Yoga Essence Retreat

Yoga Essence Retreat desires to bring the profound sense of yoga in the too-often-rushing Western world through yoga and meditation retreats in Europe.

Instructors 2

Francesca Prem Shanti

Francesca is a Registered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Teacher (RYT 500), constantly practicing and studying yoga and meditation. She loves the physical aspect of yoga but she believes you have to go beyond it to find stillness and awareness not only on the mat but in the whole life journey. With a working sports background as a lifeguard, swim and postural gym teacher, Francesca started working as a full-time alternative health care practitioner straight after her three years of professional education in Shiatsu Operator School in Milan.

Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga)


Viktória is a certificated meditation teacher. She applies the teachings in her daily life, taking inspiration from both Indian and Western teachers: her approach is to transmit how awareness and attention of a healthy life can help bring us towards an awakening of the Spirit for human development and liberation of the mind. During her classes she puts joy and passion into sharing, with an emphasis on the abandonment of conditionings through Osho’s and traditional meditations both: she is glad to give the chance for everybody to be connected with their own inner self.

Testimonials 4

Carl United Kingdom

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I did one of Osho’s meditations with Viktoria at the ashram Shankar Prasad Foundation, Gokarna, India. It was a great experience and I gained a lot from it. Very different from any other meditation class I have attended, it was powerful and profound. Viktoria guided the class with care in a professional manner and I was amazed how effective this class was at how profound the effects of this type of meditation are. I will certainly go back for more and I would recommend this class to anyone.

Derya Germany

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I have completed the incredible transformational 175 Hrs Meditation Teacher Training at Yoga Essence in Rishikesh. I feel so grateful and blessed to have found my way to this course and to have been learned from our proficient teachers Samarth and Francesca. They gave so much love, time and energy to every one of us.

This course and the experience I have made with the lovely team is a life-changing gift. They have welcomed me very heartily and treated me like family.

I recommend this course to anyone who is searching for different kinds of meditations and deep self-transformation.

A piece of my heart will always be here with the beautiful people and the lessons I shared and learned. Thank you so much for everything. Namaste.

Sarah United Kingdom

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Francesca is a careful, considered yoga teacher, who has an excellent knowledge of asanas, their correct alignment and execution. She is a confident and reassuring teacher under whose guidance you will learn a lot and feel in safe supportive hands. I really enjoyed her classes they were well thought out, thorough with the perfect amount of challenge and support.

Sandy South Africa

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We had the pleasure of having Francesca as a visiting therapist and yoga practitioner at our Six Senses Spa at the Zil Payson resort in Seychelles.

Her passion and dedication to the practice was evident in her classes and the many compliments received from the guests that participated in these group and private classes.

The variety of classes offered catered for all levels of experience.

Sandy – Six Senses Spa Director

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