Kate is passionate about helping people down the yogic path and lifestyle. She loves helping bridge the gap between Eastern and Western practice. Her interests include the philosophy of yoga, feminine strength, trauma-informed yoga, and Kundalini meditation. Kate is also Psychology graduate student at Melbourne's Monash University in Australia.
Paramanand Institute of Yoga Science and Research, India Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga)
Gaurav Malik holds a Masters in Human Consciousness and a Ph.D. in Yoga (Pranayama). With 10 years of university study and as many years teaching, you can be sure you are in safe hands for your yoga journey. His main interests are giving love and guidance, treating each other and yourselves better.
Yoga Alliance Australia Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200, RYT 500 (Ayurveda Yoga)
from Greece, September 2017
"Good experience that combines yoga + a beautiful island"
Very nice person and good instructor Gaurav.
Lots of yoga sessions per day covered everything (fortunately many of them were optional).
Very tasteful and good quality vegetarian food.
Accommodation is a beautiful and quiet place away from "sunset" crowds of Santorini.
Nice people attended the retreat.
Not far away from Oia.
from Germany, September 2017
"Wonderful experience - to be repeated"
I took part in this retreat being a complete yoga beginner. So was about half of the group, the other participants were more advanced. Gaurav perfectly managed to integrate all levels in this course. At any time I felt completlety comfortable and save in the lessons. Everyone was able to follow their own pace and level. Whenever a posture became hard to hold he helped us turn it into a "happy" posture. :-) I really appreciated Gauravs focus on breathing techniques and all the knowledge he shared with us during the retreat. I think this is really something special about his teaching.
Theory lessons with Kate made me see things in a different way. I have learned a lot from that. And Kate was so wonderful in organizing everything and making us feel comfortable. From her first e-mail until even now after the retreat she is really welcoming and supportive.
Thank you so much to both of you for this wonderful experience! And for chosing this wonderful place for the retreat. The Pelagos hotel is such a calm and relaxing place. Rooms and pool are nice and clean and the food is extraordinarily good. The staff is always friendly and helpful. It was great that we had some freetime to discover Santorini island, too. It is a unique and special place.
I totally recommend this retreat! I will surely come back to do one of the Ashtak Yoga School retreats!
Bri Riehl Canada
Ashtak Yoga website
My time at Ashtak Yoga is something I will cherish forever. I attended this program expecting a physical, intellectual experience and was challenged with an incredible and rewarding emotional and spiritual journey. I am someone very accustomed to the hectic nature of our western world and was amazed by my ability to calm down and slow down under Kate and Gauravs guidance. The lessons I have learned from them about how to practice yoga both on and off my mat have affected me more than I could have imagined. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone you will make beautiful friendships, be inspired by Kate and Gaurav, and most importantly, you will build a closer connection with yourself. Yoga is truly a way of life and I will continue to work to embody it the way that Gaurav does so naturally. I encourage all to meet him, learn from him, and share his knowledge because the compassion, kindness, patience and persistence that he teaches are meant to be shared.
Mikaela Smith Australia
Ashtak Yoga website
This was honestly one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Kate knew i was apprehensive before I came and the support that was always on offer was amazing and much needed. I felt so looked after and safe going through one of the most challenging stages of growth in my life, particularly because I wasn't expecting to gain quite so much out of it in terms of emotional and spiritual growth. It's also great to know that now everything's done, I'll always be able to turn to the team. I've made some really great friends and I couldn't recommend this course and school highly enough.
Alison United Kingdom
Ashtak Yoga website
Doing my 200 hour teacher training with Gaurav and Kate in Santorini, Greece was everything that I hoped and wanted it to be....and even more. The teaching was superb and always very supportive. I felt that any question that we had was fully answered and I learned such a lot about a wide range of yoga related topics. The location was excellent. The hotel was walk able to a beach and into the town, when a well earned break was needed. The rooms in the hotel were clean and lovely, the yoga deck was a great size, the hotel had WiFi, air con, a lovely pool and the most genuinely friendly and cheerful staff that I have met anywhere. The food was really amazing - we had three course, vegetarian lunches, with amazing variety and flavors, that filled us up for the whole day!! To sum up, amazing teaching and location - so much thanks to Gaurav and Kate!
Ashtak Yoga website
Ashtak Yoga Retreat in Santorini, Greece: The location, at Pelagos Hotel, was away from the tourists, so peaceful and quiet. It was just a five minute walk to the beach and 30 minutes up to Oia, the location was perfect! And the food, oh the food! I was a bit worried coming to Greece about a lack of vegetarian options (my Greek knowledge was based entirely on My Big Fat Greek Wedding) but every day we were served amazing fresh three course lunches and every day was something different! The yoga and breathing classes were fantastic. Gaurav is a great teacher who challenged us each individually. His yoga knowledge is so impressive! I was so excited to see the progress that I made, even just in the one week. I felt like I could have stayed forever!