Yoga Teachers at SWAN

Meet our dedicated team of yoga teachers here at SWAN Yoga and Meditation Retreat. We not only teach yoga asana and pranayama, we hope to inspire you, expand your horizons, and stimulate thought. Come, experience what it means to ‘Live Yoga’ with us at SWAN Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Goa, India.

Gyanmitra Saraswati

Gyanmitra Saraswati is the founder of the social enterprise SWAN Foundation for Ayurveda and Yoga Research, based in Goa, India. Through this he is engaged in various activities to promote the traditional knowledge of Ayurveda and Yoga to the community, by conducting need- based programs to help the people who need it the most in the local community.

He is also the founder of SWAN Yoga Retreat, where he is responsible for managing and teaching the courses conducted during the season, from October to May. For the rest of the year, Gyanmitra is living on the island of Mallorca, where he is sharing his knowledge and experiences with people by conducting various seminars and courses of Yoga, Yoga Philosophy and Yoga Nidra.


Dayamurti, the guiding force behind the asana and pranayama of Classical Hatha Yoga taught here at SWAN Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Goa, India. A disciple of Swami Niranajanananda Saraswati of the Bihar School of Yoga, in Munger, India. Daya holds a Master’s Degree in Yoga, MSc. (yoga education) from SVYASA University, in Bangalore, India. In addition, she has completed various other yoga courses from reputable organizations and yoga ashrams. Yoga courses of particular importance include: MSc. (Yoga Education) BSc (Yoga Philosophy & Sciences) from SVYASA, in Bangalore, India.

Yoga instructor course from SVYASA, in Bangalore, an advanced yoga teacher training course at Sivanada Ashram, in Neyyardam, Kerala. In addition, Daya has completed four-month yoga certificate course from BYB, in Munger, India and a yoga teacher training course, in Rikhia, Jharkhand. Very dedicated in her teaching and to the simplicity of spiritual living, Daya’s here at SWAN Yoga Retreat is very much enjoyed and appreciated by everyone.


Om is from a family whose lineage is connected to one of the great saints of Bhakti Movement of the middle ages named Sri Ramananda, who was the guru of the great mystique-poet Saint Kabir Das. After studying engineering for few years, he knew that his calling in life was not a career in the world of technology, but rather the quest of finding God, and this lead him to his Guru Sri Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati of Munger.
He stayed in ashram for more than three years training under his Guru. During his time in the Ashram he was involved in work related to conducting various Tantric rituals like Puja, Havan (fire ceremony), Anushthanas, Chanting of Mantras and specific practices related to the Tantra. He was also involved in teaching Asana, Pranayama and other practices related to Yoga to the participants of the Yoga Courses being conducted at the ashram during his time there. At SWAN Yoga Retreat Goa, he is responsible for the Tantric and Vedic rituals conducted here on a regular basis besides teaching and conducting the special yoga retreats we organize from time to time. His simple yet very passionate way of talking is loved by one and all. A lot can be said about him, but to make it short: he is OM.


Shivendra was born into and grew up in a family of Vedic priests and astrologers and was often surrounded by Vedic rituals and philosophies. After completing his degree in Indian History and working briefly in the travel industry, he realized that something was missing, something that would provide lasting health, inner peace and happiness. It was then that yoga became a tool with which he sought to understand life.
He completed a yoga teacher training course and then pursued a graduate (BSc.) degree in yogic science followed by Master’s in yoga education (MSc.). For more than 12 years now he has been using yoga to learn about life and sharing the experience with others. Here at SWAN Yoga Retreat, in Goa, India he is multi-tasking. Shivendra takes care of communication, reservations and administration in addition to delivering lectures and conducting work-shops when time permits. Join Shivendra at SWAN Yoga and Meditation Retreat to experience what it means to live yoga in a very practical way, everyday.

Guest Teachers

Swami Tapondhi

Swami Taponidhi Saraswati, was initiated into the Dasnami Sanyasa tradition by his Guru Paramhamsa Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, and has been a full-time resident at the Bihar School of Yoga since 2001. He holds a Master’s degree in applied yogic science from the Bihar School of Yoga, in Munger, India and has been involved in disseminating the art and science of yoga as taught by the Satyananda Yoga tradition. While conducting and teaching yoga programs, he brings out the vision of the sages creatively and intuitively, promoting the evolution and improving the quality of life. Sami Taponidhi is a visiting faculty to SWAN Yoga Retreat. He is presently conducting yoga camps entitled Yoga begins with Pratyahara at various location in India and particularly in Mumbai, India.


Dimple found yoga at a difficult time of her life and willingly or not has been having a torrid love affair with it since. Her adoration of yogic movement derives from the stage of her first pregnancy complications where she met one Guru in her home town Ranchi (India) at Yogoda Ashram and Yoga has since transformed her lifestyle on so many levels, from a couch potato housewife to a person mindful of what she puts in her body.
Taking a break from her Legal career she did her teacher training from Bihar. After suffering from gestational diabetes and grossly overweight, she began to delve into the therapeutics and the restorative abilities of yoga.