Teachers at Haa Retreat Center
Is originally from Iceland where she studied linguistics at the University of Reykjavik. Spontaneous experiences in her youth introduced her to the mystical path and she began searching for someone who could teach her genuine meditation. During her studies she practised yoga, but it was not until she moved to Denmark in 1982 that she found what she had been looking for. She attended courses at the Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School and Swami Janakananda´s teaching.
Through the years Swami Ma Sita has been active as a teacher at the school´s different departments in Scandinavia. In 1991 she moved to Haa Retreat Center, where she teaches yoga and meditation, is in charge of the yoga teacher education and the distribution of the titles of Bindu Publishers – and takes part in the management of the retreat center.
Besides extensive teaching in the retreats and the yoga teacher training, there are above all three areas Swami Ma Sita has explored in depth; Prana Vidya, Kirtan and together with Swami Janakananda she teaches Kriya Yoga on the 1- and 3-month sadhana retreats.
is the leader of Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School in Stockholm. She was born and raised on the west coast of Sweden. She started her training at the school in Copenhagen, where she lived for five years. During the summers of this period, she was the driving force behind the organic farming at Haa Retreat Center.
In 1987 Mira began to teach at the school in Stockholm. Besides giving daily courses in yoga and meditation at the school, she teaches regularly for companies and at health resorts. Mira writes and translates for the magazine Bindu.
was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Scotland. Having practised meditation from a young age and experiencing some benefits, he had a keen interest in continuing the quest to discover himself. Yoga became a part of his everyday life and when he heard about the in-depth training you can get at Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School, he turned his sights towards the three month course.
A year later Vasistha Jyoti came back to live at the ashram of Haa Retreat Center and be part of the yoga teacher training. He now undergoes a meditation teacher training at our school in Copenhagen.
is from Gothenburg, Sweden. He first came into contact with yoga as a teenager, when he attended an evening course with Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School. He found himself amazed by the effect it had on his life and his creative capacities, and for a few years he worked intensively with art, using yoga and meditation as an aid. However, his desire to share yoga with others grew stronger, and he chose to join the yoga teacher education in Haa.
Shantiram is now living and working at the course center, taking care of computer administration, web design and beekeeping. He teaches in several towns in southern Sweden.
Mariana Elvang grew up at the Black Sea in Romania. She has lived in Denmark where she in 2003 met Swami Janakananda during a Satsang. This made a strong impression on her and over the next few years she participated in several retreats in Håå. After living for a while in the ashram in Copenhagen, she decided to move to Håå and join the yoga teacher education.
Mariana is a good cook and responsible for both flowers and pets, thereby creating a pleasant atmosphere at our retreat center. She teaches in the nearby towns.
comes from Stockholm. In the upper teens, her search for spiritual knowledge was aroused, and Sally began yoga. For a few years she studied engineering, worked as a teacher and summer camp leader, and became involved in environmental issues.
Gradually, the desire to immerse herself in yoga and meditation became stronger and Sally attended the Three month sadhana retreatat the Håå. A year later, she moved into the ashram and began the yoga teacher training, to continue working with herself and to start teaching.
originally comes from Northern Jutland in Denmark. He lived in Sweden for seven years, where he taught at the school in Stockholm and traveled around the country teaching weekend courses. In 1985 he moved to Copenhagen and is now in charge of the school there.
Franz has 30 years experience teaching yoga and meditation, and he teaches many different types of students including athletes, gymnastics instructors and health sector employees. Franz moreover runs courses for companies, training them in yoga and meditation in daily life to prevent stress.
comes from Finland. She has practised yoga since the end of the eighties when she studied to become, and worked as a conservator. In 1995 she participated in the 3-month course, after which she started the yoga teacher training – exchanging the maintenance of the material tradition with that of the spiritual.
After having lived at the course center in Haa and the school in Copenhagen for many years, she now lives in Helsinki in Finland, where she started teaching in the fall of 2007.
Gyanashakti is British, but has spent a large part of her life in Sweden.
In the 1990’s she worked as a physio-therapist with cardiac rehabilitation in Stockholm, which is where she came into contact with Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation school. In 1998 she participated in the three-month retreat at Haa. This was a life-changing experience, and a great shift in perspective – yoga and meditation was working on a more profound level than physio-therapy.
Gyanashakti did the yoga and meditation teacher training, living in Haa, and in the school in Stockholm, for seven years. After an intermittent stay of two years teaching yoga in Oslo, she returned to Britain in 2007, and now teaches in London.
grew up in Trollhättan, in Sweden. While working with sound, music and acoustics in Gothenburg, he started meditating regularly and sought yoga as a complement to his meditation. When he attended an evening course at Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School, he became fascinated by the effect yoga had on both body and mind. He decided to go deeper by attending the 3-month course at Håå Retreat Center.
Vijayananda was greatly influenced by this retreat experience and chose to commence the 4-year full-time education to become a yoga teacher, in order to be able to inspire and spread yoga to others.
is from Stockholm. After many years working in academia, she felt the need to explore her spiritual side. At Scandinavian Yoga and Meditation School in Stockholm, she found the authentic yoga practice she was looking for. This inspired her to participate in the 3- month retreat at Håå Retreat Center. The energy and harmony that she experienced from the yoga, made her want to spend more time at the center, and she participated on more retreats, both as a student and as a volunteer, for three years. Lina then moved in to the ashram and started her yoga teacher training; both to deepen her own self-knowledge and also to pass on yoga and its benefits to others.
has been inspired from childhood by her mother to embrace the spiritual aspect of life. Searching for ways to fulfill this, but without knowing where to find it, led her to finally have the courage to give up her job, and the life she lived. She decided to participate in the annual 3-months retreat at Håå Retreat Center. Returning home after the retreat, she realized that she missed the subtle development gained at Håå, and the life in the countryside, living and working with other people, and with animals. She had found what she wanted to do. After the summer, she moved in to the ashram and started the yoga teacher training.