Eloisa Fernández Iskandar

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Eloisa Iskandar currently lives and teaches in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

In Caracas, Eloisa was a teacher in a constructivist pre-school. In constructivist pre-schooling, children's individual needs and talents are taken as the starting point for their education. Her insights as an educator influence her teaching of the practice and philosophy of Yoga that focuses on each individual student's needs and abilities.

Eloisa started practicing Yoga in 2011 with Liz Carrasquel in Caracas. Inspired by the dedication and love of her teacher, and tired of the rhythm of a big city, she decided to undertake her first adventure to India.

So, since 2014, Eloisa has been studying Yoga with Sharat Jois at KPJAYI (now Sharath Yoga Center). Her teacher's discipline and devotion to the practice continue to be a great source of inspiration to her. In 2016 Eloisa received the authorization to teach Ashtanga Yoga.

Since her first visit to India, Eloisa has been studying Yoga Philosophy and devotional chanting with Dr. M. Jayashree and Prof. M. Narasimha at the Anatha Research Foundation. This has helped her to better explain to others the transformational power of Yoga. Eloisa also enjoys chanting as a devotional practice.

Eloisa strives to help her students to balance discipline and joy, work and relaxation, activity and rest in their Yoga practice and beyond.

Eloisa enjoys cooking delicious food, being in nature, and laughing with friends.


Alejandra Atehortúa

Guest Teacher

Alejandra is our guest teacher, she was teaching at The New Shala for the first time in Summer 2021.

We look forward to have her again.

Born and raised in the colonial town of Cartagena de Indias on the Caribbean coast of Colombia, Alejandra once followed the profession of an architect constructing high rise apartment buildings in her native town. Her life journey brought her eventually to Warsaw, Poland, which until today she calls her basecamp. On her first trip to India in 2012, Alejandra discovered Ashtanga Yoga. Inspired by this encounter, she started practicing regularly upon her return to Warsaw. Four years later, she travelled back to India to practice with Sharath Jois. From that moment, travelling to Mysore for studying yoga at the source has become her yearly pilgrimage. In 2018 she received Sharathji Jois’s his blessing to teach.

Alejandra believes in the grounding  and soothing effects of the practice of Ashtanga Yoga. For her, the daily encounter with oneself on the mat is a metaphor of human experience which attempting to calibrating the balance between letting go on and struggling hard.