With a common-sense approach to Anatomy as well as maintaining the authentic teachings of the Patanjali yoga sutra, Ritesh Patel has mastered yoga for over 23 years, and he’s concentrating on alignment and sequencing in relation to classical hath yoga from a therapy point of view. He believes in learning from his students and sharing. constantly changing the way, he teaches because he is always learning something new. As a practitioner first & teacher he realizes that yoga is not a "one size fits all" practice and that every person is on a different path. He tries to offer his students the opportunity to take that path in their own way at their own pace, to modify when needed, and to honor how they feel at all times. He finds immense joy, satisfaction, and inspiration in seeing students discover their own personal yoga journey and hopes to nurture and encourage them along their way.
About Ritesh Patel
Ritesh Patel has been teaching yoga for 23 years and he is extremely dedicated to creating a safe and secure environment for practicing yoga. Above all, He focuses on Anatomy, Alignment, and sequencing, as well as the Patanjali yoga sutra.
He began his journey with Kaivalyadham in 2003 and kept teaching in yoga studios and private sessions all over India, covering Rishikesh, Dharamsala, Goa, and Pondicherry.
To further his yogic studies, Ritesh did a Thai Yoga Bodywork course under the guidance of Prabhat Menon from The Sunshine Network, New Zealand in 2005, which is a traditional Thai yoga massage technique. This Ayurvedic technique combines the principles of energy balancing, stretching, acupressure and yoga exercises to make it a powerful massage therapy.
Ritesh is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys cycling, marathon running, and various other outdoor activities. Initially a graphic designer, he quit his job to focus on teaching yoga. In other words, Ritesh is a multi-talented individual whose spiritual journey started off in 1994 through the art of Karate. Eight years later, he attained a black belt from the Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate-do Federation of India under the guidance of Sensei Chandrakant Ruparelia and Santosh B. Singh.
In 2003, he graduated from the Kaivalyadham Yoga Centre with a Post Graduation Diploma in Yoga Education (P.G.D.Y. Ed). For instance, He is well versed in the Patanjali Yoga Sutras, Hatha yoga Pradipika, Gheranda Samhita, as well as Anatomy of the Human Body, Pranayama, Asana, Meditation and Shatkriya.
In other words, Ritesh completed a Level One Yoga Teacher Training under the guidance of Swami Veda Bharati from the Himalayan Yoga Tradition in 2011, and in June 2014, obtained a Stott Pilates Certificate, which allows him to teach pilates for personal and group training.
Stott Pilates is similar to yoga, with the exception that the former also incorporates the use of resistance equipment. However, Ritesh completed a 200-hour Multi Style Yoga course with Siddhi Yoga in 2015 under the guidance of Deep, in which he was trained in the style of Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Yoga.
Background, Experience, and Qualifications
- POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN YOGA EDUCATION
- THAI YOGA BODYWORK – 200 Hrs.
- TTC – 200 HRS. HIMALAYAN YOGA TRADITION
- STOTT PILATES – LEVEL 1
- 200 HRS. YOGA ALLIANCE VINYASA STYLE YOGA
- YOGA ALLIANCE ADAPTED SIVANANDA YOGA COURSE
- 300 HRS. YOGA ALLIANCE VINYASA (ALIGNMENT & ASSISTING)
- PILATES – LEVEL 2
- FOAM ROLLER – CORE & MYOFASCIA
- KARATE INSTRUCTOR
- YOGAFX TEACHER TRAINING BALI
In 2015 & 2016, Ritesh did his 200 Hrs & 300 Hrs. Yoga Teacher Training course (Rishikesh) with Siddhi yoga. Later on, he became a faculty in the Teacher Training Course as a Lead Trainer. He started with Siddhi Yoga like Hatha Yoga & Philosophy teacher & later as a Vinyasa & Alignment Teacher. In addition, Ritesh has conducted TTCs in Rishikesh, Dharmasala & Goa with Siddhi Yoga & in Pondicherry with Himalayan Yoga Tradition (Ganga Devi). Ritesh also has workshops in Dubai, Thailand & Singapore. Currently teaches Vinyasa, Alignment & Philosophy of Yoga, and lectures with YogaFX, as lead trainer.
To conclude, Ritesh Patel has a deep understanding of the following topics:
- YOGA FOR REVERSING HEART DISEASES
- YOGA & PILATES FOR CYCLIST
- YOGA FOR JUDGES & MAGISTRATES
- YOGA FOR MARATHON RUNNERS OF MAHARASHTRA