Our Teaching Team
All of our teachers are qualified to the highest standards in their chosen fields. Even more importantly is the passion they carry for the subjects they teach. We believe that the best teachers are eternal students and our team are always refining their skills, improving their knowledge through study channels and undertaking professional development through our company and with their peers in their own communities. Our program is unique as we have teachers specifically dedicated to each subject which ensures localized teachings that come from an expert background. Trainees benefit greatly from lectures and classes taught by teachers dedicated entirely to their chosen subject.
Please enjoy the following video where our team share their experience as teachers on our team and see their personal bio’s below
Lalit is the Founding Director of Himalaya Yoga Valley and leads all 200 & 500 hour Teacher Training Programs at our school. You can find out more about Lalit on his bio page. Lalit is supported by the following valued team members in program delivery.
Program Director and Lecturer
Maeve is originally from Ireland , then after spending a considerable number of years in Australia now divides her time between Ireland and India. She is a 500 RYT, graduating from the 200 & 300 Hour Teacher Training with Himalaya Yoga Valley.
As Program Director of Himalaya Yoga Valley (India & Europe) she is responsible for course and syllabus development for Level 1 & 2 Teacher Training courses. She coordinates the international training and retreat programs, ensuring that students and yoga guests receive the best learning and yoga holiday experience possible. During the Level 1 & 2 Teacher Training programs she teaches Yoga Business, Ethics for Yoga, Classroom Management, Communications and Teaching Methodology. Using her previous experience in business strategic planning and management which encompasses 23 years in Western Australia’s Department of Justice, she is able to pass on her knowledge and skills to trainees who wish to pursue a yoga business upon graduation. She has also lectured in Justice Studies at Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia for eleven years and brings her tertiary teaching experiences to the yoga shala. Maeve holds a B.A. (Hons) Justice degree from Edith Cowan University, a Business Diploma and a Masters in Leadership and Management from Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.
2015 – 300 Hr Teacher Training, Himalaya Yoga Valley, Goa, India
2007 – 200 Hr Teacher Training, Himalaya Yoga Valley, Goa, India
2007 – Masters Leadership and Management, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia
2006 – Graduate Diploma Business- Curtin Business University, Perth, Western Australia
2004 – BA Justice ( Hons) at Edith Cowan University Perth, Western Australia
Viriam has been teaching yoga philosophy for Teacher Training courses with Himalaya Yoga Valley since 2011. She is from the UK and has lived in India for the last ten years. She trained with the SKY School of Kundalini Yoga (Yogi Bhajan) in the UK in 2003 and has been teaching around the world ever since. She has furthered her studies of yogic philosophy with the Oxford College of Hindu Studies. Before travelling to India, she did a ten-year apprenticeship with spiritual teacher and author Amoda Maa Jeevan, culminating in a deep meditation and self-enquiry intensive under Shiva’s mountain at Mt Arunanchala. Viriam is also qualified in Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, Pregnancy Massage and Chakra Healing – UK & ITEC Certified. In addition, she shares her knowledge of chakras, prana and energy healing with courses in Chakra Healing techniques. Viriam is also a writer and contributes regularly to Yoga Magazine (among other well-known publications) on yogic lifestyle and philosophy.
2015 – Oxford College of Hindu Studies (OCHS) UK, Bhagavad Gita
2014 – Oxford College of Hindu Studies (OCHS) UK, Philosophy of Yoga
2008 – ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage
2007 – Sun Yoga Kids, Yoga Teacher Training
2003 – KYTA (Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association) UK, Level 1 Kundalini Yoga Instructor
Anna grew up in rural Canada, where she studied sociology at Trent University and spent several years working in a treatment and residential care facility, counselling at risk youth. Anna fell in love with yoga at her first class; feeling a harmony within her body and mind that she had not previously experienced. After volunteering with her local studio for some time, Anna went on to complete 200 hr Teacher Training with Himalaya Yoga Valley in 2011 in Dharmsala, India. Following her first Teacher Training graduation, Anna opened her own studio in Canada.
