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Our Lovely People

The Ashram is staffed by a resident team of teachers and students working in the spirit of service. This has been the way here in all the 35 years since the Ashram's founding.

Our senior teachers have nearly 100 years of yoga teaching experience between them, creating a rich culture of grounded spirituality here.

Our Founder

The Ashram was founded in 1986 by Swami Nishchalananda Saraswati upon his return from India, where for 14 years he studied and practiced the different paths of Yoga under the direct guidance of his guru, Swami Satyananda Saraswati. He is a recognised Yoga Acharia - Master of Yoga.

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Ashram Teachers

In addition to Swami Nishchalananda's yoga mastery, the Ashram benefits from the presence of our highly experienced senior teachers who have over 60 years of teaching experience between them. Many of the other members of our team are also yoga teachers or teachers-in-training.

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The Team

Our team is made up of a stable core of long-serving senior teachers, a slowly shifting mantle of medium-term residents, and a more fluid group of shorter-term members. What unites us all is our commitment to deepening our own understanding and supporting others to do the same.

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Our Founder

Swami Nishchalananda

Swami Nishchalananda is a rare gem in the world of yoga, combining a deep and extensive classical training in yoga and tantra with a naturally humane, down-to-earth and non-dogmatic approach to spirituality. He has lived a life committed to the path of yoga, first spending 14 years in India with his Guru, Swami Satyananda Sawaswati, and then returning to the UK to found Mandala Yoga Ashram, which over the course of three and a half decades he has nurtured into an internationally renowned center of yogic studies.

He has taught countless courses on yoga, advaita and tantra, in India, here at the Ashram, and all over Europe, and authored a number of classic modern yogic texts, most notably 'Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha', the encyclopedic 'Yoga & Kriya - A Systematic Course in the Ancient Tantric Techniques of Yoga and Kriya', and 'Insight Into Reality - The Tantric Teaching of the Vigyana Bhairava Tantra.'

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Our Teachers

Swami SatyaDaya

Swami SatyaDaya is a born seeker who brings a very meditative and reflective style to his practice and teaching. As a gyana yogi, his main path is gyana yoga (the path of reflection and insight). He has been fundamentally inspired by his time at Mandala Yoga Ashram under the direction of Swami Nishchalananda and through his contact with other inspiring teachers, and has now fully stepped into the role of teacher, guide and inspirer.

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Swami Krishnapremananda

Swami Krishnapremananda has been living, practicing, serving and teaching in the ashram since 1997. He is a senior resident teacher and director of the Ashram's Teacher Training Course. His yogic understanding has gradually matured over the years through contact with inspirational teachers, combined with sustained and dedicated practice.

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Tulsi

Tulsi has been practising yoga for 35 years in the Satyananda tradition and teaching since 2001. She has specialised in working with people with a wide range of mental and physical health issues. In addition to running weekly classes, retreats and 1:1 sessions, she has worked in day centres, schools, prisons, hospitals, mental health projects and residential homes. She joined the Ashram and its teaching team in September 2019.

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Ananda Devi

Ananda Devi is our Operations Manager here at the Ashram, overseeing the smooth running of the place and the safety and wellbeing of our resident team and guests. She is also a valued member of our teaching team, having graduated from our 2-year Yoga Teacher Training Course in 2017. She brings a warmth and generosity of spirit to this combination of roles, as well as a dose of wise Irish humour.

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Visiting Teachers

In addition to Swami Nishchalananda and the senior teachers based in the Ashram, the Ashram also plays host to a number of highly experienced visiting teachers.

Swami Gyan Dharma

Trained in India, Swami Gyan Dharma has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 40 years. His life is rooted in a meditative connection with his inner being. Just being in his presence can catalyse transformation.

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Reva

Reva is an Ashram qualified yoga teacher and former resident. Her background is in psychotherapy and shamanic work, and she is dedicated to reawakening the Divine Feminine. She weaves all these elements into her teaching and practice.

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Dr. Hania Kramlund

Hania is a specialist in family and general medicine in Sweden. She has practiced Yoga for 23 years and has been teaching yoga since 2002. She is fascinated by the intersection of Yoga and medicine, and heads our Yoga Therapy course.

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Rajesh David

Rajesh is a devotional composer and singer with a background in Indian classical music. He is a warm and experienced teacher who gives seminars on Nada Yoga & classical yogic texts in the UK & abroad.

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Monica Douglas

Monica Douglas is a heart-centred yoga teacher with a long term relationship with the Ashram. She is a love alchemist and fierce advocate for free expression, helping people to reclaim their wildness and wisdom to find liberation, joy and love in life.

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Our Team

Residential Retreats

Our residential retreats are rare opportunities to go deep into the mysteries of yoga in an environment of great natural beauty and focused spiritual energy. Set in 25 acres of lush gardens and grounds, nestling amidst beautiful, remote hill-country in Southwest Wales, UK, the Ashram has been a hub of spiritual practice for over 35 years. During that time it has been a place of profound learning and transformation for thousands of people from all walks of life. We currently offer fully residential retreat courses of between 2 and 10 days in length, as well as longer sadhana courses combining multiple residential retreats with guided home-study.

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Our Online Offerings

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Online Courses

We offer two kinds of online course: live courses broadcast via Zoom, and self-study courses provided through our own online portal.

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Mandala Yoga Ashram Online Satsang

Online Satsang

Join Swami Nishchalananda on Zoom for one-hour satsang sessions. These free sessions usually take place twice per month. Register below to receive invites.

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Mandala Yoga Ashram Online Community

Ashram Sangha

The Ashram Sangha is our new online hub, a space for us to support all those who feel a connection with the Ashram, its teachings, and its vibrant yoga community.

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Our Founder

Mandala Yoga Ashram was founded in 1986 by Swami Nishchalananda on his return from India after spending 14 years with his Guru, Swami Satyananda, studying all aspects of yoga and imbibing the true essence of this ancient tradition. Swami Nishchalanda ('Swamiji') is recognised as a genuine Yoga Acharya - a Master of Yoga.
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Charitable Status

The Ashram is a registered charity whose mission is to uplift humanity through the teachings of yoga, advaita and tantra. As an independent institution not affiliated to any set of religious beliefs, the purpose of the Ashram is simply to help people to remember their own sacredness and the sacredness of all that exists.
Registered Charity No. 1195209
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Our Address

Mandala Yoga Ashram
Pantypistyll, Llansadwrn, Llanwrda,
Carmarthenshire,
Wales, UK, 
SA19 8NR
Tel: +44 (0)1558 685358
Email: [email protected]
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