Our team is what makes the heart and soul of Purna Yoga Retreat Centre. Our staff members are like our family and we care for each other with deep respect and love which is palpable and can be felt by anyone who comes to experience our retreat centre. We all work together in unison to ensure a smooth operation and more importantly a cosy familial atmosphere, which encourages that which we wish to promote with our yoga activities – opening up and reconnecting with self, healing on an inner level and developing a strong personal connection with the life force within, all the while empowering each other in the process.
Yoga & Meditation Teacher
Manohar comes from a family with a long yoga tradition and he started practicing yoga at a young age. His father Purna, who is a medical professional, has always been passionate about daily yoga and meditation practice and Manohar grew up immersed in his father's dedication to natural health and yoga, listening to the stories of his dream of one day opening a yoga centre.
In his early twenties Manohar set off in the search for his path in life. He completed his travel and tourism degree and travelled Europe before he felt an inner calling and he returned to where he began – to yoga.
Manohar has completed his pre-teacher training in 2006 following which he gained experience in teaching yoga to Nepali children and youth. Later the same year Manohar started working as a manager for a yoga centre for two years. He completed his yogic studies certificate in 2008 at the Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, India and gained a wealth of knowledge and deep understanding of yoga, which today makes him a very knowledgeable, attentive and caring yoga teacher.
In 2008 Manohar started up Nepal Yoga Trek
, an innovative approach to trekking in the Himalayas combined with yoga, which has become increasingly popular. This led to his opening of a yoga studio and later PEP Nepal empowerment project www.pepnepal.org
. Until finally, with support and help of the Purna Yoga team and family, he was able to fulfil his father's (and by then also his own) dream of opening a yoga retreat centre.
Agnieszka Syrek Shrestha
Natural Therapies & Workshops
Agnieszka comes from a long tradition of natural health
practitioners and she has been active in alternative therapies
field for the past 10 years. Over this time she has been
involved with many natural healing modalities like
Kinesiology, Ayurvedic and Holistic Nutrition, Aromatherapy,
Acupressure, Chakra Therapy, Herbalism, Hypnotherapy,
Reiki, Shamanism, Sound Healing, Mandala Art Making,
Ayurvedic Massage and Sacred Kahuna/Lomi Lomi Massage.
She has run a successful complementary medicine and
natural health clinic in Dublin, Ireland for 5 years.
At Purna Yoga Agnieszka organises self-empowerment
workshops and personal treatments like mandala art
workshops, private sound healing sessions, Reiki training,
Ayurvedic Massage and Sacred Kahuna/LomiLomi massage.
Agnieszka is especially passionate about the transformational
power of Sacred Kahuna/Lomi Lomi bodywork, a Hawaiian
massage technique, which can be a deeply healing and life-
changing experience. Agnieszka is the first massage therapist
to introduce this particular bodywork technique in Nepal.
Agnieszka prefers to see herself as a facilitator in her
treatments and workshops. Her main belief is that true
balance and harmony comes from within and can only be
invited by developing a deeper connection with the self and
this is what her workshops and private sessions focus on.
Agnieszka likes to spend her free time creating mandala art
and mandala inspired jewellery.
Maheshwar Man Shrestha
Yoga & Meditation Teacher
Maheswar took up the practice of yoga at the age of fifteen and from 1993 to 1996 he underwent 3 years of formal yoga training after which he started to work as a yoga instructor in Kathmandu. He received his advanced yoga training at Arogya Dham Yoga in Nepal in 2000 and was consequently invited to work in Singapore for two years to pass on his extensive knowledge and profound understanding of yoga.
Maheswar completed his diploma in Yoga Teacher training at Yoga Vidya Gurukul in India in 2007 and has been a keen promoter of the benefits of yoga since he first started his own practice, vividly remembering his immune system as being very poor, making him suffer from high fever, stomach pain and tonsil problems two or three times a year before he became involved in yoga. Through his diligent daily practice he noticed major improvements to his health and once he realized the benefits, yoga became a major part of his life. Maheswar firmly believes that everybody who practices yoga regularly will definitely see improvements in their health and wellbeing.
Yoga & Meditation Teacher
Agnideep has been immersed in the world of yoga,
meditation and kirtan since his early childhood. His family
home was located in the vicinity of an ashram, where he used
to spend his free time. Since an early age his favourite
activity was practicing yoga, meditation, reading spiritual
books and learning about many aspects of ashram life.
During later years his interest in spiritual matters diminished
for a short while, as he got involved with his family's
business and got caught up in, as he says, the material world
for a period of time. During that time he suffered a serious
accident and had to spend a few months recovering and this
is when he re-discovered his passion for the path of yoga. As
soon as he recovered, he left the business and went to India,
where he travelled visiting many holy places and eventually
settled in an ashram at the Bihar School of Yoga for one year
to study and deepen his dedication to yoga practice and yoga
philosophy. He joined Purna Yoga soon after returning to
Nepal and today he is a very dedicated, caring and
knowledgeable yoga and meditation teacher. He specializes
in classic Hatha and Ashtanga yoga. Agnideep enjoys
spending his time learning to play harmonium, studying yogic
knowledge in great depth and his dream is to travel the
Binod is gentle, quiet and diligent by nature and he infuses his cooking with special care and attention to detail. We enjoy his healthful and yummy meals as much as we enjoy his company and his friendship. Binod’s first working experience was in India, Goa in 2013 where he spent 6 months learning and gaining experience as a cook in Green Hearts Hotel. Following this he returned to Nepal and worked as a cook in the Heaven Guest House in Manang for 1 year before joining Purna Yoga in 2014. Binod enjoys learning new things and in free time he returns to his home village and helps his family in farming vegetables.
Kumar comes from a large family in one of the villages in
Makwanpur district. He is one of eight siblings so he left
home in his early teens to find himself a job and a vocation.
He travelled to India where he started working as kitchen
help first and then learned cooking. He first started working
as a cook in "Shanu's Restaurant" in Goa for 2 years and then
at "Manu Guest House" in Manali for 3 years. After returning
to Nepal he joined Purna Yoga and now we cannot imagine
our center without him. Kumar is very dedicated and he
simply enjoys cooking so his meals are infused with his
enthusiasm and taste extra special. Kumar also enjoys
listening to Nepali folk music.
Maya comes from Sindhuli in the south of Nepal and she has moved to Pokhara with her family in 2014. Maya has three children
and she lives with her husband and mother in law in the neighbouring village. Her children attend the local school and pop in
to the retreat center on their way to classes almost every day. Maya is quiet, dedicated, dependable and hardworking and she
always has a smile for everyone. Outside of our center she looks after some livestock, grows vegetables and sells them in the
local neighbourhood and in her free time she enjoys knitting and watching Hindi movies.
Manisha is native to Pokhara and she comes from a large
family with six siblings and she is the oldest daughter.
Manisha is supporting her younger brother's education so she
started to work in her teens in garment industry for two years
and then she worked in housekeeping for Hotel Meera in
Pokhara for 2.5 years. She joined Purna Yoga in at the
beginning of 2015, she is very conscientious, hardworking
and reliable. Manisha spends most of her free time in a local
church, where she enjoys studying the bible and singing in a
choir. Manisha also likes to watch movies and meet with