Satya Loka gives great gratitude to all the inspiring masters and teachers that have directly shared their wisdom and love. Their common influence has been to teach the realization that all life, masculine and feminine, and in all of its diverse forms, is indivisibly one. We are honoured to share these teachings as authentically as possible because our hearts are called to do this.
Ra Lalita Dasi
Radasi breaths, studies, teaches and loves her deepest passion, and that is to live a life immersed in Yoga, meditation,tantra, dance, devotion and ritual. Her earlier years set foundations to truly value life and from being a child there was always an inner calling to explore the more esoteric aspect to existence. She was introduced to Yoga twenty years ago while she was studying an Advanced Diploma in holistic counseling therapy. Since then she developed as a counseling therapist, a children’s teacher, Reiki ‘master’, and a teacher and facilitator of Yoga, Traditional Tantra, Sacred Dance and Hridaya meditation.
She has consistently accrued over 2200 hours in training, including ten years studying to become a teacher trainer in Tantra and Kundalini Yoga with Agama Yoga, and during a five year period she participated and later co ordinated ten day silent mediation retreats in Hridaya Yoga, the Path of the Heart which is inspired by Advaita Vedanta, Sufism, and Kashmir Shaivism, this led her to studying Hridaya’s first 500 hour Meditation & Hatha Yoga teacher training course. These retreats and trainings allowed her to directly experience a deep sense of inner silence and peace that lies beneath the fluctuations of the human mind. With her heart centred practice and the ever growing wisdom of balancing her own female and inner male energies her life is devoted to experience greater union and a recognition of the stillness that lies at the core of our being.
Radasi also attended a 200 hour teacher training course in Mystical dance and assisted the 2012 dance teacher training course, these experiences allowed her to go deeper into the sublime expression of sacred femininity and she now teaches Sacred dance and Women’s Yoga teacher trainings, empowering women to connect with the beauty and power of their essence. In recent years she co founded Yogini Devi, a Yoga teacher training school that was specially designed for women. The development and success of this project and the trainings offered, prepared the foundation for the development of Satya Loka school, to teach the unique and authentic teachings of Yoga and Tantra to both men and women
She gives great gratitude to all of her past teachers, and to those who she has direct contact with in this present time, Guru Ji Raj Kumar, Sri Prem Baba and Sahajananada. She has also been guided by Amma & Sri Mooji as well as renowned shamans and spiritual teachers of this time. She feels a deep commitment to sharing traditional teachings to help others to recognise their true nature and to experience the beauty of life.
At this time in her life she is closely connected to the direct guidance and Traditional Tantric teachings of Guru Ji Raj Kumar. She visits his home and temple a number of times each year to live directly in his presence and receives different sadhanas [spiritual practices] to learn how to embody and further teach a tradition of tantra that has kept its authenticity and ancient practices.
During her life she has lived in spiritual communities and ashrams including various yoga communities, a women’s community in Avalon, and the Kriya yoga Ashram, to which she feels deeply connected to their linage master Sri Avatara Babaji. She spends each year travelling, teaching and living between India,Thailand, Russia and Europe, offering courses and various workshops, retreats and classes. She offers on going support to the participants and teachers that receive teachings Satya Loka school, and also offers personal tuition.
When Radasi is not teaching she likes to spend time with her nieces and nephews and visits sacred sites through pilgrimages, she attends silent retreats and satsang, and practices daily sadhana [personal spiritual practice], which all support to enhance her service and the overall spiritual awakening.
Rory began practicing Yoga in 1998 primarily for its healing benefits and to aid recovery from sporting injuries. He continued his personal practice until early 2008, whereupon he successfully completed a Level 2 teacher training course at Agama on Koh Phangan, Thailand.
Since then he has taught Yoga full time in Scotland, London, India, Bali and Thailand.
For the last 3 years Rory has been focusing his energies on facilitating and running Yoga Teacher Training courses (Ashatanga Vinyasa style) and has taught in over a dozen Level 1 and Level 2 YTT’s for both Tribe Yoga and Agama Yoga. He has also successfully run many retreats, workshops and immersion courses teaching aspects of the Yoga system that truly make his and others hearts sing. This has given Rory solid experience in teaching students of varying experience in a wonderful array of environments from teacher training courses to Scottish prisons!
His knowledge of Hatha, Ashtanga, Anataomy, Tantra, Kundalini Yoga, Yin Yoga and Advaita Vedanta has been deepened by the guidance and study with many teachers namely Swami Vivekananda Saraswati (Agama Yoga), Reinhard Gammenthaller (Kundalini Yoga Parampara), Sahajananda (Hridaya Yoga), Sri V.Sheshadri (Patanjala Ashtanga Vinyasa) Leslie Kaminoff (Yoga Anatomy NYC) and Paul Grilley (Yin Yoga). His experience of these many disciplines from asana to meditation to anatomy and philosophy has evolved through self discipline, practice and continued aspiration.
