“Yoga is not a workout, it’s a work-in.”

Svatma, which means 'one's own soul' (Sva meaning ‘my’ and Atma meaning ‘soul’) is a boutique Yoga studio offering a soulful Yoga practice in the heart of the city. The studio is designed to give Yoga enthusiasts the perfect serene setting, for practicing various styles of Yoga, at their comfortable time. The collective energy that vibrates while practicing together in a group, motivates and inspires an individual.

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Aayushi Bansal


Studio Owner, Teacher

Aayushi’s practice of Yoga started at a very young age. She discovered the practice through the ‘eight limbs of Yoga’ described by the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, encompassing the whole path of Yoga: moral, physical, mental and spiritual. Following the same, she sees Yoga, beyond something that is practised only on the mat, but as a philosophy of life.

Having great passion for the practice, she decided to train as a Yoga teacher and completed her 500hr RYT in Rishikesh. Inspired by experiences gathered through traveling, and guidance of various Masters and Gurus, she intends to share her understanding of the Yogic knowledge, to help bring self-awareness among people.

Aayushi is also an Architect and Designer. She has brought her passion and skills together to design the studio following a minimal, yet meditative design language. Her philosophy of Yoga and Architecture merged when she realised minimalism, is inspired by one of the 'Yamas'(social guidelines) of Yoga, i.e. 'Aparigraha' meaning non-hoarding.



Deepti Martolia

A certified Yoga teacher, Deepti is a motivated teacher with advanced training in Yoga. She teaches Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Prenatal Yoga and Lyrical Yoga. She founded 'Lyrical Yoga' in 2014. Her passion for dance and love for Yoga lead her to conceptualise this unique style called Lyrical Yoga. Presently She is conducting Yoga classes and workshops in Bangalore. She is also trained in Jazz and contemporary dance forms and has been teaching and practicing Yoga and dance for last ten years.

She believes that when you begin the path of Yoga you begin the path of self-inquiry. It is the experience of oneness that inspires conscious action, compassionate dialogue and mutual understanding. It is this perspective that truly creates peace.

She wants to inspire as many people as possible to walk into the path of Yoga and be a facilitator to encourage them towards leading a healthy and peaceful life.



Debby Rao


Debby has done her teacher training course at Svyasa, followed by another one at Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram and then completed 500hrs training course at Yoga Indea Mysore.

She began her Yoga journey out of curiosity and for a healthier state of mind and well being. She has volunteered in an ashram for a year teaching Yoga, and understanding different types of Yoga such as Jnana Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga & Raja Yoga. She believes in sharing her Yoga experience and mediation, to create harmony, to help people connect with themselves and their body to positively change their outlook on life and thus the outcome of their lives. Her goal as a teacher is to create amongst practitioners acceptance and compassion for one's self and others. As a practitioner and a teacher she intends to change the world for the better. 





Sruthy’s very first experience of Yoga was at Chinmaya Vidyala where her daily practices included mild asanas and chanting. However, her practice became deeper and more regular when she injured her shoulder quite seriously and used asanas to help her with pain and injury. While her pain was getting better, she was getting deeper into the practice and started experiencing a very deep spiritual change. She was changing both outside and inside and was beginning to view Yoga as a mystery.

To her, Yoga is a deep awareness of her body, synchronizing with breath. It is her desire to communicate the connection of body and breath, through her teaching.

Her qualifications are:

- YTTC – Soham School of Yoga 2012
- 200-Hour TTC, Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre, Sikkim - 2014
- 300-Hour TTC, a1000Yoga Academy, Bangalore – 2015
- RPYT, a1000Yoga Academy, Bangalore – 2016



Shilpa Reddy

Over 15 years ago, Shilpa's initiation into Yoga was triggered by the simple need for a daily dose of positivity. The philosophy of Yoga seemingly filled a vacuum in the soul, which sought a balanced view to life beyond an hour of fitness everyday.

Dr. Shilpa, a dentist by qualification, blends her knowledge of human physiology and yogic philosophy to impart a scientific perspective on Yoga to her students. Teaching and practicing with a diverse group for over 3 years in the US and India has helped her appreciate each student's unique needs.

She is a certified hatha Yoga teacher. Also certified in prenatal Yoga, she is keen on helping women physically and emotionally through the beautiful journey of pregnancy and motherhood.



Muna Subba

Muna began practicing Yoga through YouTube, mostly for health benefits. While exploring these Yoga videos, she stumbled upon a primary series of Asthanga Yoga and instantly fell in love. The entire series were beautifully woven together. Her desire to learn more straight from the source took her to KPJAYI, Mysore, where she currently studies Asthanga Yoga under the traditional lineage of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, Shri R. Sharath Jois and Shri R. Saraswathi Jois. 

She would love to share what she has learnt from her teachers to anyone and everyone willing to learn. She believes that Asthanga Yoga can be practiced by anyone who has a heart for it. Like Shri Krishnamacharya says, "If you can breathe, you can do Yoga".

