goa wellness fest

Experts from around the Globe & Instructors from Goa, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru & rest of India. We will have Ayurvedic specialists, Nurtition experts, Nurses and Volunteer attenders to help provide you a stress-free experience. In addition to the experts, participants include:

  • International practitioners & visitors to Goa

  • Domestic visitors with initial & serious inclination towards Yoga

  • Seekers of wellness & nature – arriving randomly from all over the world



Eknath (Amit Kumar)


Kings XI Punjab stole everyone’s heart with its splendid performances in IPL. While the presence of star players helped, what caught the eye was that the side played with a selfbelief, especially against bigger outfits, which was hitherto lacking. That self-belief was instilled due to a `winning mantra’ introduced to them by Mumbai-based yoga guru, Eknath alias Amit Kumar, before the tournament began. Eknath imparts teachings of the `Satyanand yoga,’ also known as the `Bihar School of Yoga.’ The `Bihar School of Yoga,’ located in Munger, is the first deemed Yoga University in the world. Sportspersons practising yoga, which came into existence thousands of years back, isn’t a unique thing. It helps them improve concentration powers and reduce stress. In India, star golfer Arjun Atwal and the national team’s archers have practised `Satyanand yoga,’ over the years.

“The highlight of the practice was meditation, which helps a player in unleashing his potential,“ the yoga teacher said, before explaining how meditation helped the players perform better in high-stress situations that they encounter in the IPL. “It helps the body relax. It is the best tool to cope with lack of sleep. Thirty minutes of `Yoga Nidra’ is equivalent to three hours of sleep. It reduces oxygen requirement and aid metabolism. It also enables you to breathe `deep and slow’ instead of `fast and shallow.“

After the sessions, Ekanth received excellent feedback from the players. “Virender Sehwag told me that he loved practising yoga, and would suggest youngsters to do so. He said that he ignored yoga when he came into the Indian team, but, at 35, he had found that it is the most powerful tool to help stay relaxed and improve fitness.”, Eknath added.

Deepa Nair


Deepa has always been a fan of fitness since being introduced to the outdoors life during her stay in the US between 1993 and 2007. After moving back to India, she pursued this passion by becoming a certified fitness instructor from one of India’s top fitness academy. While working with a fitness chain, she was introduced to Iyengar Yoga and several other styles of yoga in 2008. After learning and practicing for over 2 years, she began teaching in 2010 with a qualification in Hatha Yoga. Her classes focus on strengthening, stretching, breathing, relaxing and gradually developing flexibility. In 2014, continuing her personal growth, she completed the gruelling requirements to obtain a Yoga Alliance (USA) certification.

Ashwini Hardikar


Ashwini has been a Yoga practitioner for 17 years now at the Iyengar institute.She has been a teacher with Param Yoga since 2010. She conducts pilates and power yoga workshops for KPIT, AXA, Symbiosis, and Vertex staff. Ashwini has always been a student of Yoga. Though she holds a Diploma (Institute of a Hotel Management Dadar, Mumbai) and a degree (Hotel Management from Florida International University, Miami, USA) in Hotel management and has years of work experience in the field, she decided to the hectic pace of life.

Ashwini chose to develop her interest in Yoga further to find inner peace. In her words, “teaching Yoga gives me immense pleasure satisfaction and an indescribable high!”

Tulshiram Koli


Tulshiram Koli has been an Ayurvedic therapist and Yoga practitioner since 2006. Trained in Ernakulam in both restorative Yoga & traditional Therapies, Tulshi has been providing clients with wellness solutions for the past 10 years at various locations in India and Internationally. More recently, his work has been evident with the Indian Air Force imparting Yoga and Relaxation techniques to the cadets & officers at Mumbai and Wellington.

At the Goa Wellness Festival 2018, Tulshi will be focusing on restorative techniques to help our participants initiate self recovery from chronic conditions like Sciatica, L4-L5 dislocations, Migraines and lifestyle related disorders. Along with the Yoga sessions that he will impart, Tulshi and his team will be available for personalized treatment packages (paid separately) for 3-5 days.

