Hello dear Seeker, I am Sergio Pavlov, my spiritual name granted by my Spiritual Guide is Sanatan meaning The Eternal One in Sanskrit. I am the founder of Sanatantra Yoga Education. Here is a little bit about myself & my story. I was born in former USSR & lived 17 years in Spain.
Emigration was an enriching experience giving chance to learn from two different cultures, detaching from nationality & expanding mind. Having background in Business Management Administration, I worked in corporations for extended period, developed a freelance agency. But since early twenties i was very fond of Eastern esoteric teachings through texts as Bhagavad Gita, Bible, Tao Te Jing, Ramayana, Vigyan Bhairava Tantra, Kundalini Tantra, books on Yoga from Swami Sivananda & Swami Satyananda. I was seeking Harmony, inner Peace & understanding myself on spiritual levels. In 2003 i tried my first Yoga class & it became my cure to everything since than. It went on & off trying different Yoga styles in studios, meeting teachers. In 2010, I joined my first Yoga Retreat in India, first Traditional Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh (India) & first 10-day Silent Vipassana Meditation Retreat. Those experiences only increased my spiritual thirst but did not satisfy it, so i carried on more seriously.
In 2012, I gave up my life in Europe to join long-term residential Training in Bihar School of Yoga Ashram (india). There I met Swami Niranjananda & Swami Satsangi, who i consider my spiritual guides. They were spiritual successors of Swami Satyananda who created an Integral Yoga System named as Bihar Yoga. This traditional style integrates practices from Tantras & main yoga branches as: Hatha, Raja, Bhakti & Karma Yoga. Such blend aims at complete development of an individual through the variety of practices & learning to live Yoga 24/7 & incorporate it into daily Life in a simple way. I spent there 7 months under their guidance & asked for a spiritual initiation (Guru Diksha).
After leaving the ashrams in 2013, i had chance to start teaching Yoga, eventhough i never thought i would. But so i did it in Nepal, Koh Samui (Thailand); Bali, than later in Shanghai (China). Had chance to teach in Yoga retreat centres, meditation, wellness, detox & healing centres, big & small yoga studios, run private programs for people from all over the World, even volunteer in a prison. I was inspired by my Spiritual Mentors & their teachings, experiencing Yoga as a lifestyle & i was so passionate about it that it became my full-time profession too. During those travels I kept learning & practicing different lineages as Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Kriya Yoga, modern Hatha. Since than I have taught more than six thousands hours internationally. Between 2016-19 worked in one of the top Yoga studios in Shanghai (China) & since 2019 I live in Bali where i am organising Residential & Online Courses.
After having had glimpses of the dark side of the New Age Yoga Industry I became fully committed to protect traditional Yoga. Since 2017 I am studying a long term Yogic Studies training with Satyananda Yoga Academy Europe. In India I studied Sanskrit & Kundalini Meditation with Vagish Shastri. I also completed several more Mainstream Yoga trainings under Yoga Alliance.
So there are gentle, strong practices, beginner, advanced, subtle, awakening, purifying, expanding, calming, vitalising, therapeutic & healing ones - there is a vast variety of them. There are practices as defined per Yoga system to be practiced under guidance of Spiritual Master. In my teaching, i do include many traditional techniques which have benefited me as: Mantras, Kriyas, asana, Pranayama, Swara (tantrik polarity breathing), Pratyahara & Dharana, Shatkarma, Japa, yoga philosophy & jnana Yoga, Yoga Nidra & meditations from the Tantras. I am also student of Ayurveda & use nutrition, spices & herbs for healing & rituals. Spirit of Herbs & tantrik, yogic rituals can bring us closer to Nature & Higher Awareness. I have experienced that ancient teachings practiced in proper safe gradual way can improve us & our lives very much; i keep my connection with my Spiritual Teachers as they are my Source of Inspiration & i do hope i can humbly do my best to inspire others to step on the spiritual path for the better through my own Journey. Stay connected for upcoming courses, see you soon in one of my detox program, yoga teacher training Bali, yoga lifestyle, yoga course online, Hari Om Tat Sat