Rory has proven himself to be a dedicated, popular Yoga teacher, his warm and relaxed character coupled with his continued personal development within Yoga ensures that the quality of the teachings he passes on will go from strength to strength.
Sophia La Pastina
Sophia La Pastina is an internationally acclaimed Yoga teacher, healer and spiritual guide known for her empowering and transformational approach to yoga, healing arts and spirituality.
Sophia’s teaching draws on the depth of the Bihar Yoga tradition which stems from the Sivananda linage of masters. Through the grace of her teachers she is able to bring alive the ancient wisdom of the East for modern seekers. The depth of Sophia s teachings allows students to connect deeply with their own authentic power, spirit and truth.
In the present widespread of Yoga in the west it can sometimes be difficult to find teachings that are rooted in an authentic linage. The Bihar school’s teachings are used by many schools as core teachings for Yoga and Tantra. Sophia spent 7 years studying in depth this esoteric system and five years studying as a Chiropractor Doctor (D.C).. She later combined this ancient wisdom with the modern day knowledge of anatomy, body alignment and holistic wellbeing.
Sophia has been referred to as a ‘pioneering and inspiring presence in yoga’s evolution in the west’, her heart-centered teachings have influenced many students and teachers around the world. She holds certification in Yoga and Ayurvedic Yoga Massage.
Sophia’s style of classes include Asana, Kriyas, various mudras of the body and hands, spontaneous asana flow and a rich transmission of knowledge through out the class. Sophia has taught various teacher trainings in Yoga, AcroYoga and massage therapy. She holds workshops and drop in classes seasonally in Goa and the Himalayas in India and offers sacred journeys to ancient powers sites in Brazil.
Sophia has been deeply influenced and guided by her spiritual master SrI Prem Baba, a Vedic and shamanic Guru from Brazil. She has been a main Yoga influence for the ashram in both Brazil and Rishikesh and is presently working on a project to align her style of Yoga with the work of Prem Baba. The project is called Awaken Yoga.
Prashant was initiated into Yoga at an early age, inspired by his Grandfather performing headstand every morning, he was taught Hatha Yoga at high school in Delhi and then starting his teaching career teaching his fellow University students in Ireland.
Ten years later, he still finds himself hungry to share, learn and engage in the bliss and benifits of Yoga. His professional practice has been informed by his experience of Vinyasa flow in Rishikesh and Goa, Shivananda Yoga in Kerala, Art of Living (Sri Sri Yoga) in Bangalore and Restorative Yoga in Belgum.
His most extensive and most recent personal training has been as a follower of the B.K.S Iyengar methodology, under senior Iyengar teachers Usha Devi, Lothar Hofler, Raghuvendra Shenoy and Dr. Abhay Kesti, his Guru, with whom he has developed a passion for Yoga Therapy.
Prashant’s Yoga practice and teaching has lead him all across Europe, through Nepal and Thailand, as well as several remote and urban parts of India teaching and learning.
The exploration, via yoga, of the Zen and Tantric principles of self- observation, self-acceptance, and inner relaxation is the driving factor behind Prashant’s current teaching practice.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, Lisa Nicholas is an internationally certified and experienced yoga teacher. She started practicing yoga from a book in the mid eighties to improve performance when she was travelling as a member of the Australian freestyle ski team! After a long ski career combining teaching, competing and modelling, Lisa turned to natural therapies, which she had used to support her athletic endeavours over the years of professional skiing . She studied Herbal Medicine, Reflexology, Deep Tissue Massage, Shiatsu, and a variety of energetic techniques. Each course had a segment of anatomy, so gradually her interest in, and understanding of, the human body increased. After studying to teach yoga with various teachers, Lisa was particularly drawn to anatomy and is now combing yoga teaching with specialised anatomy courses on Yoga Teacher Trainings. Lisa continues to broaden her knowledge through further anatomy studies, and is particularly drawn to new research on myofascia tissue.
The many years of physical and mental work needed to achieve international recognition in skiing and over 25 years of experience teaching private clients give Lisa a deep insight into the processes involved in both teaching and learning. Over 15 years of experience as a therapist lends confidence to dealing with imbalances in both body and mind. Lisa combines these experiences, blending her knowledge of performance, teaching and bodywork seamlessly when sharing different aspects of yoga, anatomy and physiology.
Lisa opened ‘Ambrosia’ a combined Health Food, Massage and Yoga center, in Verbier, Switzerland and managed and co ordinated the centre for 11 years. Deciding to move away from resort life, she opened ‘Zaza Yoga’, a yoga studio and recently ‘Aramia’, a therapy center and vegetarian cooking school, also in Switzerland.