Akhilesh Bodhi and professional Yoga instructor, Reiki master and spiritual mentor, is the founder of the Mahamukti Yoga. Akhilesh has a deep understanding and extensive knowledge of Yoga practice which spans decades, and he developed his inclusive method of Yoga. He carries an endowment of teaching traditional yoga and mixes it with modern ways of BKS Iyengar and K.Pattabhi Jois styles for international yoga seekers. The fusion of Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha yoga and Raj yoga presents a holistic technique suited to people worldwide.
Akhilesh Bodhi has travelled worldwide to teach Yoga classes to millions of students and conducted regular yoga retreats and workshops in various countries like Austria, Turkey, Bali, Indonesia and other European / US countries. A staunch follower of Swami Dayanand Saraswati, he learnt Vedanta philosophy at Vedanta school, a yoga student of Sivananda Ashram in Kerala & Iyengar Institute Pune. He has studied with Geeta Iyengar and Prashant Iyengar and has also been trained with Ramananda Patel from San Francisco, USA.
He was born and brought up in a large joint family where he had to work hard with his brother to run the family business. After school, he used to get engaged in running the family restaurant. He remembers the punishments he used to receive for being late at work. His interest and passion got him to Lucknow University, where he completed his higher studies.
He joined Chinmaya Tapovan Ashram for two years in Dharmsala, Himachal Pradesh. During his training, he completely got aloof from his family and had no contact with any members. After six months of his stay in the ashram, he informed his family about his present condition. His family insisted he return home since his mother was very ill. On hearing his mother’s condition, he returned to see his mother but could not stay long. His family tried their best to prevent him from leaving his home again but in vain. His parents’ death made him feel guilty for some time, but his life had already taken a different turn from where it was impossible for him to return. After two years of studies, he left for a pilgrimage to different Himalayan regions of Uttarkashi, Gangotri, Kedarnath, Badrinath. He wandered around as a mendicant, begging for food. He had a quest to experience how mother nature takes care of him. He encountered different situations and events and got to experience different aspects of life.