Maheshwari, Centre Founder & Course Leader (Jane)

My given name is Jane and my spiritual name is Maheshwari. I’ve been teaching yoga for over 20 years in a variety of environments, including a school for the disabled, drug rehabilitation centres and in prisons. I have been very much influenced by the teachings of Swami Nishchalananda and other incredible teachers at Mandala Yoga Ashram, and have been attending courses there since 1994.

I completed a two year British Wheel of Yoga teaching course in 1994 and went on to do the Mandala Yoga Ashram teacher training finishing in 2000. I continue to go to the Ashram regularly and the last course I went on was a one year chakra course.


Poornam, Centre Yoga Teacher

Poornam attended her first yoga class in the West of Ireland. She recalls that walking home that evening she knew she had bumped into something that could inform the way she lived the rest of her life.

She moved to London in 1989 to study at the Satyananda Yoga Centre. Over time the practices supported her to develop deep listening, self-compassion, awareness and a knowledge of body mind.

On returning to the UK she co-founded the PadmaSambhava yoga centre in Wales, while integrating yogic principles into her everyday life.

She taught a wide spectrum of yoga and meditation practices for 15 years, while returning to the Bihar school of yoga in India most winters to study with a wide circle of international teachers.

She has worked as a Montessori teacher over two decades, and introduced yoga to many children as a tool to handle and channel strong emotional energy.

She particularly loves working with the energy body and sound.

She has also taught yoga for 15 years in a mental health day centre and for the Stroke Association.

She has been living in Devon since 2014 teaching weekly classes, workshops and courses in Ashburton, Exeter, Wales and London plus one-to-one classes, private retreats and mentoring.


Peter Bligh, Centre Yoga Teacher

After many years of living, learning and teaching in yoga ashrams and Buddhist centres in the UK, Greece, and India, Peter returned to New Zealand where he now lives, practices and teaches yoga and meditation.

Trained in the Bihar School of Yoga tradition and many years at Mandala Yoga Ashram gives peter a broad and practical knowledge of yoga and its application in daily life.

During the past 9 years he has also spent part of the year touring Europe, at the invitation of other teachers and yoga centres, co-teaching programmes that are suitable for anyone with an interest in yoga and meditation.

Peter is known for his ability to create a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where students can learn and develop personal practices that can significantly improve their own sense of well-being.

His clear and direct style, delivered with gentle humour and related anecdotes, make his programmes a genuinely unique experience – enjoyable, stimulating, highly informative and personally beneficial.

“Yoga and Meditation is for every one, every body and every mind.”

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