Vinay Jesta, E-RYT (Lead Trainer)
Vinay is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) from India with over 7000 instruction hours. Trained in various Yoga traditions, he teaches alignment focused and breath centred Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga practices. He currently teaches workshops, retreats and Yoga Teacher Training Courses in India and Europe.
Vinay’s Journey into Yoga began at a very young age as his parents introduced him to the practice and yoga was also a part of his school activities. He later continued his journey with teachers from different lineages, with his first teacher being from the Satyanada tradition. His quest for knowledge took him to study with different teachers in different parts of India. Vinyasa Yoga is his true love and his teaching style is often called by his students as very “natural” and “playful”.
Vinay strongly believes that yoga is for everyone, whether you are a spiritual seeker or a fitness enthusiast. Yoga is the path leading you to be a healthier, happier and better version of yourself.
“Everyone has their calling to practice Yoga and I am here to help them in their path by sharing my knowledge and experience .Through yoga one can achieve a healthy body, peaceful mind and redirect their energy inwards for self study (Swadhyaya). I love Inspiring people to make Yoga a part of their lives with my classes,workshops and courses, and this is what I find most rewarding.” ~Vinay Jesta
Leona Dinopol, E-RYT (Founder of Bodhi Yoga Center)
Leona is a Registered Yoga Teacher from the Philippines. Groomed by her parents to become a future entrepreneur, she finished business school and dabbled into the business world in her early twenties. Frustrated that she could find no sense of fulfillment with the daily grind, she discovered her practice after a yoga studio opened up nearby.
She initially took up yoga as a hobby that slowly evolved to become her passion. She found herself sharing more about her practice to anyone who cared to listen. In her quest for deeper understanding of the practice, she traveled to India where she took her Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh. That following year, she finally opened her own yoga center in her Philippine hometown, General Santos City. Her vision is to create a safe and sustainable community by harnessing the power of yoga to bring people in harmony with themselves and their surroundings.
Her yoga practice has slowly and gradually evolved from a physical endeavor into something more of a spiritual journey. She began to explore different methods of meditation and found comfort in the Vipassana tradition, the art of seeing things as they are.
Not only have yoga and meditation given her a sense of purpose, it was also through her practice that her perspectives in life changed. She finally learned to be more open and accepting of the present circumstances.
“Yoga is a way of life. It’s not just a weight-loss program. It’s the whole nine yards. With how I understand it, it’s completely surrendering to something bigger than yourself. It is adhering to the laws of this land in order to coexist with other beings in perfect harmony. It’s being aware of our thoughts, words, and actions at all times to ensure we do not hurt ourselves and others. It’s taking care of our physical being, knowing that the body is the instrument to reach our own divinities. It’s not giving in to temptations of greed and indolence. It’s focusing our mind to achieve our goals. It’s directing our energies into great and positive things.” ~Leona Dinopol