She loves being a student of Yoga and continues to visit the shala annually.


Pankaj Bafila

Pankaj started practicing Yoga under the guidance of his Sanskrit teacher at the age of 12. What attracted him to the practice of Yoga is the fact that it's experiential. Yoga helped him connect within himself. Learning and experiencing the effects of Yogasana, Pranayma, Mudras and Bandhas in the physical and mental state of the body and exploring the science of Yoga, he developed a deep interest in Vedic philosophy and ancient wisdom.

Through the practice over the years he has come to realise that the practice of Yoga is not limited only to the physical benefits, it has changed him as a person too. He teaches Hatha Vinyasa and Acro Yoga. He has conducted workshops in the past on Meditation, Yogic sleep, Acro Yoga and the breathing techniques, Shatkarmas.


     Carolyn Theresa Simon

Carolyn is a graduate in commerce and after a short stint in the corporate world, developed a deep passion for yoga. She is an internationally certified instructor from Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center and completed her 200 hr Teacher Training Course from Sivananda Ashram in Neyyur Dam.

Carolyn has always had a love for sports and movement and was a district level athlete in her school days. Initially drawn to Yoga for its physical benefits, what made her fall in love with Yoga was the immense mental and spiritual benefits derived from regular practice. She enjoys teaching all levels of students in Sivananda and Hatha Yoga. She also works as a writer and fitness model.





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Ananda Bodhi


Ananda Bodhi was initiated into Yogic tradition at a very tender age and was brought up by his master. He is recognized as a competent Yoga teacher, spiritual guide, pranic healer, naturopath, and acupressurist. He has a deep understanding on the philosophy and practical aspect of applied science of Yoga.

His vision is to unite the globe with Yogic wisdom. Till date he has organised many camps, workshops and classes on Yoga and health awareness.

M.Sc (Yoga) graduate, he has learned the secret science of Yoga, meditation and philosophy both academically and with direct guidance and monitoring of his master & from other Yogis of Himalayas, along with the master from Himalayan Yoga tradition (Swami Veda Bharati); living with them at different times and places over the last few years; also doing many personal retreats at solitude in jungles.

Now Yoga has become the core of his spirit and the base of his life. As his masters have instructed and guided him to impart that holy & secret science of Yoga for human welfare, he has started teaching over the last few years, considering a sacred task given to him.


Monica Chemmalar

Monica is a multifaceted personality who loves all the multiple role she plays in her life. She is a Yoga instructor, a classical dancer, a marathon runner, a national level volleyball player, a traveller, a fashion enthusiast. She is also the co-founder of KalviNest education pvt ltd, an education consultancy.

After her MBA, she started her career as a HR consultant in a leading IT firm but, soon quit her lucrative job to embark on a more fruitful journey of enlightenment.

Yoga has been a part of her life for over 10 years and for over 6 years she has been teaching Yoga now. Yoga has given her the strength to grow fearless and flexible through her hardwork and practice. Her favourite place is anywhere people are gathered to sweat, breathe and break boundaries together.

Her core areas Yoga are; Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Yoga and Yoga Nidra.

Certifications :

- Certified Power Yoga Teacher from Akshar Power Yoga Academy, Bangalore
- Certified RYT 200 hrs Yoga instructor from a1000 yoga, Bangalore (affiliated to Yoga             alliance, Virginia, US)
- Certified RPYT (Prenatal Yoga) Instructor from a1000 yoga, Bangalore (affiliated to Yoga       Alliance, Virginia, US)
- Had attended various workshops in Pranayama, inner Engineering, and mind                          cleansing techniques





Yashwanth started practicing Yoga because of a friend (Vineet). He rediscovered himself through the practice of Yoga under the guidance of Aamaresh & Aarti N . This inspired him to do the teachers training course at a1000yoga. After his TTC, Pradeep G (Principal Teacher) gave him an opportunity to assist & demonstrate for the teachers training course. After one & a half years of that, he started teaching TTC and workshops.

Now he's the director of Pratyaksha. He believes that, as an individual one cannot help more people, but as a group or company you can help large group of people and the society. He also believes Yoga is one of the path towards oneself & shares the same practice.

He is trained in Hatha Yoga (TTC 200hrs & 300hrs), which helped him understand deeper aspects of Yoga & asanas.


Amandeep Chugh

Amandeep is the founder at Meditative Mondays. Having practised Yoga for over 8 years, he imbibed Yoga as a lifestyle, both on and off the mat. His sessions are meditative and intense at the same time. He has a profound understanding of proportioning Pranayama, asana and meditation while designing a session based on one’s need.

He is a certified teacher from Sri Sri School of Yoga, and among the few level 2 certified Yoga trainer from Govt. of India (Ministry of Ayush). He believes a teacher never ceases to be a student, and leaves no opportunity to learn.