Nishita Tambe


Nishita Tambe has been introduced to Yoga since the age of 18 yrs, being blessed by many Spiritual Masters. She has been practicing the Hatha Yoga for the past 20 years and decided to train as a Teacher in 2010. After her Certifications, she started Teaching to Individuls and groups of people in Mumbai. After shifting to Goa in 2011, she continued her teaching in Baga and then Porvorim in North Goa. Subsequently, she established her Centre at Swami Vivenkananda society, Panaji, Goa. She taught Yoga to women in different societies at Porvorim North Goa. She is conducting Regular Classes at Norbert’s Club House (Chain of health care studios) and at TRAYA Natural Health Centre, Dona Paula since March 2016 till date for all age groups.


Capt. G.S. Chadha


He is a hardcore food-as-your-medicine practitioner, adopts traditional & tech innovation to food cultivation & wellness, farming roots dating in the pre-post independence era of India

Purti Sharma


Besides being a Nutritionist by profession Purti is also a Writer, Blogger, Social worker and an ardent Nature lover. Her articles, passages and anecdotes related to child development and preservation of Nature, have been appearing in different newspapers. Also, her blogs get published on various blogging sites. Under the NAIP – Project on millets, funded by World Bank, she has extensively worked on the enrichment and popularization of millets in rural and urban area of Karnataka including Gadag, Haveri, Mysore, Bengaluru, Hubbali-Dharwad, Gulbarga and Bijapur by conducting various awareness programmes and recipe competitions on millets. She is also working towards creating child awareness on health, nutrition, literature and history and also value education as Associate Member of Children’s Academy.

Sheryl Afonso e DSouza


Sheryl Afonso e D’Souza obtained her Master’s degree in Food, Nutrition & Dietetics from the University of Mumbai in 2000, following which she found immediate appointment as Asst. Professor in the subject at the Goa College of Home Science. Sheryl is presently Asst. Professor at the Post-Graduate Degree Department of Food Technology at Carmel College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Nuvem. In the teaching profession for 17 years now, Ms. Afonso relishes the sense of fulfillment that accompanies interacting with young minds and credits the career choice for keeping her constantly updated with the latest in all things concerning food, nutrition and health. The opportunity to write for local newspapers and magazines, especially through her weekly column on the Weekender, ensures that Sheryl is also able to live her dream of spreading the message of healthy eating and healthy living to the masses.

Ms. Afonso is associated with the Indian Red Cross Society and Norbert’s Fitness Studio as Clinical Nutritionist, and is also Visiting Faculty at institutes such as St. Xavier’s College, Nirmala Institute of Education, and the Academy of Culinary Education. As Director of the YMCA, Panaji, and Chairperson of the Women’s Forum, YMCA, Panaji, Sheryl enjoys the joy that comes with organizing events and helping the underprivileged sections of society. In September 2017, Sheryl obtained her certification as Health Coach from ACE (American Council on Exercise), which further improves her ability and skill in helping individuals achieve their health goals in a professional manner. “A healthy outside starts from the inside” is Sheryl’s motto that ensures she gets her daily dose of mental and physical activity by way of reading and exercising, along with a prescription amount of soul-satisfying food!


David Stanton


David is the co-creator and consultant at TATVA. He started his career in mental health in the UK over thirty years ago, in a community based project giving counselling, advice and information. For the past nineteen years he has been an international psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer, lecturer, consultant and coach. He has helped establish and manage a number of non-profits, private, community and residential mental health services in Europe, Africa and Asia. His goal is to continue helping people through his experiences, knowledge and research. He is dedicated to furthering mental health awareness through therapy and education and is especially interested in working with diverse cultures in various settings.

Kripi Malviya


Kripi is a psychologist, experiential psychotherapist and advocate with a Masters in Clinical Psychology with an International Certification in Addiction Counselling and Training.​ She has worked with​ adolescents, adults, couples and families with multi-disciplinary teams of international mental health professionals, from varied cultures and therapeutic backgrounds. She facilitates addiction treatment and general mental health training workshops in the South Asian and South East Asian regions; including Bhutan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand including her role as a Regional Resource Training Coordinator in India. Kripi is an existentially inclined psychotherapist and a poet who promotes and facilitates the reciprocal connection and relationship between creativity and psychotherapy with respect, openness and vulnerability. She is the co-founder of the Poetry Therapy Society of India.

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