In pursuit of further yoga education she went on to undertake an Internship with Himalaya Yoga Valley in India in 2011 after which she continued on to travel and teach throughout India, Vietnam, and New Zealand. Since April 2012, Anna has been a strong member of the Himalaya Yoga Valley teaching team in her position as Senior yoga teacher. She plays a pivotal role for the 200 and 300 hr Teacher Training program. Anna teaches on Teacher Training programs and Retreats. She assists with syllabus and program development, training and retreat coordination and marketing. Anna is a co-mentoring teacher for individuals who undertake our internship and teaching assistant roles, providing them with guidance and support with their learning and professional development. Anna spends her off seasons travelling, teaching and hosting workshops within the international yoga community. Anna teaches exclusively on India training programs where she thrives in the home of yoga!
2015 – 300 Hour Teacher Training, Himalaya Yoga Valley, Goa, India
2011 – 200 Hour Teacher Training, Himalaya Yoga Valley , Dharmsala, Himachal Pradesh, India
2009 – B.A. (Honours) in Sociology – Trent University, Peterborough Canada
2006 – Diploma in Child & Youth Therapy – George Brown College, Toronto Canada
Dr. Rohit R. Borakar (B.A.M.S.)
Dr. Rohit was born in Goa and completed his Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) degree at Goa University. He practices medicine in his North Goa clinics www.ayurvedagoa.org, renowned as an Ayurvedic physician, panchakarma and yoga specialist, with over a decade of experience in these areas.
Dr Rohit travels extensively around India and Europe, Consulting, studying, lecturing and conducting workshops on ayurveda, yoga and allied subjects. Himalaya Yoga Valley was one of the first yoga training schools to include Ayurveda in its syllabus and since 2008, Dr Rohit has been at the forefront of educating Himalaya Yoga Valley teacher trainees from all over the world on traditional Ayurveda and its relation to therapeutic yoga. He is a valued member of the Himalaya Yoga Valley teaching team for India and Europe training. He is a very popular lecturer with trainees, inspiring many to continue further studies in Ayurveda medicine. He says: “Ayurveda, the science of life, is a boon to the science of healing and to seekers of health, rejuvenation, longevity and well-being”
2006 – Diploma in Yoga, The Yoga Institute Academy of Yoga, Santa Cruz Mumbai India
2004- Bachelors of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery, Goa India
Adam hails from the UK but has lived in India for 10 years. He has been teaching Anatomy with Himalaya Yoga Valley since 2010 and is a valued teacher and team member. Adam is a massage therapist and body mechanic. He trained extensively in the UK and is certified through ITEC (International Therapeutic Examination Committee); he has also trained with Ayurvedic doctors in India and monks in Thailand. Since 2011, he has been teaching Ayurvedic Yoga Massage, an Iyengar-inspired massage trans globally certified by the complementary therapists association. His most recent training in Anatomy Trains (Thomas Myers) has taken his awareness of what is happening anatomically with the body to a new level – he specialises in structural bodywork, body reading and the art of realigning. He is an avid yoga practitioner and shares his knowledge and passion for yoga-focused anatomy with the Himalaya Yoga Valley 200 and 300 hour trainees through his lively and interesting lectures.
2014 – Thomas Myers structural balance and breath
2012 – Soft Tissue Release
2011 – Cameron Reid-Cert of Training (Neck Pain)
2010 – Thomas Myers, Body 3
2009 – Kinesis, Myofascial Meridians I
2008 – ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage.
