Jano Iriarte became interested in the Self as a young child. His curiosity led him to delve into oriental philosophies and martial arts, in addition to practicing yoga asana with his first teacher, Aide Puh. Throughout his studies, Jano has been attracted to the works of many influential teachers, including Sri Shankaracharya, Ramana Maharishi, Vivekananda, and Swami Dayanada Saraswati. In 1999, he began seriously practicing yoga with Andres Wormull in Chile, eventually helping to establish and teach at the first ashtanga yoga shala in Viña del Mar, Chile. As a yoga teacher, Jano carried ashtanga to other cities nearby. He also participated in projects to bring yoga to underserved areas and yoga therapy to children with behavioral problems. In order to deepen his understanding of all eight limbs (angas) of yoga, Jano completed ashtanga teacher training courses with Manju Jois and workshops with Srivatsa Ramaswami. In 2010, Jano – along with his wife, Rebekka – was fortunate enough to study Advaita Vedanta, focusing on the Bhagavad Gita, with Swami Dayananda Saraswati in India. Jano became a certified instructor of vinyasa krama with Srivatsa Ramaswami through Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles in the summer of 2012.
Rebekka Eckhaus began practicing yoga in 2000 and teaching privately before completing her first teacher training in 2005. Though introduced to fundamental yoga texts, she was unsatisfied primarily with asana. In 2006, Rebekka began studying the ashtanga system with Andres Wormull in Chile, where she also has the chance to assist one of the senior instructors. Deepening more subtle aspects of yoga, she took her first of three teacher training courses with Manju Jois. Upon her return to the USA, she continued to teach ashtanga in New York City. She also attended several workshops in New York City and a six-week training in Los Angeles with Srivatsa Ramaswami, a longtime student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya. Jano and Rebekka traveled to India for six months, studying Advaita Vedanta with Swami Dayananda Saraswati by way of the Bhagavad Gita. There, she also had the opportunity to more formally study Sanskrit and chanting. For Rebekka, Swami Dayananda changed the ‘practice’ of yoga to the ‘living’ of yoga. Rebekka holds a Bachelor’s of Music with a Spanish minor from New York University, as well as a Master’s of Art in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Hunter College, The City University of New York. She has taught English in universities and companies.
Jano and Rebekka have taught and studied in Chile and the United States. They are currently living and teaching outside of Seoul, South Korea.