Navtej Johar is a practitioner and master-teacher of yoga in the lineage of Sri T Krishnamacharyaand Sri TKV Desikachar. A long time student and a close associate of the KYM (Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai) he is certified by the KHYF (Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga Foundation) as well as holds the Grand Parent Certification (500 hours) from the Yoga Alliance, USA. Firmly grounded in the KYM tradition he has over two decades of teaching experience in the USA. His teaching can range from being challenging to gentle and meditative; his detailed instruction in asana, pranayama and meditation also incorporates mantra, Vedic chanting, visualization along with traditional techniques of nyasa and mudra. Being an exponent of Bharatanatyam (classical Indian dance), his style has an added element of flow and precision. Adept in teaching the classical texts, namely The Yoga Sutra-s of Patanjali, Yoga Rahasya by Nathamuni, Hatha Yoga Pradipikaby Svatmarama, and the Yogayajnavalkya Samhita, Johar’s approach is both adaptive and creative. He freely draws from his pool of experience both as a dancer and a yoga practitioner to devise practices that are pertinent, self-reflective and suited to the requirements and capabilities of each individual practitioner.
Monica Chand received her training in the Krishnamacharya tradition of yoga under Navtej Johar at Studio Abhyas and also trained in Yoga Therapy from the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, Chennai. She is also trained in Hatha Yoga and is a certified Pranic Healer. She has been training and teaching for the past 8 years and now teaches Yoga for Children, Advanced Yoga for Adults, Pre and Post Natal Yoga and is consultant for Yoga Therapy at Studio Abhyas. Monica's classes are challenging and invigorating and involve detailed work on the body, breath and mind. In her experience, the emphasis on breath while doing the asanas; and the precise combination of breath, movement and sound can give the practitioner an experience which is both physical as well as spiritual, and can be truly transformative!
Arundhati took her first yoga class in 2002 and stumbled through many forms and classes before finding her teacher Navtej Johar. She loved the warmth and camaraderie between students at the Studio and also the thoughtfulness and depth of the teaching. Classes go beyond asana to incorporate breath, mindfulness, and theory, and she hopes to incorporate these elements in her own teaching.
Arundhati also practices criminal law: the practice of law and the practice of yoga are perhaps exact opposites! To balance them both out, the aim of her practice is to reach a point of stillness and quiet, and to use that stillness as a barometer to measure one's internal condition.