Meet the team

About Us

yoga in west wales, uk

Yogachariya Jnandev / Surender Sani:


Born in India where he lived for the first 33years of his life, studied Yoga deeply academically and ‘experientially’ becoming a Saddhu himself for sometime and studying under several different Swamijis around India, some of his stories are remarkable!. Now established an ashram in Wales UK, primarily based on Gitananda Yoga, after meeting his wife to be in Ananda Ashram, (ICYER) India who is from the UK.  Jnandev has studied Yogic scriptures, in their original sanskrit language. He is from a Hindu family and holds family values the Yamas and Niyamas (moral and ethical codes) of Yoga as vitally important for spiritual growth and evolution, the foundations of true Yoga practice!

With his great desire to share these precious pure teachings he founded and established Yoga Satsanga Ashram with Yogacharini Deepika soon after arriving in the UK 2009.

Highly experienced and qualified in the field of Yoga:
M.Sc. Science of living, Preksha Meditation and Yoga (2000)

Jain vishva Bharati University, Ladnun, India. Gold medalist (ie top student of institution)

Also qualified with as Gitananda Ashtanga yoga teacher at International Centre for Yoga Education and Research (ICYER) South India (ICYER, Puducherry, India) 2006 – This course is one of the most comprehensive and complete courses existing the world today, it comprises of approx 1850 contact teaching hours on all aspects of the vast subject that Yoga is!

M.S. Psychotherapy (IPMS, Mumbai)

B.Sc. Maths (University of Rajasthan, Jaipur)

Diploma in Pharmacy (J.B.T.E., Jodhpur)

Papers presented and published –

  • Gaur B.P., and Saini S.K. 2001. Influence of Preksha Meditation on Anxiety and Hassles of Prisoners. The paper presented at 5th National Conference of PPCRA, held at Ider, Gujarat on 4 to 6th Nov 2001.
  • Gaur B.P., Saini S.K. and Srivastava S. 2002. Influence of Preksha Meditation on mental stress of Prisoners. The paper presented at 6th international, 37th Indian Academy of Applied Psychology and 3rd Pondicherry Psychology Association Conference on Applied Psychology for World Peace and Prosperity. 5-7 January 2002.
  • Saini, S.K. 2002. Preksha Meditation- An Approach of Integrated Personality development. The paper presented at 6th international, 37th Indian Academy of Applied Psychology and 3rd Pondicherry Psychology Association Conference on Applied Psychology for World Peace and Prosperity. 5-7 January 2002.
  • Surendra Kumar Saini, 2003. Preksha Yoga and Naturopathic Management of Hypertension. The paper presented and published (Prakriti Prabha) in fifth national naturopathy and yoga conference, 19-21 Oct-03. Kota, Raj.
  • Saini, Surendra Kumar, 2004. Moral Development and Yoga. The paper presented in YOGCON-2004, and also published in souvenir of this International Conference, 16-19 Jan-04, Jaipur, Raj. (India).
  • Saini, Surendra Kumar, 2007. Meditation is not action, but inaction. The paper presented in INTERNATIONAL YOGA FESTIVAL-2007, Pondicherry, India and published in Yoga Life, April-2007.
  • Many articles in various yoga and health basedmagazines.
  • Organized many yoga and stress management campaigns.
Jnandev demonstrating Yoga Asana

Jnandev demonstrating Yoga Asana

yogachariya Jnandev

Yogachariya Jnandev

Yogacharini Deepika / Sally Saini:


Deepika first started attending a yoga class in 1993 in West Wales where she grew up. Deepika has studied and practiced and been involved in many other systems and techniques also over the years in her spiritual seeking:

1997: Reiki degree 1 &2 (Angel Reiki Centre, North London)

1999: Ascension meditation course (North London)

2000: lived and studied Buddhism in New Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Amitabha Centre, Somerset (for approx 4 months)

2004: Yoga Instructor (full time) at Dhan Yoga/Energy Training Centre, founded by Dr Ilchi Lee, Putney and Surbiton Centres, London for (approx 6 months)

2005: Vipassana meditation 10 day silent retreat

2006: International Centre for Yoga Education and Research (ICYER) South India  (6 months intensive Yoga Teacher training) – This course is one of the most comprehensive and complete courses existing the world today, it comprises of approx 1850 contact teaching hours on all aspects of the vast subject that Yoga is!