Senior Yoga Teacher
Tony first encountered yoga while on a working holiday in Australia in 1995. Initially Tony was attracted to the physicality of yoga asana which supported his belief that maintaining the bodies systems through strengthening and toning practices, improves quality of life in all areas. After experiencing Teacher Training courses and numerous trips to India, his interest developed in other areas of yoga such as philosophy, meditation and pranayama. He completed a two year hatha yoga teacher training course with Yoga Therapy Ireland in 2006 and commenced yoga teaching from that point onwards. Further yoga study in 2010 brought him to Goa where he studied with Lalit and in February of that year he graduated from Himalaya Yoga Valley. He returned to Goa later in the same year to take part in the internship program and subsequently managed and taught as senior teacher to the public at the Yoga Shala. He has spent time at a number of centres in India such as the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (Kerala), Iyengar Yoga Centre (Goa), Osho Centre (Pune), Mother Amma (Kerala) and taken meditation courses at the Vipasana Meditation Centre (Aurangabad) and Bodhi Zen Meditation Centre (Kodaikanal).
He has also completed Reiki Level II. Other qualifications include a degree in Electronic Engineering, a Masters in e-Commerce and he is also a qualified high school teacher, although he has taught every age group from 4 year olds up to second year University students. Apart from teaching, he has worked as a web designer and has also spent a number of years working in administration at an Irish university. Tony enjoys providing a holistic body of teaching knowledge from various lineages to the trainees at Himalaya Yoga Valley.
Senior Yoga Teacher
Yogita was born in Delhi and studied Arts at Kurukshetra University graduating in 2007. She gained her Diploma in Yoga & Alternative Therapies from Dev Sanskriti Vishwvidyala (D.S.V.V.s). Yogita is a RYT 500, having completed 200 and 300 hour and Teacher Training courses with Himalaya Yoga Valley in Goa. Yogita pursued her professional development while participating in Himalaya Yoga Valley’s Internship Program (2013), after which she became a permanent and highly accomplished member of the teaching staff at the Centre.
A highly respected and credible Senior Teacher, she has a warm and endearing teaching style, ever supportive and intuitive towards the needs of her students. Yogita imparts her experience and knowledge across a range of subjects including meditation, mantra chanting, pranayama, kryias and yoga asana during the Teacher Training programs and Yoga holiday retreats. Yogita is a keen Iyengar and Ashtanga yoga practitioner.
2015 – Masters in Yoga Therapy (pursuing) at Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana University, Bangalore, India
2014 – Yoga instructor course (YIC), at S-VYASA, Bangalore, India
2010 – Certificate in Yoga and Alternative Therapy at Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Shantikunj, Haridwar, India
2010 – 200 hr Teacher Training at Himalaya Yoga Valley, Goa India
2007 – Bachelor of Arts at Guru Nanak Khalsa College, Yamuna Nagar, India
Senior Yoga Teacher
Lisa is from Cork Ireland where she commenced her yoga practice in 2007, initially to help with back problems. Following a yoga lifestyle is now an integral part of Lisa’s daily life and she believes that practicing yoga in all its forms is essential for managing the stresses and strains of modern living. Her love for yoga deepened immensely during her first time in India in 2011 where she completed her 200 hr Teacher Training course with Yogachara Lalit Kumar at Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre in Goa and she has practiced and studied closely under Lalit ever since. On her return from her training in India, Lisa immediately took up her new teaching career in Cork and quickly developed to full time teaching.
In 2012, Lisa joined Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre in Cork as Senior Yoga Teacher where she teaches a wide range of classes including pregnancy yoga and assists Lalit with in-house training to the other teachers. In her spare time, she has corporate yoga clients and holds adventure outdoor retreats. Following her Internship and Teaching Assistant role on Himalaya Yoga Valley Teacher Training courses in India and Ireland with Himalaya Yoga Valley, Lisa’s role expanded to Senior Yoga Teacher for Europe based trainings giving her the opportunity to share her experience and knowledge with trainee teachers. Lisa’s other qualifications include diplomas in Applied Social Studies In Social Care, Holistic Massage and Chakra Healing. Lisa teaches on Himalaya Yoga Valley Ireland Programs.
2011 – 200 Hr Teacher Training, Himalaya Yoga Valley, Goa India
2007 – Applied Social Studies in Social Care