Meet the founders

Teaching yoga since 1989, Nirlipta, has an MA in Indian religions, a diploma in clinical hypnotherapy, and a degree in art history. He created all the illustrations for Uma’s book Yoni Shakti: A Woman’s Guide to Power and Freedom through Yoga and Tantra (2014). 

Uma’s, PhD is in communications, and she holds two diplomas in yoga therapy. Teaching yoga since 1996, she has been training teachers and yoga therapists internationally since 2003.

Born in Luton to Indian parents in 1964, Nirlipta first encountered yoga in 1987 in HMP Blantyre House. Born in London to an Irish mother and English father in 1965, Uma first encountered yoga while watching Yoga for Health on Thames TV in 1969.

Proud to live in Stroud, a funky rural town in the Cotswold Hills of England, Nirlipta and Uma now share their home with seven cats. Their three children were all born at home in the Sitaram South London Yoga Centre where, for 10 years, Nirlipta and Uma shared therapeutic yoga and yoga nidrā with thousands of local families. They both share a deep reverence for dreams, Indian food, and the goddess Nidrā Shakti. About much else, they disagree.

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Meet the founders

Visit Nirlipta’s teacher profile to listen to some of his most popular nidra’s. Some of Uma’s favourite nidra’s can be found there.

"Yoga nidrā is an effortless state of restfulness in the form of a horizontal meditation that takes place just on the threshold of sleep"

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