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Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island

  • Desroches Island, Seychelles
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Ganga Sadhuka

Yoga Instructor
“If you don’t take a little risk, you will never grow."

 

Four Seasons Tenure

  • Since 2012
  • First Four Seasons Assignment: Yoga Instructor at Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

Education

  • B.Com (H.N.B Garhwal University); Masters Degree in Yogic Science & Alternative Therapy (final year at H.N.B Garhwal University); Reiki Master (first and second degree certified – Luxman Jhula, Tapovan); Ayurvedic Therapy certified (Ayurvedic Massage School Rishikesh); Yoga Teacher Training Course (Tapovan Yoga Institute)

Birthplace

  • Rishikesh, India

Languages Spoken

  • English, Hindi and Bengali

Yoga Style

  • Hatha yoga; Shatkarma (yogic cleansing); couples yoga; pregnancy yoga

Sitting in the open-air yoga pavilion on Desroches Island, Ganga Sadhuka gazes out over the endless Indian Ocean and lush palm fringed beach and reminisces about her upbringing along the banks of the River Ganges, in the foothills of the Himalayas. “Growing up I was surrounded by nature and loved to hike through the mountains. It was here that I developed a deep connection with the earth and began to try to channel its peace and tranquillity into my daily life” recalls Sadhuka, who consequently feels very much at home in the tropical scenery of Seychelles. With her new "office" situated in the heart of the island, it’s easy to see why she settled into island life so quickly, with the occasional birdsong and rustle of leaves the only sounds to distract her.

From a young age, Sadhuka has felt drawn to nature and sought a way to connect to its energy and serenity. At 12, she began meditating daily each morning, a practise that naturally developed into her becoming hooked on yoga. “It’s like a ritual now,” she explains. “I wake up early, usually just before sunrise, I meditate and then I do a headstand, which leaves me feeling energised and ready to share that energy with the guests I meet later on in the day.” She has practised this ritual daily for the past 15 years and does not intend on ever stopping.

For Sadhuka, practising yoga in your life is about finding the right balance between challenge and serenity, which is why the headstand is her favourite pose. Having done this pose daily for a number of years, it’s no longer the physical challenge that appeals to her, but what it represents that really excites Sadhuka today. “By reminding myself each morning of the benefit of taking risks, my energy is instantly uplifted and my day becomes even more exciting.” It is this element of challenge that fuels Sadhuka’s curiosity and thirst for knowledge, enabling her to become proficient in so many different styles of yoga and keep on striving to both learn and teach more.

Being the first yoga instructor to practice at the Resort’s yoga pavilion and Spa facility, Sadhuka is excited at what she can bring to the Resort. Trained in the discipline of Reiki, Sadhuka draws from her experience as a healer to complement her approach to yoga and offer another level to her practises. “Channelling the spiritually guided life force in Reiki helps me to tap into the energy of each different individual and personality I come across to help them to overcome their challenges.” Sitting cross legged on her yoga mat, Sadhuka looks serene and completely in her element, but while her body may be calm, her mind is still busy thinking about what’s next. For Sadhuka, "if you do not take risk, you do not grow," with this sentiment applying as much to herself as to the guests she guides each day.