Manoj is a dedicated Yoga practitioner and a knowledgeable Yoga Teacher/ Trainer who love transmitting the original traditions of yoga to his students. He is a patient and kind teacher who gets pupils started with Yoga and lead them to deepen the practice. Having 20+ years of holistic yogic knowledge in Hatha Yoga and  Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, he equip people with the tools to eliminate stress, anxiety, inflexibility and help to gain Psychophysical harmony by applied Yoga, Pranayama and meditation (Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga). His classes stretch from the beginners to advanced level yoga. He also offers Personal Yoga classes, Talks, Seminars and Workshops and Diet Coaching.

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Manoj was born in 1986, in a traditional Vedic/ Hindu (Warrior/ Jat/ Royal Class) family in north India. His family history is glorious and deeply connected with Yoga (Rāja Yoga) and Yogic traditions from many centuries. His first Guru (teacher) is his mother, where he learned compassion, love, humility and respect towards every living being and nature. At the age of 7, he was sent to a Gurukul (Traditional Vedic boarding school) for 2 years.  where he learned Hatha Yoga, reciting Vedas, Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita as an everyday practice. Vedic Mathematics was one of his most loved subjects.

Maharaja Suraj Mal (13 February 1707 – 25 December 1763). He has been described by a contemporary historian as “the Plato of Jats” and by a modern writer as the “Jat Ulysses”, because of his political sagacity, steady intellect and clear vision. He was one of the greatest warriors and ablest statesmen ever born in India.

He was initiated into meditation at the age 13 and participating in Yoga competitions in India. In The year 1999, he met Yoga students from Mysore who demonstrated Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga (also known as Mysore Yoga) at a Yoga Competition in India.


From the year 2002 – 2009, he was occupied with the Engineering studies that led him to come to Germany for higher studies in Information & communication engineering. Later, He helped a startup to grow and become profitable rapidly and left the job as soon as it became non-challenging and dull. He got into Electronic Dance Music, creating music and performing DJ. Within 1 year, he was invited to attend a renounce Music Conference, ADE to meet “legend” DJs and “musician” from all around the world. Realizing that the music industry is creative but based on false desires.

From the year 2012, he started his yogic practice again, that led him to Heidelberg, meeting his loving wife Dr Aoife Gahlawat and settling in Heidelberg for good with her. In 2015 he got married in a traditional Vedic ceremony (also called as “bling bling wedding” 😉 in India and welcomed his wife into his family. In 2016, they received a beautiful son, Aarun Ram in Heidelberg.

Our wedding in India – the magical moment of our life.

“Heidelberg has given me so much. It is my utmost duty to give back in my own capacity to make his historical and inspiring city a little more known at least in the Yoga world.” – Manoj

Manoj started Yoga at the Neckarwiese in Heidelberg, to spread the authentic knowledge and the great tradition of Yoga in The year 2015 and the seminars on Yoga and meditation topics in the year 2016. Growing steadily, he eventually realised Ashtanga Yoga Heidelberg with a purpose to empower people by teaching Yoga, its philosophy and help people to self-mastery in their personal and professional lives. He is a Yoga researcher and sometimes introduced as a Yoga Scientist by colleagues, friends and his mentors.

Along with Yoga, Manoj is an entrepreneur and public speaker. He is also an expert in vegetarian/ayurvedic cooking, basic Ayurveda, Nutrition. He is fluent in Sanskrit, loves Vedic Mathematics and currently writing on the practical applications of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra for self-mastery.

Contact Manoj for more info, taking Personal Yoga classes or joining the Ashtanga Yoga Class in Heidelberg at his Praxis:  manoj(at)

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