practice of mindful living invited me to let go of my beliefs of feeling lost. It prompted me to search within myself what I was seeking outside. Through the practice of Pranayama and Yoga, I found my centre, my space which belonged to me and I started to feel more connected with myself.
My practice has changed my life in infinite ways. At the age of 21, I met with a disastrous accident and had a knee-bone injury. I was extremely stressed out and back then I stayed at my Grandmother’s place with my family who loved me dearly and took care of my every need. I was adamant about practising yoga despite my injury and although the doctor advised against it, I was still determined to practice my art. This episode was truly the beginning of my Yoga journey, this was the road to my transformation as a Yogini because I learned to be more grounded and patient with myself. I started to meditate every day and learned to be more at peace. I encouraged myself not to rush and to trust in the process of everything I am supposed to be. I am a devoted student of Yoga and mindfulness, and I practice yoga every day.
I wanted to dive deep into the art of Yoga and took up a course in Rishikesh. I learned more about Pranayama, the anatomy and philosophy of Yoga. I met my husband in India although he was from Greece. I learned the techniques of Iyengar yoga in Dharamshala. I moved to Greece after my marriage but I am always determined to take up any new Teacher’s course every time I go back home to India. I started teaching Yoga in Greece and held seminars at various places like Transalvania, Romania, Crete (Greece), Athens, Thessaloniki. I recently rented out space in Alexandroupoli where I teach students a 200-hour Teacher’s Training Program which is certified by Yoga Alliance.
Teaching is my life’s calling. I’m skilled at demystifying complex concepts and making yoga feel accessible to beginners and teachers alike. I believe that “Yoga is a journey which if taken, never ends”. I try to impart the same knowledge to my students and also learn throughout the process. I’m ultimately interested in the process of yoga and how it reveals a deeper understanding of who we are. My areas of expertise lie within different asanas of which, some are mentioned here below.
”Teaching Yoga itself is great karma yoga because it reconnects people to its source”.
– Amit Ray
Chaturanga Dandasana: the Four Limb Staff Pose. An asana in modern yoga as exercise and in some forms of Surya Namaskar, in which a straight body parallel to the ground is supported by the toes and palms, with elbows at a right angle along the body.
Chakrasana : Upward Bow or Wheel Pose. This pose brings blood to the brain, therefore nourishing it is a good pose to remove sluggishness of the body and build stamina.
Rajakapotasana : The King Pigeon Pose. The perfect pose to balance our modern lifestyle as it is a hip opener and helps strengthen the backbend of our body. It also lengthens the psoas muscle (the muscles that run from the lower back around to the front of the body and down the groin, it is this muscle that often causes lower back pain). This posture provides ease in the lower half of the body.
Sirsasana : Headstand. It is often referred to as the King of Yoga Poses, and it is onethat many people are drawn to, but which many of us also find challenging. It can bring up understandable fear, and facing and overcoming this fear is part of the headstand journey.