2007: ICYER, India (further 3 months intensive training and teacher support)

Academic and professional background: Registered Social Worker since 2003. Post-grad Social Work DipSW,  BSc (Hons) Joint degree in Philosophy and Sociology, BTec ND in Science and health studies. Deepika worked as a Social worker since 2003 mostly in statutory adult mental health setting. In 2014 Deepika was able to give up Social work to put all her energy into the Yoga Ashram as well as growing her family of 3 sons!

Yogacharini Deepika and Yogachariya Jnandev

Yogacharini Deepika and Yogachariya Jnandev

Helen Wilson, Yoga Teacher

Womankind Yoga Wales and Vegan Food Consultant

Helen has recently joined our team and will be running yoga retreats, yoga weekends and vegan cooking and diet program with us.

yoga teacher at yoga satsang ashram


Helen has been practising yoga for nine years and qualified as a Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga Teacher (200hr certificate) at Yoga Satsanga Ashram. She offers group yoga classes and private sessions to all ages and abilities, using the traditional teachings of Gitananda Ashtanga Yoga and is also a qualified Pregnancy Yoga Teacher (80hr, Yoga Alliance Certified).

Helen’s practise aims to help people discover inner peace, balance and true relaxation, through hatha yoga (asana), complimented by pranayama (breath work) and meditation.
Off the mat, she is also a freelance journalist specialising in vegetarian & vegan food writing and photography. Helen, 33, is also an experienced vegan cookery teacher, having delivered dozens of talks and live cookery demonstrations across the UK at food festivals, shows, charity events and in schools.
Teaching people the wonders of vegan food is Helen’s great passion, alongside yoga, and she also runs award-winning vegan food blog,

She lives in Swansea with her husband Gwilym and son Iolo, 2.

Gilly Davidson –

yoga teacher

yoga teacher

Gilly, a trained Homoeopath, keen gardener and dressmaker, studied Yoga at the Satsanga Ashram in Login with the teacher Yogachariya Jnandev. She became a teacher herself after realising the huge health benefits of yoga whilst recovering from a serious illness.

The Yoga she practises and teaches is based on the Gitananda system of Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga, a traditional ancient form focusing on breathing and relaxation and concentrating on harmonising the body, mind, emotions and spirit.

The classes are suitable for beginners, the over 50s and anyone who wants to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Sasha Kocho- Sasha has been practicing yoga since she was in school and has practiced Ashtanga yoga for more than ten years, including a brief period of study at KPJAYI in Mysore, India. She is currently training as a teacher at Yoga Satsanga Ashram. The monthly Tuesday class is working on the Primary Series of the ashtanga vinyasa method. It is a vigorous and dynamic practice, but one that can be adapted to suit all levels.

Peter Kay-

Peter Kay teaching Yoga asana

Peter Kay teaching Yoga asana

Peter kay is dedicated to his sincere yoga sadhana and sharing his yoga experience he has gained over the years of sadhana and presently he is a trainee yoga teacher at yoga satsanga ashram, wales. He is also a Karma yogi and helping to improve health and well being in society through yoga.


Caroline Partridge – Physiotherapist teaches some of the Anatomy and physiology  sessions on our Yoga Teacher training courses:

Caroline our Phisiotherapist

Caroline our Phisiotherapist

Caroline is a very experienced chartered physiotherapist . She qualified as a physiotherapist in 1991 and gained a masters degree in health sciences in the year 2000. She is a member of the musculoskeletal association of chartered physiotherapists (MACP) and She specialises in musculoskeletal physiotherapy which involves helping people of all ages to manage a wide variety of both acute and longstanding musculoskeletal conditions.

Continuing professional development is very important to Caroline and she has undertaken many post graduate courses including acupuncture. She has worked as both a physiotherapy lecturer and a spinal specialist and is an advanced physiotherapy practitioner.

She therefore has an in depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and pathology and imparts this knowledge through a relaxed and informative teaching style.

Caroline lives in the beautiful Ceredigion countryside close to the sea with her partner and dog together they love the outdoors life. In her spare time she love going mountain biking in the hills, swimming in the sea,practising yoga and chocolate making at home.

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